Do You Love Provence & Tuscany?

28 Jul

The beauty of the Provence region of France and the Tuscany region of Italy are acknowledged by those who live there and the millions that visit. Several years ago I had the joy of visiting myself and it was more breathtaking than I had even anticipated.

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Travel210.com

This photo, of a home in Tuscany, reminds me of one botched wine-tasting event we had while on tour.  We loaded up into our group tour bus, and drove through the Italian countryside just as the sun was setting. We pulled into a beautiful estate and our tour guide disembarked.  After several minutes we noticed her in a very heated conversation with a small Italian woman.  The volume of the conversation increased.  When our guide returned to the bus she announced that the owner of the vineyard had decided that she was tired of Americans and had canceled our tour before it even started.  Our guide was shocked (and quickly arranged an alternative) but I’ll never forget that beautiful home, or the vision of that tiny Italian woman shooing our bus away.

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Found on wikimedia.org

This is a beautiful lavender field in Provence.  Look at the richness of that purple!  If the beauty of Tuscany and Provence are well known to you, or if you’re just discovered how amazing these areas of the world are–know that you can bring them into your home with a new series of paints, based on the colors of these regions. provence_cc Can you see the same colors in these paint options as the photos above?  From rocking chairs and window boxes to indoor shelves, organizing crates or accent walls, I can think of lots of ways I’d love to use these at home.  These are latex, water based paints, suitable for indoor or outdoor use.  If you choose any of these, or have already used one to create your own little splash of Provence/Tuscany in your home, please share with us! We’d love to see it. (We’re on Facebook, and it’s a bit easier to post photos there).

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

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To purchase Old Village Paint online click here…  http://colourcupboard.com

Guess What We Got To Do Last Week?

21 Jul

Be involved in a taping of Designing Spaces Military Makeover Series airing on Lifetime! It will start airing in October, and we’ll be sure to tell you when “our” show is coming up.

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You’ll get to see Old Village Paint used on the inside and outside of the house featured during part of this 4 part special.   Inger and I had quite an adventure getting to hang out in the trailer with host R. Lee Ermey while I was having my makeup put on!

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We hope all of you have had a good week, and wonder if there is an area of your home (inside or out) that you’d like to makeover.  Feel free to share photos or thoughts with us, and we’ll brainstorm together what might work best!

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

Peek Inside With Us

14 Jul

We were excited to award one lucky Old Village Paint user a new Kindle last week!  We thought we would share a few of the lovely photos that we received over the course of the contest. It’s rather fun to see what other people are creating and arranging in their homes, isn’t it? IMG_8612 This country bench is painted with Rittenhouse Blue. Beautiful! And we love its contents too! 11059288_994823803883842_7067196815125206200_o This beautiful home is decorated with Antique Yellow (in oil) and Colonial Green to the right! Beautiful! 1167209_992623170770572_5893239600664344872_o This lovely photo came with a testimonial! “I can’t say enough about Old Village Paints & have used them for so many of my home projects. My outdoor trim (British Red), kitchen cabinets, (Valley Forge Mustard) stair railing (Salem Brick), bedroom trim (Village Tavern Blue) & quite a few small projects. I think my favorite & the one most people ask about is my fireplace wall in my dining room. I used Salem Brick & love the results! It gives my room the early American look that I want. I have attached a photo taken last Christmas.Thank you for a great product!” 11088543_994824137217142_480712107512118652_n Finally, Keith sent us this photo of a  lovely jelly cabinet painted Old Village Black with Antiquing Liquid. Thank you to everyone who entered by sharing photos with us!

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
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

Wax On, Wax Off.

7 Jul

Sorry for the corny title, I couldn’t resist.  Not many people know that along with paint, we also sell a wonderful cream wax, called “Schrack’s Cream Wax.”

It is a soft wax that can be mixed with the paint or used straight out of the can for a Wax~Dry~Buff patina! Really nice stuff and half the price of competitive quality wax.

Schrack’s Cream Wax can also be mixed with any of our Old Village Paints to create all kinds of primitive to fine furniture finishes and patinas! It can also be mixed with metallic powders.

The photo below shows a wax that has been tinted with a darker color, and then added to a white surface.

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Here’s an example of what it might look like if you used wax, mixed with a metallic paint/powder to add some unique character.

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Remember that while there are do’s and dont’s to painting, there is also a lot of discovery and fun in experimenting, and wax is one of those products that offers many different options for that.  Grab a can and be fearless! Feel free to ask questions, post ideas or show us photos of projects with wax in the comments section.  We love hearing from the great big world of crafters, DIYers and decorators.

“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 Fresh Look With a New House Sign

30 Jun

A house sign, with your family name or address number can help guests, and show off your personal style.  Here are a few ideas:

1. Creative House Number Ideas at TheGardenGlove.com  So many great options here, it will be hard to choose which one you want to pursue.  When you are choosing paint, we’re happy to say that both Old Village latex and oil based paints are durable enough to last and last on outside surfaces.

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Found on pinterest.com

2. Painted Plywood House Number.  I love these numbers, painted the same yellow as the door.  And, if you visit the blog that details this project at Beautifulmatters.com you’ll notice the author mentioning how these numbers reflect her industrial style.

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3.  Nail Numbers.  I like this one, because its simple and unusual.  I think these numbers would look incredible displayed in a gorgeous color on an old farmhouse!
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Found on pinterest.com

A few final tips: Think about your style, and how you might reflect that through your own house sign.  Make your name or street number big enough to be easily read from a good distance from the house.  Paint, install, and enjoy! We would love to see what you come up with. And remember tomorrow is the deadline for our Kindle giveaway- so take a photo of something you have painted with Old Village Paints and email it to us! (oldvillagepaint@gmail.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

3 Primitive Decorating Books You’ll Love

23 Jun

With our Kindle Giveaway fast approaching July 1st, we thought it would be fun to point you to three great decorating books for your special spaces. 1. Passion for Primitives: Folk Decor for Interior Design.  Beautiful and inspiring photos, they made me want to go and stay in some of these spaces! Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 8.07.17 AM

2. A Simpler Way of Life: Old Farmhouses of New York and New England. A look at 19 different farmhouses, their history and architecture. Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 8.09.37 AM

3. Early American Country Homes: A Return to Simpler Living. The author of this book has extensive experience restoring older homes and has written an inspirational and practical book.  I could look at the photographs and read the historical portions of these books for hours and hours.  Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 8.13.01 AM

We hope you find some peace and inspiration as you enjoy them as well. And leave your favorite decorating book title in the comments section, we’d love to hear from you.

Kindle Giveaway: To enter our Kindle giveaway contest send a photo of something yo have painted with Old Village paint to us at oldvillagepaint@gmail.com!  We’ll choose a winner July 1st!

“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

Dazzle 4th of July Guests with These Projects

16 Jun

It’s less than a month until the 4th of July and all the eating, celebrating, catching up and outdoor living that this holiday brings.

We thought we’d give you some fun project ideas for preparing your home for the 4th!

1. DIY Wooden Firecrackers. How cute are these!  Directions to make them are on HoosierHomeade.com.  I like these because they are playful and unusual, and have a rustic/primitive decorating feel. 83b9dc5eac6843f760a07682d6f1bf09

2. American Flag Pallet. Yes. I posted one of these last year. Because they are so fun, and easy to do.  You can find pallets for free at a variety of local stores that receive goods in large batches.  Just start asking around and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can come across “Oh yeah, we’ve got pallets. Come pick some up!”  Be sure to scrub the pallet with soap and water and let it dry so that it is nice and clean before you start applying paint.  To get the stars just right, you’ll probably need to make or purchase a stencil.

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Found on pinterest.com

3. Handprint Onesie.  If you have a little one, or a new baby in the family, this is an easy project to complete.  A plain onesie and two paint colors are all you need.  If you have other children who are bigger coming to the party, you could purchase some plain white t-shirts in the needed sizes, and let them get crafty as well!

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Found on pinterest.com

4. American Flag Mason Jars.  I love Mason Jars. In fact, I use them as drinking glasses in my home.  They add a nice comfortable Southern flair to my table every day and send the message “We don’t take ourselves too seriously here”, which we don’t.  I think these would make a great decorating item, and could even be used as a centerpiece on your outdoor or indoor table.  Painting instructions can be found on: http://www.itallstartedwithpaint.com

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found on pinterest.com

Wishing you fun painting and preparing for the 4th!

“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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