Don’t Forget These 3 Important Steps BEFORE You Paint an Older Surface

18 Nov

In our “quicker is better” culture, many people often skip over the preparation phase of a project.  When preparing an older wall or piece of furniture the final product will be determined by what you do in the pre-painting stage.

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Here’s how to prepare the surface.

Check for a solid foundation: The surface to be painted must be sound, clean and dry. Imperfections such as rotted areas on wood, rusted metal, loose plaster, loose or crumbling masonry, efflorescence, cracked or peeling paint, must be removed, repaired or replaced.

Clean the surface: The surface must be cleaned of any dirt, grease, wax, loose paint, detergent film, soap, rust, corrosion, chalk, and stains. (Oil soluble dyestuffs are virtually impossible to remove and may be sealed with a shellac type stain seal.)

Let dry and do one final check: Once clean, inspect for construction defects, material deterioration, proper caulking, glazing, etc. The whole environment should be brought to a condition that will prevent any subsequent change that may render the applied paint system ineffectual.

Once everything is repaired, cleaned, and dry, you can move forward knowing that the paint has the best environment to last, last and last!

Now you get to choose a beautiful, creamy paint to brush or roll on.  We have some amazing colors for you to pick from! Click on the link at the bottom to shop online and have paint or stain shipped right to your front door!

Happy Painting! –Jenny

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
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Country Carpenter: Following Dreams

11 Nov

This week we will build on last week’s blog post “Country Carpenter: Country & Primitive Furniture” with a short interview with the owners: Barry and Kay Bennecoff.

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How did you begin making primitive furniture?

I have been building furniture for approximately 25 years. I am a fourth generation carpenter. My wife Kay loves colonial and country and primitive style furniture and I started making her dreams into a reality for her.

Why Old Village Paint?

We started out staining our furniture and then with the help of “Early American Life” we wanted to use milk paint. Kay planned a trip to Sturbridge, Mass. and we found a shop up there that carried Old Village Buttermilk Paint. We enjoyed Old Sturbridge Village one day (we love going to the village) and then the next day we went to the shop. We found the paint and bought some quarts and we were very happy shoppers.

When we read the label on the back, we realized we did not have to come to Mass. to find this paint. It was manufactured right here in good old PA in Fort Washington. This was wonderful. We were fortunate to meet Mr. Stulb at a designer show in King of Prussia. He was delightful and very happy to talk to us about his wonderful paint. He was very happy to hear our story of how we began using his paint and was accomodating to us to make us a dealer. We have enjoyed using this paint on our furniture and have gone on to using it in many different ways with our furniture. Over the past several years, I have spoken with Laney  and she like her Dad is just a great person. She cares about her customers.

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I enjoy working with people and getting their input when we are working together to make a one of a kind piece of furniture for them. My style leans toward old New England style of primitive/farm style. I enjoy making working hutches for kitchens and designing pantries. I enjoy mixing modern conveniences in old style cabinets, corner cabinets, etc. Bathroom vanities and medicine cabinets are other favorite pieces to do. The colors of Old Village paint only enhance what I do. My wife Kay loves painting with Old Village and replicating finishes that have that just right “patina” She most recently discovered goopy paint (Laney told her about it) and WoW! She loved the look!

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Thanks Barry and Kay for sharing part of your story with us! You make some beautiful items!  You can see more of their work on their Facebook page, just click here.

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

Country Carpenter: Country & Primitive Furniture

7 Nov

Barry Bennecoff is the Country Carpenter in Shoemakersville, Pennsylvania. He specializes in custom country and primitive furniture. Mr. Bennecoff makes beautiful pieces, and paints them with Old Village Paints! Thanks to Barry for sharing some of these photos with us.

Barry’s Country Cabinet 2nd edition. New England Red and Hunter Green.

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Beautiful pie safe in Rittenhouse Green.

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Gorgeous jewelry cabinet with lots of space. Soldier Blue.

 

 

Buttery in New England Red.

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Which of these furniture pieces can you imagine in your home?  I love the practicality of early American furniture.  If you’d like more information on any of these pieces, you can contact Barry at woodman225@aol.com.

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

 

Create a Thanksgiving Mantle Display

30 Oct

Ready for some inspiration? Check out this beautiful fall mantle scape that I came across at Rustique Restoration (www.rustiquerestoration.blogspot.com)

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From rustiquerestorations.blogspot.com

Let’s talk about some of the painting techniques you might need to create this look.
First, these shabby chic candlesticks. What if you have some plain white candlesticks and want to add an antique look?

To antique you can use Goopy Paint. It comes in three colors: Black, British Red, and Picture Frame Cream.

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The above photo shows a piece painted with a Goopy British Red base coat, Antique Yellow On Top.

First, you add a base coat of one, or all three of those colors to the item you are antiquing. Goopy Paint is thick enough that the colors won’t run together, so you can add one, both, or all three in one step.

Second, you let the Goopy Paint dry.

Third, add a top coat of Old Village Paint (cream, black, whatever strikes your fancy), covering the entire piece, including the spots you painted with Goopy Paint.

Finally, when you sand the piece, the spots where Goopy Paint was standing up, and you’ll see that color underneath. Suddenly, it looks like you have an antique piece that had many different paint colors used on it over time, (as many as four different colors) and you only painted two layers!

I also wanted to remind you that if you need Black Board paint, to help create something like this cool framed chalkboard shown in these photos…

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Found on rustiquerestoration.blogspot.com

We’ve got some really durable blackboard paint that you could use. (Get your blackboard paint here)

We hope you have fun decorating your home for fall, bring some of the amazing beauty of this season inside! And, as always, we’d love to see your photos!
Jenny

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…
To purchase Old Village Paint online click here…

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

 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

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

 

 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

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