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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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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

paint, furniture, diy

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

diy, paint, furniture

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

paint, furniture

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

paint, furniture

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

diy, furniture, paint, diy, furniture

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

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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