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March 26, 2013

We Love Workshops: Chalk Paint®, Milk Paint & Private Parties too.

Yes, we love our workshops around here!  With Easter and then our "Destination Downton" trip on the calendar, our next sessions will be later in April.  To be the first to hear about new workshops when they are posted, sign up for email notifications at: http://www.appleboxboutique.com/workshop-notifications.html

We had great fun in last week's Got Milk Paint? workshop and we're already looking forward to the next one.  Here are some pics!

So many colours to choose from... and to create other colours with!

A little water, a little milk paint powder, and a little stirring -- it's fun and quick to mix up! 


Decisions, decisions!  Adding Bonding Agent to the mixture provides serious adhesion.  Or leave it out for chic chippyness.


Bonding Agent looks creamy in the bottle, but doesn't affect the richness of the colours.


The consistency is up to you. Add more water to make a base stain for lighter woods when you'd like to distress out to a deeper tone, or use it for pickling (or as a wash) to enhance the wood grain and create interest.


Crackling can also be achieved by painting with a slightly thicker consistency of Milk Paint and quickly drying it with a hair dryer, creating small natural cracks. It is beneficial to use the Crackle Medium for more obvious cracks. 


Lots of samples are created in-class so you can take the knowledge home with you!


Don't miss our next workshop, or if you would like a private Paint Party, we can book dates outside of our regular sessions.

Many thanks to Cinnamon Photography for the fabulous workshop photos!

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Apple Box Boutique

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March 18, 2013

And the winner is... Plus Reimagined Monday!


We would like to thank everyone who is a follower of our blog and also those who took the time to comment on our Facebook page!  Watch for more great contests coming soon.

The winner of Miss Mustard Seed's book,  "Inspired You" is:
Joanna Clark Dawyd

Congratulations, Joanna! Just contact us at info@appleboxboutique.com within 48 hours to receive your book!

And now it's time for...

We are posting this particular reimagining because we loved the stencil work and the fact that it was a family effort!

Amy Schmalz sent this in, and has been entered to win this month's Reimagined Monday draw. It is a Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan  project she worked on with her daughter... in her own words:

Entering your draw !! My weekend project with my daughter

"So Kim, (my daughter) had this old dresser she hated & wanted to throw it out. I was poking at different ideas & decided to stencil it, antique it & give a good buff with clear wax. I used ASCP (Pure) white ' AC clear wax.
 

We had so much fun doing this together!! We started by sticking the stencils on the front. Then we got to the fun part, Painting !!


After  2 coats of paint were dry we carefully removed the stencils.


My daughter decided she wanted to mix the hardware so she painted her old handles with AC graphite, the glass knobs are new. 

We gave the dresser a light sanding, a little heaver on the top as Kim likes a very distressed look. I let Kim antique the drawer's herself. 


We then gave the whole piece a coat of AS clear wax & a good hard buff ! 

We love it !!"

So do we, Amy and Kim --  thank you for sharing this with us!

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Apple Box Boutique

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. 

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March 17, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Found the Leprechaun lair! It is, suprisingly, in our Boutique window!


 Get your green on with our Colours of The Month deal!

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March 11, 2013

Reimagined Monday: Double the Thrill!


When Marilyn and Jim stopped in at Apple Box Boutique, the visit started out with a conversation about how to refinish a couple of lamps. Marilyn took a keen interest in Chalk Paint® and made a command decision to dive enthusiastically into not one, but two projects straight away... fearlessness indeed. But after a few minutes of chatting it became clear that she comes by that courageous spirit naturally.

This lovely couple shared such interesting stories about Marilyn's father and his experiences and capture at Dieppe that I was mesmerized and humbled, to say the least.  I want to express how incredibly thankful I am for people like this brave and honourable man, who served our country as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces.  My father-in-law served as well and so this story felt very close to home.

A short time later, we received an email from Marilyn with pictures of her painted pieces.  She wrote that she was 'thrilled' with the outcome.  We can see why!

Her first project was to take a pair of outdated but good quality floor lamps and make them at least cottage-worthy.

Two quick coats of  Chalk Paint® and they were transformed into pieces that Marilyn has decided are too beautiful to banish and have now found a place in her home.


Excited about the results, she decided to update a mid-century dresser as well.


  With those great lines and insets, this piece went from so-so to so-fabulous


Together, these reimagined pieces brighten up the room with their fresh and stylish new look!  That is definitely double the thrill.

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Apple Box Boutique
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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March 08, 2013

International Women's Day - 10% Off for the Ladies

Annually on March 8th, a global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements.

At Apple Box Boutique, we will honour women by offering our female customers 10% off everything in the shop all day today.

... Awareness - Empowerment - Inspiration ... Happy Women's Day!

People Are Chalking Workshop: March 12, 2013


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.

Attendees will also receive 10% off of all Annie Sloan products purchased on the day of the workshop

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

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

Attendees will also receive 10% off of all Annie Sloan products purchased on the day of the workshop!
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Apple Box Boutique

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March 07, 2013

Destination Downton! (Limited Boutique Hours in April)

 Destination Downton

And so it begins... the countdown to our journey through England!

Summoned by an opportunity to tour the grand buildings, lush grounds and period furnishings that make our hearts flutter wildly (plus a little real-time research work at the National Archives), we can't help but think there is a bevvy of fabulous finds 'across the pond' waiting to be shipped back home.  Ahhh, we can dream!

To make this trip means some adjustment at Apple Box Boutique and we wanted to give a good long heads-up to our customers, present and future, that our hours will be limited from April 9th to April 21st.

While we are abroad, the Boutique will be open:
  • Monday to Thursday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and  
  • Saturdays by appointment only (contact info@appleboxboutique.com).
And now to seek out the perfect cloche hat... After all, one must be in proper attire should one make it to the Abbey!

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Apple Box Boutique
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March 06, 2013

UPDATE: Our February Winner and Our Latest Contests!

Thank you to everyone who entered our February Reimagined Monday Contest. It was fantastic to see all of the wonderful projects people have been working on and we are so excited about the March entries!

The February winner is: Mary-Jane Downie. 

We drew from our goodie bag of prizes, and Mary-Jane has won a $50 Apple Box Boutique Gift Card!

Congratulations Mary-Jane!


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:

Win This Book: Miss Mustard Seed's "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!

On March 15th, 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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Apple Box Boutique
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March 05, 2013

Big Savings on our March Colours of the Month!

We're excited to announce our March Colours of the Month!  With St. Paddy`s Day just over the rainbow, what better way to celebrate than with green and more green!


Here are a few examples of fabulous projects using these gorgeous spring colours:

$45/qt (Regularly $49.95)
Silver Heart Works
Annie Sloan
Tracitales
At Home On The Bay
Lucketts Green Milk Paint
$20/pkg (Regularly $24)
Miss Mustard Seed
Southern Revivals

Perfectly Imperfect
Sophia's

What will YOU reimagine?

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Apple Box Boutique

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