Create A Beautiful Fall Mantle

1 Sep
Are You Ready To Welcome Fall Into Your Home? I visited a beautiful home website last week, Rustique Restoration (www.rustiquerestoration.blogspot.com) and found this lovely fall mantle treatment.
From rustiquerestoration.blogspot.com

From rustiquerestoration.blogspot.com

Let’s talk about some of the painting techniques you might need to create this look.
First, these shabby chic candlesticks.  What if you have some plain white candlesticks and want to add an antique look?
From rustiquerestorations.blogspot.com

From rustiquerestorations.blogspot.com

To antique you can use Goopy Paint.  It comes in three colors: Black, British Red, and Picture Frame Cream.

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!

I also wanted to remind you that if you need Black Board paint, to help create something like this cool framed chalkboard shown in these photos…

Found on rustiquerestoration.blogspot.com

Found on rustiquerestoration.blogspot.com

We’ve got some really durable blackboard paint that you could use.  (Get your blackboard paint here)
Finally, you can buff up your mantle with a variety of our natural waxes.  Beeswax, or Schrack’s Cream Wax.  We get so much positive feedback about how these bring original pieces back to their former glory.
We hope you have fun decorating your home for fall, bring some of the amazing beauty of this season inside!  And, as always, we’d love to see your photos!
Jenny

I have lived a long time and am convinced that God governs in the affairs of men. If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? I move that prayer imploring the assistance of Heaven be held every morning before we proceed to business.- Benjamin Franklin

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 Add Charm To Your Home With Vintage Items & Make Them Shine

27 Aug

If I could, I would be living in a renovated church or schoolhouse from the 19th century.  The history, the character, the potential.  OH. MY. WORD. This is the stuff my dreams are made of. If you want to take a tour of the schoolhouse turned home pictured below, get sidetracked here. 

Schoolhouse Turned Home

Schoolhouse Turned Home

Sadly, most of us, no matter how passionate, will see this dream realized.  But you could bring some of your favorite schoolhouse or church elements into your home.  Here’s a great example of a church pew nestled into a dining room, adding character and charm. (To see a fun tour of this entire room check out kellyraeroberts.com)

Here’s an old school desk being used on a porch!

Found on pinterest.com

Found on pinterest.com

If you find an antique pew or desk, or other gorgeous item to bring home, here’s a few tips on making it shine and show off its original beauty.

  1. Clean the item well.  Imagine how long it’s been gathering dust, fingerprints and dirt.  You can use a mild soap and water mixture.
  2. Rub in a dollop of our Schrack’s Wax.  You can choose a clear or tinted color.  For these types of projects I’d be tempted to use a clear wax and let the color of the original wood remain.  Scrack Creme Wax works into the wood because of its soft, buttery consistency.  The result is a lovely lustre that resists finger marks.  If you would like a water resistant surface, try using two or three coats.

If you prefer a stain, you could use our Gel Paste Stain.  This will add color and a waterproof seal.  Here’s a customer who used this product:

“I am writing to thank you for sending me the Old Village Gel Wood Stain. As I stated in my email, I have used this product for years. I can even remember my mother using this when I was a child. Once a year I give my antique desk and my deacon bench a quick polish with a rag, let them dry and give them a buff…to see them shine like new! To receive an email from you the same day as my inquiry on your website and receive the stain via mail 2 days later was SO appreciated. TRUE customer service!”

Thank you,
Joanne Palmer

Happy hunting if you’ve decided to add an antique church or schoolhouse piece to your home.  If you find something, we’d love to see it! Send us a photo!

–Jenny

I have lived a long time and am convinced that God governs in the affairs of men. If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? I move that prayer imploring the assistance of Heaven be held every morning before we proceed to business.- Benjamin Franklin

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

Want to Get Your Project Done Faster with a Paint Sprayer?

18 Aug

Have a project in mind that you’re hoping to complete using a paint sprayer? If used correctly one of these tools can make a project move at a quicker pace.

I found this nice tutorial by Getchen at Boxy Colonial and I thought I would share.  Click for the tutorial.  This tutorial is especially good for a beginner who hasn’t ever tried a paint sprayer before.

Found on pinterest.com

Found on pinterest.com

If you are a paint sprayer “veteran”, or a beginner, you can use Old Village Paints in your sprayer!  To use Old Village Paints in a paint sprayer you thin the paint at a ratio of approximately four parts paint to one part Approved Mineral Spirits. (Our waterbased acrylic paint needs to be thinned with distilled water.)

That’s it!

Happy Painting,

Jenny

I have lived a long time and am convinced that God governs in the affairs of men. If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? I move that prayer imploring the assistance of Heaven be held every morning before we proceed to business.- Benjamin Franklin

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

Travel to Gloucestershire, England

11 Aug

I must have the travel bug this month, my mind keeps wandering to Parisian streets, windy roads in Scotland and scorching sandy beaches somewhere far away from internet connections.

Today I thought we’d take a quick trip to Gloucestershire, England, where one happy Old Village Paints customer has influenced an entire community!

“We learned about your paint more than 25 years ago when we moved to a small village in the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire, near to Oxford and Stratford-on-Avon. He said that as we were renovating our 250 year old cottage, we should use this paint that he knew of – “the best paint in the world” in his opinion … we hunted it down … Old Village Paint, made traditionally in the USA … we hand built and painted our kitchen … our bathroom … our exterior and interior doors … everything. powell01 powell02 … and 25 years later we still believe that indeed Old Village is the best paint in the world ! … and now there are more than 20 houses in our small village who have ‘Rittenhouse Blue’ or ‘Wild Bayberry’ front doors. Here’s a picture of our cottage, still using your glorious products after a quarter of a century. powell03

Thank you Old Village for your dedication to wonderful, traditional products. We look forward with hope that there will be a new stockist in the UK as this would be a fantastic opportunity for a small business !” –Laney’s Old Village Paints Customer

If you’d like to indulge in the travel fantasy a little bit longer, take a look at the official “tourist” page for Cotswolds, doesn’t it look wonderful? Here’s to places we’ve never been. — Jenny

I have lived a long time and am convinced that God governs in the affairs of men. If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? I move that prayer imploring the assistance of Heaven be held every morning before we proceed to business.- Benjamin Franklin

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

Back to School Cubbies

4 Aug

August is here and that always makes me think about back to school.  My kids are still young enough to be living at home and rushing through the door each day a little after three p.m. in a whirl of dirty shoes, sticky lunch boxes and endless pieces of paper.  I don’t have room for the built-in cubbies you see in magazines so I’m always looking for some smaller, more economical options.  Here are a variety of ideas I found online. (PS Even if you don’t have kids at home, think about your entry area, does everything you bring in, mail, keys, coats, and shoes have a spot?)

This first example is a simple and beautiful free-standing cubby type piece of furniture.  You could have this built, or build it yourself, and then seal it with a clear-coat or stain it to your taste.

Found on pinterest.com

Found on pinterest.com

I like this second option because it wouldn’t take an entire day to set up! Just find some baskets and hooks that you like and install them.

Found on pinterest.com

Found on pinterest.com

Now, if you do have space for a cubby system, this one was created using IKEA bookshelves.  Very cute and economical!

Found on pinterest.com

Found on pinterest.com

I’ll leave you with this last photo.  I know lots of you love the primitive style of decorating, and this photo leans in that direction. I love the wooden bench, and the way that baskets are used for organization.

Found on pinterest.com

Found on pinterest.com

With any of these projects please think of us if you need paint or stain! We have lots of colors to choose from, all of which are extremely durable!  Happy organizing! –Jenny

I have lived a long time and am convinced that God governs in the affairs of men. If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? I move that prayer imploring the assistance of Heaven be held every morning before we proceed to business.- Benjamin Franklin

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

Do You Love Provence & Tuscany?

28 Jul

The beauty of the Provence region of France and the Tuscany region of Italy are acknowledged by those who live there and the millions that visit. Several years ago I had the joy of visiting myself and it was more breathtaking than I had even anticipated.

Travel210.com

Travel210.com

This photo, of a home in Tuscany, reminds me of one botched wine-tasting event we had while on tour.  We loaded up into our group tour bus, and drove through the Italian countryside just as the sun was setting. We pulled into a beautiful estate and our tour guide disembarked.  After several minutes we noticed her in a very heated conversation with a small Italian woman.  The volume of the conversation increased.  When our guide returned to the bus she announced that the owner of the vineyard had decided that she was tired of Americans and had canceled our tour before it even started.  Our guide was shocked (and quickly arranged an alternative) but I’ll never forget that beautiful home, or the vision of that tiny Italian woman shooing our bus away.

Found on wikimedia.org

Found on wikimedia.org

This is a beautiful lavender field in Provence.  Look at the richness of that purple!  If the beauty of Tuscany and Provence are well known to you, or if you’re just discovered how amazing these areas of the world are–know that you can bring them into your home with a new series of paints, based on the colors of these regions. provence_cc Can you see the same colors in these paint options as the photos above?  From rocking chairs and window boxes to indoor shelves, organizing crates or accent walls, I can think of lots of ways I’d love to use these at home.  These are latex, water based paints, suitable for indoor or outdoor use.  If you choose any of these, or have already used one to create your own little splash of Provence/Tuscany in your home, please share with us! We’d love to see it. (We’re on Facebook, and it’s a bit easier to post photos there).

Happy Painting! — Jenny

I have lived a long time and am convinced that God governs in the affairs of men. If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? I move that prayer imploring the assistance of Heaven be held every morning before we proceed to business.- Benjamin Franklin

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

Guess What We Got To Do Last Week?

21 Jul

Be involved in a taping of Designing Spaces Military Makeover Series airing on Lifetime! It will start airing in October, and we’ll be sure to tell you when “our” show is coming up.

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You’ll get to see Old Village Paint used on the inside and outside of the house featured during part of this 4 part special.   Inger and I had quite an adventure getting to hang out in the trailer with host R. Lee Ermey while I was having my makeup put on!

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We hope all of you have had a good week, and wonder if there is an area of your home (inside or out) that you’d like to makeover.  Feel free to share photos or thoughts with us, and we’ll brainstorm together what might work best!

I have lived a long time and am convinced that God governs in the affairs of men. If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? I move that prayer imploring the assistance of Heaven be held every morning before we proceed to business.- Benjamin Franklin
 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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