Drum roll please…Black Wax is here!

25 May

dry brushing board with black wax

Ever since hearing the rumours a few months ago, we’ve been eagerly awaiting these two products. And finally last week, they arrived at the shop.   At Malenka Originals, we’re particularly over-the-moon about the Black Wax. We’ve been playing around with making our own black wax for awhile, such as with the Gustavian Dream dresser. […]

Quick Tips: Applying Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax

26 Apr

Malenka Tutorials on You Tube

Our new YouTube channel is now live! We’ve designed a series of videos showing how use Chalk Paint™, Annie Sloan Soft Wax, plus other products and tips for refreshing furniture. All videos are live, so you can watch them all at once, Netflix style. Or, we’ll be featuring them here on our blog every week, […]

Hintonburg Happening – Colourblock Party

18 Apr

Colourblock Party

Join us at Malenka Originals on Saturday, May 14th as we celebrate with Hintonburg Happening. We’ll be breaking out the Annie Sloan pots and transforming the corner of Spadina and Somerset into a hub of paint, colour and upcycling. Bring a small piece of furniture, and we’ll provide all the tools for you to transform […]

Come on and mix it up…

5 Apr

Ottawa Magazine Interiors 2016

A couple months ago I was asked by Ottawa Magazine to be part of their annual Interiors Issue.   The idea was grand…I picked my three top colour picks for 2016, which would be turned into a flower display. The results were spectacular.   The arrangement for my colours was done by Mill Street Florists. […]

Easter Weekend and the Ottawa Home & Garden Show

24 Mar

Easter hours 2016

We’ll be closed this Easter Friday, and Easter Sunday, but open our usual hours on Saturday from 10-5. And yes, you read that right…we’ll have special hours on Easter Monday from 11-4. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, the Ottawa Home & Garden Show is happening at the EY Centre in Ottawa. […]

We’ve moved!

4 Mar

New Malenka Originals in Ottawa

It’s official! We’ve moved spaces and you can now find us at 1098-B Somerset Street West. On the corner of Spadina and Somerset. Here’s a little look into our new space. (Make sure to come down and see it in person too — the photos don’t do the colours justice!) Our new workshop table was […]

Last days in Britannia

27 Feb

Kitchissippi Times

Tomorrow will be our last day in Britannia Village. Hard to believe that it’s already been 3-1/2 years since I wrote this post about opening the shop. It’s going to be tough to say goodbye, but we’re super excited for a new start in Hintonburg. And this article in the Kitchissippi Times last week really […]

Painted furniture at 24 Sussex?

11 Feb

Dropping off a gift to the Prime Minister of Canada

Back in December, I found myself in front of a truly inconspicuous address in downtown Ottawa. If you aren’t looking for it, you’d completely miss it. If fact, I’m sure hundreds of Ottawans walk past it every day without even a glance or a thought. But despite it’s covert appearance — basically it was a […]

Hintonburg, here we come!

16 Jan

Malenka Originls is moving!

We’re super excited about this news! As of March 1st, we’ll be moving to a sweet new shop in Hintonburg, in central Ottawa. We’ve loved our time in Britannia Village. It’s been an incredible area to start the business. But we’re really excited about this new beginning, and can’t wait to show you what we’re […]

Happy New Year!

1 Jan

farewell 2015 2 500

It’s been a truly excellent year. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to our incredible customers for sharing so much fun, colour and creativity with us every day.   Here’s wishing each and every one of you a superb 2016. With love from the Malenka Originals crew…Cristina, Pat, Jennifer, Laurie, Hannah & Katrina.