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February 28, 2013

Local Event: Got Milk Paint? Workshop!

PictureGot Milk Paint? Workshop

Taking our hands-on Milk Paint Workshop will ensure that you acquire a strong knowledge of how to use Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Furniture Wax and Antiquing Wax. You will complete a variety of sample boards plus a project piece that can be taken home to display your new talents!

All materials, snacks and beverages are provided.  Just show up in your paint clothes and be ready to have fun!


This hands on workshop offers:
  • History, characteristics and preparation of Milk Paint
  • Different uses of Milk Paints on wood, ceramic, metal, drywall etc.
  • Easy methods of custom colour matching
  • Faux-finishing techniques, antiquing, distressing etc.
  • Crackle finishes 

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Cost:  $225 + GST   (Includes all materials: project pieces, paints and finishes.  Snacks and beverages are provided.)



OR visit Apple Box Boutique online for more workshop and registration information.

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February 27, 2013

New Arrival: Miss Mustard Seed's Book, "Inspired You!"

Some girls get giddy over a new pair of shoes. Marian Parsons gets giddy over room makeovers. With a lot of ingenuity, a little bit of effort, and a tight budget, she has transformed her home into a beautiful space and filled her heart with a lot more contentment. Thousands have found inspiration at Marian’s blog, missmustardseed.com, and now she shares dozens of new projects, ideas, and DIY adventures in the pages of Inspired You.

Marian will remind you that homes don’t have to be magazine material to be special, comfortable, and inviting. The goal you’re working toward is home. Not a perfect home. Not an “impress the neighbors” home. Just home—one whose walls and rooms tell the story of the family who lives there. Beautiful homes start with inspiration and a willingness to try. So uncover your God-given creativity. Be encouraged, be willing, and be inspired.

Follow this blog to win your copy!

In two weeks, we will draw randomly from all of our blog followers.  Watch for your name and contact us within 48 hours to receive your book!

Like us and tell us on our Facebook page that you're a follower of our blog, and receive two more entries to WIN.

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February 25, 2013

Reimagined Monday: Ugly Duckling 80's Dresser to Swan


Hello!  It's Reimagined Monday and we are very excited to share this fantastic project with you.

One of the things we've been doing at the Apple Box studio is use legs on otherwise average pieces to give them some real 'stage presence'.  Today's entry is a fabulous example from one of our lovely customers, Kathryn Brandt.  Completed last summer, Kathryn's dresser is a real showstopper!

Here is the before pic of the dresser Kathryn bought on kijiji for $35:


Unremarkable, outdated and blah-brown veneer it is hard to envision this ugly duckling becoming a swan.  But with a little Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan and some reimagination, anything can happen!

Kathryn wrote, "...I sure loved the paint - super easy to use and such beautiful colors ! I also bought these legs from home depot for $5 each and had my hubby install on bottom to make it less dresser like and more entertainment unit ish!"

The legs are cute and inexpensive and an assortment of styles can be found at most hardware and home renovations stores:
Rather than make a heavy investment, Kathryn then sprayed the hardware with black spray paint and this swan took flight:

Kathryn Brandt's gorgeous cabinet in French Linen Chalk Paint®

Gorgeous! All of us at the Boutique just love this piece and continue to gush over it; but we'll leave the final words to Kathryn...

"So fun and can't wait to do another project!!" 

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What have YOU Reimagined?  
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Reimagined Monday Draw
We would like to highlight more customer projects!  Send us your before/during/after pictures and tell us about your creative process and you'll be entered into our monthly Reimagined Monday draw.

Each month we will give away a different item like paint, brushes, books, supplies, gift certificates and more. You don't have to be featured to be eligible... the month you enter is the month you will be included in the draw. 

Send your name, pictures and story to:

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February 23, 2013

Pinterest loves Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan!

While perusing Pinterest it became very clear that Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan is the darling of Pinterest.  While looking for design inspiration for a client's custom kitchen makeover, we found so many other fantastic reimagined pieces that we couldn't help but share them.

Here is just a sampling of projects that caught us by the heart!

A Bit O' Whimsy: Lovin the Hutch
Incredible Armoire Makeover using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan by A Bit O' Whimsey
Amanda from Girl in Pink had a bit of fun painting & waxing this shabby Paris chic door finished with Antoinette Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan!
Pretty Door painted with Chalk Paint® in Antoinette by Girl in Pink
Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan has proven its durability over time!
Fabulous Floor from Annie Sloan Unfolded
Lovely Suitcase Makeover in Duck Egg and Old White by The Concrete Cottage
Suitcase Makeover by The Concrete Cottage
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Curtains Painted with Chalk Paint® in Provence by Perfectly Imperfect
Fireplace makeover with Annie Sloan chalk paint, an old tin barn roof and barn wood by Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes, Nashville TN
Fireplace Makeover by Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes
Brad and Amber of Shades of Amber take a break and create these soothing pieces with Provence Chalk Paint™ decorative paint!
Candlesticks Makeover by Shades of Amber using Chalk Paint® in Provence

Chair Makeover by Robyn Storey Designs
Michelle Delgado of WonderFaux Studio - Houston shares this beautifully distressed ceiling created with Graphite, French Linen & Old White Chalk Paint™ decorative paints!
Graphite, French Linen & Old White Chalk Paint® Ceiling by WonderFaux Studio
Old White Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan on the walls! The lettering stencil is by Royal Design Studio and called Springtime in Paris.
Old White Chalk Paint® Stenciled Walls from Annie Sloan Unfolded Blog
Dresser Makeover
Custom Chalk Paint® cabinet by Urban Comfort
Courtesy of Vicki Shoemaker of 3 Oaks Studio in Clovis, CA: her trusty, much-loved, now painted in Florence, vintage Kelvinator.
Vintage Kelvinator Refrigerator Painte with Chalk Paint® in Florence by 3 Oaks Studio
Check out this gorgeous post from @Suzonne Stirling | Urban Comfort for recipe on how to make "Vintage Kitchen Green" with Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan
Vintage Kitchen Green cabinet: Custom Chalk Paint® mix by Urban Comfort

Check out all of the above and more on Pinterest, then stop in at Apple Box Boutique to see our Chalk Paint® colour board, stock up on paint supplies and learn about our paint Workshops!

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February 19, 2013

People Are Chalking Workshops: Open for Registration

People Are Chalking Workshop 
This ‘jump-start’ Chalk Paint® workshop covers everything you need to know about Annie Sloan paints and waxes.  Learn application techniques such as washes, dry brush and layering, different distressing techniques and finally the how-tos of finishing and antiquing using Soft Wax. 

You will leave with the enthusiasm and expertise to go home and reimagine a piece of furniture with confidence.

Just show up in your paint clothes and be ready to have fun!

Upcoming Classes
Date:         Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Time:         10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Location:  Apple Box Boutique 6507 - 112 Avenue, Edmonton, AB

Date:         Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Time:         10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Location:  Apple Box Boutique 6507 - 112 Avenue, Edmonton, AB

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February 18, 2013

Interviewing Annie Sloan: From the Artist's Perspective

At Apple Box Boutique, one of the things we talk about to our customers is that Annie Sloan developed her paint from the perpective of a fine artist.  Recently Annie was interviewed by ArtispherOnline, and it really gives insight into Chalk Paint® and the woman behind this remarkable decorative product.

Interview with Annie Sloan 
Excerpt: - Interview with ArtisphereOnline.

I recently had the opportunity to interview Annie Sloan covering everything from the history of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®  to new colors for 2013!

Boho Chic-Riviera Red fabric and Coco side table  and Emperor’s Silk chair

With brighter, clearer colors being the direction of 2013 (emphasis on greens!), will Annie Sloan be introducing any new color palettes in 2013? 
I have two new colors, Burgundy, a rich deep beetroot red and English Yellow, a bright sunny yellow, coming to North America in 2013 although they are in fact the re-emergence of old colors and one that is already available in the UK and the rest of Europe.  I don’t really reflect fashion but have a range of colors that have been taken from the artist/artisan/craftsman’s’ palette.  I know what pigments that were available historically and have based my palette on this.  Of course history takes us right up to the present, so my colors reflect the 18th, 19th and 20th century as well as now.

Rustic Country Old White table top with Clear and Dark Wax, with Antibes Green and Dark Wax

I have a very bright green called Antibes Green that I have been working with a lot in the last year or two. I love it with my clear blues.  I have a new book coming out April 2nd 2013 called ‘Color Recipes for Painted Furniture and More’ published by Cico Books and I have used these colors in there.  In fact people might be surprised at the styles I have in it using my colors.  It’s all about how you combine color I think.  That’s the secret.


In reproduction furniture, what other products can Annie Sloan Chalk Paint ® be used with to create an illusion of antiquity…plasters, gilding?
I use a little bit of my Decoupage/ Transfer Medium. That’s great fun.  I find my paint does most things I want, as it can be very thick and very thin.  I use it on walls and on furniture. Of course I use my paint with wax – this is something that I introduced to America I feel is part and parcel of my technique.  When I first came to America with my paint 3 years ago and it was seen I used wax over my paint, there was a lot of resistance.  A few people were doing it of course through my books already.  But now it’s become quite normal!! Using wax is a great way to change things and make something look old or new.

Country Chic-washed Old White , Old Violet

Annie’s Chalk Paint colors work seamlessly with restoration on historical pieces…. what research goes into picking the colors and are there any historical references? (Pompeii frescoes, English castles, etc.)
When I developed my decorative paint in 1990 there was no other paint like this on the market.  I needed something that allowed me to make interesting textures and patinas, and was very flexible. I knew I wanted to develop various techniques particularly waxing the paint. After doing all the research for my early books ‘The Complete Book of Decorative Paint Techniques’ and ‘Classic Paints & Faux Finishes’ I had really fallen in love wax as it has such a mellow look compared with varnishes.

Modern-Provence with Pure White

Initially there were lots of trials and paint swatches and tests and back and forth for ages and ages. We were still changing things a couple of years later until I was completely happy. I am also incredibly particular about the colours I have in my paints. It has to be exactly the right mix.

Retro Chic-Paloma with Coco side table

I’m very proud of my paint of course too but I think the thing I am most thrilled by in some ways is the structure of my stockist’s stores and my relationship with them. We have an incredibly tight group of independent shops that I help build with my years as a retail person and interior decorator, and my knowledge of paint, pigment, design and color.

Rococo, Faded Roses and Old White Table with Chateau Grey and Primer Red Lamp post

My background is 7 years in art school ending with a Masters in Fine Art as well as years of researching as my private study into old paints and pigments.  I have also traveled a lot and I take it all in.   I love the 18th century – it’s where the modern age started in some ways. We still see evidence of it in in furniture that is available today –classic American furniture is available in reproduction form with rococo cabriole shaped legs and neoclassical molding such as urns and pediments.  I cover this in the Work Book, I published in November.  It is essentially a sketchbook to make notes in, keep reference pieces and it also has lots of tips on how to mix colours and work with different styles of furniture and I give some suggestions on the colours to use.

Graphite on brass, then waxed

I am not only interested in recreating the past. I also absolutely love modern design and art. American 1960s Abstract expressionists artists have made a huge impact on the world – and me! – with their vibrant and free use of color so my palette also reflects modern colours.   I think that this will have a huge impact on furniture painting and interior d├ęcor in the next few years. I have some a chapter in my new book on Modern Contemporary.   Exciting times ahead!

French-Paris Noir Ticking and Pastoralle Toile on the chair painted in Graphite,
Table in Chateau Grey
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February 15, 2013

Latest Shipment of Finds -- Ready to be Reimagined!

First, we have to say our pickers are outdoing themselves these days.  With it becoming more and more difficult to find unique furniture in and around the city, we are very pleased (and fortunate) to have connections near and far that keep our 'ready for reimagining' pieces rolling in.

We don't have the greatest photos of them yet, but here are some of the latest items on the way to our studio -- Just choose your paint colour(s) and we'll custom finish to your peference!

(Re-) imagine this gorgeous antique cabinet with a surprising pop of colour inside!


This matching sideboard is set to be extraordinary:


A sweet little dresser that is the perfect cross-over piece... pretty enough for a girl's room and yet the defined lines work well for a boy's room!


French Provincial tables!  ALWAYS a huge hit.


We love it when cabinets like this turn up... they are drop-dead gorgeous in Chalk Paint® or Milk Paint!


Contact us at: info@appleboxboutique.com to learn more about how you can purchase and customize your One-Of-A-Kind piece -- but don't wait too long.  These are sure to go fast!

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February 13, 2013

Project Personality: Something Old, Something New...

Project Personality
with Apple Box Boutique founder Leanne Playter Korsos

Hello, and welcome to Project Personality -- I'm writing today because it is time to Share The Love!

Having jumped the broom with 'The Spartan' a while back, here's bettin' you're wondering why my blog title is "Something Old, Something New".  Well, it's simple really -- that phrase describes a lot about what has happened in my world over the last few years.  I left my old career in corporate environs to take on a new venture doing something I used to love in a new business involving new and old techniques and products to update old, and sometimes new, furniture.  Yup... like I said, it's simple.

What also happened is an accumulation of a large number of things I thought may be needed along my new path; all with good intentions but the truth is I may soon qualify for the TV program Hoarders unless I weed through my catalog of furniture pieces and let go of things I likely will not get around to painting, reupholstering or otherwise finishing.  And that means...

SALE TIME!
Now and then we will be posting items that I adore but that need a new home and a little more attention.  The idea is to make space for the things I intend to work on now that we truly know what our beloved Apple Box Boutique is aspiring to become.

Along with building up our repertoire of DIY and paint-related items (knobs and stencils on the horizon!), we'll be holding more workshops, taking on more custom projects and doing our best to keep what we reimagine for the Boutique as unique as possible.  We also have a few other surprises up our paint-shirt sleeves, but those are under wraps until the time is right.

In the meantime, watch for our offerings here on the blog and on our Facebook page.  These items will be sold on a first come first served basis, be that via the Apple Cart (our online shopping site) or in-store.  And if buying turns to painting, we'll be here to help you with that, too!

We can custom paint your purchase, sell it to you as is, provide all the supplies to get you on the road to a successful DIY project or help you make the most of it through one of our paint workshops.

Let the reimagining (but first the shopping) begin!


This is a lovely French-style piece that has been painted in Louis Blue Chalk Paint® (Annie Sloan) with gilded accents and handles, but it requires a new bottom in it's lower drawer.  It's not a difficult thing to repair, but with all the changes happening at the Boutique, there has been little time to get it done.

Repaired, this piece would sell for $575. As is: $299

If you love it too, just visit The Apple Cart (our online shop) to make your purchase, or hurry in to the Boutique and grab it while you can!  We'd love for it to be paired with a happy new owner.

Speaking of LOVE... 
Happy Valentine's Day from all of us at Apple Box Boutique!
~♥~ Leanne
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February 11, 2013

Reimagined Monday: Child's Colonial-style Bed Update


Yes, it is one of our favourite days... Reimagined Monday!

Today's post is a great example of how to update an older style bedframe to something fresh and fit for any child's or youth's room.

Here is the headboard and footboard in it's natural state... pretty common and plain:


Mista Zaugg pondered the colour options and came up with a fabulous combination that works well for a boy's or girl's room.

After some jazzing up with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Kitchen Scale, and a few touches of Emperor's Silk in Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan, Voila!

Youth bed - MMS Milk Paint in 'Kitchen Scale'

Just the right amount of Chalk Paint® in 'Emperor's Silk'

The finished project:


If you love this bed, it can be yours. As much as she had fun reimagining it, Mista is selling it (side rails included) for just $225 and is already prepping for her next project.

To purchase, contact us at Apple Box Boutique, or email Mista at cscliegh@gmail.com.

What have YOU Reimagined?  
Send in your project pics and be entered to win our Reimagined Monday draw!

Reimagined Monday Draw
We would like to highlight more customer projects!  Send us your before/during/after pictures and tell us about your creative process and you'll be entered into our monthly Reimagined Monday draw.

Each month we will give away a different item like paint, brushes, books, supplies, gift certificates and more. You don't have to be featured to be eligible... the month you enter is the month you will be included in the draw. 

Send your name, pictures and story to:
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