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 […]
This adorable little vanity chair was introduced in a post earlier this month. We finished it up last week and it turned out super cute! We painted it a soft white and then added some very subtle, hand painted accents in the curved lines. The recessed areas were painted with a pale tan […]
I love lingerie chests. They are such neat pieces of furniture that you don’t see too often. I recently was asked to paint a vintage lingerie dresser in a gorgeous, vibrant red. My client asked that I recreate a similar look she had seen on Pinterest. The inspiration piece is photographed below. It was a […]
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.
173 E City Place Dr.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Tues. through Sat. 10 to 3
Furniture drop off and pick up by appointment:
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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.