This dresser is a piece that my dad picked up at an estate sale. He recently retired, so now he goes out on the hunt for treasures while my mom and I run the shop. He did good on this one, my mom and I were impressed. It is a gorgeous highboy dresser constructed of genuine mahogany. The drawers are all solid wood construction including the guides. Each drawer is super clean and slides in and out very smoothly. The drawers also have dove tail joints, my dad knows what to look for when choosing a quality piece of furniture.
My mom and I painted this dresser with a shellac based primer. Shellac primer blocks stains incredibly well, which is important with mahogany because it bleeds like crazy. Then we painted it with Harmony, a Sherwin Williams paint in a soft white and a satin finish. The dresser, although in excellent condition, did have a few imperfections, so we distressed it to enhance the character of this antique beauty.
Alchemy fine living is a creative business. My mom and I offer furniture painting services, simple upholstery, and custom slipcovers.
We have been painting furniture for clients for over a decade now. The two of us have been sewing our whole lives. We've sewn things like prom dresses and bathing suits, but back in 2008 we decided to focus our seamstress abilities on home decorative items; specifically custom made slipcovers.
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 offer furniture painting, upholstery, and sewing services.