On the Purple Couch in Kensington, Maryland’s antique district is a lifestyle creative space. Here you can learn how to savvily DIY home décor in the workshop, get guidance from the design pros and shop for original pieces you will not find anywhere else.
This summer I, along with blogger friends Tanvi Rastogi of Tanvii.com and Laura Harders of Beltway Bargain Mom, had the chance to learn firsthand about On the Purple Couch from the creative brains behind it all: owner Bahia Akerele. Bahia hosted a special Annie Sloan Chalk Paint workshop for us, as well as gave us an intimate backstage tour of the creative awesome that is On the Purple Couch.
As a Washington, DC-area official Annie Sloan Chalk Paint stockist (the closest one to the District, and only one in the Silver Spring/Kensington/Bethesda/Chevy Chase/Potomac areas), On the Purple Couch is our in-residence expert location for learning how to transform our homes with this incredibly versatile substance. Chalk Paint allows us to paint directly on our furniture, walls and fabrics. No priming, stripping or sanding required! On the Purple Couch carries all Annie Sloan colors, as well as the patented brushes, waxes and other products in the line.
Tanvi, Laura and I were invited to use Chalk Paint to customize a wooden picture frame, as well as help transform a large furniture piece! Although the dynamic Bahia has been inviting me for — literally — YEARS to come in and try out the technique in her shop, I have been completely chicken. I am not a painter or an applied arts creative. I was freaked out to try this, worried about “ruining” a piece or wasting her time, but she reassured me that working with chalk paint was easy and that I would love it.
And she was right! The Chalk Paint is fool-proof, simple and even the clumsiest painter (me) can create home design items that you would swear were plucked from a magazine. And the style is not solely “shabby chic” — it can be used to create contemporary, retro, classic and any other design styles you love.
After painting, waxing and gilding my frame, I was hooked. The next day I Instagram messaged Bahia images of my hated dining room table and chairs, wondering if Chalk Paint could give them new life. She enthusiastically said yes, which will save me the hundreds of dollars I thought I would have to pay to replace this relic of a set! Tanvi similarly mentioned that she wanted to update her front door, and Bahia replied that this was a super way to Chalk Paint.
Sign Up for Upcoming Workshops at On the Purple Couch
July 16 – Annie Sloan Mini Retreat
July 23 – Paint with Bahia
July 30 – Annie Sloan Mini Retreat
But Chalk Paint is only the tip of the style-berg at On the Purple Couch. The shop will do the work for you, custom painting your furniture and also providing in-home color consultation to transform your existing space. You can also browse their fabulous selection of gifts, furniture and home accessories on display for purchase in the Kensington shop.
Visit the store in Kensington’s antique district at 10513 Metropolitan Ave, Kensington, MD.
Store hours: Tue – Sat 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Thanks to Bahia and her staff for hosting us for this eye-opening event!