Sneak peak at the Paintovation

29 Jul

Chalk Paint on laminate floors

My life has been under construction this month, as my family moves houses. Whew…it’s only been 3 years since our last move, but I forgot how all-encompassing and consuming it is. The fun part is that I’ve been able to really go wild with my Chalk Paint projects. No surface is safe. Even my toes. [...]

June afternoons with Old White and French Linen

11 Jun

Jessica working

I’ve been really loving the combo of Old White and French Linen lately. There’s something about the coolness of the French Linen contrasted with the softness of Old White. This is an antique dresser we’ve had in the shop for a little while, but has now gone to a very good home. The drawers are [...]

New Workshops!

4 May

Malenka Originals Workshop

We now have a bunch of new workshops posted online for May, June and July! The one everyone has been asking for is back. Join our full-day introduction to Chalk Paint™ workshop on Sunday, July 6th or Sunday, August 10th. The full day workshop goes from 10am-5pm. You’ll learn five basic techniques on sample boards, [...]

Girls’ Weekend

30 Mar

Just back from a busy weekend at the National Women’s Show. Here’s booth 805 just before the crowds hit! The pieces drew a lot of attention, especially this before/after piece in Provence with loads of dark Soft Wax. People were very excited to hear how I just painted straight over that shiny surface without having [...]

Come on Spring!

28 Feb

We’ve been having a brutal winter here in Ottawa this year, and everyone is sooo done with it. So, when I was asked to come on CTV News at Noon, I wanted to do a big burst of colour to chase these winter blues away. I also wanted to show viewers how versatile Chalk Paint™ [...]

Home is where your door is…

4 Feb

Katrina Barclay Wood Stripe Door

What does home mean to you? Judging from all the entries in Habitat for Humanity’s fundraiser “Habitat Unhinged: 20 Doors for 20 Years”, the answer varies hugely depending on who you ask. Our local Habitat for Humanity gave twenty different artists in the National Capitol Region the chance to try and express their feelings about [...]

Sample pots are back!

7 Jan

Chalk Paint sample pots at Malenka Originals

It’s a happy start to the new year with the return of our colourful little Chalk Paint ™ friends. Sample pots are $15 each, and can do a small table or chair. Thanks for your patience over the last few months when they were unavailable. I know how much they were missed!  

My Gustavian New Year’s Eve Dream

31 Dec

Gilding Wax Handle

Before the year slips away, I need to introduce you to old faithful. For nearly the whole year, this piece has been with me, so it somehow seems fitting to reveal her now on the last day of the year. Her life started out with me in late February, when she looked like this: Those [...]

Christmas Hours…

18 Dec

Malenka Originals Christmas Postcard

Christmas gift ideas at Malenka Originals

27 Nov

Starter Kit Christmas 2013

Oh yes. It’s officially that time of year. The search is on for the perfect gift. This year, we want to keep spreading the idea of upcycling, buying local, and helping out. So, we’ve compiled a few gift ideas which do just that. **** Who wouldn’t love to get some Chalk Paint™ under the tree [...]