Why You Should Have A Dutch Door

3 Mar

Dutch doors were made popular in our country during the nineteenth century by Dutch immigrants.  The Dutch used them to let in fresh air and bright sunshine, and keep animals out.  Here are a few ways you could use them:

1. As a baby gate at the top or bottom of stairs.

2. To keep dogs in or out while you enjoy the sunshine.

3. As a way to keep smaller children out of an older child’s bedroom, while keeping the lines of visual or verbal communication open.

Almost any door can be modified to create a dutch door.  Here is a tutorial on altering an existing door to create your very own dutch version. Once you’ve made the necessary changes, choose a beautiful paint color to highlight your gorgeous new decorating element!  You can shop for a paint color here: our online shop called the Colour Cupboard.

Found on http://reneefinberg.blogspot.com

Found on http://reneefinberg.blogspot.com

Found on pinterest.com

Found on pinterest.com

How To Antique Furniture In One Simple Step

24 Feb

So, if you’ve read many of the posts here on our Old Village Paint blog, you’ve realized that there are often several painting techniques you can choose to achieve the same effect.  Today, we’re going to talk about one of the simplest ways to antique a piece of furniture: dry brush graining.


We have a video for you today- but first we’ll go over the main steps.

For this effect we’re adding one layer of paint, to give the impression that the color we are adding is actually showing through the existing layer of paint on the piece.


  • Next, decide what locations on your furniture would most likely show wear if it had been used for several years.  If you’re not sure, look at some photographs of a similar type of old furniture online.  The places that would show the most wear are the places you’ll want to apply the new layer of paint.  One great rule of thumb is to pay special attention to edges.


  • Paint! Choose a brush, apply some paint, then brush most of it off to achieve a “dry brush” affect, and apply paint!



How To Paint a Wall Quote with Raised Lettering

17 Feb

Do you have a saying, quote or scripture verse that you would love to display in your home? If so, you might want to paint it onto a wall.  With Goopy Paint you can easily add a beautiful raised finish to the words without any extra steps.

First, choose and order a stencil.  There are lots of options, from your local craft store, to online shops.  Here’s one called Say What that has stencils in stock, or you can have your favorite quote turned in to a stencil! (They also have a nice three minute video that shows you how to hang up the stencil.)

Second, choose your color.  Goopy Paint comes in: Child’s Rocker White, New England Red, Valley Forge Mustard, British Red, Picture Frame Cream, and Black. To find your nearest dealer click here…  http://www.old-village.com/locator/index.php

To purchase Old Village Paint online click here…  http://colourcupboard.com


Third, hang your stencil and apply the Goopy Paint.  Because Goopy is so thick, you can apply it with a tounge depressor or spatula, or even your finger!  Here’s a sign created with Goopy.primsign

Let dry, then remove stencil and enjoy!


We’d love to hear what you might like to add to the walls of your home! Here are a few ideas:

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Barn Quilt

10 Feb

Have you ever seen a barn quilt?  Traditionally you can find them in the Northeast and Midwest, bringing color and beauty to the sides of old and new barns.  But more recently, more and more people are using them to decorate inside and outside their homes.

Found on barnquiltsandmurals.com

Found on barnquiltsandmurals.com

They are a georgeous way to add color to a great, big space.  Even if you don’t have a barn, you could create one of these for a shed, or a large wall inside your home.

Here are some of the different patterns you could choose from.

Found on patternsge.net

Found on patternsge.net

To make your own you’ll only need a few items.

1) Large piece of plywood.

2) Painters tape.

3) Paint! (Old Village Buttermilk, Vintage or Provence Paints will work wonderfully.)

4) Whatever hardware you decide on for hanging.


Now- let your creativity shine as you create something that you can enjoy for many years.


 To find your nearest dealer click here…  http://www.old-village.com/locator/index.php
To purchase Old Village Paint online click here…  http://colourcupboard.com
PS For a fun spring or summer trip look pick up one of the books that leads you on a barn quilt tour! If you have photos of a barn quilt you’ve seen or created yourself- we’d love to see them!  Post them in the comments section or email them to us!
Found on harrisoncountyohio.org

Found on harrisoncountyohio.org


How To Paint Laminate

3 Feb
Photo Credit: madincrafts.com

Photo Credit: madincrafts.com

Jessica, over at Mad In Crafts did this beautiful redo of a bathroom storage cabinet using Old Village Paint (a color aptly named) “Cabinet Makers Blue.” Isn’t it awesome?!

Especially when she started with this:Photo credit: madincrafts.com

Photo credit: madincrafts.com


To see the rest of her tutorial, check out Jessica’s step by step process at: http://madincrafts.com/painted-bathroom-storage-cabinet/.

We’d love to see your before and after photos of any piece of furniture transformed by Old Village Paints!  I’m thinking about a laminate bookshelf in my basement that might look amazing with a coat of sunflower yellow on it!

Four Ways To Whitewash/Pickle Paint

27 Jan

Are you hoping to add a fresh white coat of paint, or a white “pickle” type effect to something in your house?  If so, yay! It’s going to be beautiful! I love white, it is calming and so fresh-looking.  Whether you are planning to paint walls, furniture, or even something small like a picture frame, we’ve got four options for you.

1. Simulated Whitewash Paint.

Old Village Simulated White-Wash applies with the ease of latex paints with none of the problems or hazards encountered when using whitewash. It may be used on unpainted or previously painted walls, ceilings, fences and more.

Apply it as you would any latex paint. Using a brush will help you create a slight design on the surface. You can roll the first coat and then go over it lightly with the brush. On unsealed exterior surfaces, it is recommended that you use Old Village Exterior Primer (#1236). on interior surfaces use Old Village Interior Primer (#1234). Simulated White-Wash may be tinted with universal colorants, but not with other paints.









2. Pickle Mixture (Raw Linseed Oil + Pure White Paint)

Create your own “pickling mixture” by combing raw linseed oil and pure white paint in a 1/2 and 1/2 ratio.  Apply it to your wood.  Let sit 24 hours. Then wipe off.  Hint: do not polyurethane! It will yellow!

3. White Gel Stain 

Wipe on this easy to apply gel and ta-da you’re done!

Simply wipe it on, rub lightly and allow it to dry. That’s it! It seals, stains and finishes in one application, and on soft grainy woods with knots it gives the finish an even appearance impossible to attain with penetrating stains.

Because of its new and different jell structure you won’t believe the ease with which you can use it. one coat is usually enough, but two coats are even better.  Here’s a link to an example of the gel stain on a variety of woods.

4. Buttermilk White Paint

Choose a white or cream shade of this paint, apply it, then wipe it off.

  • Water-base, requiring only soap & water cleanup
  • In areas of high wear, such as tabletops, a protective top coat of Clear Paste Glaze (#1400) is recommended.

Here’s a two minute video on YouTube that goes over these products and shows examples of things painted with them. 

There isn’t really a “best” way to achieve this look, so don’t feel pressured to make the right decision. Instead, read over these options and choose what feels good to you.  If you have questions, we’d love to talk with you.  We’ll listen to your project specifics and then make some recommendations!  Telephone: 800-498-7687 Call to talk to a real person!

To close, here’s a few photos of whitewashed/pickled projects. Happy painting.

Found on mali-mo.blogspot.com

Found on mali-mo.blogspot.com


Found on trendythrifting.com

Found on trendythrifting.com







 To find your nearest dealer click here…  http://www.old-village.com/locator/index.php
To purchase Old Village Paint online click here…  http://colourcupboard.com

How To Paint a Metal _____________.

20 Jan

How To Paint a Metal . . . tub, trashcan, pail, watering can, or bed frame.

Found on dishfunctionaldesigns.blogspot.com

Found on dishfunctionaldesigns.blogspot.com

Painting metal can freshen it up, and give it an entirely new feel, like the beautiful iron bed frame above in that gorgeous deep red. Now imagine it yellow, or creamy white.  So many options!

If you’ve got a metal piece you’d like to paint, we thought you’d appreciate a quick run-down of how to paint your specific piece so that the paint will “stick” and last for many, many seasons.  We have a few different distinctions between types of metal- so first find the category that best fits your item.  If you have something not addressed on this list, shoot us an email or give us a call, we’d be happy to steer you in the right direction.

For METAL (aluminum, other nonferrous metals, galvanized iron or steel)
(Note: Allow Galvanized Iron & Steel to Weather One Year) You must first decide if this newly painted item will be living outside or inside.

Interior & Exterior Application: Use one coat OLD VILLAGE MetalPrimer #1281. Then one coat OLD VILLAGE Oil Base Paint.

For METAL (iron or steel) 

Interior & Exterior Application: Use OLD VILLAGE Metal Primer #1254. Then one coat OLD VILLAGE Oil Paint.

Found on pinterest.com

Found on pinterest.com

Found on boutiquebaths.com.au

Found on boutiquebaths.com.au

I love painted metal!!!!  I love the feel of it, the sound of it, and the look of it.  If you don’t have any metal pieces in your home, think about adding one the next time you find something lovely at a garage sale or vintage market.  Here are some of the oil colors that are available for your next metal painting project!


Send us a photo of your favorite painted metal object and we’d love to post it for others to enjoy!
To find your nearest dealer click here…  http://www.old-village.com/locator/index.php
To purchase Old Village Paint online click here…  http://colourcupboard.com

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