Happy Spring!

20 Mar

Tulips March 2015

We’re so excited it’s the first day of Spring. Even if it doesn’t really look it outside (it’s still in the minus digits here in Ottawa, and there’s lots of snow on the ground), we’re still feeling a huge relief that this long, long winter is coming to an end. Here’s a little bit of [...]

Telling what I really think!

2 Mar

I’ve been asked to put my latest Facebook adventure on the blog, so everyone can read it. It’s been a busy few days since I wrote an open letter to Home Depot, and received an incredible reaction from the public. It was beyond anything I’d ever expected.   I’m not usually someone who courts controversy, [...]

The Tale of our Crackly Old Secretary

13 Feb

Detail on secretary

Ready to see some sad before pictures? Poor old secretary. It gets worse. Have a look at the damage on the top… Oh dear. And to be honest, that picture doesn’t do it justice. There was gunky black tar stuff, holes drilled into it, horrible stains, and a completely crackled varnish. But structurally completely solid! [...]

Basic Tools for Simple Fixes

30 Jan

Katrina Barclay of Malenka Originals on stage at the Home Reno Show

Over the weekend, I had a chance to present at the Home Renovations Show here in Ottawa. I was asked by the Ottawa Tool Library to come on stage with them, as one of their ‘tool educators’. Here I am talking about the fixes I did to this Industrial Chic dresser. If you haven’t heard [...]

Happy 3rd Business Birthday!

20 Jan

Art Deco Close up

Happy 3rd birthday to my business! It was exactly 3-years ago today that I posted my very first blog post, launching Malenka Originals. At the time, it was an at-home business, painting and selling furniture out of my Ottawa home, via Kijiji and my blog. The first blog post was all about this dresser. Oh, [...]

Done: our search for the perfect coral

14 Jan

Coral mix table Chalk Paint

Still love it, but with Christmas over, we’ve moved on from deep red for the moment. But in this deep freeze, we’re still craving something warm, but with a splash of bright. A colour we can sink into while hibernating, but also gives us hope that Spring is indeed coming. Enter our favourite coral mix! [...]

Happy 2015!

1 Jan

2014 at Malenka Originals

Happy New Year! Thanks to our amazing customers for a great 2014. We made a lot of new friends, learned some new techniques and watched Ottawaians save & refresh a lot of furniture. Looking forward to even more colour and fun in 2015! ~ the Malenka Originals crew  

Christmas Hours 2014

20 Dec

Christmas 2014

If you’re thinking of popping in to see us over the holidays, here’s when we’ll be at the shop. Thank you for all your inspiration, smiles and great before-and-after photos this year! We’re very grateful for our amazing customers. Wishing you all a safe, happy and colourful holiday time, and we look forward to seeing [...]

Last minute gift ideas!

12 Dec

Starter Kit Christmas 2014

The crunch is on — less than two weeks until Christmas! If you’re still looking for some gift ideas, we have a few suggestions… We’re still offering our special Christmas Starter Kit! A great gift for someone wanting to get into Chalk Paint™, or the perfect opportunity for you aficionados to stock up and get [...]

Hard hardware decisions…

28 Nov

We just had an epic hardware battle on Facebook. We asked what people preferred, the blue knobs or the crystal knobs for this cute antique dresser. What do you think?   The Crystal? Or the Blue? Well, the Crystal killed it, with 42 votes. Blue got 18. Some thought the blue made it too busy, [...]