300 Year Old Home Receives Beautiful New Paint Job

26 May
The Pelatiah Leete House was built around 1709 in what was the New Haven Colony, and is now southern Connecticut.
The owners have kept it beautifully true to its time period by painting it with Old Village Paint’s New England Red.
The home was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in the 1970’s and is still owned by members of the Leete family.    It was first built by William Leete, the grandson of the governor of the New Haven Colony.  The New Haven colony was never officially chartered, and therefore fought a long and losing battle to the more official colony, Connecticut, to its north.
Over Three hundred years later, the home sits peacefully, now a part of the state of Connecticut and the United States of America.  unnamed-3
Many thanks to Bob for sharing these photos with us.  We hope everyone had a safe Memorial Day weekend, and we want to extend the celebration by saying “Thank you for your service” to all the men, women and families who serve and have served our country in the military.
We’re amazed to imagine how many generations the Leete home has sheltered, and excited that our paint will help keep the home beautiful and ready to sustain the family for many generations to come.
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Watch This Rocking Horse Transformation

19 May

Step inside Bob’s workshop and watch a beautiful and creative transformation! Bob started with this antique rocking horse. It definitely needed a little love! rockinghorsepre He cleaned and sanded it.  And added a coat of Old Village Paint Shading White. rockinghorsebefore2 Bob added character and dimension by using the paints: Pumpkin spice, and Fancy Chair Yellow. rockinghorsebefore3 Now, for the finished product.  Beautiful! rockinghorsefinal By sending us photos, Bob has entered into our Summer Kindle Fire giveaway!  Enter today by sending us a photo of anything you have painted with Old Village Paint–oldvillagepaint@gmail.com And congrats to Bob for such an amazing transformation and final product that will be cherished for generations!

 To find your nearest dealer click here…  http://www.old-village.com/locator/index.php
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Kindle Fire Giveaway!

12 May

The perfect treat for summer– a Kindle Fire–is the prize in our latest giveaway.  While you are at the pool or beach, you can borrow books from your library, or buy them from amazon.  You’ll have thousands of books at your beck and call that you can instantly download and read. I take mine to the beach, and enjoy carrying just one small item instead of several heavy books.


To enter our giveaway all you need to do is send us a photo of something you painted with Old Village Paints!  We’ll choose a winner July 1st and send you the Kindle!  Send your photo to oldvillagepaint@gmail.com  We hope you win!

Make Your Own Natural Furniture Polish or Cleaner!

7 May

Ready to freshen up your painted furniture or degrease your kitchen cabinets?  Here are a few natural cleaning mixes that are made from items you probably already have around the house.  When I use these, I add in a few drops of orange, lemon or peppermint oil, and get that wonderful “clean” smell without harsh chemicals!



Painted or unfinished wood: 2-3 tablespoons of white vinegar added to a small bucket of water.


Painted or finished wood: One part white vinegar, one part olive or coconut oil.

Kitchen Cabinet Degreaser

2 cups water, 2 tablespoons dish soap and 1 cup white vinegar.


Outdoor Playhouse Ideas!

28 Apr

It’s spring! And my kids are delighted to be spending more playtime outside.  If you have little ones, or grandchildren, or next door neighbors who love to visit . . . check out these beautiful and unusual outdoor playhouses.

And remember our Buttermilk, Acrylic and Latex paints are strong enough to hold up to children and the great outdoors!

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Found on pinterest.com

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Found on pinterest.com

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Found on pinterest.com

I love this one! The little antique mailbox next to the door is the clenched for me!  It would be a great place to receive sweet notes, or little snack surprises!

And last, but not least, look at this primitive playhouse I found!

Found on pinterest.com

Found on pinterest.com

Primitive or Country Kitchen Spice Racks

21 Apr

I noticed a spice rack in a photo of a country kitchen this past week that added so much to the space- it inspired this blog post.  Often for me it’s the little touches in a room that combine together to create the character or “feel” of a space.

So here are a few ideas for creating the perfect spice rack for your country kitchen or primitive style space.

1. Use a found item.  That means repurpose a box or other container that you find at a thrift/antique store or yard sale.  Look at this gorgeous antique Coca-Cola box.  I want this!

Found on pinterest.com

Found on pinterest.com

2. Create an antique look with paint. To do this you could add a contrasting paint color to a wooden spice rack and then sand away to reveal some of the wood beneath. Or, you could use a technique called Dry Brush Graining.  Click here for instructions on that and a short video demonstrating the technique.

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Found on www. pinterest.com

3. Put in a shelf.  Shelves can work well for any size space because you can scale them to fit perfectly.

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Found on pinterest.com

Found on pinterest.com

Found on pinterest.com

We hope you find your country/primitive bliss with the perfect spice rack for your spring and summer cooking. Have fun and enjoy the process!

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How To Paint Your Wooden Stairs

14 Apr

We are excited to welcome a guest to the blog today- Debbie, the author of the “Painted Therapy” blog.  She’s a mom, wife, DIYer and Old Village Paint customer.  Thank you so much Debbie for letting us share this post on painting stairs!

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Before I get to the stair painting, let me briefly recap my home buying experience: when we walked into the house, I knew right away that it could be home. After looking at over a dozen other houses, this was the only one that made me feel that way. I could see beyond the orange kitchen counter tops and brown melamine cabinets. I knew there was hope for the glaringly bright green and black tiled bathroom. And I could even forgive the pink walls and pink carpet. Yes, pink carpet. Because hiding underneath that pink carpet was oak. I will never understand the choice to cover beautiful oak wood with carpet, never mind one that resembles Pepto-Bismol.

(Please forgive the photo as it’s a scanned version of the listing photo I kept from 9 years ago).


Do you see the pink? Can’t miss it, huh?
So, the first order of business was to pull up all that pink carpet. But, alas, the oak did not make it’s way to the staircase. We just had plain, ole’ pine wood. Rather than replace all the treads with oak, I decided to keep the cost down by painting and stapling on my own runner. This was a vast improvement and fit well with my decorating style at the time.


But times do change. And so did my decorating style. Deciding I could not find an affordable runner carpet that I liked, I went for the full-on painted stairs. And although there was a few glitches along the way, it was a pretty easy to do. Just have a bunch of patience in reserve because you will probably need it.

I knew I didn’t just want to paint a solid color, nor did I just want to have a “runner” painted alone down the middle. Of course I had to get fancy and add the strips on the side. Your job will be infinitely easier if you decide to NOT take this step as I did. Although, in the end, I am glad I did.


Tools needed: paint and primer, tape measure, pencil, lots of painter’s tape, an angle, and a DVD movie case. DVD movie case? Well, I used the movie case because the width of the spine is about how wide I wanted my outside grey stripe. Seriously, why do the extra measuring if you can find something around the house that does the work for you?


After first priming then painting the outside of the stairs my base color (which happens to be the trim in the house), I went to work on taping. I used a tape measure and decided how wide I wanted my center “runner” to be, used the angle to get a straight line then used painters tape to create a line on each step. It definitely gets tricky going over the lip and trim pieces, so you want to make sure you seal the edges well.

After getting the first piece of tape on, I marked the width of my trusty DVD case (we were watching The Lion King, so what the heck?!?), made a straight line with the angle and applied this next line of tape parallel to the first, making sure, again, to seal the edges well. Then do it all over again on the other side of each step.


Here’s a photo of the tape lining both sides of the stairs. I think she’s ready for the grey.


Since you are working with stairs, and chances are you need to use them at some point before you are finished, you will need to think of how to paint them so it doesn’t affect traffic. I first painted the outside lines and the risers (fronts) of the stairs since no one really steps there anyhow.


Even though I thought I was being painstaking about making sure the tape was on good, I still had problems. My husband says to try the “green” tape next time, as he thinks it would have done a better job. Well, guess what buckoo, there will not be a next time. ha ha


Houston, we do have a problem.


Oh, for the love of Pete, does it look like I even applied tape?


But, you see, this was just a small set-back in the life of a DIYer. And it was nothing that an artist’s flat brush and a dixie cup of paint couldn’t fix. And hours out of my life. Over days. And days. But I have a sweet reader who reminded me of a very special tip (that I forgot until AFTER the stairs were painted): paint over your tape edges with your base color. If you do so, you will seal the tape with the base color, and the next color (in my case grey) can not get under that pesky tape. BRILLIANT!


Once I had those lines as clean as can be, I then painted the tread of the stairs. You may want to paint every other step, giving yourself a dry place to climb the steps. I chose not to do that since there was enough dry room on the sides to step up and down. Let it be noted that I did add paint additive that gives the stairs a little rough texture and creates traction. I didn’t want my little girl to wake up one January morning, socks on feet, and slipping down the stairs to me. Additive can easily be found in the paint section of your paint store.

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And there she is. I’ve decided I like the stairs. They are much easier to clean too, as I just sweep down and vacuum up. I chose not to put poly on the stairs, but I have no problem with them looking “worn” over time. Oh, by then my decorating style will have changed again anyway. :)


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