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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

 

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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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Old Village Paint Colors

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

3 Indoor Painting Rules You Need To Know

27 Oct
  1. High quality paint means fewer coats.  Sometimes another coat of paint doesn’t seem like that big of a deal.  But think about drying time too, how much is your time worth?  I love the fact that Laney’s Old Village Paints often only need one coat- ONE COAT!
  2. Preparation is 50% of the job.  Cleaning the surface you are going to paint is invaluable.  Often, people skip this step.  But you need a clean surface so that the paint adheres to the surface, and not to a layer of dirt!  Putting down a drop cloth and purchasing/using a nice brush that won’t spread bristles all through your job are also key parts of preparation.
  3. A smaller carrying can for paint can make the job go faster.  I interviewed a professional painted who always transferred a few cups of paint into a plastic cup when he was painting with a brush.  He said it made it much easier to carry, especially when climbing up and down a ladder.  He was right! This is one of my favorite time savers.

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What is your favorite interior painting tip?

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

Make Your Own Natural Furniture Polish or Cleaner!

7 May

Ready to freshen up your painted furniture or degrease your kitchen cabinets?  Here are a few natural cleaning mixes that are made from items you probably already have around the house.  When I use these, I add in a few drops of orange, lemon or peppermint oil, and get that wonderful “clean” smell without harsh chemicals!

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Painted or unfinished wood: 2-3 tablespoons of white vinegar added to a small bucket of water.

Cleaner/Polish

Painted or finished wood: One part white vinegar, one part olive or coconut oil.

Kitchen Cabinet Degreaser

2 cups water, 2 tablespoons dish soap and 1 cup white vinegar.

Enjoy!

Primitive or Country Kitchen Spice Racks

21 Apr

I noticed a spice rack in a photo of a country kitchen this past week that added so much to the space- it inspired this blog post.  Often for me it’s the little touches in a room that combine together to create the character or “feel” of a space.

So here are a few ideas for creating the perfect spice rack for your country kitchen or primitive style space.

1. Use a found item.  That means repurpose a box or other container that you find at a thrift/antique store or yard sale.  Look at this gorgeous antique Coca-Cola box.  I want this!

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2. Create an antique look with paint. To do this you could add a contrasting paint color to a wooden spice rack and then sand away to reveal some of the wood beneath. Or, you could use a technique called Dry Brush Graining.  Click here for instructions on that and a short video demonstrating the technique.

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3. Put in a shelf.  Shelves can work well for any size space because you can scale them to fit perfectly.

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We hope you find your country/primitive bliss with the perfect spice rack for your spring and summer cooking. Have fun and enjoy the process!

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Paint a Beautiful Bookshelf

7 Apr

I love books, and because I love books, I have LOTS of them.  For many a love of books comes with the challenge of storing books.  So today we thought we’d show you a few beautiful or unusual options for book shelves.  With some creativity, you could create a new spot to hold your cherished friends.

1. Converted dresser bookshelf. I LOVE this one.  To convert a dresser into a bookshelf remove the drawers and drawer hardware.  On this piece they painted the interior a bright contrasting color, while leaving the exterior natural. Beautiful!!!!

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2. Old door bookshelf.  This bookshelf is amazing!  For this piece it looks like they removed portions of the door, and then used that material to help build the shelves.

3. Crate bookshelf. I’m including this one because you can find crates at almost any craft store, and this looked very simple!  They have obviously painted these for children’s usage, but a cream or white color could create a more shabby chic look.

Think about your space and choose the perfect color at our online store Colour Cupboard.

If you’re thinking about using a painting effect, here are a few we’ve gone over on the blog.

How to Antique a Newer Piece of Furniture

Pickling Effect or Crackle Finish

Antiquing with Goopy Paint

Happy creating (and reading)!

 

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How To Make Your Own Quilt Cabinet

17 Mar

If you love quilts, then you probably have more than one.  You can display these beautiful pieces of art in a … quilt cabinet.  To create a cabinet that works well for your home and quilts, consider how many quilts you have to display, and the size of the space where you are hoping to fit this piece of furniture.  You might find an unfinished piece at an Amish store, or you could repurpose a dresser, china cabinet or display case to fit your needs.

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Once you’ve found the perfect piece, you get to choose the perfect color!  Right now New England Red, Antique Yellow, and Black are popular. Or, if you would simply like a natural wood look, you could choose a stain.  Here’s the link for the supplies you’ll need: www.colourcupboard.com

I like the idea of leaving the cabinet door off, so that you can see the patterns and stitching more clearly, but if you’re also trying to protect your quilts from dust or little hands, a door might be nice!

We would love to see any photos you have of your quilts displayed! You can share with us here on this blog, or on our Facebook page.  stain01

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