I have painted a ton of furniture over the years and I have learned a lot through trial and error. Mahogany is always one of those woods that has given me a hard time. The first time I painted a mahogany dresser the white paint I applied immediately turned bright pink. After several layers of […]
I adore the color of this night stand!! This night stand is part of a bedroom set that I just recently painted for a client. The set is probably about 100 years old (that would be my best guess based on the style and construction of it). It was pretty beat up over all those […]
This simple, Pottery Barn, side table was in excellent condition when our client dropped it off for painting. She had just grown tired of the finish and wanted a bit of a change. We painted them a beautiful brown and lightly distressed the edges. After the paint had cured we waxed the night stand with […]
My mom and I just recently painted this gorgeous dresser for a client of ours. She chose a color called Cherry Tomato by Sherwin Williams. It is a vibrant, bright red. After painting the dresser we glazed it using transparent glaze that we purchased at Lowes. We mixed a small amount of black paint with […]
This little vintage desk was BRIGHT yellow when it arrived at our workshop. It was peeling and chipping in many areas, which exposed the dark green paint underneath. The paint felt like it had been applied with a heavy texture roller, it was rough and uneven. It really needed some TLC. We sanded it a […]
This black table is one of my most recent projects. It was not in perfect condition to start with. Some of the veneer had pieces missing and there was a crack on the top tier. Instead of trying to fill in those areas I embraced them. Below are the steps I took when painting and […]
This simple night stand just got a pop of color. It was dropped off about a week ago and when it arrived it was bright white. It is now Buckland Blue, a paint color by Benjamin Moore & Co.
Because this piece was so clean and in such excellent condition it didn’t require a ton of […]
This little table was super beat up when it was dropped off at our workshop. The old varnish was cracked and chipped. The top was badly stained. (I forgot to take a before picture, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.) We painted the base a subtle grey. The color is called […]
I paint all of the furniture I work on, whether it be for a client or for resale in my boutique, using acrylic paint or an acrylic latex blend. I almost exclusively use water based products with the exception of the occasional oil based primmer when absolutely necessary. The most common brand I find myself […]
This highboy dresser was in pretty bad condition. The old finish was dingy, stained and in desperate need of a makeover. The dresser is for a little boys nursery, so we chose brown, a nice masculine color. We sanded this dresser like crazy before painting it with a few coats of brown paint. […]
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.