Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan!

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In honor of Canada Day, which is just around the corner on Saturday, July 1, we’re featuring a great project (several, actually!) by Ottawa stockist Katrina Barclay of Malenka Originals. Katrina and her team collaborated with several local furniture painters in her area to use Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday!

Says Katrina, “I lived outside Canada for eight years before becoming an Annie Sloan Stockist. Although I loved living abroad and having new experiences in other countries, I’m so happy to be back home. There’s the obvious things I love about this country – the nature, the open space, the peace and safety we enjoy. But there are a lot of other reasons I’m proud to be a Canadian: universal healthcare, one-year maternity leave for new mothers, and that we’re a welcoming place for others – we took in over 45,000 refugees in 2016 alone. Oh, and there’s also poutine and maple syrup. I love those too!”

Read on to see some of the great pieces from Katrina’s Pieces of Canada project

These children’s Adirondack chairs were such a pleasure to work on. Handmade locally, using cedar, I wanted some of the original wood to show, but also felt they needed a cool, cottage-y colour. Something soothing and beachy – that feeling of wanting to stay by the water all day. The Maple Leaf is raw wood, and around it I did a wash of Pure White Chalk Paint™, to keep some of the wood grain showing. The chair on the left was painted in a mix of Duck Egg Blue and Pure White. The chair on the right is French Linen.

Celebrate Canada's 150th birthday with Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan!

A bit of hemp oil was rubbed into the Maple Leaf to really bring out the colour of the cedar. As Chalk Paint™ works great for outdoors, the chairs don’t need any finish, however they were sanded smooth with a fine Annie Sloan sanding pad to smooth and strengthen the surface. These cedar children’s Adirondack chairs are for sale at Malenka Originals for $150 + tax each.


What would Pieces of Canada be without a large dose of red? This stunning solid-wood dresser was painted by Ulla Kourany of Ulla K Distressed Furniture Creations.

Celebrate Canada's 150th birthday with Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan!

Using Annie Sloan’s Emperor’s Silk Chalk Paint™, it’s the perfect shade to get those Canada Day juices flowing. Some Dark Chalk Paint™ Wax was added to enhance the details, as well as distressing on the edges and corners. Ulla’s dresser is available at Malenka Originals for $650 + tax.


As the daughter of a long-established Ontario paddle maker, Jennifer Bell knows a thing or two about paddles. And as an interior decorator, she also has a keen eye for colours and designs. Jennifer has painted a few paddles for Pieces of Canada, and she will also be running a paddle painting workshop at Malenka Originals in July. Click here for more info and booking.

Celebrate Canada's 150th birthday with Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan!

Jennifer’s paddles are available for purchase at Malenka Originals.


Many of our Canadian stockists will be celebrating Canada Day all month long by hosting paddle painting workshops – head on over to the Annie Sloan Canada Facebook page for more information.

“Spreading my love of refreshing furniture is the reason I wanted to become an Annie Sloan Stockist. I’m very inspired by Annie’s message that anyone can use her paint, no matter their abilities. We’ve had many customers who have never painted anything before, and suddenly after a workshop, they’ve transformed everything in their house! Annie’s products are so easy to use, and everyone gets amazing results. I love seeing people embrace their creative side,” says Katrina.

Now it’s your turn – we want to see your best Canadian-inspired projects! Share them with us in the comments below, or on Facebook or Instagram by using the hashtag #AnnieSloanCanada.

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