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Did You Know You Can Still Whitewash Inside and Outside Your Home?

3 Sep

Yes! You can! The term “whitewash” was first used in England around 1590.  Then, and for hundreds of years after that the paint was used to create a clean, uniform look on a large surface.  Barns were whitewashed, houses, fences, and walls.  Now, whitewash can be used to add uniformity, a beautiful clean look, and as a decorative effect for people wanting to create a primitive or early American look.

Where could you use whitewash? The two most common ways our Old Village Paint customers use our whitewash is on their interior walls, and exterior brick.

It can also be used on floors, furniture, terra cotta planters, mirrors, trim, ceilings, exterior walls, craft projects, fences, etc.

If you’d like to see some photos of interior or exterior whitewash, check out this YouTube video.  The video also shows several other products that can be used to achieve a pickling effect.  As always, feel free to call us with questions- 800-498-7687, we love to help our customers!

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

 

Old Village Paint Whitewash is absolutely safe for interior and exterior home use. We use the word “simulated” on our whitewash because our paint doesn’t include some harsh chemicals that were historically a part of whitewash.

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To use our whitewash paint simply apply the whitewash as you would any latex paint.

We’ve found the best way to apply this to interior surfaces is to roll on a layer, and then go over it lightly with the brush, to create a slight design on the surface.

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On unsealed exterior surfaces, we recommend you use Old Village Exterior Primer (#1236).

On interior surfaces use Old Village Interior Primer (#1234). (Simulated Whitewash may be tinted with universal colorants, but not with other paints)

Our simulated whitewash paint is available in two finishes: gritty and smooth. And this concerns a real TEXTURE difference.

Enjoy your next whitewash project.

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

Use These Simple Items To Add An American Primitive Decorating Style To Your Home

23 Aug

Interested in adding a Primitive American Decorating Style to your space? We’ve got some great, easy elements you can use to do so.  First, let’s take a look at some photos that a customer shared with us, so you can see an example of this style in action.

Missy Shull shared these photos of her Pennsylvania home and said “New England Red may be my all time favorite!”

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Looking through the photos you can see many elements of primitive style in this home.  If you’d like to add some primitive elements to your home consider:

  • Using historic paint colors.  Early Americans did not have flamingo pink or Caribbean blue.  They used colors they could make or buy locally.
  • Incorporate elements into your home that would have been typical to Early American homes including:  baskets, quilts, stitched samplers, wooden bowls/utensils, candles, handmade dolls, handmade rugs and dry sink or pie safe furniture.

 

Here are a few of the colors available through our company Laney’s Old Village Paints.  We’ve been making paints in the USA since 1816! If you’d like to see more you can visit: www.colourcupboard.com

Thanks again to Missy Shull for sharing these photos!

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

 

Primitive Decorated Pennsylvania Home

6 Aug

A wonderful letter from a customer:

“Just wanted to let you know how much I love Old Village Paints.  I have been using Old Village since we bought our house in 1998.  I have slowly converted all of my rooms and outside to Old Village paint.  We recently had our barn rebuilt and researched many other paints and stains but decided to use Old Village, because of the durability and the coverage is absolutely the best. I know it will hold up for years!!  I also painted all of our shutters using Old Village, all 18 sets.  I get so many compliments on the colors.  The colors are like no other.  I just can’t say enough how much I love this paint.  My favorite color is New England Red, but Antique Pewter is a close second.  It is so nice to go pick up a can and not have to wait to have it mixed and always end up with the same color.

Here are a few pictures:

Fireplace before Old Village:

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After Old Village Steeple White

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Shutters:  Satin Black, New England Red and Antique Pewter

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Porch in Antique Pewter

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Barn:  New England Red, Colonial White and Navy Blue

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Garage in Antique Pewter, New England Red and the fiberglass door done in Colonial White

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Thanks again for an awesome product!!

Missy Shull
Dover, PA

 

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

 

 

 

Brand New 40 Years Ago!

18 Mar

Kermit is a customer of ours who reached out to let us know the chairs he refreshed with Laney’s Old Village Paints, 40 years ago, are still looking great!

His grandmother’s chairs were repainted with Old Village Paint British Red color in 1979. And they are a work of art!

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The richness of Laney’s Old Village paints is apparent as you look at the color saturation on these chairs.  With such a beautiful paint job, I’m so glad that this paint stands up to wear and tear and “weathers like iron.”

If you’re planning a project that you’re going to invest your time and talent into- try this paint, it will not only offer you rich, creamy color, it will also preserve your hard work for many, many years!

Thank you to Kermit for sharing these photos with us!

Ready to look at some of our color options? Shop Colors at our Color Cupboard!

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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 than 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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Only 3 Presidents Couldn’t Buy Old Village Paints

18 Feb

George Washington, John Addams and Thomas Jefferson are the only three presidents of the 45 who have served our country who couldn’t have used Old Village Paints.  What?!? How is this possible?

Old Village Paints has been around since 1816, meaning that the other 43 presidents could have, and indeed, may have, used or seen our paints at some point in their lives.

OLD VILLAGE PAINTS capture the charm and character of Colonial, Federal and Victorian periods because they were mixed and used during these times in our history.

 

 

Perfect for furniture, walls, decorative accents, and interior and exterior woodwork we’re proud that Old Village Paints are still easy to use with a soft-sheen and velvety finish- just as they were in 1816! If you’re thinking about restoring your older home, or adding some special character to your new build,  Old Village Paints are available in your choice of latex, oil-base, buttermilk formulations or paste stains.

For over 200 years Old Village Paints have been formulated for use either inside or outside, over a great variety of surfaces including metal, wood and plaster.

Today we’re celebrating the small part that we’ve played by supplying durable, quality paint to the decorators, painters, homeowners and craftsman who have built the homes and businesses that have been the backbone of our country.   If you’ve got a story about your business, or home, and the role it has played in the history of our country- please share! You can reply in the comments here, or find us on Facebook! Happy Presdient’s Day USA!

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

 

Rittenhouse Blue, New England Red and Steeple White

21 Jan

A customer shared these beautiful photos with us of her home.

“The front entry, looking through what we call the keeping room to the kitchen at the back of the house. Entry and hallway trim done in Rittenhouse Blue 1118, as is much of the house interior trim.”

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Kitchen, working area on the opposite end. Mantle and all trim done with New England Red 1207. Walls are Steeple White 1751.

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The keeping room. Dining is on the opposite end of the room. The mantle and all trim are done in Rittenhouse Blue (1118).

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The contrast between the creamy white walls and the depth of color in the mantles, trim and hardwood floors is so beautiful!
We’re always delighted to see Old Village Paints in use, and the pairings of color and design our customers choose.
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

Buttermilk Paint On Shiplap

8 Jan

Shiplap is a style of fitting boards together in a manner in which they create a tight seal, top and bottom boards overlapping each other.  In the home below the owner chose Old Village Paints Wilder Chair Yellow Buttermilk Paint to brighten up her kitchen walls.  Aren’t they beautiful? I’m also a huge fan of the antique stove!

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Also shown in the picture above is another shade of yellow, Antique Yellow, which is used on the wooden countertops.

 

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The customer who shared these photos with us commented: “I have been using your buttermilk paints and love the look and durability.” Danielle S.

We always love hearing from our customers!  And it’s true, we hear over and over that Old Village Paints are fantastic to use in a kitchen because of their durability. Cabinents, walls and countertops can endure year after year of wiping, dusting, cleaning and scrubbing.  We love making our paints to last and laaaaaaaaaaaast.

Thanks for sharing the photos Danielle.  Do you have a kitchen that could use a fresh coat of paint? Head over to our paint shop online and browse our unique selection of paints! http://colourcupboard.com

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

 

 

Create Your Own Family Keepsake

21 Dec

What do you have that is a keepsake in your family?  Handpainted furniture, jewelry, a special book?  Looking around my house, I realize that the pieces that mean the most to me are ones that have a story attached to them.  The wooden ornaments my kids painted, the Christmas decorations my mom bought for me as a surprise, the well-worn book Gift of the Magi I’ve had since childhood.

We invite you this year, to create your own keepsake for your home or family.  The options are endless, and only you know what would be a perfect fit.

A hope chest for a teen or young adult that will soon be moving out?

A framed photo of a loved one that you know another would enjoy?

Wooden toys for an expected baby?

A special piece of furniture from an adventure far from home?

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Stained glass with crackle finish frame.

Once you have chosen, think about adding character with stain or paint.  Beyond color, you can also add depth and texture with a variety of painting techniques.  Don’t be intimidated- we’ve got a few short video tutorials, and our techniques can generally be done with items you have around the house.

Here’s a video on adding a crackle finish:

Another on dry brush graining:

To see more videos: click here.

Think of the possibilities! We hope you’ll enjoy dreaming a bit about items that, added to your family, could be passed on from one generation to the next.

“I grew up with Old Village paints. My mother painted everything with it. She only had to paint trim or furniture once, because the color and and finish lasted forever! I use Old Village too. It is unbeatable in covering and it wears like iron.”

We love knowing that we’re bringing beauty and incredible quality that will last and last into homes!  From us at Old Village Paint, we wish you a very Merry Christmas.

We’d love to see what you’ve created for or received from your loved ones this Christmas, or in Christmases in the past. Share in the comments here or find us on Facebook and send us a message! 

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

 

Perfect Colors For Your 19th Century Cabin & A Cabin Restoration

30 Sep

Log cabins always make me think of “Little House In Big Woods” by Laura Ingalls Wilder,  and the hand built log cabin the author described in detail in that book.  I felt that I lived there too with the Wilder family through my elementary school imagination. If you have a cabin, or a dream of a cabin, then Old Village Paints might be part of your story- because of their historic colors, loooooooong lasting quality, and homey color hoices.

You can choose from Buttermilk Paint Colors, Gel and Clear Wood Varnish Stains, And Oil or Water-based Paints.  If you’re not sure which to use, give us a call! We love talking paint!

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Here’s a restoration cabin story to inspire you:

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In their early seventies, Dr. Charles and Susan Titus decided to build their dream house rather than downsize. And rather than opt for a new mansion or a condo, they opted for new, “old” log cabins. The couple has been married four years, although they have known each other since high school. Susan’s interest in 18th-century America runs deep, while Charles’s passions are baseball and fishing.

It was fishing that led him to the land for their cabins on the Rappahannock River that he purchased five years ago.  An old house on the 29-acre piece of land had to be torn down before construction of the main log cabin and the “company” cabin could begin. The “company” cabin was the first building on the estate to be built.

Although Susan and Charles moved into the cabin only four months prior to our visit, the charm of the home was apparent. The colors of the rooms added much to the charm.

It was the search for the perfect colors for the kitchen in the main house that prompted Susan on her journey to Old Village Paint. “I looked and looked and when I saw this red, I knew this was it,” she said, referring to Rittenhouse Red.

With her worn color cards, a trademark of “Old Village diehards,” she called her friend Bill Flynt, director of the museum in Historic Deerfield, MA.  He pointed her to Old Village.

Susan said, “You have to find a company with quality products and a palette that pleases you. Then you sit with the color chart and select the colors that you like, usually colors or variations of colors that are in your clothes, your pictures—colors that you like to live with—and then you play those colors into the rooms of your house. It worked for me!” Further, she noted that her painter, quite particular in his craft, liked Old Village Paint immensely and only had to use one coat as the coverage was so good.

The woodwork throughout the kitchen is painted in Rittenhouse Red.  A hand-painted rug Susan bought over 20 years adorns the floor near the hearth. Still in excellent condition, the red in the rug matches well with the red in the kitchen. Read more by clicking here. . .  

If you have cabin photos we’d love to see them! Find a local dealer with Old Village Paints close to where you live, or look us up online to use the paints that we’ve been making in the US of A for more than 200 years!

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

 

Historic Milk Paint For Fall Projects

16 Sep

What is milk paint?

Milk paint is a natural, water based paint made incorporating milk and pigments. It offers a huge range of uses. You can use it to paint or antique furniture, paint or stencil walls, or to achieve a variety of painting effects like splattering or stippling.

Our milk paint colours dry to a beautiful matte finish that does not hide the texture of wood. Multiple coats will build a longer lasting and more opaque film. By adding water, a transparent stain effect can be attained.

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Milk paints have been used since long before paints were mass produced, and people recognize their look as historic because they have seen them on walls and furniture in historic homes.

Here are a few beautiful examples from a site I found “Brushstrokes By Maryanne” 

Another artist has created some beautiful work using milk paint–Heide Drewes. Heide is a professional arts and crafts painter from Northwest Ohio. Her talent was recognized by her teachers in third grade, and she has continued drawing and painting for pleasure (and profession) ever since.   When we heard she had used all 24 of the Old Village Buttermilk paints on this cabinet we wanted to share it with you.
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The cabinet is five feet by two feet piece and was commissioned by a doctor and his wife who love period furniture.  Some of the detail work is based on real flower species, and others are from Heide’s imagination.

I asked Heidi why she chose Old Village Paint for this project:

“First of all, it’s very convenient that they sell the colors in the two ounce bottles.  I can try out what I like, and get good value for my money.

Second, the richness of the colors is amazing.  It’s the high pigmentation they use.  For this cabinet I did two coats of the pumpkin color, but the rest is just one coat!

The quick drying time is another huge factor for me. And finally, the easy clean up.  It’s a soap and water clean-up!”

Heide painted this floral design in keeping with the historic tradition of the Pennsylvanian German artists. The striped pattern you see bordering the cabinet doors is a graining effect she created using  Old Village Paints #1232 Graining Liquid.
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Now that you know about milk paint, and some of its uses, maybe a fall project idea is taking shape in your mind. Let us know what you’re thinking, we love knowing how our customers are using our paints!

Need some ideas for Fall Projects?

To find your nearest dealer click here…  http://www.old-village.com/dealers/
To purchase Old Village Paint online click here…  http://colourcupboard.com