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July 29, 2013

Reimagined Monday: Country Grey Console Table

Who doesn't love a console table?  They fit well in most spaces and complement any room.  We've used them as sofa tables, foyer tables, hall tables and vanities. And when they are painted with Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan... well, they are just that much better!

Today's Reimagined Monday feature comes from Nancy Allen, friend and part-time buyer for Apple Box Design Studio. In Nancy's travels, she found this adorable console table and decided to give it a makeover:


This is what Nancy wrote us about her project:

"LOVE LOVE LOVE CHALK PAINT!"

"I was so anxious to get started I forgot to take a "before" picture...oops!  This picture is from auction photos as this little gem was bought at an antique and estates auction for $50....guessing it fell under the "estates" part of the auction as it was not an antique.   I was looking for a small console table for my mom's garden room and this was perfect....well, almost perfect...it still needed Annie Sloan Chalk Paint."

And this is the transformed table:

It was finished in Country Grey and lightly distressed, then buffed with clear Soft Wax.

Nancy, we all agree... you did a fabulous job!



Don't forget to enter our monthly contest for your chance to win!

Here's the info:

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 using Chalk Paint™ or Milk Paint 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:
info@appleboxboutique.com for your chance to win!

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July 25, 2013

Meet The Artist is happening tonight! 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM!

We invite you all to Meet The Artist!  

Artist Larissa Russell will be at the boutique tonight from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM.  She will be unveiling new pieces, as well as providing excellent discounts exclusive to those who stop in tonight at Apple Box Boutique.

Enjoy complimentary refreshments, and talk with the artist about her work and inspiration.

We're looking forward to seeing you there!

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July 23, 2013

A Twist on our Colour of the Month: Baby Bluesfest!

Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the arrival of their son!

To welcome the heir apparent, instead of our usual "Colour of the Month" deal, we are celebrating by offering up best pricing on a new blue every week.

First up:  
Louis Blue
NOW just $45!

Order online and pay just $10 flat rate shipping no matter how much you buy!

While there is much debate about King Louis of France ever having been crowned in England, we love this colour and it is one of the most popular in the Annie Sloan pallet of Chalk Paint™  decorative paints.

Whether put to use to achieve that fresh and breezy look in any area of your home or to enhance the decor in your little boy's room, this lovely pastel blue is always a hit.

Annie Sloan describes this colour as "a pretty pastel blue that works particularly well when waxed with a dark brown."

Image: The Paint Shoppe

Here is a little 'Louis Blue' inspiration to spark your creativity:

Louis Blue on a delicately shaped French side table with a little dark wax in places and rubbed back a little to reveal the wood underneath.
Image: AnnieSloan.com
Pompadour
Add 3 parts of Old White to 1 part of Louis Blue to make a graceful grey blue that makes me think of the beautiful and refined favourite of Louis XV so Annie Sloan called it POMPADOUR
Image: AnnieSloan.com
Sophia
Add 8 parts of Old White to 1 part of Louis Blue makes a very soft grey Swedish blue that Annie Sloan has called SOPHIA after King Gustav's daughter.
Image: AnnieSloan.com
Stone Bentley Creations
Reloved Rubbish: Louis Blue with Old White Striping
Image: Pinterest  End table with Stained Top
Apple Box Boutique Inc.: French Provincial Dresser with Gold Gilding
Summer Wind Interiors

Louis Blue looks fabulous mixed with other colours and used to create contrast as well!
Apple Box Boutique Inc.: Olive accented with Louis Blue
Louis Blue mixed with Paris Grey makes a lovely Gustavian grey
Image: Pinterest  Cabinet in Napoleonic, Drawers from top: Louis Blue, Duck Egg, Provence, Greek Blue, and Aubusson Blue

HAPPY BABY BLUESFEST!

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July 22, 2013

Reimagined Monday: A Diamond in the Rough


Stop in at any thrift shop, and you will likely find at least one of those boxy, outdated end-tables that is a throw-back to the heyday of chunky, oversized furniture.  Most people would pass it by without a second glance.  Others, however, ferry it home with excitement from the aisles of Sally Ann, or from their parent's basement, or from a neighbour who is tired of looking at it or a friend who just can't use it anymore.

And what separates the passer-by from the person who sees it as a diamond in the rough?  In our world, that would be Chalk Paint™ and Milk Paint!

Today's Reimagined Monday project is the perfect example of seeing past the cosmetics, but also a lesson in how easy it is to go back and make changes if your tastes warrant it!

This was Marguerite Velthuizen's end table:


...and this is her experience:

"A few weeks ago, a friend of mine gave me some old furniture that she no longer had room for.  It had some great bones, but I wanted to give it a fresh look.  My on-line search led me to Annie Sloan chalk paint, which, in turn led me to Apple Box Boutique. There is only so much you can learn from the internet, and  I so appreciate all the helpful advice I was given by your super-friendly staff."

"For my furniture, I wanted a  look that was somewhat antiqued, to bring out the detail, but not overly distressed.  This is what I ended up doing:  I cleaned my night table with TSP, and rinsed well. I knew I wanted new hardware, so I  removed the existing hardware, and filled the holes with a wood filler. I sanded the filler flat, and wiped off the little bits of filler. I gave everything two coats of CoCo paint, using a cheap chip brush from Home Depot.  Since I wanted to minimize brush strokes in the finish, I diluted my paint; roughly 4 parts paint to 1 part water.  The paint went on beautifully, and gave great coverage."

"Next I clear-waxed everything.  I was glad to have invested in a good wax brush. I wiped off the excess wax with a lint- free cloth.  I then applied and wiped off dark wax in the same manner, and hated the dark blotchy results!  On went two more coats of paint, and one more coat of clear wax. Next I mixed my dark wax with an equal amount of clear wax, and applied it with the wax brush, immediately wiping off the excess as I went along. Much better!" 

"I found some great hardware at Home Depot, and after 24 hours, buffed the living daylights out of the cabinet.  I love how it has turned out."


The finish has a gorgeous sheen, and I have noticed it has become nice and hard over the past week or so.  I can't wait to finish the rest of the furniture!"

"Thank you so much for your help. I know I'll be back for more paint."
  

It is our pleasure, Marguerite! Thank you for sharing your fabulous project with us... we can't wait to see what you do with the rest of the pieces!

We wish Marguerite good luck in this month's Reimagined Monday Draw!


Don't forget to enter our monthly contest for your chance to win!

Here's the info:

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 using Chalk Paint™ or Milk Paint 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:
info@appleboxboutique.com for your chance to win!

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Apple Box Boutique
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July 20, 2013

All New! KnobStoppers & Kitchen Papers have arrived!

It's always a little like Christmas morning around here when boxes arrive from our suppliers.  This time we were even more excited, because the packages contained two brand new products!

Take a look at the lovely, lovely wares that have just been unwrapped!

All together now...

OOOOOOOooooooooo!

 Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

As Seen On CITY LINE






  
That's exactly what WE said!!!

Available in-store now.
 
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July 18, 2013

Invitation to Meet Artist Larissa Russell on July 25th

Apple Box Boutique is proud to present
an evening with artist Larissa Russell
 New pieces to be unveiled.
10 to 40% off on all of Larissa’s work,
including newly unveiled pieces.
 
 Come and join us for coffee and refreshments,
enjoy an evening of art and creativity. 
 

When:  Thursday, July 25, 2013
        7:00 PM - 9:00 PM 
Where: 6507 - 112 Avenue, Edmonton, AB

Recently featured at ArtWalk on Whyte, Larissa's passion is abstract art/mixed media.  She is an educator of the arts and the owner of Creative Forces, a company dedicated to sharing the artwork she creates as well as the works and creative experiences of other artists.

Larissa also creates in many other ways including writing, watercolour painting, gardening, crafting, cooking, baking and scrapbooking.
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July 12, 2013

What's So Special About That Highlands Market?

If you haven't heard of The Highlands Outdoor Farmers' Market we're here to tell you that it is something special.  In the word's of our Apple Box Boutique founder (Leanne), this is why...

The weather yesterday started out cool and wet and not at all inviting.  The people who regularly visit the Highlands Outdoor Farmers' Market come rain or shine, but as the day went on the clouds rolled away and that big blue Alberta sky made an appearance.  It is a moment that always makes me feel like throwing my arms out and spinning around.  It is breathing space, and when the tables went up and those incredible goods were laid out for market-goers, it felt just right to know it was all fresh, all artisan, all handcrafted, and all worth the trip.

While there may not be dozens of vendors, those who sell here are some of the best in the city.  It is friendly, and fun, and has a little bit of everything.  But above all it has heart, and last night I was reminded again of why I love it so much.

Amidst the fabric, face painting and farm goods was a young busker.  His name is Clinton Richardson and to say he is good is an understatement.  At a smaller market there may not be as much money in his guitar case at the end of an evening, but Clinton shows up with a quiet, charming smile and entertains shoppers and vendors with his excellent voice and well-honed skills as a musician.   There is always enthusiastic applause and dollars in return for his efforts, but tonight there was a little extra thrown in.  

Toward the end of the evening, Yvette Cioran, the amazing woman who has committed great time, energy and leadership to the Highlands community and who made the Highlands Outdoor Farmer's Market all that it is, took up a loaf of fresh-baked bread and placed it in Clinton's guitar case.  Moments later, vendors one-by-one made their way over, showing their generosity and appreciation with more and more goods, all of us in attendance applauding as they came.

Maybe I am prone to sentimentality, but that touched me.  And I wasn't surprised... it is just one more example of why I love -- why all of us here love -- this market.  It may not be big in size, but it is incredibly huge in heart.


The Highlands Outdoor Farmers' Market takes place every Thursday evening from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM at 65th Street and 112th Avenue throughout the summer, rain or shine.

*Learn more about musician Clinton Richardson
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July 10, 2013

Project Personality: Abbe's Story

Project Personality
with Apple Box Boutique founder Leanne Playter Korsos

Hello, and welcome to Project Personality.

Sometimes it just 'happens'.  You unexpectedly see or read something that inspires you, that warms your heart... that humbles you.

Such a story was featured on Miss Mustard Seed's website yesterday and I just had to share.  When you read this you will understand why today I am a woman of few words and immense gratitude.

by Miss Mustard Seed (Marian Parsons)

~♥~ Leanne
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July 09, 2013

Our July Workshops Have Been Posted!

Learn everything you need to know to get started on your summer projects.

Book a Paint Party for you and your friends or attend one of our Chalk Paint™ or Milk Paint workshops.


Chalk Paint Workshops




Chalk It Up To Fabulous Workshop 
This is the Chalk Paintworkshop everyone has been asking about!  Spend an afternoon reimagining your small furniture or home decor item.

Learn application techniques, distressing techniques and the how-tos of finishing using Soft Wax.  Then apply your new skills and reimagine your own piece, with expert guidance on hand.

Must be able to carry in your item unassisted.

Includes paint, finishes and all painting supplies for use during class.  Lunch and beverages are provided.

Date:           Sunday, July 14, 2013
             Time:           10:00 AM - 4:00 PM              

Date:           Sunday, July 28, 2013
   Time:          10:00 AM - 4:00 PM     
  

People Are Chalking Workshop 
This ‘jump-start’ Chalk Paintworkshop 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.

Includes all materials, paints and finishes for use during class.  Snacks and beverages are provided.

 Date:         Tuesday, July 16, 2013
    Time:         12:00 PM - 3:30 PM       

  Date:          Tuesday, July 30, 2013
             Time:         12:00 PM - 3:30 PM               


Milk Paint Workshops




Got 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 sample boards to take home along with your new skills. Then, let the reimagining begin!

In this workshop you will learn about:

  • History, characteristics and preparation of Milk Paint
  • Different uses of Milk Paint
  • Multi-layer painting
  • Faux-finishing techniques: antiquing, distressing etc.
  • Crackle finish
All in-class supplies, light snacks and beverages are included. Just show up in your paint clothes and be ready to have fun!

   Date:         Thursday, July 25, 2013
 Time:         12:00 PM - 3:30 PM     


To register for workshops or to learn more about booking a  
Private Paint Party, visit our WORKSHOPS page or click:

We’re looking forward to seeing you in class!

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July 06, 2013

Announcing our June Reimagined Monday Draw Winner!

CONGRATULATIONS
to

Our June winner of the Reimagined Monday Draw!

Shelley won a $30 Gift Certificate
...and then bought more Chalk Paint decorative paint by Annie Sloan!
 
Don't forget to enter our monthly contest for your chance to win!

Here's the info:

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 using Chalk Paint™ or Milk Paint 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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Apple Box Boutique
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We'd LOVE it if you shared our blog:

July 05, 2013

It's Here! English Yellow has Arrived!

As bright and cheery as the sun!

English Yellow
The hottest new colour of the summer is the latest offering in the designer line of Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan.

If you like this...
By Making The Best
this...

From Annie Sloan Unfolded Blog

this...
By Debell

or this...


Then you're going to LOVE this...


Alright... we didn't paint the little duck, but she's just too cute not to share!

English Yellow... it's in-store NOW!

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