New Product Alert: Annie Sloan Mini Project Pack

We are thrilled to offer you Annie Sloan's Mini Project Pack! A perfect way to update your favourite piece of furniture, perhaps a bedside table or favourite chair. These packs are perfect for any small project; think stool, floating shelf, trunk. Each Mini Project Pack has 2 x 100ml of (your choice of colours!), and 100 ml covers approximately 1.3 square meters. Also included are 1 x 120ml of Clear Soft Wax, 1 x 120ml of Dark Soft Wax, and 1 x Small Pure Bristle Brush. Available in store only.

How to Create French Elegant Style

IMG_5496 The Inspiration Photo: inspiration image For the perfectly imperfect antiqued look that remains en vogue with furniture, finding just the right piece done the way you want can be a challenge of time, funds, and patience. However, creating your ideal piece is easier than you think and the best--and most fun--way of ensuring you end up with exactly what you want. Now combing antique markets or furniture sales isn’t limited to the finish; falling in love with a piece of furniture can be all about the bones of a piece. With the right supplies and a little bit of technique, you’ll be finishing it to perfect imperfection in no time. The Before Photo: Image 1 We suggest starting with an inspiration image, and your choice of  Annie Sloan paint colour. We went with one coat of Louis Blue, using Annie’s brush, for a French-inspired
final product. Apply one coat of paint to the entire piece. Quality brushes truly make a difference and, if kept clean and taken care of, will accompany you through many painting projects. Don’t be afraid of the brush: use it with gusto and in differing strokes to encourage texture. As most of Annie’s colours are one-coat coverage, we covered the entire piece with one, fairly thick coat of the Louis Blue. Once dry, we followed up with  a second coat on the top and used a blow dryer to create a cracked appearance. Image 2 Next, we highlighted the piece’s detail with Pure White to match our inspiration photo. Dragging your brush through the carved detail gives that extra hint of colour and depth. Don’t be too concerned with coverage in this step. IMG 3
IMG_5Using a fine sanding block, 220 grit is ideal, we distressed and exposed some of the natural wood. Always go with the grain of the wood, and hit the high points of the design where “natural wear-and-tear” would happen with age to give it that faux-antique finish.

We then applied Annie Sloan Soft Clear Wax to the entire piece as it is the perfect partner to Chalk Paint, developed to work together and used for protection and to give a beautiful mellow finish. Next we added gold gilding wax here and there for a IMG_6dash of sparkle and elegance. Using only a very little bit on your finger, smooth it in the grooves to create a patina. Again, we’re not overly concerned with being exact or coverage; it’s all about highlighting beauty. Next we add Annie Sloan Dark Wax to highlight all of the texture we’ve created and the carved details, and take down the gold gilding. It’s our preference to use a  Wax Brush here, and one for each colour: a dark wax is applied with a dark wax brush and another for the clear wax as you do not want to cross-contaminate your wax brush! :) Once we love our finish, leave it overnight to cure and buff with a clean, soft cloth in the morning, and then attach your hardware.The soft wax produces a shine that is lasting and lustrous. Beware: this process can get addicting, especially with the world of colour Annie Sloan paints opens up, it’s easy to change up the entire feel of your space with one piece of furniture. We’d love to see your “Before” and “After” shots! Feel free to leave them in the comments below. The entire piece can be a intense day project for the seasoned DIYer, or a comfortable weekend project. If you’re looking for further guidance, sign up to take one of our Basics + More workshop!



Create a Beautiful Life Workshop Series Schedule

Have you wondered what it's like to take a DIY workshop at the Passionate Home? Watch Elinor one of B.C.'s first certified Chalk Paint™ Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan instructors as she demos different application techniques. Workshop attendees, Mary and Joanna talk about the projects they are set to finish after completing The Basics + More workshop. In 2016, Create a Beautiful Life with The Passionate Home! Here is our workshop series schedule at a glance. Follow the links for more information and to register. The Basics + More $200 Saturday, January 9, 2016, 10am-3pm Saturday, February 6, 2016, 10am-3pm Saturday, March 12, 2016, 10am-3pm How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets $80 Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 11am – 2pm Rustic Charm $80 Wednesday, January 6, 11am – 2pm Basic Upholstery with Reid Armstrong $80 Thursday, January 21, 2016, 6pm- 8pm Thursday, February 18, 2016, 6pm- 8pm Thursday, March 24, 2016, 6pm- 8pm Advanced Upholstery Workshop $200 Tuesdays, February 16 & 23, 2016, 6pm- 8:30pm (two evenings) French Tufting $199 Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 6:00pm – 8:00pm Crated Footstool $149 Saturday, January 30, 2016, 11am – 3pm Toolbox Essentials with Duane Gonsalves of Out Of Line Designs $99 Tuesday, March 8, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Create a Beautiful Life in 2016 with The Passionate Home!

“Life is beautiful! And even more so if you are living a life filled with happiness, peace and contribution.  A beautiful life is one that makes you feel fully alive, is full of inspiration and creates a deeper, more connected environment for us to live in.” ~Lifehack Expert, Paula Lawes
This year, at The Passionate Home, our focus is to help you create your beautiful life and become your go-to source for supplies for your DIY projects: from old doors and windows, to hardware and those hard-to-find character pieces we all love. We also want to inspire you by sharing Chalk Paint™ Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan through our workshop series and project ideas. Our workshops are a great way to learn new skills that will give you a sense of accomplishment and increase your love for your house and home. We already have a new workshop planned for January, building your own footstool crate, and you can get all the information here! We have some exciting opportunities coming up this year and you will not want to miss out on anything –especially if you are planning a kitchen make-over or renovation in the near future (hint, hint). Be sure to sign up to follow us on FacebookInstagram and Pinterest. Also, sign up to receive our newsletter straight to your inbox so you don't miss out on creating your beautiful life this 2016! We are excited for the year ahead –let’s get this party started! Carrie and The Passionate Home Team

Annie Sloan Holiday Craft: Decorative Table Runner

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Table RunnerYou are on the ball! Your tree is trimmed, you’ve got all your gifts purchased and wrapped, and your holiday menu is finalized. You do have time to enjoy another holiday inspired craft –one that will make your Christmas table sing! Annie Sloan has organized a darling how-to blog post on table runners. With just a little time and and some Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan, your table will have that gorgeous, one-of-a kind touch that makes your meal extra festive! Visit Annie Sloane Paint and Colour for the complete instructions. Visit our site for full selection of Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan Feel free to share your favourite holiday craft made with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ in the comments below!


Seven Years of Tweaking

2013-05-15 09.39.45This is when it all years ago on May 6th, The Passionate Home opened its doors to offer you ONE-OF-A-KIND FINDS!

Yesterday I was interviewed by a student wanting to re-enter the work force and she came armed with questions about running a business.  One of the questions I always struggle with is, "Can you describe The Passionate Home?" I always think this question has such a BIG answer.  Just looking back at some of my old advertising write ups made me chuckle.2013-05-15 09.41.01 2013-05-15 09.43.13 2013-05-15 09.44.072013-05-15 09.42.37 2013-05-15 09.44.22Another question that often comes up is, "How did your business get started?" Of course I  know the answer to that one, and it has not changed since I opened. Just take a look ...2013-05-15 09.51.53Another common question is, "Do you consider your business a success?"  Well, this one always makes wonder what the definition of success is!  Seven years ago, this was my future plan...2013-05-15 09.52.14Who knew?? In seven years I have expanded once and move twice.  Today, The Passionate Home is three times its original square footage, we offer workshops on Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan, Basic Upholstery, and Upholstered Headboard workshops!

Today I describe The Passionate Home as a community effort.  From the people who have worked with me, the customers who have supported me, the pickers who have supplied me, my family who have supported me, the people who have believed in me, and the people that we have supported. 

As I am writing this I think I am having an "AH HA" moment.  I should not be so concerned on  how I am describing The Passionate Home in my advertising, but be thankful that YOU are describing TPH to your friends and that you are sharing the unique Passionate Home experience with them.  Word of mouth is the best form of advertising there is and without it I am sure we would not be celebrating today.

So, let's go back to how it all started...TPH is excited to host a Birthday FLEA!  We will transform the back of the store into a good old fashioned flea market with vintage finds and all things UNIQUE AND WONDERFUL! 



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Sunday, May 26th

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