DIY Workshops

DIY Furniture Refinishing

DIY Furniture Refinishing

“It’s a good thing until you discover a better thing.” Martha Stewart

Are you familiar with the term ‘upcycling?’ Upcycling – or creative reuse - is basically about finding innovative ways to use or showcase an object. It’s about finding an inspired way to convert old stuff into refreshing and beautiful new stuff. It’s all about transformation.

Upcycling is not the same as recycling. Recycling is about discarding things – sending them away to be safely converted into reusable forms. Upcycling, however, is about keeping things and transforming them into something novel and pleasing. It’s all about The Revamp.

DIY furniture refinishing colour trends with Fusion Mineral Paint

The benefits of upcycling

Upcycling is fun. It’s creative and it’s without rules. On a grander scale, upcycling:

·       Minimizes the volume of discarded materials sent to landfills

·       Is a cost-effective way to redecorate

·       Allows you to adapt your furniture to suit your evolving home décor style

·       Brings joy through transforming personal items with your unique touch

·       Keeps family treasures with much-loved history where they belong - in your home!

Out with the old and in with the new…with paint

Bringing new life to cherished objects in your home can be just the thing to give your home décor a much-needed boost. A mini-makeover of well-loved furniture, for example, can add instant oomph to a room!

And it doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, upcycling beloved treasures around the house can be easy, enjoyable and rewarding. Paint, for example, can be extraordinarily transformative. Upcycling is a great way to breathe new life into good furniture – and it’s amazing how a simple lick of paint can completely transform an old chair, chest or table.

What timeworn treasures do you see in your home that could use a loving lift? A small side-table? A stool? A bench? An old wooden box?

Put your upcycling creativity to work

Grab your small piece of furniture in need of a pick-me-up and come join us at Homeworks Etc. We want to inspire you to learn new skills and create beautiful items - it doesn’t get better than that!

Register now in our next upcycling DIY furniture painting workshop:

DIY Furniture 101 | January 26 | $95

Interested in refinishing an old piece of furniture?
Want the feeling of NEW by adding a new pop of colour?

Bring a small piece of furniture to practice learning these techniques.  Please sand and clean in advance.  This class includes use of our paint, tools and supplies to complete your project.

Join us to learn the basic techniques and tools to tackling this project successfully from start to finish including: 

  • prepping your project

  • choosing your paint 

  • paint techniques so that you can find the one that suits your style including: basic brush strokes, antiquing and two-tone finishes

  • finishing touches

Take a sneak peak at the FUSION Mineral Paint product line. You are gonna love this paint!

You get to practice your techniques on a wood panel door.

Register now!

DIY Furniture 101

Date: Saturday, January 26th

Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm

Location: #102 – 16793 60th Avenue

Cost: $95

Check out other DIY Furniture workshop refinishing dates here.

 Happy Painting,

Jacqueline DIY

Fusion Mineral Paint - Paint it beautiful

Fusion Mineral Paint - Paint it beautiful

A professional paint for the everyday DIY’er.”

Homeworks Etc believes that you deserve the best when it comes to DIY home décor products. Fusion Mineral Paint offers an acrylic, water-based paint (not chalk-like) that delivers an exceptional matte finish with a built-in top coat and is the perfect choice for the DIY projects offered at Homeworks Etc and the many décor projects you have waiting at home.

Not only is Fusion Mineral Paint a high-quality product available in practical sizes and a fantastic array of colours, but it also has a low environmental impact – specifically, this paint has zero VOCs! It is non-toxic, odourless, has no ammonia or formaldehyde, and won’t separate or harden for 7 years. And the bottom line is sweet, too – prices are fair-market reasonable.

Paint it beautiful.

Fusion is truly one-of-a-kind. The unique ‘family recipe’ has been cultivated from the bottom-up – there is no duplication on the market that compares! A unique formulation allows it to adhere to almost any surface, from wood to metal to glass – even to lacquered surfaces. Once cured, this paint is highly durable, washable, water- and stain-resistant, and has an almost zero reflectance value (most desirable for the smoothest of finishes). You can also easily work with FusionTM for distressing, another beautiful technique to complete a treasured home décor project. 

It’s a colour sensation!

Homeworks Etc. is delighted to stock, sell, and use FusionTM paints in our DIY workshops. The colours are stunning – there is a magnificent collection of over 50 hues!

These little pots of inspiration offer the full spectrum of colour, from calming neutrals to rich, deep hues. There’s the Classic Collection (Tuscan Orange, anyone?), the iridescent shimmer of Metallics (a little Champagne, perhaps?), and the favourite fairy tales-inspired Tones for Tots (who wouldn’t love a colour dubbed Little Teapot?). A custom designer palette, Penney & Co Collection, boasts sumptuous shades like Lily Pond and Park Bench.

Are you ready to dip your brush into a pot of mineral inspiration? Join us for a DIY paint workshop now!

Homeworks Etc is proud to showcase the exemplary, one-of-a-kind, high-calibre Fusion Mineral Paint, a family-run Canadian business intent on supporting both the local economy and honouring the planet.

Located at #102- 16793 60th Ave, Surrey BC (Cloverdale)

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DIY Joy Christmas Sign

DIY Joy Christmas Sign

Do you prioritize joy in your life?

Joy feels good.

Sometimes the obvious must be pointed out! On an emotional level, we may feel joy in a variety of ways — tearfully, euphoric, with a deep sense of contentment. Scientifically, we experience joy through our neurotransmitters, and benefit in active physiological ways.

That is, joy:

  • boosts our immune system,

  • fights stress and pain, and

  • supports longevity

DIY Joy Christmas Sign

Joy motivates.

Christmas Stencils Homeworks Etc

It is a powerful opposition to fear. Joy is a sense of energy, excitement and certainty. It 

embraces and embodies love and peace. It is whole, comforting, and inspiring to do bigger and better, to see what possibilities lie beyond.

Joy creates connection.

People want to be with you and want to know what it is you have or are doing that makes you so wonderful to be around. Joy grounds you and gives you energy and awareness. Look for ways to add joy to your life and share your light of joy with others!

Joy DIY Sign DIY Workshop Homeworks Etc
Joy to the world wood sign

Choose joy.

One way is to give joy through special, hand-made, love-infused DIY treasures. A hand-made gift – even the smallest and simplest of gestures – brings a smile and makes a moment more meaningful. Any day, not just a holiday or special occasion, is an opportunity to create and give.

Make something. Give it to someone you love.

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” 

Norman Vincent Peale

Christmas waves a magic wand DIY TRIBE

Join a DIY Workshop at Homeworks Etc or buy DIY kits and Fusion Mineral Paint and Stencils online at

DIY Santa Sacks - Personalize for the kids in your life

DIY Santa Sacks - Paint and Personalize yours.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…and we have a wonderful opportunity for you to DIY something special for the FAVE KIDS in your life. A piece that will last for generations. An heirloom that kids will want as adults. Memories that will last for years, and you can say you played your part in creating them (no pun intended).

The true spirit of Christmas

Christmas is all about the spirit of giving to our circle of family and friends.

And specifically – children who are missing out on the comforts of home while under the expert care of staff at BC Children’s Hospital. A donation of $5 for every Santa Sack Purchase will go to BC Children’s Hospital.

Homeworks Etc wants to extend some heartfelt love and joy to children this holiday season. Come join us on Saturday, November 24th, to help paint your Special Delivery Christmas Santa Sack!

Personalized Santa Sack

Come alone or bring a friend. We’ve got plenty of supplies and we’re happy to show you a trick or two with paint. Drop in any time after 10:30am. By registering in advance we can have your custom name stencils printed and waiting for you.

We welcome your generosity!

Together, let’s bring some Christmas magic!
See you on November 24th!

Date:  Saturday, November 24th
Time:   starts at 10:30am – 4pm
Location:  #102 -16793 60th Ave, Surrey BC

Register today!

“Kindness in giving creates love.” Lao Tzu


Can’t wait to share this fun experience with you!

Happy DIY’ing,


Embracing the Danish Way to Live Well – Through Hygge

Embracing the Danish Way to Live Well – Through Hygge

“Hygge is about the now, and how to enjoy it and make the best of it.” Meike Wiking, The Little Book of Hygge

Have you heard about hygge? (pronounced ‘hoogah’)

Perhaps you’ve already savoured the sweet little read by Meike Wiking about this soul-satisfying characteristic of Danish living. Or perhaps you’re a little late to the library – the book was published in 2016 – but sometimes, the book comes to you. At the right time.

Like now.

The art of cozy

What do atmosphere, togetherness, comfort food, hot drinks, wine, woolen socks, blankets, fireplaces and soft lighting have in common?

They can all be components of the experience of hygge – which is a feeling of intimacy, coziness, and pleasure. Hygge has been described as ‘cocoa by candlelight.’ Don’t you love that?! Hygge moments aren’t fancy or expensive, but rather, humble and slow. Hygge can be nestling on the sofa in your pyjamas, watching movies with a loved on a snowy afternoon. It can be playing board games with the aroma of Sunday dinner wafting in through the kitchen door. It’s a glass of wine by a crackling fire, or a cuddle with your dog while reading a favourite book.

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The most important ingredient to happiness

Wiking, who is a bona fide happiness researcher, states that “there is broad agreement among happiness researchers and scientists that social relations are essential for people’s happiness.”

And when togetherness is part of hygge, there’s never any competition. There’s no room for braggarts or one-uppers. Hygge gives space for gentle conversation, good laughs, and liking one another just as we are. There’s no need to impress. Forget the up-do and make-up – it’s big sweaters and leggings and chunky socks.

The physiology of hygge

And there’s science here, too! Our amazing bodies release the neurohormone oxytocin when we are in soothing hygge moments. Oxytocin makes us happy and reduces stress, fear and pain. 

DIY-ing to make your home more hygellig

The hygge wish-list includes creating a hyggekrog in your home – a comfy space, or nook, where you can sit and relax after a long day. Think about the things you can create to make this space special – inviting pillows, gorgeous candle pillars, and a rustic tray to hold a steaming tea pot and mugs. How about a blanket ladder in the corner to hold your favourite throws? Did you know that things made out of wood are on the hygge wish-list? Paint a few wood signs with peaceful words to soothe your soul.

The simple act of DIY-ing is considered a hyggelig activity! Come join us for a DIY workshop where you can find hygge in a togetherness experience and create beautiful home décor for your cozy corner – your hyggekrog! Bring your friends!

let's get cozy DIY Workshop at Homeworks Etc

BOOK a DIY Night with friends

Are you interested in booking a DIY Night with friends? Have you ever tried DIY’ing with your bestie? Or your office colleagues?

Crafting and conversation. What a lovely combination. Keeping your hands in creation mode while you share space with others doing the same activity is such a wonderfully bonding experience! The focus may be on the craft at hand but creating in company brings that activity to new heights. It’s an amazing feeling to do something you love with a group of people you love!

Find your DIY project

As we hunker down for fall and winter, we spend more time indoors socializing. Outdoor events are put on hold, and it’s time to make use of our indoor space - for dinner dates and board games and…DIYing with friends! 

Homeworks Etc can help customize a DIY workshop with your friends, work team, or fellow volunteers.  Whether it’s a fun night out with friends or a team-building activity with colleagues, we can bring your special DIY event to light. And by the way, you don’t have to be an experienced DIYer – we have terrific workshop leaders who will take the most novice DIYer through the step-by-step process of creating beautiful handmade décor that they will feel proud to showcase in their home. 

For starters, have a peek at our Look Book for DIY project ideas. What catches your eye? We love to work with wood and paint.

DIY Workshop at Homeworks Etc

Location, location, location

While we can’t come to your home, we can go to your business location or you can come to our Homeworks Etc shop in Cloverdale (Surrey, Langley, Fraser Valley Area). And if you’re adventurous (and perhaps wanting a tipple!), we are happy to arrange a special DIY workshop event at one of our off-site partner establishments: Township 7 Vineyards and Winery in Langley, or Clayton Public House in Cloverdale. 

Find out more

Have a peek at our Q + As for more information on Private DIY Workshops. If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at 778-571-2400. We are happy to help set you up for your special DIY workshop!

Are you ready to DIY With Friends?!

DIY Workshop Pillow Painting at Homeworks Etc

DIY Trick or Treat Bag Ideas

DIY Trick or Treat Bag?

"Sticky fingers, tired feet; one last house, trick or treat!"

Rusty Fischer


Did you know that the word Halloween literally means ‘hallowed evening,’ and was known to early European celebrators as All Hallows' Eve? All Hallows' Eve (October 31) and All Saints' Day (November 1) both paid homage to saints (hallows = saints). The name was eventually shortened to Halloween.

Halloween falls on October 31 because the ancient Gaelic festival of Samhain, considered the earliest known root of Halloween, occurred on this day. It marked a pivotal time of year when seasons changed, but more importantly, observers also believed the boundary between this world and the next became especially thin at this time, enabling them to connect with the dead.

Ooooh! Spooky!

Modern-day Halloween

Fast forward to today. Halloween almost didn’t make it across the Atlantic. The Puritans were disapproving of the holiday's pagan roots, so they didn't take part in the celebrations. But once Irish and Scottish immigrants began to arrive in North America in greater numbers, the holiday made its way into our culture. By the early 20th century, Halloween was celebrated across North America by candy-loving, costume-wearing people in all kinds of neighbourhoods.

The best treat bag ever!

On October 31, we'll all be enjoying our favorite treats and admiring decorated homes on our streets. Pumpkins – check. Treats to hand out – check. Costumes for the kids – check. Tote bag to carry treats – coming right up!

We’ve got you covered with a DIY project that takes Halloween treat carryalls to another level. This tote bag is durable and will hold up well for the next few years. Pick your stencils and paint your canvas.

Come join in on the fun and create a Halloween tote bag your child will treasure! Register now for this drop-in workshop:

Date:  Saturday, October 27th
Time:   10:30am
Location:  #102 -16793 60th Ave, Surrey BC

Cost: $25


Sign Painting…and a Beer at Clayton Public House!

A DIY Wood Sign…and a Beer!

"Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile."
William Cullent Bryant

Are you excited about Fall?

Yes, the days are shorter and cooler, and the leaves are falling fast, but it’s not all doom and gloom! In fact, many of us feel a very positive energetic shift. We welcome the newness of a changing season with open arms, adapting to it in our tried-and-true ways that bring us the most comfort.

Fall is a familiar friend, reminding us to ready our nests for the next, oft-less-appreciated seasonal visitor – Old Man Winter. We shake out our boots and blankets and toss on our sweaters.

And of course, we pull out the crockpots and soup tureens. Fall brings us back to the magic of slow food – the stuff of comfort that cooks long and fills our hearts (and bellies) with joy. Stews, soups, chilis, and pies! Thanksgiving feasts and Hallowe’en treats!

Let’s usher in Fall with a cozy DIY sign painting project

Join us for a home décor leg-up on Fall with a new addition to your nest – a rustic wood sign that embraces autumn! We’ve made this DIY workshop extra-special by partnering with one of Cloverdale’s favourite pubs, Clayton Public House. Bring a friend, grab a beverage (a craft beer on tap, perhaps?), and put your hands to work with a guided, step-by-step workshop that will leave you delighted with your handmade take-away farmhouse sign.

We’ve got some new designs to choose from – each bringing a cheery welcome to this awesome season. Pick one, and we will lead you through the process, an easy-to-follow combination of paint and wood.

Register now for this signature workshop at Clayton Public House in Cloverdale!

When: Wednesday, October 10
Where: Clayton Public House - 5640 188 St, Surrey, BC V3S 7Y1
Cost: $45

sign painting at Clayton Pub with Homeworks Etc
sign painting Cloverdale with Homeworks Etc

DIY Fall Decor Workshops (Seasonal Bundle)

"I'm so glad we live in a world where there are Octobers." L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

While we are still enjoying the last vestiges of summer, subtle hints of Fall are everywhere. The days are shorter, the nights are cooler, and gold, brown and orange hues have made their annual return – on trees and in store windows. Without a doubt, we are on the cusp of pumpkin lattes!

For many, Fall is an inspiring time...

Crisper air lends a bounce to our step and means more comfortable sleeps. Sweaters and jeans and a pair of boots are welcome wardrobe swaps. Gourds, leaves, pumpkins and nuts abound!

Did you know the end of scorching summer temperatures may benefit your brain?

Studies show that your memory, temper, and ability to problem-solve all take a hit when the thermostat shoots above 80. Why? As the body works to cool itself, it draws energy away from the brain, thus undercutting its ability to operate optimally. Well, then. We’re all for a seasonal brain health boost, right?!

Let’s welcome this change of season!

Let’s face it: who doesn’t love a cup of hot apple cider, a turn in the corn maze, a slice of pumpkin pie, and a pair of cozy socks?

And how about a change of scenery at home? Better yet – how about creating some festive, seasonal décor to lift the mood on those darker days of Fall? And even better, how about joining a group (and bringing a friend or two) to DIY and spend time with each month this Fall?

We have 3 autumn DIY projects for you!

Homeworks Etc presents a 3-month series starting in September – DIY Seasonal Bundle Monthly Workshops - where you can join fellow DIYers to craft some beautifully festive décor for your home. Each third Wednesday in September, October, and November, we will gather to make gorgeous decorations for your home and holiday table. You will make it all yourself, with our guidance!

The 3 projects are:

Wednesday, September 19th
                       Monogrammed Table Runner and Tea Towel set

Wednesday, October 17th
                       Pallet Sign

Wednesday, November 21st
                     Centre Piece Trough and 3 Wood Candle Pillars

Come join us! Register here now:

DIY Seasonal Bundle Monthly Workshops - $225/3 workshops

TIME:  6:45pm-8:45pm
DATES: September 19th, October 17th & November 21st
Location:  102 - 16793 60th Ave, Surrey BC

We want you to be ready this season! Let’s have some fun!

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DIY Furniture Painting - The Painted Bench

“A throne is only a bench covered in velvet.” Napoleon Bonapart

Can you visualize a wooden bench in your foyer? At the end of your bed? As a coffee table? Or maybe on your front verandah as outdoor seating or a setting for vibrant flower pots?

The versatile, multi-functional wooden bench can work for your home in so many ways.

Let us count the ways!

  • A simple bench tucked against the wall in your front foyer is a warm welcome to family and friends. It’s a quick seat to slip off (or on!) a boot, wait for slowpokes or set down a package. You can arrange footwear below and hang jackets, hats and leashes above – great ideas for space savers.

  • Take your bench to the other side of the door – outside! Your covered front porch is the perfect setting for a decorative wooden bench. Display seasonal potted flowers or pumpkins or wreaths. Take advantage of its practicality and have a sit-down while you pull off mucky boots before entering the house.

  • Positioned at the end of your bed, a rustic bench gives you a place to prop a leg while tying a shoe or pulling on tights. It’s a lovely - and practical – backdrop for a favourite blanket and pillows, and acts as a visual anchor for your bedroom.

Create a breakfast nook banquette, a pit-stop in the upstairs hallway, a dreamy window seat. With a bench in your décor cache, you’ve got so many stylish options!

A wooden bench can last a lifetime – and become a loving feature in your home. Memories of family and friends welcomed into your home and seated on your handsome throne will live on forever!

Put your creativity to work and come join us to paint your very own wooden bench!

DIY Furniture 101 Bench Workshop

Date: Friday, September 14th

Time: 6:45 – 9:30pm

Location: #102 – 16793 60th Avenue

Cost: $225