I always get excited when I see a new store getting ready to open downtown! Such was the case with the mysterious “Painted Home” which moved in on Main Street where Discover Outdoors used to be. Right between Gary Lucy Gallery and the Fudge Shoppe. At first you couldn’t see inside, the windows were covered with newspapers. Then the Grand Opening happened, and people were talking about it. When I first walked in the store about a month ago, the owner, Angie Pritchard, had already heard about the Re-Discover Washington blog, and I had heard many wonderful things about her store. Retail is in Angie’s family’s blood, as her mom owned “Linen and Lace” in Washington for years – a store which I keep hearing about from little ladies who come at the Visitor Center and ask about it. Angie’s sister, Tina, owned “Amelia’s” in Downtown Washington. And now, with the help of her niece Morgan Dillon, Angie realized a long harbored dream of hers and opened “The Painted Home.” We did a little interview with the blog, and I took lots of pictures. Naturally.
How did the idea of “The Painted Home” come to be? I have been an artist and Faux finisher for about 28 years now. I have trained around the world and some of my work has been published in national magazines. I paint anything and everything in a home. Floors, ceilings, walls, trim, furniture, accessories, fabric, lighting… the list goes on. Hence the name “The Painted Home”. Before the store was born, I was working and still am working under my faux painting company’s name, “Expressions in Paint & Decorating.”
What do you offer in the store? Antiques, vintage, retro, industrial, shabby chic….interiors. Plus local artist’s work. I also offer Interior Design services that include, painting, upholstery, window treatments, tiling, flooring, full kitchen and bath remodels plus hourly consultations for paint color, furniture placement and accessorizing.
Do you make custom furniture refinishing orders? Yes, we customize old and new furniture. Whether it needs only a face lift with paint or we can make a new piece from scratch. Totally custom.
Can people get supplies to do their own projects? Yes, I stock the Van Gogh chalk paint line that makes it easy for beginners or the novice to use. For most old pieces of furniture, it requires no sanding or priming to use it. I also have the embossing plaster, aging stone, crackle finish, glazes and waxes.
Are you planning to hold workshops and events? Yes, our first workshop or as I call them, Paint Parties, was on Saturday the 27th from 10-2:30. Our next one is August 17th and then we also have a Thursday class on the 29th from 4:30-8:30. These are always fun and its a great way to get the girls or family together. You can even book your own party, if you have 3 or more friends that can’t make one of my dates. New dates for more classes will be available next month.
They’ll have to come in the store, call or check our Facebook page.
Why did you choose downtown Washington? Besides having a cute brick front and large glass windows, I thought that the painted home would fit right in. I love walking the downtown streets and having that old-time feel. I’m tired of new strip malls and how every town I go to looks the same.
Are you looking for consigners/renters? Right now I’m full, but I always keep a list of folks who are interested or who would like to be pickers for me.
What are your hours and contact information? Our hours are Tues-Sat 10-5pm and Sun-Mon by chance or apt. Phone number is 636-432-1766, cell 314-606-0347 and email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Expressions in Paint also has a blog site at expressionspd.blogspot.com. I don’t blog a lot but I use it to show folks samples of what I do outside of the shop.