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 [...]
I love to paint furniture and at nine months pregnant I’m taking it easy, but I’m still painting on occasion. I have discussed this with two different doctors and with their approval I have continued to paint furniture throughout my pregnancy. I do take safety very seriously. I always wear a full jump suit, hood [...]
My husband and I are expecting our first baby at the end of September. We have been having so much fun getting things ready for her, well I know I have, he is getting pretty sick of the word cute by now I’m sure. My mom, on the other hand, loves the word cute. Her [...]
About three months ago my husband and I moved into the loft directly above my store. I love the commute to work! I also love the fact that when I am decorating a room I can just run down the stairs and nab an item from my boutique. As you can imagine, my home is [...]
My husband and I are having a party this evening and until this morning we did not have a coffee table. I got up early and headed to the Salvation Army before work. Much to my surprise I found exactly what I was looking for and it was only $25!!!! I loaded it up in [...]
My mom and I have been crazy busy painting furniture for customers, creating cushions, pillows, and slipcovers too. Today we decided to take a break from all that work and make a super fun project, a dog bed!! Shelby and Teddy love it! Now hopefully Shelby will sit on it and quit begging my husband [...]
My husband is the master when it comes to finding amazing deals on Craigslist. He recently scored this chesterfield sofa for us for only $300!!! It has solid hardwood construction, real leather upholstery, springs inside, and down feather cushions. I can’t even imagine what this thing cost brand new, but I’m sure it was upwards [...]
My mom and I had so much fun making this lamp shade, well actually, my mom took over and pretty much did all the work while I watched. We always manage to stay busy while we are at “work”.
We have a whole bucket of crystals that we use for chandeliers and antique lamps. I [...]
My mom and dad picked up this book shelf at an estate sale for only $8! They just knew I needed it. I took it to my workshop and stared at it over and over again trying to decide what I was going to do with it. Then a light bulb went off… “I’ll cover [...]
My husband and I scored this buffet at the Rose Bowl flea market for only $40. It had a price tag of $50 on it and when I saw it I tried not to act totally stoked, but I was! As soon as we walked over the person selling it said he’d take $40 for it. Sold! I thought [...]
173 E City Place Dr.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Tues. through Sat. 10 to 3
Furniture drop off and pick up by appointment:
Tues. through Fri. 10 to 6 and Sat. 10 to 3
About AlchemyAlchemy fine living is an antiques & home furnishings business located in Santa Ana, Ca. Alchemy can be defined as an inexplicable or mysterious transmuting power or process; transforming something common into something special.
ABOUT MEAlchemy fine living is my antiques & home furnishings business. I'm Deana, the author of this blog. My mom Connie & I followed our dreams & opened our store in 2008. It's a collection of all the things she & I truly love. We combine antiques with new treasures, as well as, a selection of handcrafted items created by the two of us. We also offer custom sewing, re-upholstery, & furniture painting services.