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.
Despite the fact that it rained most of the day Saturday, my mom and I had a very productive weekend. We do all of our furniture painting, refinishing and repairing at my grandparents home. They have an awesome, huge garage that is a DIY paradise. My grandpa even has the space heated and he was […]
This has been a busy week! We just finished painting to small side tables black and we are currently working on painting a campaign dresser, an antique highboy dresser and now add a dining table and four chairs to the mix.
This dining table is one that we had available for sale […]
This campaign dresser was dropped off yesterday afternoon along with a gallon of Benjamin Moore paint. The color is called Vine Green and it looks super vibrant and fun! I’m so excited to get started painting this dresser. It’s going to be such a cool piece. I can’t wait to see what it looks like […]
I’m not exactly sure on the time period of this gorgeous dresser, but my guess would be the early 1900’s. I was scrolling through photos on Craigslist a few days ago and I spotted this beauty. It was listed as a vintage cabinet. I was shocked at the great price and quickly called to see […]
This campaign dresser was dropped off a little over three weeks ago to be painted. The body of the dresser was white and the drawers had already been painted yellow. The yellow on the drawers was used as the inspiration color. My client took a drawer to by Benjamin Moore and had a custom paint […]
This adorable little table is a play station for children. It has drawers on wheels that slide under it perfectly to house toys and games. It arrived at our workshop a couple weeks ago to be refinished. The top was a bit beat up, not surprising considering it’s a place where children play, so we […]
I love to paint furniture! There is something so gratifying about bringing new life to old, worn out furniture. It always amazes me how much a coat of paint can transform a piece of furniture. I paint tons of furniture for clients, but I also like to share my experiences for those of you who […]
This armoire is such a gorgeous piece of furniture, unfortunately, these photos really don’t do it justice. The large piece of furniture was dropped off at my workshop by our delivery man in seven different sections. Some of the hardware and a few of the pieces that didn’t need to be painted where left behind […]
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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.