How To Paint a Faux Outdoor Rug

31 Mar

If you have a wooden porch, or a concrete patio that you’re hoping to freshen up for the warmer weather, a faux outdoor rug might be just the creative touch you are looking for!

Be sure to clean the area well before you begin applying paint.  You’ll need:

  1. Paint
  2. Brushes
  3. Tape
  4. Stencils or Stamps (optional)
  5. A clean surface

Here are some photos to spark your creativity. Have fun!!!!

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Add Spring Charm With Window Boxes

24 Mar

Spring is in the air!  If you are itching for an outdoor project that you can enjoy for years to come, think window boxes!




You can purchase a wide variety of window boxes at home stores or online, or, if you’re feeling handy, you can build your own.  Here are two links with careful instructions on the building process.

Step by step instructions on building a window box planter. 

How To Build A Window Box From a Pallet

Once you’ve got your boxes built, choose a color!  Black, Rittenhouse Red, cream, Colonial White and Soldier Blue are common window box colors, and our Old Village Paint is more than capable of standing up to the outdoor elements!

We’d love to see photos of your new or much loved window boxes!




How To Make Your Own Quilt Cabinet

17 Mar

If you love quilts, then you probably have more than one.  You can display these beautiful pieces of art in a … quilt cabinet.  To create a cabinet that works well for your home and quilts, consider how many quilts you have to display, and the size of the space where you are hoping to fit this piece of furniture.  You might find an unfinished piece at an Amish store, or you could repurpose a dresser, china cabinet or display case to fit your needs.

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Once you’ve found the perfect piece, you get to choose the perfect color!  Right now New England Red, Antique Yellow, and Black are popular. Or, if you would simply like a natural wood look, you could choose a stain.  Here’s the link for the supplies you’ll need:

I like the idea of leaving the cabinet door off, so that you can see the patterns and stitching more clearly, but if you’re also trying to protect your quilts from dust or little hands, a door might be nice!

We would love to see any photos you have of your quilts displayed! You can share with us here on this blog, or on our Facebook page.  stain01


3 Easy Painting Techniques for Spring

10 Mar

Add a little bit of body text 1. Crackle Finish: To correctly do this painting effect, you need to think in layers.  The bottom layer of paint is what will “show through” the cracks in the top layer of paint.  So first, choose a base layer.  Then, apply Old Village Paint Crackle to the dry base layer.  The crackle paint is clear.  Let dry.  Finally, you’ll add the top layer, this should be a different color if you want to be able to see two colors in the final product.  The crackle medium will “react” with the top layer of paint, and you’ll be able to see the bottom layer of paint through the cracks that are created.  Here’s a tutorial video.  This is a great way to add character or “age” a piece of furniture or door! 3a587dae2948be5477b12fe1a57d5c4f 2. Decorative Painting Techniques.  You can add a huge variety of texture to paint using common items from around the house, and this is how many historic painting techniques were done.  With rags, corn cobs, and cleaning brushes!  Experiment with wet paint and one of these items, and know that as long as you don’t wait too long, you can brush over any effect you create and try again!  Here’s a tutorial video with some of these techniques demonstrated. corn-cob-graining 3. Whitewashing/Pickling: To whitewash a wall or piece of furniture, simply clean the surface and apply the whitewash (available in gritty or smooth.) To achieve a pickling finish on a door, piece of furniture, or wall, mix 1/2 whitewash with 1/2 linseed oil and let sit for 24 hours.  Then wipe off with a clean cloth. Watch tutorial video here! 11 If you’ve come up with a Spring project, you can find the supplies you need at Color Cupboard. Enjoy!

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.

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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…

To purchase Old Village Paint online click here…


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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