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 [...]
This deep purple bench is made of metal. It is a garden bench that is used outdoors, so it took a little different prep work than most of my usual projects, which tend to be wood furniture for indoor use. Because it is made of metal I used a special primer that sticks to metal, [...]
How do you paint furniture using lacquer?? Until just recently I didn’t have the answer to that question. I was asked to paint an antique bed with a black lacquer paint and gold leaf accents. The photograph to the left is the inspiration I was given. My client wanted her bed to look just like the designer bed in this [...]
I just finished painting a set of six dining chairs for a client. She chose the most beautiful color of red and selected a tinted primer, which was perfect. Red is a very tough color. Getting good coverage can be a challenge, especially when painting over a light color. Tinted primer creates the perfect base [...]
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 [...]
My mom and I are super excited to announce our very first furniture painting workshop! We will offer several different demonstrations throughout the day and allow for hands on time, so participants can paint their own piece of furniture. WHEN? Saturday March 9th
WHAT TIME? 9 am to [...]
It is not often that I paint furniture with a super high gloss finish. Actually, this was my first time. I typically stick to rustic, shabby, beat up finishes, or other faux finishes that create an antique look. I recently painted an entire bedroom set a gorgeous teal color and, at the request of my [...]
I love to paint furniture! I also enjoy sharing my ideas and knowledge with my readers. I’ve made numerous tutorial videos and posted more articles than I can count on furniture painting tips and tricks. I get tons of questions constantly, so I decided that writing a book would be a good way [...]
Everything I paint already has a finish on it. That is because I am always dealing with antique and vintage pieces, so all of the information you can find on this site about painting furniture, up until now that is, is not applicable to unfinished wood furniture. The process for painting a raw, unfinished surface is a [...]
Some call it the orange peel affect (I do), professionals call it “foaming and cratering”. It is a common problem that happens when painting. I’ve recently had many emails asking me about this problem, so I thought I’d share some reasons as to why it happens and how you can avoid it or fix. It is caused by [...]
Alchemy 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.
173 E City Place Dr.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
CONTACT MEEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Store Phone: 877.250.3674
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