Deck the Halls: Ideas for Prim Decorating

6 Dec

Christmas season is upon us.  One of my younger sisters loves decorating for Christmas so much, she can barely hold back until after Thanksgiving.  In fact, this year, her husband was clearing the Thanksgiving dishes, and she was hauling boxes of decorations out of the garage. Are you ready to decorate?

Here is some inspiration for primitive Christmas decorating.

  1. Use primitive items you already have, add one or two holiday decorations and viola, you have a beautiful Christmas display!



Irvin’s Country Tinware

2. Candles bring a very festive, old-fashioned look into any space, add them to a basket,


or a more unusual holder.


If you need some candles, consider beeswax, they bring a beautiful texture into your home, and are also excellent for those trying to achieve a prim look.


3. Dress your Christmas tree using homemade or natural items.  How might you decorate if you didn’t have access to a big box store?


4. Incorporate wooden toys into your display (and gift list).  Many craft stores sell unpainted wooden toys, which you can personalize with your own colors and patterns.  Our sample set of paints is perfect for these types of projects, because you get a small portion of many different colors!  Look at this creative toy set, made with wooden laundry pins!


Happy decorating.  We’d love to see photos of your Christmas decorations.  Share them with us on our Facebook page!

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Tour This 180 Year Old New England Home

28 Nov

Join me today in touring a home that was built 180 years ago!  A log cabin was first built on the 200 acres bought by John & Catherine Sutton from William Penn in 1790.  Later, the family built a stone house in 1836, the current owners added a new brick addition.

If you enjoy primitive and early American decorating, I think you’re going to love this tour!


In the rooms to come you’ll notice Old Village Paint colors including: Townhouse Ivory, Cabinetmaker Blue, Salem Brick, Antique Yellow, Pearwood, New England Red, Colonial Green, and Village Tavern Blue.

I love how these red doors pick up the colors of the quilt!


Isn’t the four-legged friend in this photo great? It looks like it might be wondering: “Mom, what are you doing?”



This stove! I’m jealous.



Imagine going to sleep with a fire crackling in your room!


Thanks to the family that shared these photos with us!  You are doing a wonderful job of preserving the original feel of this home.  You can buy any of these colors online, or over the phone, and as always- call us- we LOVE to talk to our customers. 1-800-498-7687.

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Look at These Primitive Pieces!

19 Nov

Small business are INCREDIBLE! We here at Old Village Paint are a small business and we love all the small businesses that carry our paints, or use them to create beautiful things for homes.

Check out these primitive pieces made with love and Old Village Paints!


This first piece is a buffet, painted Salem brick over black, with a 1 1/4″ rustic oak top. This piece is at Checkerberry’s Furniture in Ulster Park, NY.  Jump to their Facebook Page Now!

These next items are paper towel holder/bread boxes painted in Salem Brick , the middle item is a toilet paper holder/storage spot painted in Satin Black. These were made by Painted Hutch Primitives.


Next we have a primitive bench, painted with Valley Forge Mustard. It measures 36x12x18.  Available also in : Antique Sage Green, Soldier Blue, Salem Brick, and Satin Black. This one is also by Painted Hutch Primitives. I love the Valley Forge Mustard color!


This vanity is Village Tavern Blue over New England Red. The top and backsplash is soapstone from Bucks County Soapstone.  Vanity built and painted by Roger S. Wright Furniture. 


I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of these primitive pieces.  Remember to Shop Small this Saturday, November 26th to support your local economy by keeping your money local.

And finally, know that we are thankful for each and every one of you who visit our site and our blog, call us on the phone, use our products, and give us feedback and photos, we work for our customers and you guys are amazing!

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How To Use Schrack’s Wax to Add Color or Shimmer to Furniture.

12 Nov

Not many people know that along with paint, we also sell a wonderful wax, called “Schrack’s  Wax.” Two hundred years ago when our company first started selling paints we were called “C. Schrack and Co.” , hence “Schrack’s Wax”.

This is a wax that can be mixed with the paint or used straight out of the can for a Wax~Dry~Buff patina! It’s very high quality and half the price of competitive quality wax.


Schrack’s Wax can also be mixed with any of our Old Village Paints to create all kinds of primitive to fine furniture finishes and patinas! It can also be mixed with metallic powders. To mix our wax with a color, it first needs to be softened up.  We’ve found the easiest way to do this is with a mug warmer.  Another option is to put the entire can in a crockpot and heat it up that way. Be careful–either way the can, as well as the wax is going to be hot and could burn you if you’re not careful!

The photo below shows a wax that has been tinted with a darker color, and then added to a white surface.


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Here’s an example of what it might look like if you used wax, mixed with a metallic paint/powder to add some unique character.


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Remember that while there are do’s and dont’s to painting, there is also a lot of discovery and fun in experimenting, and wax is one of those products that offers many different options for that.  Grab a can and be fearless!

Feel free to ask questions, post ideas or show us photos of projects with wax in the comments section.  We love hearing from the great big world of crafters, DIYers and decorators.

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How Could I Use Whitewash?

8 Nov

The two most common ways our Old Village Paint customers use our whitewash is on their interior walls, and exterior brick. Of course, it could also be used on floors, furniture, terra cotta planters, mirrors, trim, ceilings, exterior walls, craft projects . . . .

Old Village Paint Whitewash is absolutely safe for interior and exterior home use. We use the word “simulated” on our whitewash because our paint doesn’t include some harsh chemicals that were historically a part of whitewash.


To use our whitewash paint simply apply the whitewash as you would any latex paint.

We’ve found the best way to apply this to interior surfaces is to roll on a layer, and then go over it lightly with the brush, to create a slight design on the surface.

On unsealed exterior surfaces, we recommend you use Old Village Exterior Primer (#1236).

On interior surfaces use Old Village Interior Primer (#1234). (Simulated Whitewash may be tinted with universal colorants, but not with other paints)

Our simulated whitewash paint is available in two finishes: gritty and smooth. And this concerns a real TEXTURE difference.

If you’d like to see some photos of interior or exterior whitewash, check out this YouTube video.  The video also shows several other products that can be used to achieve a “whitewash” effect.  As always, feel free to call us with questions- 800-498-7687, we love to help our customers!

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Stain, Seal & Finish Wood in 1 Step!

31 Oct

Would you like to stain, seal, and finish your wood project with just one application?

You can!  Use our paste stain or paste varnish.

You can use this gel product on:

  • kitchen cabinets
  • paneling
  • furniture
  • wood decorative pieces
  • floors

Our secret combination of oils, colors and vehicles makes NEW FORMULA Paste Wood Stain & Varnish a welcome development for the amateur and professional wood finisher.

The new formula makes it possible to “work” with the stain and varnish much longer, finish all manner of woodwork – furniture, floors, even braining and furniture decoration. It dries with a hard even film that, looks and feels like a hand-rubbed multiple coat finish.

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.



For quick instructions: click here.

What do we love about this stain? It’s:

  • Available in 5 natural wood colours, white and clear
  • You can use it for indoor or outdoor projects.
  • Polyurethane reinforcement provides protection without the yellowing.
  • Oil-base with mineral spirits cleanup
  • Superior ease of application, simply rub on with #000 or #0000 steel wool in the direction of grain and wipe off.


Enjoy this quality, time-saving product!!!!

Warmly, Jenny

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Add Graining and Glazing Liquids to Your Craft Arsenal

24 Oct

Our high quality graining/glazing liquids can be used to add a variety of unique finishes to your next furniture or craft project.

Here’s an example:


A glaze is often a final coat, in this case the glaze is used to create a look of age.

Graining, is exactly what it sounds like, using the liquid to achieve a grain effect on your surface.  Here’s a graining effect achieved using a corn cob. Available in dark red, dark blue, brown, black, white and Clear Paste Glaze #1400.


We also have metallic glazing/graining colors:


Aren’t they beautiful? Silver, gold, antique bronze and copper. These pieces of wood were coated with the respective colors, and then dabbed with a plastic bag to create this finish.

Our graining/glazing liquids are a jelly consistency good for holding designs.  Use them for over any Old Village© Paint for decorative effects such as wood graining, combing, sponging, rag-rolling, stippling, feathering, antiquing, etc.

Questions? Head over to our Facebook page to ask anything, our owner answers user questions herself!

To order your own graining/glazing liquid and have it mailed to your doorstep: click here.

Happy crafting! Jenny

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