Beautiful, Historic Milk Paint

26 Aug

What is milk paint? Milk paint is a natural, water based paint made incorporating milk and pigments. It offers a huge range of uses. You can use it to paint or antique furniture, paint or stencil walls, or to achieve a variety of painting effects like splattering or stippling.

Our milk paint colours dry to a beautiful matte finish that does not hide the texture of wood. Multiple coats will build a longer lasting and more opaque film. By adding water, a transparent stain effect can be attained.

buttermilkpaintsJust look at these beautiful colors!

Milk paints have been used since long before paints were mass produced, and people recognize their look as historic because they have seen them on walls and furniture in historic homes.

Here are a few beautiful examples from a site I found “Brushstrokes By Maryanne” 

Another artist has created some beautiful work using milk paint–Heide Drewes. Heide is a professional arts and crafts painter from Northwest Ohio. Her talent was recognized by her teachers in third grade, and she has continued drawing and painting for pleasure (and profession) ever since.   When we heard she had used all 24 of the Old Village Buttermilk paints on this cabinet we wanted to share it with you.
The cabinet is five feet by two feet piece and was commissioned by a doctor and his wife who love period furniture.  Some of the detail work is based on real flower species, and others are from Heide’s imagination.

I asked Heidi why she chose Old Village Paint for this project:

“First of all, it’s very convenient that they sell the colors in the two ounce bottles.  I can try out what I like, and get good value for my money.

Second, the richness of the colors is amazing.  It’s the high pigmentation they use.  For this cabinet I did two coats of the pumpkin color, but the rest is just one coat!

The quick drying time is another huge factor for me. And finally, the easy clean up.  It’s a soap and water clean-up!”

Heide painted this floral design in keeping with the historic tradition of the Pennsylvanian German artists. The striped pattern you see bordering the cabinet doors is a graining effect she created using  Old Village Paints #1232 Graining Liquid.
Now that you know about milk paint, and some of its uses, maybe a project idea is taking shape in your mind. Let us know what you’re thinking, we love knowing how our customers are using our paints!

How To Pick The Perfect Historic Bathroom Color

19 Aug

We’re back, with another post in our new “Pick the Perfect Colour Series.” And we’re writing to those of you who are decorating historic homes or wanting to create a primitive, historic or antique look in your bathroom.

Bathrooms can be a little tricky to decorate authentically, because, not many homes may have had indoor plumbing during the time period you are trying to represent. Believe it or not in 1940, only half of rural American homes had indoor plumbing.

So how do you choose an authentic bathroom color that will work in your home? Here are some tips:

1. Do some research. What colors were popular in homes during the time period you are trying to replicate? Make some notes about typical colors and color combinations.

2. Dream. What three words would you like to describe your bathroom? Peaceful, fresh, and calm?  Striking, warm and lush? These words should help you choose between the typical colors used in the time period you are hoping to replicate.

3. Sample your choices in person. I know I sound like a broken record, but you need to order one or two paint samples. You’ll be surprised at how different the color looks on the walls of your bathroom than it did on your computer screen! Even if the color is perfectly represented online, it will have a unique hue depending on the light from your windows, and light fixtures. Does it look beautiful in your bathroom, and match the time period? We have a winner!

4. Aim for continuity. It would be a little weird for you to have a really fancy Victorian bathroom if the rest of your home is decorated in a simple white early Colonial style. Unless you are planning on re-doing the entire home, choose colors that echo or complement what you already love and enjoy in your home.

Here are a few photos for fun and inspiration!

Primtive Bathroom

Primitive Bathroom

Primitive Bathroom. The sink in this bathroom is an amazing center piece, and it really shouts primitive. The cream walls are a nice contrast to the blueish plank that they’ve used.

Victorian Bathroom

Victorian Bathroom

Victorian Bathroom Green was a popular color in Victorian times, and they’ve used it as a subtle backdrop here to lots of other items that point to that time period. The beautifully shaped mirrors, details on the legs of the vanity and window all say, beauty and attention to detail, hallmarks of the Victorian mindset.

Colonial Bathroom

Colonial Bathroom

Colonial Bathroom Can you feel the warm breezes of the South by looking at this picture? I can. I love the contrast of the bright white to the hardwood floors. And the print on the skirt below the sink, the mirror, fixtures, even the plant, and shutters are nice colonial touches.

We hope this helps, as always, feel free to contact us with questions or for ideas, or ask the entire Old Village Paint Community your question in the comments section. They are amazing! Happy painting!



Goopy Paint Is Here and Getting Rave Reviews

12 Aug

We love that you love our new Goopy Paint! We’ve been selling it, and teaching classes with it, and you guys are telling us that you are loving it!

Here are two things you can do with Goopy Paint.

1) Make any item look antique! Goopy Paint comes in three colors: Black, British Red, and Picture Frame Cream.

Goopy British Red base coat, Antique Yellow On Top.

Goopy British Red base coat, Antique Yellow On Top.

First, you add one, or all three of those colors to the item you are antiquing. Goopy Paint is thick enough that the colors won’t run together, so you can add one, both, or all three in one step. Second, you let the Goopy Paint dry. Then, you add a top coat of Old Village Paint, covering the entire piece, including the spots you painted with Goopy Paint. Finally, when you sand the piece, the spots where Goopy Paint was standing up, and you’ll see that color underneath. Suddenly, it looks like you have an antique piece that had many different paint colors used on it over time, (as many as four different colors) and you only painted two layers!

2) Create a raised stencil. goopypaintstencilGrab a stencil and some Goopy Paint. Use an icing spatula to spread it over the stencil. When you peel the stencil off, you are left with a slightly irregular, raised effect. It’s beautiful! Use it on walls, floors, furniture, mantels, doors, endless possibilities!

Try Goopy on your next project. You’ll be hooked!











Paint It Prim Classes In August

5 Aug

Hello wonderful Old Village Paint customers. We love meeting you, talking to you on the phone, and reading the emails you send us. You guys are amazing!

This August, Old Village Paint owner Laney Landis is teaching four classes on “Painting it Prim.”

These hands-on classes will show you how to give any item, new or old, a primitive or antique look. So you can take a chair, or trunk, or end table, and make it look like you just discovered a treasure in your attic, even if you just bought it last week.

laneylandisWe’ll be using Buttermilk paints, the all new and much raved about Goopy Paints, and maybe some Latex paint too.

We’ll provide some fun primitive items to practice on: like this pumpkin and crow for painting at Katie’s Kreations.katieskreationspumpkin


Here are the spots we’re teaching on our New England Tour
Call for the Class near you. Cost is $47. Our classes are very hands-on and we have so much fun! Bring your smock! Call 800-498-7687 to sign up.
Laney shares: “We had a wonderful Paint It Prim workshop at Katie’s Kreation! Met lots of new friends and painted lots of different techniques!!! Now we’re off Brambleberry Market in Carabou Maine for Wednesday night workshop!”
Painted Goopy Tan with Black on top, using a wire brush to age.

Painted Goopy Tan with Black on top, using a wire brush to age.

Using a chain to do some distressing.

Using a chain to do some distressing.

Saturday, August 2nd ~ 2-5 PM (We had a great time!)
Katie’s Kreations
188 Front Street
Owego NY 13827
Wednesday, August 6th ~ 6-8
Brambleberry Market
25 Sweden Ste D
Caribou ME 04736
Saturday, August 9th ~ 1:30-4:30
The Bear Necessities
35 Vernon St
Auburn ME 04210
Wednesday, August 13th ~ 6-8
Pepin Lumber with Tole Booth and the Elizabeth Shop
830 Cumberland Hill Rd
Woonsocket RI 02895

How To Pick The Perfect Living Room Paint Color

29 Jul

We asked, “What is your biggest painting challenge? and our Old Village Paint Community responded “picking the color”!

So we’re starting a new series on “Picking the Perfect Color” this week. We’ll learn about picking a beautiful, functional, perfect color for your living room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. This week: The Living Room!

First: Take a deep breath! We’re looking for a color that is perfect for you, your space and the people who share your home. There are lots of “right” answers to your perfect paint question- so let’s narrow it down.

To help figure out what you like- do some browsing. Check Magazines, Pinterest boards and decorating books. Here’s a Pinterest Board “Primitive and Colonial Inspiration” that I love.


This beautiful book by Tim Tanner “Early American Country Interiors” has page after page of images and ideas.


And, because I’m a huge nerd, here’s a great article on American Colonial Decorating.

Once you’ve gathered some images you like, and that you think would work in your home, check to see what they have in common. Are the walls a light shade, or dark? Is there a color that shows up in many of the images, creams, greens or blues? Or, you could look at the images and see what period of decorating you are drawn towards. Primitive? Early colonial with cream walls and wide plank floors? Later colonial, with deep, earthy colors?

Consider your current furnishings. Painting your room a beautiful creamy chestnut will not transform all of your furniture into the early colonial pieces you see in the photos. Unless you are buying new furniture, consider what you already have in the room and choose a color that will complement not unsettle.


Now it’s time to sample. Yes, you need to get a bit of paint and try it out on your wall. Paint a patch and see what it looks like in the early morning, full sun, and after the sun has gone down. You are going to be living with this color for at least a few years. Make sure that you like it before you put it all over your walls! (We sell sample bottles of Old Village Paint, so choose a few and have them shipped to your doorstep.)

Once you’ve seen the samples on the wall, you can choose the one you love best and move forward with confidence.

Are you trying to choose a color for your living room? Send us a photo of the room and some of your ideas! We’d love to give you some options!

How To Paint a Smooth Finish Without Brush Marks

22 Jul
brushstrokefreefinish copy1. Thin with Distilled Water.
Distilled Water can be added to Old Village Paint. It will help your paint stay wet longer, which will give it more time to level and eliminate brush strokes.(When paint dries too fast, as it will on hot days, it’s harder to keep the brush strokes from showing.)
*Never add Floetrol or any other additive to Old Village Paint without checking with the company first. Floetrol is fine for modern day paints but not for Old Village Paint- it will cause problems.
2. Always use a High Quality Brush.
Unfortunately, low quality brushes show paint strokes. High quality brushes don’t. And be sure to use the right brush for the job. With Old Village Vintage & Buttermilk Acrylic Water Based Paint use a nylon or polyester brush. With our Oil Based Paints use a natural bristle 5
3. Long Bristle Brushes are Best.
Longer bristles hold more paint and spread it better. Shorter bristles show paint strokes. It’s as simple as that!
4. Work in Sections.
Working in sections will help you finish areas while the paint is still wet.
Painters call it keeping a ‘wet edge’. You want to work from the ‘wet edge’ and move forward. Never go back and touch up on half dry paint. Wait until the paint is dry and then touch up.
5. Use a Roller.
On large areas it may be better to use a roller. Be sure to go in the same direction for the entire surface.
6. Sand.
If you do end up with some brush strokes, let it dry and then sand it smooth and try again. That’s the beauty of paint. It is always fixable!7. Have Fun!!! 
Need I explain?

Why You Should Visit Owego, NY.

15 Jul

I love to travel. (Although I hate airplanes!) Maps, passports, train tickets, few things make me happier than planning a trip to a new place. And now I’ve got another town to add to my list and a very fun spot to make a beeline for once I am there. Have you every been to Owego, NY?

Its Iroquois name means “where the valley widens.” A small town in a beautiful setting. We’ll peak in on one shop located in the historic district.

Katie’s Kreations.

Katie's Kreations Storefront

Katie’s Kreations Storefront









Look at these fun country decor signs, prints and wreaths.

Country Decor

Country Decor









Look around and you’ll find more items for your home, like braided rugs and candles, furniture, pottery, linens and gift items.

Braided rugs

Braided rugs












candlesThese candles are battery operated! Great for homes with small children, or a tight space where an open flame might cause problems.





OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd here is a display of Old Village Paints! They carry small sizes, and order gallons for customers on an “as needed” basis.








jewelryA jewelry section holds more options for the perfect gift.






Once visitors finish enjoying this little shop, they can stroll the river walk on the banks of the Susquehanna. If you can’t make it to Katie’s Kreations in person, check them out online at Happy shopping! What small town is on your travel bucket list?



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