Below is a copy of an article that I posted a few years back. It was one of many that was lost when my website vanished into thin air. I was able to recover it, thankfully, using the way back machine. I thought it was one of my more helpful posts. It seemed […]
So, this piece of furniture is actually one that I painted about two years ago. It has been one of my most popular photos on Pinterest. People have pinned it almost 4,000 times, which is super duper exciting, but when my website totally crashed this was one of the many posts that I lost.
This high boy dresser is made of mahogany, which is notorious for bleeding. Have you ever tried to paint a piece of mahogany furniture white only to have the paint turn pink? You can apply ten coats of white paint to mahogany and you will never fully get rid of those terrible pink stains.
Despite the fact that it rained most of the day Saturday, my mom and I had a very productive weekend. We do all of our furniture painting, refinishing and repairing at my grandparents home. They have an awesome, huge garage that is a DIY paradise. My grandpa even has the space heated and he was […]
I love to paint furniture! There is something so gratifying about bringing new life to old, worn out furniture. It always amazes me how much a coat of paint can transform a piece of furniture. I paint tons of furniture for clients, but I also like to share my experiences for those of you who […]
I’m often asked if painting laminate furniture is possible. How do I paint laminate furniture? Well, the process is pretty much exactly like painting any other type of furniture. When painting furniture of any kind proper preparation is critical. Painting is the easy part. The prep work is the hard part. Honestly, prep work sucks, […]
Most of the furniture that my mom and I paint is antique or vintage, which means it usually has years of build up on it from things like furniture wax. Often times pieces of furniture have been sitting in a garage for long periods of time collecting dust and animal hair. Other times the furniture […]
Painting wicker requires a few different steps than painting wood or previously painted surfaces, but most of the work is the same. When painting furniture I normally wash down finished surfaces with TSP and then sand them thoroughly before priming and painting. I’ve talked all about the exact steps and necessary products and tools required […]
This chair had a sticker on the back leg that said, “property of the Marriott”. It definitely looked like a old, outdated chair straight out of a tacky hotel when it arrived at our shop. We painted it a very high gloss black. The color is from Sherwin Williams. It is called Tricorn Black. Then […]
Alchemy fine living is a creative business. My mom and I offer furniture painting services, simple upholstery, and custom slipcovers.
We have been painting furniture for clients for over a decade now. The two of us have been sewing our whole lives. We've sewn things like prom dresses and bathing suits, but back in 2008 we decided to focus our seamstress abilities on home decorative items; specifically custom made slipcovers.
I'm Deana, the author of this blog. My mom, Connie, taught me from a young age how to spot a deal at a flea market or a thrift shop. She could always spot the hidden potential of an old, worn out piece of furniture. I learned to sew when I was four years old and all through the years I helped my mom with DIY projects around the house.
In 2008 she & I turned our hobby into a business. We offer furniture painting, upholstery, and sewing services.