Smooth Buttermilk Paint in Historic Colors: What is Buttermilk Paint & Where Can You Use It?

22 Jul

Buttermilk paint was created out of necessity.  In early colonial America, when traveling painters were away from the city center, drying oils, pigments and varnishes were scarce and very expensive. Painters turned to an old country custom of using farm products, earth colors and brick dust to make their paint colours.

OLD VILLAGE has reproduced these products, staying as close to the original process as possible–except when certain materials were known to be unhealthy.  We have kept the spirit of the Colonial American Craftsman in producing these paints, preserving the beautiful colors and wonderful smooth, buttery finish they create.

Click the photo below to explore the colors available in buttermilk paint!

Where Can I Use Buttermilk Paints?

OLD VILLAGE Buttermilk Paint Colours may be used on interiors of barns, buildings, walls and trim, and on furniture and artifacts. These colours dry to a beautiful matte finish that do not destroy the texture of the wood.

Multiple coats will build a longer lasting and more opaque film.  You can add water to thin the paint and create a  transparent stain effect.

Below: A small cabinet painted with Buttermilk Paint: Wild Bayberry.

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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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Sunflower Sunshine in a Paint Can

18 Jul

Do you love the colors of Italy?

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If the beauty of Tuscany and Provence are well known to you, or if you’ve just discovered how amazing these areas of the world are–know that you can bring them into your home with a series of Old Village Paints, based on the colors of these regions.

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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).

Roger S. Wright Furniture in Pennsylvania posted these photos of some custom kitchen cabinets they designed–painted with Old Village Paint sunflower yellow.

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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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Make Your Paint Job Last Longer

10 Jul

We want your next paint job to last as long as possible.  When you commit effort, time and money to something- you don’t want to revisit the same project next year!  So here are some tips on getting the most out of your next paint job.

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By following these tips, you’ll create a surface for the paint to “stick” to and achieve better results long term.

If you have any technical questions about your upcoming paint projects- leave them in the comments section, or on our Facebook page.  We’ve been talking with our customers about paint for FOUR GENERATIONS–and we love it!

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

 

 

Which Do You Like More: Red, White or Blue?

4 Jul

Happy 4th of July!  We’re so proud to be an American, family owned company with 200 years of history serving you!

Thank you to all of our veterans and active military, and their families and support systems that have helped create the freedoms we are celebrating.

Today, we wanted to do a quick survey and see which of these three Old Village Paint colors you like the best.  And–because it’s fourth of July–we chose red, white and blue!

First up, Rittenhouse Red:

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Barn with Mustard Door

Second, Colonial White.

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Closet with Heart Cut Out

And finally, Solider Blue!

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We have red, white and blue colors that come in buttermilk and acrylic paints, so whatever color you are drawn to — we can help you find the perfect fit between your taste and your project needs.

Happy Fourth Everyone!

Let us know in the comment section- which do you like 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

Watch This Video To See a Slideshow of Whitewash & Pickling Projects

26 Jun

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 pickling effect.  As always, feel free to call us with questions- 800-498-7687, we love to help our customers!

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To purchase Old Village Paint online click here…  http://colourcupboard.com

 

Nothing says summer like a fresh coat of white paint–especially when it is whitewash!

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

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.

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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.

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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.

Enjoy your next whitewash or pickling project!

Hall Bench/Jelly Cupboard Made From Reclaimed Barnwood

19 Jun

Keith Beaver of Pennsylvania  created this beautiful entry piece using reclaimed barn wood!  To create the paint effect you see here he started with New England Red, and then added a layer of Black.

Rub away the top layer of paint very slowly using a high grit sandpaper to help the red color show through. Choose areas of the piece that would normally receive a lot of wear from use– like knobs and edges.

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Beautiful job! What amazes me is how authentically aged the piece can look because of the color layering and sanding technique.  In the image below you can see just the solid “British Red” color on the far right column, forth one down.

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Thank you Keith for sharing 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

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 Use Cream Wax to Create Patina

12 Jun

Not many people know that along with paint, we also sell a wonderful cream wax, called “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.

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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. 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.

“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