I am incredibly impatient. When I get an idea in my head I want it done yesterday. Through all my years of furniture painting I have had to learn that patience REALLY is a virtue. If you want a high quality painted finish that will last for years it is incredibly important to read the [...]
Well today was flea market day and I have to say it was a great success! We had tons of fun, as usual, and we sold a bunch of stuff. We arrived at 6 o’ clock when it was cool and over cast to set up our booth. My mom and dad unloaded our truck [...]
It has been so hot the last few days! Our AC broke and at closing time the store was 94 degrees. YUCK!! Needless to say my mom and I were a little delirious. We are trying to prepare for the flea market this upcoming Sunday, so we have been working on projects all week. Today [...]
I mentioned yesterday that we are gearing up for the flea market in Long Beach this Sunday. My mom and I spent the day making fabric and paper flowers to use as embellishments on all sorts of things, from headbands and belts to banners and signs. Today we are making tons of banners and [...]
As many of you already know, we are dealers at the flea market in Long Beach. This Sunday, May 18th, is the next show and we will be crafting like crazy all week to prepare new merchandise. Today we have been busy making paper and fabric flowers. We are going to put them on belts, [...]
My mom and I love to do upholstery work. For those of you not quit ready to tackle the job yourself stop by the store or shoot over an email for a quote. We can re-upholster your ottoman, wing back chair, sofa and even create a custom upholstered headboard. We offer Carole Fabrics here in [...]
We have carried Carole Fabrics for several years now. The fabric they offer is gorgeous. Every time a new box of sample books comes in the mail my mom and I spend the day oohing and aahing as we look through all the new fabrics. We have always loved to look at fabric. As a [...]
This adorable little chair is one of our most recent projects. We covered it in a fabric offered by Carole Fabrics. My mom and I helped our client select the fabric from the sample books we have here in our store. It’s a cute little checkered fabric that fits this tiny chair perfectly. For a [...]
If you follow this blog regularly you know that I paint a ton of furniture. I am always trying new furniture painting techniques and learning new tricks. Modern Masters Metallic Paint is a new product that I just used for the first time. Upon initially filling my spray gun with the metallic paint I could [...]
This French Provincial chair is one of our most recent projects. We tore all of the old fabric off, painted the chair a pretty pale blue, distressed the paint a little and then added all new upholstery. We set up our video camera and recorded most of the re-upholstery process.
The following video is [...]
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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.