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

 

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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

Primitive Spring Decor

4 Apr

Time for a little inspiration!  Here’s some beautiful spring decorating ideas!

This first arrangement is nice and simple, and I find it very calming.  I like that they’ve provided a variety of heights by putting the old birdhouse up on a simple wooden stool.

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This is a colorful spring wall hanging.  I love the use of a ladder as the base of this arrangement.

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This piece, a wreath displayed on an old window, has several unexpected details.  Notice the chicken wire instead of glass, and the flowers made of burlap instead of fresh or silk.

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These adorable hand-sewn bunnies add a wonderful spring touch to a woven basket.  These two items may have been in separate parts of the house, and were brought together to make a nice spring arrangement!

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The flower pot and spade turned this arrangement into a SPRING arrangement!

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This wall or door hanging is so cute- I especially thought the sheep was a nice touch!

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Many of us have pots squirreled away somewhere, they are excellent for decorating or organizing, or BOTH!

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These little flowers look so happy and welcoming! I’d love to have this on my door.

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I hope these primitive decorating ideas have got you thinking about how you can bring a warm breeze of spring into your home.  If you need paint for any of your budding ideas, we hope you’ll use some Old Village! It’s rich, historic colors add an unusual, long lasting touch!

Happy April! –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.oldvillage.com/locator/index.php
To purchase Old Village Paint online click here…  http://colourcupboard.com

How To Create A Quilt Display

28 Mar

Last year we wrote about a quilt display case in a blog post that became a reader favorite.  (Check it out here: Quilt Cabinet)

Today, we wanted to talk about an easier, but still very beautiful, way to display one or several quilts.  A sturdy display rod.

You can build, or have built, a custom display rack, like the one pictured here:

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Or you could use a heavy curtain rod and mount it to the wall, for use as a display.

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Notice, I keep using words like “heavy” and “sturdy”.  You can imagine that one, or multiple quilts are going to weigh a great deal more than your average curtain.  So be sure to choose something that will be able to support what you are planning to display, and to mount the hardware to studs behind your wall and not just sheetrock.

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If you’re planning to display the entire quilt, and not fold it over, you’ll need to use hardware like clips, or sew a simple pocket onto the back of the quilt to slide the rod through.

Use a clear stain to add a finish to wood, or a beautiful antique color that complements the quilt itself! Shop for paint in our online store.

Finally, because I can’t help myself, here’s one more quilt display idea that I loved. Isn’t it cute?!? Simple nobs with heavy duty twine, and the quilts draped over it.  If you’ve got a quilt display – we’d love to see it! Share with us here or on our Facebook page!

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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.oldvillage.com/locator/index.php
To purchase Old Village Paint online click here…  http://colourcupboard.com

 

 

Transform Shed Into Play or Garden House

22 Mar

I ran across this wonderful transformation story of an old ugly shed that became a beautiful playhouse, and thought you guys would enjoy seeing it.

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You really should visit the blog Down To Earth Digs  and read the story of this playhouse, that eventually grew up into an adorable garden shed once her owner was a bit too old for a playhouse.

My two daughters have been begging for a playhouse, and I’m wondering if I could ask around the neighborhood, or on Craigslist, and see if I could find a shed to transform, instead of beginning from scratch.

Do you need a playhouse or garden shed?

Start dreaming about your outdoor space!  Choose a color scheme that matches or compliments your current paint scheme on your home.   Our acrylic paints are outdoor safe, and can withstand many, many years of sun, rain, ice and wind!  Happy dreaming!

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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.oldvillage.com/locator/index.php
To purchase Old Village Paint online click here…  http://colourcupboard.com

Paint A Spring Rocking Chair

14 Mar

A shot of warm weather hit our town this week, and I have thrown on my shorts and outdoor hat- I’m ready for a project!

What about you?  Yes? Warmer weather is on it’s way, so here’s a project you could complete outside, that will add to your porch-sitting all spring, summer and fall.

A painted rocking chair!  You can find a new one, or buy one used and spruce it up with some glorious paint.

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Here’s a rocker that I redid last summer.  This rocker is painted with Ohio Cupboard Blue, Laney’s Old Village Paint.

If you paint a rocker, or have some beautiful rockers to show off, send us a photo in the comments section, or on our Facebook page!  We love hearing from you guys!
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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