Pop-Up Plan!

1 Oct

Refreshed Furniture Pop-Up Shop

Only two more sleeps until the Refreshed Furniture Pop-Up Shop! It’s been very exciting to see all the momentum and buzz building around this year’s event. We were also really happy to be invited on CTV News at Noon last week, and CTV Ottawa Morning Live this week to talk about the event. (You can […]

Special $10 Workshop at the Pop-Up!

28 Sep

Sample boards 1 500

This is it! Your chance to get in and learn two beautiful Chalk Paint™ techniques — plus how to properly wax — for ONLY $10! And, it’s for a great cause too. We’ve prepared a quick and easy workshop that we’ll be running all day during the Refreshed Furniture Pop-Up Shop on October 3rd. Come […]

Two more weeks…

21 Sep


The date is quickly sneaking up on us! Make sure to join us on Saturday, October 3rd for our 3rd annual Refreshed Furniture Pop-Up Shop at Malenka Originals. We have over 20 vendors bringing beautiful painted creations to sell. Come to buy, or just come for the inspiration!

Happy 25th Anniversary, Chalk Paint™!

11 Sep

Chalk Paint is 25!

It’s been 25 years since Annie Sloan revolutionized decorative painting by inventing her now internationally known and loved, Chalk Paint™. Hundreds of Annie Sloan stockists from around the world will be descending on Oxford, England, this weekend, to celebrate this important anniversary with a huge soiree. Regrettably, I couldn’t make it. We’re busy getting ready […]

Date set for 3rd Annual Pop-Up Shop!

3 Sep

Third Annual Refreshed Furniture Pop-Up Shop

A date has been set. Tents have been booked. And our vendors are busy painting up a storm. It’s that time of year again… If you haven’t experienced one of our Refreshed Furniture Pop-Up Shops in the past two years, you can check out some pictures here from 2013 and here from 2014. It all […]

My summer crush

27 Aug

Malenka Originals Bench

I’ve been spending a lot of time with this bench over the last few months. It’s become a bit of a summer crush. But this is not simply some frivolous affair. No, I loved this bench when it was at its worst. From the first moment I spotted it. Even when it looked like this. […]

An Outdoor Afterword

3 Aug

Malenka Originals flower planter

Summer might be half-way through, but there’s still lots of great outdoor painting days left. When we’re asked by customers about using Chalk Paint™ outdoors, I’ve often been known to escort them outside. No, they didn’t say anything wrong…it’s just that my best example for using Chalk Paint outside is actually on the front of […]

Coming again this Fall…the Refreshed Furniture Pop-Up Shop!

12 Jul

inside Tent 2 500

Of course we’re doing it again! The last two were just too much fun. This year we have big plans. Scheming is underway to find a new location. We want to make this year’s Pop-Up Shop even bigger and better, with loads more furniture. Last year we had to limit it to 20 vendors, but […]

Bring on the red and white…

29 Jun

Deacon's bench

We’ll be closed Wednesday, July 1st for Canada Day. But here’s some red and white to get you inspired for the big day. Dresser in Old White with Clear Soft Wax and gentle distressing.     Rocker in Emperor’s Silk with Clear and Dark Soft Wax.   Antique tea trolley in Old White with Clear […]

A quick colour theory lesson, compliments of Country Grey

13 Jun

Orange in drawers!

This sweet three-drawer antique dresser has been a fixture in the shop. But it’s now time to let it go…     As many of you know from visiting Malenka Originals, we don’t have a huge amount of space, so have to be choosy about which pieces we keep in the shop. The furniture we […]