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What’s The Difference? Primitive, Country, Shaker, & Early American Furniture Styles.

5 Aug
Clint Godin at The Wachusett Wood Shoppe makes wonderful primitive and country style furniture.  Let’s hear a little about his journey–and how he explains the difference between some of the historic styles.  
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Our “journey began in 2000 with my interest in building furniture for myself, friends 
and neighbors. I found that most requests were primitive and country styles with custom designed features. While designing and crafting furniture, I was inspired by the historical significance of the North Central Massachusetts region, along with historical Deerfield, Plimoth Plantation and Sturbridge Village not all that far away. Thus I created Nathanial Stuart furniture collection and the Abigail Cooke accessory Line, fondly known as Abbey’s Closet. I found myself  reading and researching about Primitive, Shaker, Country and Early American furniture. I found inspiration in the simplicity while in the design stages of my furniture.
What is Primitive, Country, Shaker and Early American furniture?
Let’s start with Primitive. In our country’s beginning years, furniture was built with a purpose. It was simple sometimes crude and made of pine.
What is country? Country can be a simple Rustic Style, It’s about comfort and colors. The furniture can be painted or stained and also made out of pine.
What is Shaker? Shaker furniture was a reflection of their  beliefs. They were good craftsmen but was not adorned with much decoration.The doors had raised panels but the raised field was put to the inside of the cupboard. They also used pine and other inexpensive woods.
What is Early American?  Early American is a popular style with home owners that have Salt box or Colonial Style homes. It was plain with straight lines and  sturdily built. Nothing fancy. The furniture was made from local woods such as pine and oak. It was either painted or stained.
Each piece is hand crafted in my shop one at a time using modern tools but with yesteryear Traditions.”

The cabinet below is painted with Old Village buttermilk black paint as the base coat and Old Village Salem Brick as the top coat.

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Thanks to Clint for allowing us to use some photos, and his explanation of the differences between these styles. I think I’ll be able to identify them a bit now!  You can find him at: http://www.thewachusettwoodshoppe.com or

The Wachusett Wood Shoppe

11 Stickney rd. Fitchburg, Ma 01420

e-mail: thewachusettwoodshoppe@msn

phone: 978-348-1735 cell:978-602-7075

Old Village Paint has been making paint for over 200 years, we’re proud that our colors are not only historically accurate, we were making them while history was being made! Keep us in mind for your next beautiful home project or furniture redo.   As always, give us a call or visit us on Facebook to ask questions or share photos of what you are doing!

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

Olde Possum Woodworks

1 Aug

Olde Possum Woodworks is a small furniture company from the Philadelphia area.  They specialize in pieces made in the 18th & 19th century early American style.  They proudly hand-make each piece, one at a time, hand nailing or screwing together each joint.

They are unique in that all their wood comes exclusively from local sawmills.  Olde Possum Woodworks uses Old Village Paints on many of their products for its historic quality.  To see more of their pieces, you can visit their Facebook page.   Contact number:  215-234-8190.  Let’s take a look at a few of their pieces now.

Old Tavern Style Checkerboard Table.  I love this table.  This would be a great piece at a vacation home or in a den or living room where grandchildren, younger kids or maybe even the young at heart could start up a game of checkers. And, when you weren’t using it for a game, it could be serving other purposes.

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Work bench/tool carrier table, painted with Antique Pewter over Society Hill Blue. The second photo of this beautiful tool carrier table shows the underlying blue tones well.

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Olde Possum tiny bench, top is British red, the bottom is Antique Yellow Buttermilk. I’ve seen these used in homes as display/decorating items. In one cabin they were stacked, with each bench a little smaller than the last.

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Garden bench with a stained walnut top and walnut bottom painted with Old Village whitewash. You can see they did a thin layer of whitewash on the bottom, letting a bit of the natural wood show through.

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Hope you enjoyed seeing these beautiful simple pieces showing off the practicality of our forefathers!

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

Smooth Buttermilk Paint in Historic Colors: What is Buttermilk Paint & Where Can You Use It?

22 Jul

Buttermilk paint was created out of necessity.  In early colonial America, when traveling painters were away from the city center, drying oils, pigments and varnishes were scarce and very expensive. Painters turned to an old country custom of using farm products, earth colors and brick dust to make their paint colours.

OLD VILLAGE has reproduced these products, staying as close to the original process as possible–except when certain materials were known to be unhealthy.  We have kept the spirit of the Colonial American Craftsman in producing these paints, preserving the beautiful colors and wonderful smooth, buttery finish they create.

Click the photo below to explore the colors available in buttermilk paint!

Where Can I Use Buttermilk Paints?

OLD VILLAGE Buttermilk Paint Colours may be used on interiors of barns, buildings, walls and trim, and on furniture and artifacts. These colours dry to a beautiful matte finish that do not destroy the texture of the wood.

Multiple coats will build a longer lasting and more opaque film.  You can add water to thin the paint and create a  transparent stain effect.

Below: A small cabinet painted with Buttermilk Paint: Wild Bayberry.

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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

Why Using Old Village Paint Cuts Your Labor & Time Investment

28 Mar

What sets Laney’s Old Village Paints apart from our competitors?

Our paint ingredients. 

The rich, deep colors found in each can of our paint are created with natural pigments.

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Natural pigments come from the natural formation of color in nature, like rust or ocher.   These natural pigments are the same ingredient found in high quality artist paints.  That’s why Laney Landis, Old Village Paint owner, often calls Old Village Paint “artist paint in a can.”

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Big box stores, like Lowes and Home Depot use a very different system for making paint.  They start with a tint base, usually clear or white, and then add in a “universal tint.”

Universal tints are manmade chemical colors, and they tend to be translucent.  Where you might need three or four coats of this type of paint to get a deep red, you’ll only need a single coat of our paint!  Cut hours of labor time and save money on your next project by trying Old Village Paint.

Another unique OVP trait? We still make paint in batches, just like we did over 197 years ago.  We mix up the natural earth pigments and the other paint ingredients and then pour it into waiting cans.

Just like you bake a batch of cookies, we mix up a batch of “solider blue” or “antique mustard.”  That’s why Laney’s Old Village Paints don’t need to be sold at a paint store, no mixing or tinting is required.  It can be sold right off the shelf.

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When artists are painting a masterpiece, they use high quality paints.  They want to put down deep colors of paint with just a single stroke-and that’s what our customers can do with our paints.  So enjoy the deep natural pigments in our paints, they not only mean less cost and labor, but a more beautiful finished product.

Happy Spring! -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
To purchase Old Village Paint online click here…  http://colourcupboard.com

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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Midnight Owl Candle Company at Etsy.com

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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Midnight Owl Candle Company at Etsy.com

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Midnight Owl Candle Company at Etsy.com

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