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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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Parting with Pink: Armchair Reupholstery

By Deana Michelle Rodriguez on Jun 10, 2012

This adorable little chair was purchased a few years ago by one of our clients. The pale pink fabric was never really her thing. After a few years of use the fabric had faded and... Continue reading

furniture, paint, diy

Tips on Glazing Painted Furniture

By Deana Michelle Rodriguez on Jun 04, 2012

If you follow this blog regularly you know how much I love glaze. I’ve used it on many recent projects and have briefly discussed it. I thought I’d share a little more information on glaze,... Continue reading

interior design, furniture, decor

Using Vintage Dressers in Unexpected Ways

By Deana Michelle Rodriguez on May 31, 2012

I love dressers. I don’t know what it is about them, but I want one in every room of the house. They are great in a bathroom for extra storage. A long, low dresser can... Continue reading

paint, furniture, diy

Painted Green: Side Table Refinishing Project

By Deana Michelle Rodriguez on May 30, 2012

This little side table is green! It’s bright, fun and wild, and I love it!! This table was a pretty easy project. It’s so small that it was quick and easy to paint. The weather has... Continue reading

paint, furniture, diy, how to

Furniture Painting Techniques: A Little Glaze Goes a Long Way

By Deana Michelle Rodriguez on May 22, 2012

My mom and I are always searching for and exploring new furniture painting techniques. Using glaze to give painted furniture an old world, authentic, aged look is one of our most recent discoveries. This table... Continue reading

paint, tools

Hard-Earned Advice: Paint Spray Guns

By Deana Michelle Rodriguez on May 10, 2012

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... Continue reading

paint, furniture, decor, diy

Aged Blue & White Night Stand

By Deana Michelle Rodriguez on May 08, 2012

Holy moly we have been busy lately!! The back of our store is a disaster and our workshop is just about impossible to walk through. As a result I have been completely ignoring this blog. Thought... Continue reading

paint, furniture

Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch

By Deana Michelle Rodriguez on Apr 18, 2012

I have, in other posts, shared that I really like Rust-Oleum painters touch when using black paint. Here is yet another piece done in that paint. It gives such a great finish, goes on easy,... Continue reading

paint, furniture

Two-Tone Secretary Hutch

By Deana Michelle Rodriguez on Apr 17, 2012

This antique secretary hutch is made of solid mahogany. The first thing I did, after properly prepping the piece, was to rub wax all over the detail and edges of it. I painted the entire hutch with... Continue reading

paint, furniture

Vintage Night Stand

By Deana Michelle Rodriguez on Apr 12, 2012

I just recently finished painting this little night stand. I have absolutely no idea why, but, it makes me think of the circus when I look at it. I think it might be because the... Continue reading