When this sofa came to us it was in very sad shape. The springs were popping out from the bottom and the old silk fabric was torn badly, not to mention extremely dirty and faded. My mom and I could see right past all of that though. We knew this sofa would be a [...]
This beautiful side table is a vintage piece constructed of solid maple. The painted finish is a gorgeous distressed grey. The drawer is accented with a touch of antique gold and the original hardware. The drawer has dovetail joints and slides very well on a wood drawer glide.
DIMENSIONS 21.5″ wide, by 24″ deep and 20.5″ tall
After reflecting on our business over the past year we have decided to adjust our store hours. Due to high demand for our services, mainly furniture painting, we need to devote more time to working on furniture at our workshop, so our open store hours will be shortened. The boutique will be open for walk [...]
My mom and I picked up this vintage headboard, foot board and side rails at an estate sale in Long Beach. It was in pretty rough shape when we spotted it, but that didn’t scare us. We hauled it to our workshop and got busy right away. The first thing we did was scrub all [...]
Oh how I love this ornate dresser. Art Nouveau was a style of art and architecture that was most popular during 1890–1910, which is right in the time period that I would date this gorgeous dresser. I love so many different styles and eras, but I think this is one of my very favorite. This dresser has [...]
I absolutely adore vanity’s. I think they are such beautiful pieces of furniture, yet I would never know where to put one or how to use one in my own home. This one, I think, is particularly gorgeous. The beveled mirror and etching make it so dainty and feminine. This was one of those pieces [...]
My dad built this awesome farm table! I’m trying to convince him to retire and make these tables for me full time. Pretty sure he’s not goin for it, but we’ll see. I do hope that this is the first of many though. My idea is to custom make these tables in the sizes and colors [...]
I shared this chair a little while back, but it looks so much better in these pictures than it did in the photographs that I took. (I really need to bite the bullet and by a nice camera and a few lenses) My neighbor is a photographer. He asked to borrow the chair for [...]
One of the pulls on this dresser had a rusted screw that was stripped out. My grandpa is usually the master at patiently figuring these types of things out for us. This time, however, he some how managed to break one of the brass pulls. Hmm? What to do? I have a bucket of old [...]
For some time now I have been working on putting together a book on all of the different furniture painting techniques I use. Because I want to fill the book with as many different furniture painting techniques as possible I have been having a blast exploring new colors and new ways of doing things and of [...]
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: email@example.com
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