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, [...]

#AnnieSloanLate: The plan for Friday

18 Nov

Workshop at Malenka Originals

As you may have already heard, this Friday is #AnnieSloanLate, an international event where Annie Sloan stockists around the world are opening their doors after dark. Please join us at Malenka Originals this Friday, November 21st from 5-9pm, where we’ll have a few extra special events happening, and a chance to raise money for CHEO. [...]


11 Nov


We’ll be open late on Friday, November 21st for Annie Sloan Late! We’ll have giveaways, specials and demos — plus ALL 32 colours out for a special sample board painting session, with proceeds going to CHEO. Save the date, and stay tuned for more details.    

Refreshed Furniture Pop-Up Shop Debrief

1 Oct

Malenka Originals Pop Up Shop

A big thank you to everyone who came out to our Second Annual Refreshed Furniture Pop-Up Shop! We had an incredible turnout, and were blown away by everyone’s excitement and enthusiasm about the event. The pieces on show were beautiful, and it was obvious all the vendors worked extremely hard to make this such a [...]

31 Days of Chalk Paint™ Love!

30 Sep

31 Days, 31 Chalk Paint™ colours, 31 Annie Sloan Canadian Stockists! Get ready for this fun event that includes inspiration, giveaways and lots of Chalk Paint™ love! Visit the Annie Sloan Canada 31 Days of Chalk Paint Facebook page to get involved and have a chance to win! Each day, a new colour will be [...]