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How To Create a Weathered Wood Effect

22 Mar

Good Morning! Today we’re offering a short tutorial on creating a weathered wood effect with some simple products.  Let’s get started!

You’ll need:

  • Wood/furniture
  • Dry paintbrush
  • Paint
  • Steel Wool or sandpaper
  • a stain or sealant (optional)

First, make sure the wood is dry and clean.

Second, take your paint (usually a shade of white) and apply it to the wood with a dry brush.  Only dip the very edge of the brush into the paint, and then brush long strokes until all of the paint is off the brush.

(In the photo below the wood has been painted a very dark color, but it helps you see how little paint is applied at a time with just the end of the paintbrush being dipped in the paint.)

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Third. Allow to dry.

Now, use steel wool or sandpaper to partially sand the white paint off in a number of areas. Allow yourself to experiment a bit.  See what creates the exact effect you like.  You can always sand down and repaint a section if you don’t like it.

Ta-da, weathered wood!

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(On the photo above you’ll notice that two colors, white as well as a teal was used during step two.)

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Optional final step: you can create a darker colored effect by adding a stain over the top of the paint you added in step two. Or you can add a clear sealant.  Before taking this step, be sure to wipe your wood with a clean dry cloth.

Have you created this look? Post some pictures! We’d love to see them!

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

 

A Quick Trip to Rayburn Arts & Crafts

13 Mar

Imagine a drive to Olive Hill, KY, with beautiful blue-grass stretches on either side of Hwy. 60.

Now, we’ll pop in to Pat Rayburn’s shop, and take a look at her primitive gifts, furniture, antiques and collectibles.

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Pat uses Old Village Paints to create these pieces.  Aren’t they gorgeous? To see more, you can visit Rayburn Arts & Crafts Facebook page.

If you would like ideas for painting scenes or furniture in a primitive style, check out Pinterest or YouTube for ideas and tutorials.  A paint sampler, made of 2 ounce bottles of our historic paint can get you started!

Our Buttermilk Goody Packs come in three different color combinations. This is Goody Pack C: Corner Cupboard Yellowish White, British Red, Fancy Chair Green, Ohio Cupboard Rust, Fancy Chair Yellow, Solider Blue, Child’s Rocker Bright Red. To see other combination packs, or to order, click here.

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We hope everyone stays warm and safe and more bad weather blows in to the East!

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

Autumn Centerpiece Perfection

20 Sep

Look at what I found on Etsy:

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This is simply. These are.  There are no words for how much I love these pumpkins.  They combine four of my favorite things: mason jar lids, cinnamon sticks, twine, and burlap.  Aaaaaaaaaaah.

There are two camps of people reading this blog right now, those of us who want to order these, and those of us who want to make them.  If you want to buy them, visit Etsy and the Midnight Owl Candle Company.  Click here to jump straight to their store.  This is their idea and I would love to send business their way!

To make your own, pick some paint and let your creative juices flow.  We have a creamy buttermilk pumpkin paint and a dressing table blue that we could send your way if you like the colors above.  Call us 800-498-7687 and we’ll pop something into the mail for you.

Or, choose something else:

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I’ll leave you with a few more zen like pumpkins. Why do these make me so relaxed?

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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 Furniture Preview

13 Jun

Today we wanted to share some photos of primitive pieces created by Chuck and Kathy Moore, owners of The Country Cupboard and Nature Run Wood Works in Ligonier, Pennsylvania.

Chuck and Kathy use Old Village Paint on their furniture because of the natural pigments in the paint, and the way the paints re-create the colors and feel of early American life.

This first photo is of a Ziders Cupboard.  The cupboard is painted Planation Red while the inside top section is painted with an Old Village Paint buttermilk white.  The interior is finished with a natural stain.

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Next, a beautiful pie safe, modeled after those found in the US during the 1800’s.  I love the tin detailing!  This was painted Old Village Paint Black.

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The last piece we wanted to share is a homestead table, painted Old Village Paint Loyalist Green.  I can think of about four different places in my home where I could use this!

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If you’d like to visit Chuck and Kathy online– you can find them here: http://www.thecountrycupboards.com or stop by either of their two shops in person!  Tell them hello from Old Village Paints family.

Good wishes from our home to yours as we wrap up spring and move into summer!

If you’d like to buy some paint for yourself: shop online here at: colourcupboard.com

 To find your nearest dealer click here…  http://www.old-village.com/locator/index.php

What is a Dry Sink?

9 May

Before homes had indoor plumbing, men were still shaving and women performing their morning freshening up routines.  In early American homes a piece of furniture called a dry sink was built to assist.  It often had room for storage below, and a top surface that could hold a pitcher of water and basin.  Sometimes an edge was built around the top in order to keep any water that splashed out of the basin from ending up on the floor.

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This dry sink was painted by Roger Stacey of Roger Stacey Painted Hutch Primitives using Valley Forge Mustard.

Here’s another photo I found on Pinterest, attributed to http://primsouls.blogspot.com/p/gallery.html

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Here’s one more example that we included in a round-up last week, but it’s such a nice dry sink/hutch, I didn’t want to leave it out. This is also by Roger Stacey.

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I love seeing these used for display in homes, and hope this has given you some inspiration.  Don’t forget we have lots of authentic, early american paint colors at your disposal.

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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.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

Dazzlingly White Rooms

25 Jan

In honor of the record-breaking amounts of snow that have hit the East Coast this past weekend, I thought I’d do a blog post focused on the color white.  I LOVE the color, or absence of color, white– to me it is clean, and relaxing, allowing space for my mind to pause in the midst of overstimulation.

I have heard some comment that white is too institutional for them, but there are ways to add softness and depth to a white room, which we will see in some of these photos.

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The white subway tiles, white floors, walls and ceilings in the next photo grabbed my attention.  I like how they added texture with accessories, including the rug, and some off-white fabric help provide a slight contrast.

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This room seems very warm to me, the lamp provides a warm light, and again the textures used add coziness. (That’s a technical term)

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I included this last photo to show how much color accessories can add.  I love the books on the wall! Too cute!

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Which of these rooms were your favorite? Why? Is there a room or space in your home that you could apply some of these ideas to?  We’ve got some beautiful white products from creamy paint to whitewash to put legs on your creative ideas.  Feel free to order online– or call us, we love talking to customers!  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 find your nearest dealer click here…  http://www.oldvillage.com/locator/index.php
To purchase Old Village Paint online click here…  http://colourcupboard.com