Submitted. In this age of DIY where TV personalities show us how to renovate and redecorate, where how-to books fill the shelves, and you can learn how to rewire the lights or fix the kitchen sink simply by watching a YouTube video, Carrie Thachuk, owner of The Passionate Home, has taken to the radio waves to give advice and share her tips on how to recreate those expensive looks all on your own.
“I have always been passionate about DIY,” states Thachuk. “It’s the reason I opened The Passionate Home. When we became Western Canada’s first stockist of Chalk Paint™decorative paint by Annie Sloan, refinishing virtually anything from a metal lawn chair to a solid wood buffet became that much easier.”
With over two years of experience learning the ins and outs of working with Chalk Paint™ under her belt, Thachuk loves to share her wealth of knowledge with the DIY community. “Sometimes starting out can be a little intimidating,” says Thachuk. “I want to help people get past that fear and experience the satisfaction that comes from creating something all on your own.”
In 2011, Thachuk and store manager, Elinor Hanschke, became British Columbia’s first certified Chalk Paint™ workshop instructors, and the duo began teaching workshops for Chalk Paint™ beginners in early 2012. “Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan is more than just paint,” reflects Hanschke, “It is a community of people learning together and inspiring others to create a space that is a true reflection of who they are. The possibilities with Chalk Paint™ are endless.”
With their classes regularly filling up weeks in advance, The Passionate Home has taken to the air waves and joined Tom Lucas, host of the Radio Real Estate Show on AM650. Airing every Saturday morning between 10am-11am, the show discusses all things real estate. With topics ranging from buying and selling your home to mortgages and financing, Carrie will add to the lineup by sharing her DIY tips and the answers to the questions they are most frequently asked in the store during a two to three minute segment each week.
After just a few minutes of listening to Thachuk over the radio waves, you’ll be inspired by her enthusiasm and you will find yourself scouring your home or your local thrift store for the perfect piece to refinish.