George Washington’s Boyhood Home Ferry Farm Gets a Furniture Update–And Old Village Paints Were Used!

8 Jul

“George Washington was 6 years old in 1738 when his family moved to a farm in Stafford County, Virginia. The Washingtons called this place the Home Farm but it later became known as Ferry Farm because people crossed the Rappahannock River on a ferry from the farm to the town of Fredericksburg. The Washingtons did not own or operate the ferry but used it frequently to get to and from town.” (

When we received an email from Steve Dietrich, an Early American Furniture Reproduction Specialist letting us know he had been hired by the George Washington Foundation to create several furniture pieces for Ferry Farm, and had used Old Village Paints, we were excited!

Here’s some photos and some more of the story from Steve:


I used your paint on four pieces I made for the George Washington Foundation – two beds based on an original in the Foundations’ collection in the Kenmore house using Rittenhouse Red, a bed based on an original in Weatherburn’s Tavern in Colonial Williamsburg using Hunter Green, and a blanket chest based on an original in storage in Colonial Williamsburg using Rittenhouse Red for the base coat.

Here is a video the Foundation filmed in my workshop of me discussing my work on the project –
The curator, Meghan Budinger, was delighted with the beds and the beds.  She especially loved the Hunter Green bed that is in Mary Washington’s bedchamber.
I applied the paint using a round French natural bristle brush following the 50/50, 75/25, 100% regimen you recommended.  I found it to be a delight to apply.  It flowed very well, covered superbly and evenly, and dried much more quickly than expected.  It was much easier and more rewarding to use than OF Milk Paint.  And, as you know, much more period correct than Milk Paint…

Hopefully, these painted pieces can help the Ferry Farm interpreters educate the public that the Colonials did have bright colors and that the antiques they see today have darkened with 250 years of fireplace and cooking smoke, tobacco smoke, dirty hands, dust, wax, and all the other contaminates that add to the layers of color deadening grime.  

Best regards, Steve
Thanks Steve for sharing these with us!
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

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Antiques & Collectibles at Leighton’s Old Towne Shoppe

25 Jun

Visit Leighton’s Old Towne Shoppe in Woodstown, NJ to find beautiful pieces to add to your home, and inspiration for your primitive space. Visit the shop online here.

“Leighton’s offers a selection of reproduction period furniture pieces as well as everything to accessorize your home in primitive and country decor.  You’ll find everything from candles, textiles and hand-forged hardware, to reproduction chimney cabinets, entertainment center and painted chests.”

If you are interested in adding a primitive or early American flavor to your home, choose one or two of the above elements to bring into your space: rugs, practical elements like watering cans, washtubs, or washboards, or storage hutches and shelves.

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I hope you’ve felt inspired by the beautiful pieces and displays at Leighton’s.  Leighton’s also carries Old Village Paints, so you can choose a vintage, historic color or two to add to your walls or furniture that will continue the primitive theme.

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

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Circa 1700 Farmhouse Painted With Old Village Paint Inside & Out!

26 May

Come tour a farmhouse built over 300 years ago! To preserve the historic quality and look of the outside surfaces and interior walls, the owners have chosen a variety of Old Village Paints.  We are honored!

Let’s take a look:


A beautiful wooden staircase sits in nice contrast to a whitewashed wall.


I feel  I could be walking in to sit by the fire with the original inhabitants.


Even though we are the oldest paint and varnish maker in the United States, (since 1816), this house was approximately 115 years old when our company was founded!  What’s the oldest building in your area? Has it been restored? What stories have been documented about it?  We have the privilege of working with numerous historic sites, because our paint is still made with a similar process and materials that were used 200 years ago.  If you’d like to tour more historic sites that use Old Village Paints, you can visit: Pennsylvania Farmstead, or New Hampshire Home Tour or the Hammond-Harwood House.  Enjoy!

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Early American Furniture with Pennsylvania Style

15 May

Keith’s Furniture in Newport, Pennsylvania is worth a visit if you’re ever in the neighborhood.  Among other treasures, Keith builds custom furniture for delighted customers.  (Thanks Keith for the photos)

“Barnwood high leg chest. Painted with Old Village Bar Harbour Gray and top stained Russett.” (Bar Harbor Gray is one of our brand new colors! It’s exciting to see it “out in the world!”)


“Old Village Antique Pewter on reclaimed barnwood. And handmade rat tail hinges.”


“Two reclaimed barnwood pieces painted with Old Village Pure White. The paint is also chipped then clean coated.”


“Just finished this reclaimed wood, live edge top counter island. 54″long and just 27″ wide. Just right size for two people with lots of storage (doors on both sides) and two full depth drawers. Worn off Old Village Black paint with dark walnut stain on the top. The live edge top is made of reclaimed oak.”


“New  island painted with Old Village Bar Harbour Gray and glazed.”


Beautiful work Keith! If you’ve painted anything in Old Village Paint colors, we’d love to see it. Our customers’ creativity is always exciting and thrilling to us.  Wishing you a wonderful spring. Time to throw open the windows, get out in the garden and get some paint speckle your shoes.

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What Could You Pick Up At The Town Trader?

2 May

Charlie from Town Trader sent us these beautiful photos of furniture given some Olde World charm with Old Village Paint colors!

To check out their beautiful, historic shop in Chepachet, Rhode Island, visit them online here!


This table is painted with Old Village Buttermilk Yellow.


Ohio Cupboard Rust.


This dry sink is done with Old Village Paint Chestnut.



I love the creativity shown in using this mantle piece as a decorative focal point.


One of the things I love about Old Village Paint is that even their creams and whites have such depth of color!

What’s your favorite color?

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Wonder Horse Makeover: 1950’s and 60’s Childhood Toy Given New Life

23 Apr

Meet a Wonder Horse!

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What is the story behind this horse? Wonder Horse is a brand name of certain bouncy, spring horses many of us remember as our toys.  This one I found with the broken spring rig dumped on the side of the road.  It sat there for a couple of weeks.  Driving past one day I wondered if I could paint the horse.  He was filthy, full of water.  Roto-molded plastic.  I took the horse and left the rig.  (It is not unusual for me to rescue furniture from the side of the road).

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Projects like this for me are problem solvers.  My problem was how to adhere “good” rather than “spray” paint to rubbery plastic.  I looked into various primers and found one made specifically for plastic, then gave it a layer of Zinnser.

These horses were not gracefully fabricated.  Just two slabs of plastic stuck together with oozing where the parts connected, then carelessly air brushed.  I spent much time sanding to eliminate those lines.  Once the primer was on, then the color choices happen.  Choosing the colors is an evolving process.  I used both the Buttermilk and regular OVP acrylics and kept the flat vs. satin surfaces consistent with a layer of OVP finish at the end. The metallics are Rustoleum craft paint. The stand was fabricated out of an old school chair base.  This horse was a special model as he had a box screwed into his belly.  I removed it and discovered it was a sound box with a small microphone and battery.  I put in a new battery and voila, the darned thing started talking from an internal tape with a man’s voice, a whinny and a clip clop. It was activated by the rocking motion when a kid would bounce back and forth.  We have a local Agricultural Fair each year here on Martha’s Vineyard.  The horse was my entry and a blue ribbon hit.

How did you find out about Old Village Paints?  I have been using OVP and in particular the wood stains and finish since around the early 1980’s.  I originally bought both paint and stain at Factory Paint in Weymouth, MA.  I have been refinishing old furniture for years and years and the stains and finish are foolproof, the restoration colors especially refined.  I won’t use any other product, in particular the finish.  I use the paint consistently, especially because of the quality of the restoration colors and the paint itself.  If you need a red, you’ve got a perfect red because your colors have been so carefully researched.  No need to look further. The paint is extremely high quality compared to what is available in big box craft stores. It is not worth my time or money to even try anything else – which is like painting with water –  except when I need metallics.

Why did you choose OVP for this particular project? I chose OVP for the Wonder Horse project because I knew that the refined, subtle colors would give me the elegant look I wanted and that the paint would adhere to heavily primed plastic which is what the horse is made of.  I rarely have to mix custom colors using OVP but did for the nose and mouth of the horse.  Most of what I paint requires fine, clean lines.  The consistency of OVP allows me to get those sharp edges without multiple layers.

Thanks Barbara Baskin for sharing the photos and project details!

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Amateur Woodworkers: Meet Your New Favorite Product

9 Apr

If you love creating things out of wood, then you probably appreciate the uniqueness of things created to last in this throw-away culture.

Our wood stains and paints are made essentially the same way they were made 200 years ago– and they last and last and LAST. So that something you put time and love into creating will be protected and beautiful.

Here’s a run down of some products that you might find useful.

1. Wood Stain + Sealant

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

You can!  Old Village Paints has a paste stain or paste varnish that combine stain and sealant IN ONE.

Try these products on:

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

What we love about these products:

  •  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.

This shows the stain and varnish on different types of wood:



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!!!!

2. All Cracked Up

We’ve made creating a crackle effect on your next painting project as easy as we can!

Want to create an antique look or crackle finish for texture and interest? We’ve got a high quality crackle treatment that is as easy as brushing on a clear coat of paint!


We call it “All Cracked Up”.  Notice the finish underneath these two cans of paint, isn’t it beautiful? This was created with this “All Cracked Up” paint.

To create a crackle finish you begin with one layer of paint, then paint on the “All Cracked Up” coat, and then add another coat of regular paint.  Imagine the different color combinations you could achieve.

This photo shows a Pearwood color paint base coat, then All Cracked Up, with Steeple White on top. Notice how you can see the base coat color through the crackle effect.  Keep reading.



3. Cream Wax.

“Schrack’s Cream Wax.”

It is a soft wax that can be mixed with the paint or used straight out of the can for a Wax~Dry~Buff patina! What’s patina? “a gloss or sheen on wooden furniture produced by age and polishing” Our Schrack’s Wax is really nice stuff and half the price of competitive quality wax.

Schrack’s Cream 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.

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


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.


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.   If you have an idea that you’re considering–give us a shout, and we’ll let you know what we’ve heard from others who have tried something similar.



Here’s how they are using some of these products at Olde Possum Woodworks. 

Olde Possum Woodworks is a small furniture company from the Philadelphia area.  They specialize in pieces made in the 18th & 19th century early American style.  They proudly hand-make each piece, one at a time, hand nailing or screwing together each joint.

They are unique in that all their wood comes exclusively from local sawmills.  Olde Possum Woodworks uses Old Village Paints on many of their products for its historic quality.  To see more of their pieces, you can visit their Facebook page.   Contact number:  215-234-8190.  Let’s take a look at a few of their pieces now.

Old Tavern Style Checkerboard Table.  I love this table.  This would be a great piece at a vacation home or in a den or living room where grandchildren, younger kids or maybe even the young at heart could start up a game of checkers. And, when you weren’t using it for a game, it could be serving other purposes.


Work bench/tool carrier table, painted with Antique Pewter over Society Hill Blue. The second photo of this beautiful tool carrier table shows the underlying blue tones well.


Keep reading. 

If you are an amateur woodworker, we hope some of these products make your beautiful handiwork even more durable and pleasing to the eye.  As always, feel free to give us a call– we love answering the phone and talking to our customers!

Toll Free: 800-498-7687
Phone: 215-234-4600
Fax: 215-234-4601

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