Don’t Miss Our Free Workshops this week: repairing old floors, working with lead paint, hanging items with confidence, and using Annie Sloan chalk paint!

Tonight, Wednesday 10/15, stop by at 5:30pm for

woodfloorThese Old Floors: Repairing, Replacing, and Staining to Match with James Mazzaferro

Have an old crack in the floor but not sure how to fix it? Through a question and answer session, James Mazzaferro, designer-builder-craftsman, will guide you through the process of performing surgery on your floor, including reinforcements, replacing boards, dutchmen (also known as bow ties), and matching original floor color.  “Messing with your floors can be very scary, so I aim to alleviate some of that fear and prepare you for a course of action.”, says Mazzaferro.

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This weekend, we have THREE workshops!

Saturday Double-Header:


chippaintWorking with Lead Paint

10-11am with Mark Wardlaw

Learn how to safely work with products that have or appear to have lead paint on them. Upon completion of this workshop with remodeling expert Mark Wardlaw, you’ll be able to remove & dispose of lead material or encapsulate it for safe handling or display with confidence.



Hang It!: How to Hang your Items with Confidenceprod_big_shelf_ds

11-12pm with Mark Wardlaw

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to find interior wall framing from your outlets and door & window locations to safely hang pictures and other wall items. Get hands on experience installing different types of wall anchors from toggle bolts to plastic inserts.

 Then, at 12pm on Sunday:

Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint workshop:

IMG_20130227_173239This Sunday, Bahia Akerele, an Annie Sloan stockist and retailer, will do live demonstrations of transforming pieces one can find at Community Forklift without sanding or stripping or priming the piece.

Participants will learn the many ways to use this decorative paint and how to use clear and dark wax to finish off their project. Chalk Paint is NO VOC and the perfect accompaniment to a re-purposed lifestyle. Come with your questions and stories to share!

Bahia Akerele is the owner of On the Purple Couch, LLC located in Kensington’s antique district right outside DC off of Connecticut Ave. In 2012 Bahia opened On the Purple Couch and became the exclusive retailer for Annie Sloan in Silver Spring, Kensington and parts of Montgomery county.

Since then Bahia has taught over 200 people in the DMV, in a variety of classes and workshops, how to re-purpose and reuse what they have collected through upcycling and more.

On the Purple Couch, A Place to Create is located minutes outside of DC in Kensington MD at 4228 Howard Ave. Kensington MD