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Early American Furniture with Pennsylvania Style

15 May

Keith’s Furniture in Newport, Pennsylvania is worth a visit if you’re ever in the neighborhood.  Among other treasures, Keith builds custom furniture for delighted customers.  (Thanks Keith for the photos)

“Barnwood high leg chest. Painted with Old Village Bar Harbour Gray and top stained Russett.” (Bar Harbor Gray is one of our brand new colors! It’s exciting to see it “out in the world!”)

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“Old Village Antique Pewter on reclaimed barnwood. And handmade rat tail hinges.”

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“Two reclaimed barnwood pieces painted with Old Village Pure White. The paint is also chipped then clean coated.”

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“Just finished this reclaimed wood, live edge top counter island. 54″long and just 27″ wide. Just right size for two people with lots of storage (doors on both sides) and two full depth drawers. Worn off Old Village Black paint with dark walnut stain on the top. The live edge top is made of reclaimed oak.”

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“New  island painted with Old Village Bar Harbour Gray and glazed.”

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Beautiful work Keith! If you’ve painted anything in Old Village Paint colors, we’d love to see it. Our customers’ creativity is always exciting and thrilling to us.  Wishing you a wonderful spring. Time to throw open the windows, get out in the garden and get some paint speckle your shoes.

To find your nearest dealer click here…  http://www.old-village.com/locator/index.php
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Wonder Horse Makeover: 1950’s and 60’s Childhood Toy Given New Life

23 Apr

Meet a Wonder Horse!

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What is the story behind this horse? Wonder Horse is a brand name of certain bouncy, spring horses many of us remember as our toys.  This one I found with the broken spring rig dumped on the side of the road.  It sat there for a couple of weeks.  Driving past one day I wondered if I could paint the horse.  He was filthy, full of water.  Roto-molded plastic.  I took the horse and left the rig.  (It is not unusual for me to rescue furniture from the side of the road).

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Projects like this for me are problem solvers.  My problem was how to adhere “good” rather than “spray” paint to rubbery plastic.  I looked into various primers and found one made specifically for plastic, then gave it a layer of Zinnser.

These horses were not gracefully fabricated.  Just two slabs of plastic stuck together with oozing where the parts connected, then carelessly air brushed.  I spent much time sanding to eliminate those lines.  Once the primer was on, then the color choices happen.  Choosing the colors is an evolving process.  I used both the Buttermilk and regular OVP acrylics and kept the flat vs. satin surfaces consistent with a layer of OVP finish at the end. The metallics are Rustoleum craft paint. The stand was fabricated out of an old school chair base.  This horse was a special model as he had a box screwed into his belly.  I removed it and discovered it was a sound box with a small microphone and battery.  I put in a new battery and voila, the darned thing started talking from an internal tape with a man’s voice, a whinny and a clip clop. It was activated by the rocking motion when a kid would bounce back and forth.  We have a local Agricultural Fair each year here on Martha’s Vineyard.  The horse was my entry and a blue ribbon hit.

How did you find out about Old Village Paints?  I have been using OVP and in particular the wood stains and finish since around the early 1980’s.  I originally bought both paint and stain at Factory Paint in Weymouth, MA.  I have been refinishing old furniture for years and years and the stains and finish are foolproof, the restoration colors especially refined.  I won’t use any other product, in particular the finish.  I use the paint consistently, especially because of the quality of the restoration colors and the paint itself.  If you need a red, you’ve got a perfect red because your colors have been so carefully researched.  No need to look further. The paint is extremely high quality compared to what is available in big box craft stores. It is not worth my time or money to even try anything else – which is like painting with water –  except when I need metallics.

Why did you choose OVP for this particular project? I chose OVP for the Wonder Horse project because I knew that the refined, subtle colors would give me the elegant look I wanted and that the paint would adhere to heavily primed plastic which is what the horse is made of.  I rarely have to mix custom colors using OVP but did for the nose and mouth of the horse.  Most of what I paint requires fine, clean lines.  The consistency of OVP allows me to get those sharp edges without multiple layers.

Thanks Barbara Baskin for sharing the photos and project details!

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

 

Magical Tree Houses in a Rainbow of Colors

24 Feb

A tree house calls to the child that still lives inside our adult mind.  They are places of wonder, seclusion, and everyday life made special all at once.  I had a treehouse growing up, and we spent hours upon hours carrying water up the ladder so we could “wash dishes”, and we loved it.

Tree houses for children still dot various neighborhoods, but some adults don’t want to leave all the fun for kids.  Here are some magical tree houses that I found created with grown ups in mind.

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I love the bold colors these tree houses wear, if you are looking for rich colors that “wear like iron”, look no further than Old Village Paints acrylic, oil, stain and clear varnishes. Click on the images below if you’d like to explore these amazing paints!

Is there anything worse than investing time and money into an outdoor project, and then noticing weather damage, peeling paint or unprotected wood curling or bending? Our paints are well known for their protective and long-lasting qualities!

“We painted our house with Old Village Paint 26 years ago and it was so easy to use. It really did go on like butter. When we sold our house the paint still looked so good the buyers asked us if we had just painted! We told them “No we used Old Village Paint 26 years ago!” Your paint is wonderful! Now we have moved and we won’t use anything else. Thank you for making such a quality product.” Carla Gerdes, Bucks County, PA

If you have a magical space that you create, we’d love to see it! Come visit us on our Facebook page and join the conversation!

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

To find an Old Village Paint dealer near you, visit: http://old-village.com/dealers/

4 Gorgeous Kitchen Islands

19 Feb

A kitchen island can add organization, extra work surface and even extra seating.  I thought I’d gather up some amazing islands to inspire us today. This first island is the most elaborate I’ve ever seen!  I especially like the contrast of the blue color with the glossy wooden top.

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If you’d like to shop colors for your kitchen you can shop paint here.

Dreamy Island #2.  I love the built-in crates in this island, it has an industrial/farm kitchen feel.

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Old Village Paints offers a line of stains and clear varnish that last and last and LAST.

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Dreamy Kitchen Island #3.  The granite top on this island is so beautiful and I love the farmhouse spicket they’ve used at the sink.

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Dreamy Kitchen Island #4.  This seems to combine table and island into one, and I love it!  I can imagine chopping veggies while talking with kids and friends, then settling down to a delicious but relaxed dinner.

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Which one was your favorite? What might fit in and enhance your kitchen space? I love the range of styles that these represent, which delighted you?  Find things that bring you joy, and add them to your home!  Blessings, Jenny

Questions?!? Call and ask! We pick up our phone in Pennsylvania, and love talking to you!  Call us at: 1 800 498 7687

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

To find an Old Village Paint dealer near you, visit: http://old-village.com/dealers/

 

Have You Been Looking For This Color? Introducing 3 New Paint Colors

14 Feb

Lighthouse Blue,

Cape Cod Gray,

and Bar Harbor Gray.

Ta da !

Our new Lighthouse Blue was inspired by a color found inside a historic home, the dining room  to be exact, restored by John Heintz in Richlantown, PA.

Cape Code Gray and Bar Harbor Gray were created in response to numerous requests from customers, and were first created for special restoration projects of historic buildings in the northeast.

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All three colors are available in low luster satin finish in both oil or latex paints.

Which is your favorite? Are you Team Lighthouse, Team Cape Cod or Team Bar Harbor?

Questions?!? Call and ask! We pick up our phone in Pennsylvania, and love talking to you!  Call us at: 1 800 498 7687

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

To find an Old Village Paint dealer near you, visit: http://old-village.com/dealers/

 

It’s Not A Wall: Special Instructions for Painting Concrete, Stucco, Brick, Wood, & Metal.

3 Feb

Old Village Paints can usually cover a clean wall with one to two coats.  But what about other materials? Here’s what we’ve found works best for all sorts of surfaces.

Any of these surfaces need to be clean before applying anything!

Concrete, Stucco, Brick: 

Interior Application: Use one coat PVA primer sealer.  Then one coat Old Village Oil or Acrylic Water Base Paint.

Exterior Application: Use one coat cement & stucco primer sealer. Then one coat Old Village Oil or Acrylic Water Base Paint.

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Wood:

Interior Application: Use one coat Old Village oil or water base interior undercoater. Then one coat Old Village Oil or Acrylic Water Base Paint.

Exterior Application: Use one coat Old Village oil or water base exterior primer. Then one coat Old Village Oil or Acrylic Water Base Paint.

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Metal:

Metal: Aluminum, Other non ferrous metals, galvanized iron and steel. (Note: allow galvanized iron and steel to weather one year)

Interior and Exterior Application: Use one coat Old Village Metal Primer #1281. Then one coat Old Village Oil Base Paint.

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Metal: Iron and Steel

Interior and Exterior Application: Use Old Village Metal Primer #1254. Then one coat Old Village Oil Paint.

Questions?!? Call and ask! We pick up our phone in Pennsylvania, and love talking to you!  Call us at: 1 800 498 7687

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

To find an Old Village Paint dealer near you, visit: http://old-village.com/dealers/

Choose Your Favorite Shade of Blue

27 Jan

The sky, the ocean, blueberries, sapphires, blue bells.  Blue is an opening and soothing color.  Someone I know once said “You’re either a blue person or you’re not. You love it or hate it.” I AM a blue person. I love the depth of blues and the variety.

At Old Village Paint we use natural pigments to create our blues, and we believe we have some pretty unique options that aren’t easy to match.

Which is your favorite shade? Why does it appeal to you? Where might you use it, combined with your own creativity?

Share your favorite shade of blue on our Facebook page! Or, is there a shade of blue we don’t have that you’d love to see? We’re always wanting to hear from our customers. Stay warm and cross your fingers for spring!

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

To find an Old Village Paint dealer near you, visit: http://old-village.com/dealers/