Mr. Postman Says Mailbox Makeover Time!

24 May

Now that it is outdoor project season, we thought we’d do a post on — mailboxes.  Many of us see and use our mailbox daily, and an update to this one small item can change the entire curb appeal of our homes.

 

To prepare your mailbox for a new coat of paint, you’ll want to sand and clean it well.  This will allow the paint to “stick” to the surface and provide much longer wear.  Choose one or a few of our oil based colors and start painting!  As you can see planning a stand and perhaps some decorations or plantings to accompany your mailbox can create a variety of presentations for your mailbox. (Photos above from pinterest.com, search mailbox makeover for lots more ideas!)  We have paint and stain colors to choose from…

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Laney’s Old Village Acrylic Latex Paint Colors

 

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As always you can shop online: HERE, or give us a call at 610-287-3720, we love to meet new people and talk about PAINT!

Cheers!

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

Paint Plus This Equals a Whimsical Garden

15 May

Beautiful flowers, singing birds, the smell of warm grass, cool breezes, there are so many reasons to create a garden.  Add a bit of whimsy to your rolling hills, or to your front porch with one of these fun ideas!

Sunflower yellow + a bicycle = a fun garden planter!

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Provence Yellow + Royal Red + a watering can = a decorating hit.

An old wheelbarrow + sage green = a beautiful flower display.

The items above are all ones you might find in your shed out back and repurpose to create a lovely garden piece or planter.  Or, begun hunting at garage sales or antique stores.  All of the colors today are from Laney’s Old Village Paint’s Provence Color Line.  These colors are incredible unique and rich, and will last through the wind, rain, snow and sun that outdoor pieces experience.

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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

 

 

What is a Dry Sink?

9 May

Before homes had indoor plumbing, men were still shaving and women performing their morning freshening up routines.  In early American homes a piece of furniture called a dry sink was built to assist.  It often had room for storage below, and a top surface that could hold a pitcher of water and basin.  Sometimes an edge was built around the top in order to keep any water that splashed out of the basin from ending up on the floor.

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This dry sink was painted by Roger Stacey of Roger Stacey Painted Hutch Primitives using Valley Forge Mustard.

Here’s another photo I found on Pinterest, attributed to http://primsouls.blogspot.com/p/gallery.html

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Here’s one more example that we included in a round-up last week, but it’s such a nice dry sink/hutch, I didn’t want to leave it out. This is also by Roger Stacey.

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I love seeing these used for display in homes, and hope this has given you some inspiration.  Don’t forget we have lots of authentic, early american paint colors at your disposal.

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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

Vintage Painted Furniture

2 May

Time to do a reader photo mash-up and share some of the awesome stuff you guys are sending in to us!

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These beautiful pieces made by the Country Cupboard in PA are painted in a creamy Steeple White.

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Wow.  I love the mix of colors on this one!  This is from Roger Stacey, Roger used Antique Sage Green as a base and then Soldier Blue as a final coat.

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This dresser is on display at the Franklin Antique Mall in Franklin, TN.  It’s painted with Old Village Antique Pewter.  

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Another nice cupboard by @AKS Design! This one is painted with Old Village 1707 New England Red, distressed and topped with 1232 Antiquing Liquid brown.

Which color were you most drawn to?  I always love finding out what people pick out and why.  Sometimes people have a childhood memory associated with a certain paint color, and at other times, its inexplicable, there’s just something about the color that speaks to them!  We’d love to see your photos, or help you find a color that is just what you’ve been looking for.

To see lots more colors available online visit: www.colourcupboard.com.  Note- Verizon is on strike right now, so you’ll need to call 215-817-3796 to place an order.  Sorry for the inconvenience, we’re hoping it’s all fixed soon!

 

 

 

DIY Essential Oil Display Case

25 Apr

Essential oils are part of many households now.  People begin using them for all sorts of reasons, and often find it hard to have just a few.  We’ve seen some pretty creative display cases in peoples’ homes and online, and we thought we’d pass on a few to our readers.

I love the simplicity of this first one, and if you don’t like the natural wood color in this example, you could choose a paint that matches your decor and add a coat of that color!

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If you’re not ready to build something, you could make a found item work for you. This reader used an old RC Cola case to organize and display her essential oils.

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Finally, if you only have a few bottles to being with, what about using a beautiful bowl or collection of teacups? Remember that essential oils need to be stored upright, or the oils will start to eat through their plastic toppers.
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If one of these ideas doesn’t quite fit, you could also look into storage solutions that are created for spices, or finger nail polish, since these often provide the approximate amount of space you need. Happy organizing!

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

Goopy Paint Makes Stenciling a Breeze

18 Apr

Stenciling allows you to personalize an item or wall with the perfect quote or image.

Stenciling  was also popular interior decorating technique in early American homes. It stretched limited resources (paint), and added beauty to bare walls.

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Goopy Paint makes stenciling wonderfully simple.  You won’t believe how nicely the paint stays put. (Goodbye runny paint!)

There are lots of places you can find stencil patterns. Look at this lovely one we found at Wall to Wall Stencils. It’s a historic sampler,

12.25″ Tall x 16.25″. Wouldn’t this be beautiful in a little kitchen nook, or on a board above your hearth?
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Here’s a simpler stencil.  If you’re a colonial decorating buff you’ll already know that pineapples were a very popular motif because they symbolized hospitality. pineappleHospitality was highly valued in colonial life, and if a family could afford it, a pineapple would be placed at the center of a table when guests visited, and then eaten for dessert.

Here’s a stenciling project that was done with our Goopy Paint: look at those nice clear lines!crowimage

Goopy paint comes in three colors, British Red, Picture Frame Cream and Wythe Chest Black. Goopy paint is thick, and your stenciling project will result in a slightly raised or “embossed” pattern. We hope you enjoy using Goopy Paint for your next stenciling project. It’s amazing!

Here are some instructions for an embossed finish.

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  1. Press the stencil to the area you wish to emboss.
  2. With a spatula scoop out some goop and carefully apply it to the stencil to fill in all the openings to the edges.
  3. Let it settle for a few minutes then gently remove stencil and let it dry.
  4. Paint any Old Village Buttermilk or Vintage Paint colour you choose on top and allow to dry.
  5. Sand gently to reveal edges of your embossing.
  6. Wax (if desired) with Schrack’s Cream Wax either Dark Brown or Clear. Or Antique with Old Village Brown or Black Antiquing Liquid.

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

Creative Furniture Makeovers

11 Apr
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Do you have a piece of furniture at your house that is ready for some new life to be breathed into it?  Today I’m sharing some transformation photos with you to inspire you with what some of your dearly loved pieces could become.

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This dresser went from 80’s drab to industrial farmhouse with some paint and new hardware!

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Here’s another dresser that went from unusable to amazing!

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We’ve got an amazing palate of colors for you to choose from, including a very durable chalkboard paint!  Grab some paint and get ready to create something beautiful!

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
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