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!

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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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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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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. :)

Paint a Beautiful Bookshelf

7 Apr

I love books, and because I love books, I have LOTS of them.  For many a love of books comes with the challenge of storing books.  So today we thought we’d show you a few beautiful or unusual options for book shelves.  With some creativity, you could create a new spot to hold your cherished friends.

1. Converted dresser bookshelf. I LOVE this one.  To convert a dresser into a bookshelf remove the drawers and drawer hardware.  On this piece they painted the interior a bright contrasting color, while leaving the exterior natural. Beautiful!!!!

2. Old door bookshelf.  This bookshelf is amazing!  For this piece it looks like they removed portions of the door, and then used that material to help build the shelves.

3. Crate bookshelf. I’m including this one because you can find crates at almost any craft store, and this looked very simple!  They have obviously painted these for children’s usage, but a cream or white color could create a more shabby chic look.

Think about your space and choose the perfect color at our online store Colour Cupboard.

If you’re thinking about using a painting effect, here are a few we’ve gone over on the blog.

How to Antique a Newer Piece of Furniture

Pickling Effect or Crackle Finish

Antiquing with Goopy Paint

Happy creating (and reading)!

How To Paint a Faux Outdoor Rug

31 Mar

If you have a wooden porch, or a concrete patio that you’re hoping to freshen up for the warmer weather, a faux outdoor rug might be just the creative touch you are looking for!

Be sure to clean the area well before you begin applying paint.  You’ll need:

  1. Paint
  2. Brushes
  3. Tape
  4. Stencils or Stamps (optional)
  5. A clean surface

Here are some photos to spark your creativity. Have fun!!!!

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Add Spring Charm With Window Boxes

24 Mar

Spring is in the air!  If you are itching for an outdoor project that you can enjoy for years to come, think window boxes!




You can purchase a wide variety of window boxes at home stores or online, or, if you’re feeling handy, you can build your own.  Here are two links with careful instructions on the building process.

Step by step instructions on building a window box planter. 

How To Build A Window Box From a Pallet

Once you’ve got your boxes built, choose a color!  Black, Rittenhouse Red, cream, Colonial White and Soldier Blue are common window box colors, and our Old Village Paint is more than capable of standing up to the outdoor elements!

We’d love to see photos of your new or much loved window boxes!




How To Make Your Own Quilt Cabinet

17 Mar

If you love quilts, then you probably have more than one.  You can display these beautiful pieces of art in a … quilt cabinet.  To create a cabinet that works well for your home and quilts, consider how many quilts you have to display, and the size of the space where you are hoping to fit this piece of furniture.  You might find an unfinished piece at an Amish store, or you could repurpose a dresser, china cabinet or display case to fit your needs.

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Once you’ve found the perfect piece, you get to choose the perfect color!  Right now New England Red, Antique Yellow, and Black are popular. Or, if you would simply like a natural wood look, you could choose a stain.  Here’s the link for the supplies you’ll need:

I like the idea of leaving the cabinet door off, so that you can see the patterns and stitching more clearly, but if you’re also trying to protect your quilts from dust or little hands, a door might be nice!

We would love to see any photos you have of your quilts displayed! You can share with us here on this blog, or on our Facebook page.  stain01


3 Easy Painting Techniques for Spring

10 Mar

Add a little bit of body text 1. Crackle Finish: To correctly do this painting effect, you need to think in layers.  The bottom layer of paint is what will “show through” the cracks in the top layer of paint.  So first, choose a base layer.  Then, apply Old Village Paint Crackle to the dry base layer.  The crackle paint is clear.  Let dry.  Finally, you’ll add the top layer, this should be a different color if you want to be able to see two colors in the final product.  The crackle medium will “react” with the top layer of paint, and you’ll be able to see the bottom layer of paint through the cracks that are created.  Here’s a tutorial video.  This is a great way to add character or “age” a piece of furniture or door! 3a587dae2948be5477b12fe1a57d5c4f 2. Decorative Painting Techniques.  You can add a huge variety of texture to paint using common items from around the house, and this is how many historic painting techniques were done.  With rags, corn cobs, and cleaning brushes!  Experiment with wet paint and one of these items, and know that as long as you don’t wait too long, you can brush over any effect you create and try again!  Here’s a tutorial video with some of these techniques demonstrated. corn-cob-graining 3. Whitewashing/Pickling: To whitewash a wall or piece of furniture, simply clean the surface and apply the whitewash (available in gritty or smooth.) To achieve a pickling finish on a door, piece of furniture, or wall, mix 1/2 whitewash with 1/2 linseed oil and let sit for 24 hours.  Then wipe off with a clean cloth. Watch tutorial video here! 11 If you’ve come up with a Spring project, you can find the supplies you need at Color Cupboard. Enjoy!


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