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George Washington’s Boyhood Home Ferry Farm Gets a Furniture Update–And Old Village Paints Were Used!

8 Jul

“George Washington was 6 years old in 1738 when his family moved to a farm in Stafford County, Virginia. The Washingtons called this place the Home Farm but it later became known as Ferry Farm because people crossed the Rappahannock River on a ferry from the farm to the town of Fredericksburg. The Washingtons did not own or operate the ferry but used it frequently to get to and from town.” (kenmore.org)

When we received an email from Steve Dietrich, an Early American Furniture Reproduction Specialist letting us know he had been hired by the George Washington Foundation to create several furniture pieces for Ferry Farm, and had used Old Village Paints, we were excited!

Here’s some photos and some more of the story from Steve:

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I used your paint on four pieces I made for the George Washington Foundation – two beds based on an original in the Foundations’ collection in the Kenmore house using Rittenhouse Red, a bed based on an original in Weatherburn’s Tavern in Colonial Williamsburg using Hunter Green, and a blanket chest based on an original in storage in Colonial Williamsburg using Rittenhouse Red for the base coat.

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Here is a video the Foundation filmed in my workshop of me discussing my work on the project – https://livesandlegaciesblog.org/2018/02/12/video-the-rooms-at-ferry-farm-a-furnishings-update/
 
The curator, Meghan Budinger, was delighted with the beds and the beds.  She especially loved the Hunter Green bed that is in Mary Washington’s bedchamber.
 
I applied the paint using a round French natural bristle brush following the 50/50, 75/25, 100% regimen you recommended.  I found it to be a delight to apply.  It flowed very well, covered superbly and evenly, and dried much more quickly than expected.  It was much easier and more rewarding to use than OF Milk Paint.  And, as you know, much more period correct than Milk Paint…

Hopefully, these painted pieces can help the Ferry Farm interpreters educate the public that the Colonials did have bright colors and that the antiques they see today have darkened with 250 years of fireplace and cooking smoke, tobacco smoke, dirty hands, dust, wax, and all the other contaminates that add to the layers of color deadening grime.  

Best regards, Steve
Thanks Steve for sharing these with us!
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/dealers/
To purchase Old Village Paint online click here…  http://colourcupboard.com
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Antiques & Collectibles at Leighton’s Old Towne Shoppe

25 Jun

Visit Leighton’s Old Towne Shoppe in Woodstown, NJ to find beautiful pieces to add to your home, and inspiration for your primitive space. Visit the shop online here.

“Leighton’s offers a selection of reproduction period furniture pieces as well as everything to accessorize your home in primitive and country decor.  You’ll find everything from candles, textiles and hand-forged hardware, to reproduction chimney cabinets, entertainment center and painted chests.”

If you are interested in adding a primitive or early American flavor to your home, choose one or two of the above elements to bring into your space: rugs, practical elements like watering cans, washtubs, or washboards, or storage hutches and shelves.

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I hope you’ve felt inspired by the beautiful pieces and displays at Leighton’s.  Leighton’s also carries Old Village Paints, so you can choose a vintage, historic color or two to add to your walls or furniture that will continue the primitive theme.

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

Circa 1700 Farmhouse Painted With Old Village Paint Inside & Out!

26 May

Come tour a farmhouse built over 300 years ago! To preserve the historic quality and look of the outside surfaces and interior walls, the owners have chosen a variety of Old Village Paints.  We are honored!

Let’s take a look:

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A beautiful wooden staircase sits in nice contrast to a whitewashed wall.

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I feel  I could be walking in to sit by the fire with the original inhabitants.

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Even though we are the oldest paint and varnish maker in the United States, (since 1816), this house was approximately 115 years old when our company was founded!  What’s the oldest building in your area? Has it been restored? What stories have been documented about it?  We have the privilege of working with numerous historic sites, because our paint is still made with a similar process and materials that were used 200 years ago.  If you’d like to tour more historic sites that use Old Village Paints, you can visit: Pennsylvania Farmstead, or New Hampshire Home Tour or the Hammond-Harwood House.  Enjoy!

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

What Could You Pick Up At The Town Trader?

2 May

Charlie from Town Trader sent us these beautiful photos of furniture given some Olde World charm with Old Village Paint colors!

To check out their beautiful, historic shop in Chepachet, Rhode Island, visit them online here!

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This table is painted with Old Village Buttermilk Yellow.

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Ohio Cupboard Rust.

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This dry sink is done with Old Village Paint Chestnut.

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I love the creativity shown in using this mantle piece as a decorative focal point.

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One of the things I love about Old Village Paint is that even their creams and whites have such depth of color!

What’s your favorite color?

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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

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/

 

Antiquing with Metallics

20 Jan

Check out this hutch created by Blessed and Distressed Women a shop in Erie, MI. (You can tour their beautiful boutique on  their Facebook page here.) They “offer quality, affordable vintage, antique and decorative furniture and accessories beautifully displayed in a boutique type atmosphere.”

“I just wanted to share this piece with you since I used all Old Village gaining liquids…ALL of the metallics, along with the white and black! This piece is quite a departure from our norm, but we had a request and decided to have some fun and experiment with your graining liquids! Take care, Marisa”

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Graining/Glazing metallic liquid comes from Old Village Paints in silver, gold, antique bronze, and copper.  As you can see from the piece above these can be used individually or combined to create beautifully unique affects.

In the photo below the samples have been dabbed with a plastic bag to create the texture you see.  The next photo is brushed on and then wiped with the brush to intentionally create a striped look.

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You may not associate metallics with antique affects, but here you can see how the two terms aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive.

This liquid is easy to work with and gives some room for correction through wiping and allowing different textures.

As always, please call us with questions.  We love to chat on the phone with our customers.

Email: OVPaint@gmail.com
Toll Free: 800-498-7687
Phone: 215-234-4600

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/