Open Thursday evenings for Summer 2015

5 May

summer 2015 hours

Summer evenings are beautiful down in Britannia Village! Pop by some time this summer — we’ll be open until 8pm on Thursdays. The late opening will be starting this week, until the end of August…and maybe longer. We’ll keep you posted!

Annie does MCM…

25 Apr

Annie Sloan Artwork

We like all types of furniture, but it seems that us girls here at Malenka Originals have a particular soft spot for Mid-century modern pieces. (If you haven’t already met them, Erin and Cristina work at the shop, and also both have businesses painting beautiful pieces with Chalk Paint™. Check out more of Erin’s work [...]

More workshop dates…

8 Apr

Our workshops are filling up super fast, which must mean it’s really truly Spring — everyone is itching to jump into their projects! We’ve just added six workshops for May. Chalk Paint™: The Basics, where we produce beautiful samples like these… In Chalk Paint: The Basics, you’ll leave five of the most important Chalk Paint [...]

5 Apr

Easter Bunnies

Wishing you a happy, relaxing Easter from all of us at Malenka Originals (even the bunnies!).

Easter Hours 2015

31 Mar

Easter Hours

Have a wonderful Easter weekend!

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, [...]