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 [...]
LOCATION: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
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.