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Alchemy Fine Living

Deana Michelle Rodriguez

I love to sew, paint, and upholster. My blog and youtube videos provide tips and inspiration for many DIY projects. My favorite thing to do is up-cycle and re-purpose old furniture.

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DIY Painted Buffet

By Deana Michelle Rodriguez on Nov 14, 2012

My husband and I scored this buffet at the Rose Bowl flea market for only $40. It had a price tag of $50 on it and when I saw it I tried not to act totally... Continue reading

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Drop Cloth Turned Slipcover

By Deana Michelle Rodriguez on Nov 13, 2012

I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before! I use drop cloths all the time for the furniture painting aspect of my business, but never sewed on it or upholstered with it. It... Continue reading

paint, repurposing, diy

DIY Reclaimed Wood Clock

By Deana Michelle Rodriguez on Nov 09, 2012

My uncle gave me an old oak dining table and it was pretty ugly and outdated (I hope he doesn’t read this). He thought I could paint it and resell it in my store. I... Continue reading

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Ask Deana: Painting Furniture for a Distressed Look

By Deana Michelle Rodriguez on Sep 12, 2012

I am constantly being asked questions about painting, distressing, and re-finishing furniture. My inbox is full of email inquiries and many of you have the very same questions. I have decided to start a new... Continue reading

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Extreme Measures in Paint Stripping

By Deana Michelle Rodriguez on Aug 02, 2012

My mom and I just finished working on a bedroom set for a client. The pieces had a really thick paint, almost like plastic, that was obviously baked on at the factory. It was not simple... Continue reading

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Painted Dresser with Decoupage Drawers

By Deana Michelle Rodriguez on Jul 08, 2012

One of the pulls on this dresser had a rusted screw that was stripped out. My grandpa is usually the master at patiently figuring these types of things out for us. This time, however, he... Continue reading

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DIY Makeover: Painted Chairs

By Deana Michelle Rodriguez on Jul 03, 2012

My in-laws gave me these chairs almost a year ago (wow! it’s taken me that long to paint them… really?!) I wrapped the back in tulle and tied a big bow on them for my... Continue reading

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Clear Coat

By Deana Michelle Rodriguez on Jun 30, 2012

I constantly get asked if I put a clear coat on my painted furniture. People are always concerned that without a clear coat of some sort the paint job won’t hold up. When asked this... Continue reading

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Painted Furniture: Dressers!

By Deana Michelle Rodriguez on Jun 26, 2012

For some time now I have been working on putting together a book on all of the different furniture painting techniques I use. Because I want to fill the book with as many different furniture painting... Continue reading

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Refinishing Chairs: Paint & Upholstery

By Deana Michelle Rodriguez on Jun 21, 2012

We’ve been having fun with chairs lately! My mom and I upholstered this chair in a charcoal linen and a heavy cotton that has a very natural look to it. The seat, back and covered... Continue reading