Vinyl isn’t a fabric that my mom and I work with frequently, but that doesn’t mean we wont. We recently had a client ask us to re-upholster three bar stools in a black vinyl. These chairs were pretty beat up when they arrived at our shop. The owner, a mother of young children, admitted that […]
I have been getting a ton of emails lately regarding the gun that I use. I try to answer a lot of the emails that I get, but I am bombarded with so many it is difficult to respond to each one individually. I try to answer the most commonly asked questions on my blog […]
I introduced this dresser in a previous post some time ago. We actually finished painting it over a week ago and I’m just now getting around to sharing the after pictures. I’ve really been slacking on this blog thing lately. I’ve been way more focused on the many furniture painting and upholstery projects […]
The workshop, aka my grandparent’s garage, is always full of laughter. While my mom and I typically work away inside on furniture painting projects my nephews, daughter, sister, grandparents and dad all play in the back yard.
We have several projects in the works currently, so we’ve been spending long days at our workshop. […]
I introduced this table about a month ago. It was one of many projects that my mom and I started and completed over the past few weeks. This table was listed in our Etsy store and purchased by a women who lives all the way in North Carolina. She asked us to paint […]
Below is a copy of an article that I posted a few years back. It was one of many that was lost when my website vanished into thin air. I was able to recover it, thankfully, using the way back machine. I thought it was one of my more helpful posts. It seemed […]
So, this piece of furniture is actually one that I painted about two years ago. It has been one of my most popular photos on Pinterest. People have pinned it almost 4,000 times, which is super duper exciting, but when my website totally crashed this was one of the many posts that I lost.
This highboy dresser, which I introduced a while back in previous posts, was painted a gorgeous color called Stolen Kiss from Sherwin Williams. In addition to painting, distressing and staining the outside of this antique highboy, my mom and I also refinished the inside of all of the drawers. The solid hardwood drawers shined up […]
This is the second campaign dresser that we have painted recently. They are such fun pieces of furniture with their unique hardware and interesting metal plates that add detail to the frame. The last one was painted a bright yellow, which was really snazzy. This one was painted vine green, a color by […]
This high boy dresser is made of mahogany, which is notorious for bleeding. Have you ever tried to paint a piece of mahogany furniture white only to have the paint turn pink? You can apply ten coats of white paint to mahogany and you will never fully get rid of those terrible pink stains.
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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.