Beginner Workshop - Paint Basics Schedule Now Available

Lois Butler - Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Comfortable indoor spaces become more of a focus during the wintery months and now that our seasonal decor has been tucked back into its box, many homes need a shot of colour and an extra dash of cosy.  It might be time for a new look!  

Soft or bold, rustic or refined, the choice is yours.

 

 

 


If you have a space that is looking a bit tired, now is the perfect opportunity for you to carve out a little personal, creative time.  Enter DIY season where we Canadians hunker down to declutter, DIY, and redecorate!  Our new line of furniture paint makes this type of "up styling" very easy.  It is also an economical and eco-friendly approach.  

Enroll now in our Beginner Workshop - Paint Basics and you will learn how to create the painted finishes that are so popular and inviting.


Our introductory class will prepare you for furniture "recycling" by showing you how to apply and distress a finish.  You will go home with new found confidence and skills.  This workshop is a perfect fit for the beginner who has never tried painting before as well as those with some prior experience who want to refine their skills.  Read more here.

   


Sign up now.  APC - Workshops

New Year - New Start

Lois Butler - Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Have you had enough of winter yet?  I know I have.  

During winter many of us tend to spend more time indoors browsing magazines and internet sites like Pinterest, resulting in a critical eye when it comes to our own home.  We feel the urge to refresh, redecorate, or declutter our living space.  As you are working towards simplifying and reordering your space, maybe you will find a few furniture pieces that you would like to sell.


From the start, our Consignment Service, has been a very successful venture. We have many satisfied buyers and sellers as quality pieces move from one home to another.  Right now we are particularly interested in smaller tables and storage pieces but we are still open to dining room sets and larger cabinets. These pieces are often sold just as they come into the store, but they are great candidates for "upstyling" and "repurposing"too.  

  
      Upstyling: Paint Techniques           Repurposing: Kitchen to Entry Way

Just send pictures of your items to consignment@loisbutler.com.  Please don't automatically decide that "they won't want this".  Just send your pictures and we will let you know what we are able to take.

This past year has been an interesting journey for us as we have expanded the scope of our business to include furniture consignment, custom woodwork, furniture transformations through painting techniques, and now painting classes (class schedule soon to be published).  All of these additions have been the result of our improved and enlarged location at 294 Lakeshore.  So feel free to come and browse anytime as stock rotates quickly and the some items hardly make it to the showroom before a very speedy exit transpires.  

I'll end with a sample gallery of consignment, created, and transformed furniture that has passed through our doors.

Have a Happy and Healthy New Year and good luck with your decorating plans!










 





APC - The Breathable Healthy Alternative

Lois Butler - Thursday, December 17, 2015

Our new APC paint has arrived!  Our shelves are stocked with a broad, fresh colour palette of all natural, earth friendly products.

You can "UPSTYLE" any preloved furniture making it ready to endure and enjoy again. 

The paint adheres to many surfaces, including wood, plastic, glass, and more.  It is durable enough for the dining room table, and safe enough for a baby's bed.  APC offers a zero VOC, eco-friendly, solvent free, acrylic-free paint that contains no fungicide or co-polymers!  No chemicals, no worries! 

    

The chalk/clay/mineral paints are thick, rich and self priming.  You can thin it or use it straight - all natural and easy to apply.  

We carry amazing colours and can teach you layering techniques, distressing techniques, and other finishes that will extend the possibilities.   

The waxes and topcoat finishes are also all natural, non-toxic and have no odour.  

APC waxes lead the industry and are the choice of professional refinishers.  Imagine being able to use these products in your own home without the worry of chemical fumes!  Every option offered is a breathable, healthy, alternative to other products on the market today.



These paint and finishing products are so easy to use and we are here to help YOU.  

We are planning classes in January so grab a friend or two and join us for a little bit of Paint Therapy.  Stay tuned for more details and leave your name at the store to let us know you're interested. You can also just Send a Message to be added to the list.

Explore Paint on the main menu bar.  You will find the permanent links to paint products, brushes, sealers, APC Overview, and APC Colour Book.  

Related Links: Paint Products // Brushes // Sealers

APC Colour Book: Click here to see the colours that we carry along with a gallery of completed projects.  There are lots of creative ideas to inspire you!


I'm Back...

Lois Butler - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Check out our new art selections.  There's still time to update your space before the holidays!



Christmas Presents

Lois Butler - Sunday, November 29, 2015

The warm weather and lack of snow just doesn't feel like Christmas according to a lot of my clients, but whether we feel it or not, Christmas is almost here.  

We have lots to offer you for your Christmas decor and gifts.  Our bet sellers have been restocked weekly and new items arrive almost daily.  Here are six of our favourite candle holders.

Midnight Blue Hurricane //  Holly Berry Votive 

 Belem Tealight Holders 

Blitzen // Rustic Wood // Festive Votives

Serve your guests with style or gift them with a new barware set and crystal bottle stopper.  If you include some "spirits", it's sure to be a hit.

For all the yummy tidbits make sure you have a good selection of cheese knives, spreaders and an olive spoon.

And yes, we Canadians like our fresh veggies, even as the temperature dips, so bring on the salad servers.

For the guy who has everything, we have the Nobleese Whiskey Decanter and 2 Tumblers.  

Bar Set // Crystal Bottle Stopper 

Knot Olive Spoon // Knot Cheese Knife // Knot Pate Knife

Salad Servers - Knot // Hammer // Ring

Nobleese Whiskey Set