How do you paint furniture using lacquer?? Until just recently I didn’t have the answer to that question. I was asked to paint an antique bed with a black lacquer paint and gold leaf accents. The photograph to the left is the inspiration I was given. My client wanted her bed to look just like the designer bed in this [...]
This is one of two chairs that was dropped off by a client. We made new cushions for it out of a black and white fabric. I love the fun geometric print our client picked out, so cute! The white cording really makes these cushions look great, the perfect finishing touch! The chairs themselves were [...]
Our last workshop, held on March 9th, was a huge success! We had a great time and the furniture pieces our students worked on turned out beautiful. Because we had so much fun we have planned two more workshops and if demand requires it we plan to add several more. We currently have two future [...]
This simple, Pottery Barn, side table was in excellent condition when our client dropped it off for painting. She had just grown tired of the finish and wanted a bit of a change. We painted them a beautiful brown and lightly distressed the edges. After the paint had cured we waxed the night stand with [...]
Want to learn how to paint your own furniture? I will reveal tons of my furniture painting techniques at this full day workshop!
Join us March 9th from 9 am to 3 pm. Bring your own piece of furniture and get hands on! You will leave at the end [...]
When this sofa came to us it was in very sad shape. The springs were popping out from the bottom and the old silk fabric was torn badly, not to mention extremely dirty and faded. My mom and I could see right past all of that though. We knew this sofa would be a [...]
My mom and I just recently painted this gorgeous dresser for a client of ours. She chose a color called Cherry Tomato by Sherwin Williams. It is a vibrant, bright red. After painting the dresser we glazed it using transparent glaze that we purchased at Lowes. We mixed a small amount of black paint with [...]
This little vintage desk was BRIGHT yellow when it arrived at our workshop. It was peeling and chipping in many areas, which exposed the dark green paint underneath. The paint felt like it had been applied with a heavy texture roller, it was rough and uneven. It really needed some TLC. We sanded it a TON to [...]
About three months ago my husband and I moved into the loft directly above my store. I love the commute to work! I also love the fact that when I am decorating a room I can just run down the stairs and nab an item from my boutique. As you can imagine, my home is [...]
This website focuses on furniture painting and distressing, but we also dabble in sewing and upholstery. It’s all about taking something old and turning it into something special. We offer many tutorials and lots of inspiration. If you have a website that explores similar topics and you think it would be a good fit, please [...]
Alchemy fine living is an antiques & home furnishings business located in Santa Ana, Ca. Alchemy can be defined as an inexplicable or mysterious transmuting power or process; transforming something common into something special.
ABOUT MEAlchemy fine living is my antiques & home furnishings business. I'm Deana, the author of this blog. My mom Connie & I followed our dreams & opened our store in 2008. It's a collection of all the things she & I truly love. We combine antiques with new treasures, as well as, a selection of handcrafted items created by the two of us. We also offer custom sewing, re-upholstery, & furniture painting services.
173 E City Place Dr.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
CONTACT MEEmail: email@example.com
Store Phone: 877.250.3674
Tues. through Sat. 10 to 3
Furniture drop off and pick up by appointment:
Tues. through Fri. 10 to 6 and Sat. 10 to 3