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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.

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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

Benefits of Play

Benefits of Play

Play at home and in a work environment can be experiences in various forms.

Do you like to hang out and have fun with family or friends? When was the last time you had a good belly laugh? Are you spontaneous – finding little moments to dance with wild abandon, or calling up friends for a last-minute games night?  Do you chase your dog around the living room and gleefully snap the dish towel at your husband’s legs?

Or do you view playtime as a guilty pleasure and simply impossible to fit into a day filled with Adult Responsibilities?

Play is just as pivotal for adults as it is for kids

It really is!

We don’t lose the need for novelty and pleasure as we grow up. Play brings joy. And it’s vital for problem-solving, creativity and relationships.

Psychiatrist, author and Play Expert Stuart Brown, MD, compares play to oxygen. He says, “It’s all around us, yet goes mostly unnoticed or unappreciated until it is missing.” Many experiences constitute play. Play is art, books, movies, music, comedy, flirting, daydreaming, dancing, laughing, jumping in puddles, doing jigsaw puzzles.

(And DIYing with friends. Just sayin’.)

Play is empowering

Play can even facilitate deep connections between strangers and cultivate healing. Have you heard of Patch Adams? He is a renowned physician and a clown! who helps people heal through humour. Now that’s an inspiring use of play!

Play is a moving target, and so rather difficult to nail down with an exact definition. That said, it should begin in anticipation and hopefully end with some degree of fulfillment.  And in between, you find treasures like surprise, pleasure, understanding, skill, empathy — and strength of mind, body, and spirit.

Play boosts our productivity and happiness

It’s important to add play to your life – give yourself permission to play every day! Find what brings you joy. Surround yourself with playful people. Your play is a state of being – it can be whatever you want it to be.

Will you make time for play today?

Want to experience playing with paint in one of our DIY Workshops? Call to book your own Private Party with friends! It’s time we make play a priority.

It’s a happy talent to know how to play - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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3 Benefits of Unleashing Your Creativity

“If you’re alive, you’re a creative person.” Elizabeth Gilbert

We are all creative souls. Really. You may think to yourself, “Oh no – I don’t have a speck of creativity in me!” But wait a second. You surely do have capacities, aspirations, longings, and well, secret talents. You may think you aren’t creative.

But you are.

And having a creative outlet may, in fact, be an essential ingredient to a happy and healthy life. According to clinical neuropsychologist Catherine Carey Levisay: “There’s promising evidence coming out to support what a lot of crafters have known anecdotally for quite some time, and that’s that creating—whether it be through art, music, cooking, quilting, sewing, drawing, photography, cake decorating—is beneficial to us in a number of important ways.”

Here’s what science has to say about having a creative outlet. Creativity:

1.       Improves mental health – when you engage in an enjoyable pastime, the reward centre in your brain releases dopamine, a natural anti-depressant. Here’s to improved mood and self-esteem!

2.       Boosts cognitive health – creative expression improves connectivity between the 2 hemispheres of your brain, which improves problem-solving, reasoning and the brain’s overall processing speed. That is, crafting, for example, can help slow down aging!

3.       Enhances physical health – getting creative lowers overall stress levels: your immune system is boosted, while blood pressure and the stress hormone called cortisol are lowered. Taking up a hobby can make your body feel better!

You can be creative on your own.  Or you can join a creative community – take a DIY workshop, for example – where you find kinship and support. And laughter. Lots of it!

So, if we can bring some balance to our mental and physical health by indulging our creativity, why not take advantage and welcome it into our lives? Grab a friend – or come solo – and join us at Homeworks Etc for a DIY workshop. Let your paint brush and creative flag fly!

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

 

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Social Connection and DIY Workshops

“Connection is why we're here; it is what gives purpose and meaning to our lives.”  Brene Brown

Social support is about connection

Your social network is about the number of people you interact with. You can count your social media friends in this group. But a social network is not the same as social support. Social support has to do with cultivating relationships that go deeper than just a simple Hi and Hello.

While we are more connected now than ever before via social media, the quality of our connections is deteriorating. But we can create meaningful, supportive connections in many ways – emotionally (e.g. loving, trustworthy friends and family), tangibly (e.g. baby sitters), and informationally (e.g. therapists and dentists), for example.

Thriving through social support

Did you know that social connection leads to a 50% increased chance of longevity? Studies show that social connection strengthens our immune system and helps us recover from disease faster. When we feel more connected to others, we are more trusting, cooperative and empathic to others.

DIY workshops can help us live longer!

Another valuable way to connect is through companionship support. This includes our ‘activity’ friends who help us feel socially accepted. They could be your reading group or church group or any other group of people you interact with socially. Your DIY workshop group, for example!

The sense of community and social good that comes from these kinds of groups can deliver on deeper levels like purpose and self-esteem. And at least one study shows that having a sense of purpose can extend your lifespan!

Fellow DIYers can become your TRIBE! We share tips and tricks, techniques we’ve mastered along the way – interspersed with laughter and plenty of life musings. Crafting together fosters community – a wonderful opportunity to connect with others, to feel a part of something special, to unleash creativity, and to share a common passion.

This. Is. Connection.

Join us in one of our DIY Workshops or call to book your own Private Party with friends!

 

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My First Day of School Chalkboard

My first day of school Chalkboard

“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!” Dr. Seuss

Those lazy-hazy-crazy days of summer are still in full swing – but alas, September is fast-approaching. The start of the school year is around the corner and stocking up on supplies and clothes and lunch boxes is REAL!

But practical to-do lists aside, your child’s transition to the next grade, with a new teacher and a shiny blackboard and lots of cool stuff to learn…is really an extraordinary time. It’s a new beginning. It’s the next step of personal growth and inching their way closer to – dare I say it? - adulthood.

Capturing these special life moments is a must! Why not start a new tradition? Homeworks Etc has a great way to capture that first day of school, year after year. Our Back to School Chalkboard is a sweet way for you and your child to mark the ‘first day back’ each year.

And it’s so easy to use.  Pop by the shop to buy yours or SHOP ONLINE.  

Order your ready-made chalkboard here at Homeworks Etc!

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We want you to create memories.  We also have a FREE Printable for you to download.

 

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Finding Your Word + DIY Sign-Making Workshop

“Words have a magical power.” Sigmund Freud

Do you have a favourite word? A much-loved phrase that makes you smile? The perfect expression that describes YOU to a tee?

One word

Did you know that many people ritually choose a Word of the Year? Some folks believe that choosing one word to guide them through the year is much more effective than making a New Year’s resolution. The word can be chosen at any time of the year and can carry such tremendous possibility.

Others choose a Life Word. A life word defines you – forever - and guides you to be your best and create the journey you’ve dared to dream of. It’s deeply meaningful and transformative.

Sometimes we just need a good giggle

And then there’s the happy turn-of-phrase or cluster of words that simply gives you and your guests basic, life-boosting pleasure. Hilarity is always a winner and a saying that makes you laugh can’t be beat!

Keep your word(s) front and centre

Put your words where you can see them every day! Create a piece of art that brings your word or funny phrase to life! Grab a friend and come join us in a DIY Workshop where you can choose from a wide selection of words and phrases, and paint 3 rustic, farmhouse-style signs to add charm to your home décor.

What’s your special word or phrase?

DIY Workshop | Sign Making                                                                                                             Monday, August 20 6:45 – 8:45pm                                                                                                    #102-16793 60th Avenue, Cloverdale, BC                                                                                          Cost: $59

REGISTER TODAY! 

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Come Play With Us!

Are you feeling like it’s time for a little self-care, a little me time? ‘Drop-In Saturdays’ may be just the ticket! Grab a friend (or two or three), pack a snack, and head on over to Homeworks Etc for the chance to try your hand with our all-new preferred mineral paint of choice: Fusion™.

You don’t need a reason. Just because is good enough impetus to bring you to our table. Roll up your sleeves and we will guide you through your next DIY project.

We are so excited to introduce you to our wildly popular palette of mineral paints! (And by the way, you may have difficulty deciding amongst the gorgeous colours!) With ease of application, a zero VOC formulation, high hiding coverage, and a built-in top coat, it’s easy to PAINT BEAUTIFUL with Fusion™.

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Feast your eyes on the beautiful display of paint jars and pots lining our shelves. The human touch – paint poured into jars and labels attached, all by hand – adds to the homey feel of these pretty potables. You will find yourself mulling over which pots of inspiration to bring home…to paint up a DIY storm!

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Come visit our warm and inviting gathering space – we are waiting to teach you…and play with you! Creativity has no limits at Homeworks Etc, where every DIY project is a success. Enjoy your experience and your gift of creativity. You, too, can be a maker and artisan of home décor!

Check out the Homeworks Etcschedule for the next Drop-In Saturday. We are waiting for you!