Master Carver Creates Gold-Leaf American Eagle

21 Oct

Paul White is a master wood carver who literally wrote the book on carving the American eagle. (“Carving An American Eagle”) His shop is located in East Sandwich, Massachusetts, across from a cranberry bog.  Inside his shop he creates standard and custom carvings, hand painting and adding gold leaf to create beautiful works of art.

The Chesapeake Eagle, pictured below, can range in size from 4.5 feet up to seven feet across! Isn’t it stunning?!

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Learn more about the process for creating an eagle by visiting Paul’s website www.paulwhitewoodcarving.com

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Paul uses Old Village Paint for his creations, and we are incredibly honored he includes our paint in his process.

We often hear from people that they love the thickness, coverage and long-lasting quality of Old Village Paints.  Here’s an example:

” . . .  our trim painters, who are highly regarded and coveted in this area stated that it was the nicest paint they had ever worked with, both in quality of coverage and ease of application. Quite a recommendation from people who do nothing but apply various suppliers paint every day.” Chris & Sylvi Wilkin

“My husband (recently retired carpenter) and I have been using your paints for years inside and outside of our home. He swears he’s never come across any paint as “easy going on” as Old Village Paints and we both absolutely LOVE the colors. . .  Our storm doors and front and side doors are painted Wild Bayberry.  Please don’t ever change a thing about the paints you make and sell.  You can’t improve on perfection!” Schroeher Jr

Thank you to our customers for these great reviews.  Your projects are worth high quality paint that will last and last, from American eagles to cribs to antique furniture to barn quilts, Old Village Paint is ready to cover and last “like iron”.

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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Whitewash Used on Entire Exterior of Historic Farmstead

16 Oct

Heckler Plains Farmstead in Harleysville, Pennsylvania shared some photos with us recently of a beautiful exterior paint job, created with Old Village Paint whitewash!  

Heckler Plains Farmstead, during part of its history, was an inn for travelers.  Today it is a part of the Lower Salford Park System, and is used to exhibit what a working farm in the early 1800’s looked like.

Isn’t the whitewash stunning?!

Old Village Paint Whitewash can be bought in two textures: gritty and smooth.

This innovative 18th and early 19th century museum-quality restoration finish is intended for almost any interior or exterior surface.

Old Village Simulated White-Wash is being used on many restoration projects throughout the United States and has been endorsed by museum curators and professional historic paint consultants.

Old Village Simulated White-Wash applies with the ease of latex paints with none of the problems or hazards encountered when using whitewash. It may be used on unpainted or previously painted walls, ceilings, fences and more.

Old Village Simulated White-Wash is one of the quality restoration specialty finishes created in response to requests from historic paint consultants worldwide.

Why “simulated”? Many of the coatings made in the 18th and 19th centuries consisted of ingredients not allowed in today’s manufacturing process, and so carefully developed substitutions were necessary.  We’ve created a beautiful, safe product.

 As always, call us with questions!  –Your Old Village Paint Family.

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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Buttermilk Painted Bar Stools in Wild Bayberry

12 Oct

Living in Lavender Home of Enumclaw, Washington shares:

“I’m testing out a new line of products from Old Village Paint Co. out of Pennsylvania. I’m impressed with the buttery application of the Buttermilk Paint and the gorgeous sheen of the Gel Wood Stain which carries a small amount of poly in it!”

These little SADDLE STOOLS are painted in Wild Bayberry. The edges are lightly distressed and the paint is topped with an application of … Dark Brown … Wax and buffed to a soft matte sheen. The seats were sanded to bare wood and stained.”

 

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I love this wild bayberry color, and the gorgeous flowers peaking around the stools in this photo.We hear quite often from folks that the first time they use Old Village Paints, they can’t believe how thick and creamy the paint is to work with.  Thanks for another stellar review! We believe in a high quality product and incredible customer service! You can check out Living in Lavendar Home on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/livinginlavenderhome/They specialize in: Hand Painted Furniture and Home Decor, Hand-Crafted Lavender Products, Fresh (in season) and Dried Lavender Bouquets, Buds and Culinary Buds.  Beautiful stuff!

 

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

Experts Analyze Paint in Historic House

29 Sep

Hammond-Harwood House is the jewel of Annapolis, VA.  The house is the grandest Colonial house in the historic town, preserved intact since 1774. In addition to its magnificent, perfectly preserved architecture inside and out, this National Historic Landmark contains an outstanding collection of John Shaw furniture and Charles Willson Peale paintings.

The house uses Old Village Paints to preserve it’s early American appearance.

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The operators of the house recently ordered an analysis of the layers of interior and exterior paint to find out more about what the house looked like during its long history.

Here’s a peek into their findings: (to read the entire article click here)

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“Unquestionably the quickest way to freshen the look of a house or room is to paint it. For a historic structure like the Hammond-Harwood House, how it was first painted offers clues to the vision of its builders and owners.  One of the mysteries of what the house looked like in 1774 was solved this fall when Susan Buck, an expert from Williamsburg, analyzed paint chips from the exterior trim and doors.

Tiny quarter-inch chips were analyzed with 21st century techniques – and the results are surprising. After studying 24 layers of paint, Dr. Buck determined that the original color of the doors and trim was a creamy white, close to the color of the mortar. And she found evidence that the front door was originally stained with a brown glaze and decorated to simulate mahogany. Called grain painting, this type of finish was considered very elegant in the late 18th century.

The door now has the original cream color painted by William Doherty and the faux graining has been completed by Baltimore-based artisan Betsy Greene. While it is impossible to know the original graining pattern, the new graining chosen was inspired by doors at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. The Hammond-Harwood House already shares a connection with Monticello: Jefferson sketched the Hammond-Harwood House in 1783 and admired its semi-octagonal bays, a design feature he used at Monticello. . . ”

They have a wonderful site for your perusal … http://hammondharwoodhouse.org/

If you are in the area or plan to be traveling you will want to make a visit here!

Hours of Operation
April – October: Open Tuesday – Sunday, 12-5. Last tour at 4.
November-December: Open Tuesday – Sunday, 12-4. Last tour at 3.
January-March: Group and school tours by appointment only.
Tours begin at the top of the hour.

Please call the museum’s general information line at 410-263-4683 ext. 16 to check museum hours on major holidays.

What does the exterior and interior of your home say about you? Check out our link below to feast on lots of color and finish options;  we’ll help you add quality paint to your space that will last and last.

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

 

Celebrate Fall by Adding Warmth To Your Home With Rich Buttermilk Colors

22 Sep

Old Village Paints curates a beautiful line of buttermilk paint. They can be used on building interiors like: walls and trim, and on furniture and artifacts. These colours dry to a beautiful matte finish that does not destroy the texture of the wood. Multiple coats will build a longer lasting and more opaque film. By adding water, a transparent stain effect can be attained.

These rich colors are created with ingredients from natural sources, that’s why they echo our seasons so well! These are the colors that speak of fall to me, but check out our entire buttermilk line for all of the colors available.  

From large projects . . . (Buttermilk Bayberry)

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…to small. (Notice the thickness and depth of color)

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And everything in between (Buttermilk Wild Bayberry)– we hope creamy buttermilk paints might help you celebrate fall in your space.

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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

 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

Furniture Paint Effects: Using Steel Combs, Fingernails, Toothpicks & More

18 Sep

Last week in our post: Grown Up  Finger Painting we talked about some basic techniques you could use create different effects on furniture large to small.   This week, we’re going to look at some more ideas, and see more photos!!! I love photos!!!

Finger graining is a technique created by artist Heide Drewes,

“I just tried it on a whim, since I had painted many landscape paintings on canvas
using acrylic paints, which is what I used most of the time I’m painting.”

Heide believes the earliest finger paintings go back all the way to Cave Paintings.  This week, we’re going to expand your options by showing you some of the graining work of Heide Drewes.  She has share these photos with us (after lots of computer issues!–thank you Heide for your persistence).

“I use my fingers, hands, palms and of course graining tools and other found objects … like brushes, toothpicks, Q-Tips, corn cobs and more!”

The first three images below include finger graining done with: fingerprints, fingernails, and finger tips, as well as a steel comb and toothpicks.

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“I use Old Village #1232 Brown Graining Liquid 99% of the time.” explains Heide. On the cupboard below Heide used the palm of her hand to create the swirl pattern you see on the side.

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Below: Heide created this effect with Old Village Paint Pumpkin Colour and Black Graining Liquid, using her fingers on the sides and door panels.

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Finally, here’s a smaller project, a picture frame painted with Old Village Wild Bayberry and Old Village Brown Graining Liquid painted by dragging a finger back and forth.

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Are you inspired to experiment? I am!  Start on something small if you are nervous, or even consider using scrap wood to begin. Try something new and be sure to have fun while doing it! As always, call us with questions or concerns.

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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Grown Up Finger Painting: Have Fun Creating a Stunning Painting Effect

11 Sep

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Today we’re going to see how easy, FUN and striking a painting technique can be.  Above you can see a before and after shot of a piece of furniture painted with with the finger glazing technique.

This Old Village Paint user (and artist) Heide Drewes of Black Swamp Studio began by painting the entire piece Wild Bayberry blue.  Then, she brushed on Old Village Paint Brown Graining Liquid.  Next, she used her finger to scrape part of the graining liquid away,  creating this beautiful stripe effect.  Heide notes that she’s tried doing this technique with a rubber glove on her hand, but the final effect lacks the “softness” that occurs when she works without gloves.

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You can use a rag dipped in paint thinner to remove the graining liquid from edges.

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I love the Wild Bayberry color showing through!

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And here’s the final product.  I love it! Hoping you can give yourself permission to play and experiment soon!

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