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Introducing Two BRAND NEW Workshops!

We are thrilled to bring you two brand new workshops this month, we already cover a vast array of tasks and projects in our existing workshops. However, starting March 19th, we will host our very first Rustic Wood Plank Clock Workshop.

We will bring you through the step by step process to create this aged looking rustic clock which really adds character to the home. All materials are included (excluding clock mechanism) and we have had the wood cut-outs custom made specifically for these workshops. You can find full details here!

 

The second of the new workshops being introduced this month is the Canadian Flag Sign Making workshop. Let your patriotic side takeover and show your pride to create your very own 22” Wood Flag to add to your décor all year round.

Once again, all materials will be included so all you will need to show off your Canadian spirit is your two hands and a willingness to get them dirty! You can find full details here

We are also constantly adding new dates to our existing workshops so be sure to check out our webpage for updates! 

Win Your Hearts Desire Winner!

Win Your Hearts Desire - February 2017
February was the month of LOVE and we wanted to celebrate with our 'Win Your Heart's Desire'. So we gave you, our loyal customers and friends red hearts with every purchase in-store and the opportunity to label anything valued $100 and less with these personalized hearts. At the end of the month we had so many entries and the lucky red heart to be picked out as our winner was Claire.
 
We are thrilled that Claire's hearts desire was a Basic Upholstery Workshop which she will attend for free, congratulations Claire!
 
February may be the month of love but love is an emotion we feel all year round. This beautiful video shows the power of love and the need to show others around us love all year round, not just for the month of February! 

Join us at the Fraser Valley Women's Expo!!

Join us for this year's Fraser Valley's Women's Expo in March. We will be on hand to answer any of your home decor questions, and doing Chalk Paint™ demonstrations both on stage and in our booth so you can see how you can create a beautiful life! Save the date, March 4, 5, 6, 2016. Take a peek to see all the presenters. Scroll down to find a handy poster you can download and print at the bottom of this post. See you there! FV Women's Expo 2016 Poster FV Women's Expo 2016 Poster

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!

 

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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

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