REMOVE THE OLD FINISH-
The old finish needs to be completely removed. To do this I use Citristrip. It comes in a spray can and it smells like oranges. I love it. I’ve used other strippers that had to be brushed on and that goop was hard to work worth, not Citristrip, it’s easy!
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 [...]
Ever have a piece of furniture with ugly hardware or a missing piece? Sometimes antique or vintage pieces are impossible to find replacements for because of odd sizes. Other times you may find replacements, but they cost a fortune. Here’s a little tip on how to fill the holes and drill new ones. Using wood [...]
Do you have a piece of wood furniture with an unsightly black stain? I recently picked up a dresser that had a really ugly top. It was covered in black stains that had penetrated pretty deep into the wood. It took a lot of patience, and multiple steps, but I eventually removed all of the black [...]
A dovetail joint is a frequently used technique in woodworking. It is often a sign of a piece of furniture that has been built with quality materials and careful craftsmanship. The dovetail joint is very resistant to being pulled apart. Without any sort of mechanical fastener it creates a very, very strong bond. It is commonly used to join the [...]
Because I repair, paint, and refinish so many pieces of furniture I often run into drawers that seriously stick. Most of the pieces of furniture I work with are antique or vintage pieces that have been used and sometimes abused over the years making the drawers hard to open and close. I have found a [...]
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Santa Ana, CA 92705
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My mom is a DIY kind of gal. When I was a kid I remember trips to thrift stores, strolling the hardware store isles, and of course spending hours feeling fabric at the yardage shop. She was constantly transforming bargain buys into treasures for our home. With a fresh coat of paint or a new slipcover, she gave old furniture new life. We have always enjoyed being creative together and in 2008 we turned our hobby and passion into a business.
Alchemy fine living is a creative business located in Santa Ana, Ca. We offer furniture painting services, upholstery, and custom slipcovers. We also sell vintage and antique treasures, as well as hand crafted items that we create. Our store is full of all the things we love!
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 re-do old furniture and hand craft items for sale in our boutique. For those who, like us, love to DIY we offer lots of tips and advice in our tutorial videos. We also offer furniture painting, upholstery, and sewing services for those who don't want to tackle the project themselves.