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Want a Free 15 Minute Video on Easy Decorative Painting Techniques?

26 Nov

Would you like to learn a few decorative painting techniques? We thought so!

Here’s a video from our owner Laney–showing you how to use household items (and a few speciality items you can find at a craft or home improvement store) to create beautiful patterns and finishes on furniture, floors or walls.

In this 15 minute video you’ll learn about: combing, Feathering, Glazing, Rag Rolling, Crackling.

Click here for your free online class!

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Early Americans used similar techniques created with household items to add beauty to their homes and places of worship and community gatherings.  Here’s a few photo examples:

 

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From artfixdaily.com

If you try one of these techniques out, let us know!  Also, we’re always open to questions from customers.  Contact us by email or telephone!

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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
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Country Carpenter: Following Dreams

11 Nov

This week we will build on last week’s blog post “Country Carpenter: Country & Primitive Furniture” with a short interview with the owners: Barry and Kay Bennecoff.

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How did you begin making primitive furniture?

I have been building furniture for approximately 25 years. I am a fourth generation carpenter. My wife Kay loves colonial and country and primitive style furniture and I started making her dreams into a reality for her.

Why Old Village Paint?

We started out staining our furniture and then with the help of “Early American Life” we wanted to use milk paint. Kay planned a trip to Sturbridge, Mass. and we found a shop up there that carried Old Village Buttermilk Paint. We enjoyed Old Sturbridge Village one day (we love going to the village) and then the next day we went to the shop. We found the paint and bought some quarts and we were very happy shoppers.

When we read the label on the back, we realized we did not have to come to Mass. to find this paint. It was manufactured right here in good old PA in Fort Washington. This was wonderful. We were fortunate to meet Mr. Stulb at a designer show in King of Prussia. He was delightful and very happy to talk to us about his wonderful paint. He was very happy to hear our story of how we began using his paint and was accomodating to us to make us a dealer. We have enjoyed using this paint on our furniture and have gone on to using it in many different ways with our furniture. Over the past several years, I have spoken with Laney  and she like her Dad is just a great person. She cares about her customers.

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I enjoy working with people and getting their input when we are working together to make a one of a kind piece of furniture for them. My style leans toward old New England style of primitive/farm style. I enjoy making working hutches for kitchens and designing pantries. I enjoy mixing modern conveniences in old style cabinets, corner cabinets, etc. Bathroom vanities and medicine cabinets are other favorite pieces to do. The colors of Old Village paint only enhance what I do. My wife Kay loves painting with Old Village and replicating finishes that have that just right “patina” She most recently discovered goopy paint (Laney told her about it) and WoW! She loved the look!

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Thanks Barry and Kay for sharing part of your story with us! You make some beautiful items!  You can see more of their work on their Facebook page, just click here.

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

Country Carpenter: Country & Primitive Furniture

7 Nov

Barry Bennecoff is the Country Carpenter in Shoemakersville, Pennsylvania. He specializes in custom country and primitive furniture. Mr. Bennecoff makes beautiful pieces, and paints them with Old Village Paints! Thanks to Barry for sharing some of these photos with us.

Barry’s Country Cabinet 2nd edition. New England Red and Hunter Green.

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Beautiful pie safe in Rittenhouse Green.

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Gorgeous jewelry cabinet with lots of space. Soldier Blue.

 

 

Buttery in New England Red.

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Which of these furniture pieces can you imagine in your home?  I love the practicality of early American furniture.  If you’d like more information on any of these pieces, you can contact Barry at woodman225@aol.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/locator/index.php
To purchase Old Village Paint online click here…  http://colourcupboard.com

 

Experts Analyze Paint in Historic House

29 Sep

Hammond-Harwood House is the jewel of Annapolis, VA.  The house is the grandest Colonial house in the historic town, preserved intact since 1774. In addition to its magnificent, perfectly preserved architecture inside and out, this National Historic Landmark contains an outstanding collection of John Shaw furniture and Charles Willson Peale paintings.

The house uses Old Village Paints to preserve it’s early American appearance.

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The operators of the house recently ordered an analysis of the layers of interior and exterior paint to find out more about what the house looked like during its long history.

Here’s a peek into their findings: (to read the entire article click here)

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“Unquestionably the quickest way to freshen the look of a house or room is to paint it. For a historic structure like the Hammond-Harwood House, how it was first painted offers clues to the vision of its builders and owners.  One of the mysteries of what the house looked like in 1774 was solved this fall when Susan Buck, an expert from Williamsburg, analyzed paint chips from the exterior trim and doors.

Tiny quarter-inch chips were analyzed with 21st century techniques – and the results are surprising. After studying 24 layers of paint, Dr. Buck determined that the original color of the doors and trim was a creamy white, close to the color of the mortar. And she found evidence that the front door was originally stained with a brown glaze and decorated to simulate mahogany. Called grain painting, this type of finish was considered very elegant in the late 18th century.

The door now has the original cream color painted by William Doherty and the faux graining has been completed by Baltimore-based artisan Betsy Greene. While it is impossible to know the original graining pattern, the new graining chosen was inspired by doors at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. The Hammond-Harwood House already shares a connection with Monticello: Jefferson sketched the Hammond-Harwood House in 1783 and admired its semi-octagonal bays, a design feature he used at Monticello. . . ”

They have a wonderful site for your perusal … http://hammondharwoodhouse.org/

If you are in the area or plan to be traveling you will want to make a visit here!

Hours of Operation
April – October: Open Tuesday – Sunday, 12-5. Last tour at 4.
November-December: Open Tuesday – Sunday, 12-4. Last tour at 3.
January-March: Group and school tours by appointment only.
Tours begin at the top of the hour.

Please call the museum’s general information line at 410-263-4683 ext. 16 to check museum hours on major holidays.

What does the exterior and interior of your home say about you? Check out our link below to feast on lots of color and finish options;  we’ll help you add quality paint to your space that will last and last.

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

 

Celebrate Fall by Adding Warmth To Your Home With Rich Buttermilk Colors

22 Sep

Old Village Paints curates a beautiful line of buttermilk paint. They can be used on building interiors like: walls and trim, and on furniture and artifacts. These colours dry to a beautiful matte finish that does not destroy the texture of the wood. Multiple coats will build a longer lasting and more opaque film. By adding water, a transparent stain effect can be attained.

These rich colors are created with ingredients from natural sources, that’s why they echo our seasons so well! These are the colors that speak of fall to me, but check out our entire buttermilk line for all of the colors available.  

From large projects . . . (Buttermilk Bayberry)

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…to small. (Notice the thickness and depth of color)

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And everything in between (Buttermilk Wild Bayberry)– we hope creamy buttermilk paints might help you celebrate fall in your space.

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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

Furniture Paint Effects: Using Steel Combs, Fingernails, Toothpicks & More

18 Sep

Last week in our post: Grown Up  Finger Painting we talked about some basic techniques you could use create different effects on furniture large to small.   This week, we’re going to look at some more ideas, and see more photos!!! I love photos!!!

Finger graining is a technique created by artist Heide Drewes,

“I just tried it on a whim, since I had painted many landscape paintings on canvas
using acrylic paints, which is what I used most of the time I’m painting.”

Heide believes the earliest finger paintings go back all the way to Cave Paintings.  This week, we’re going to expand your options by showing you some of the graining work of Heide Drewes.  She has share these photos with us (after lots of computer issues!–thank you Heide for your persistence).

“I use my fingers, hands, palms and of course graining tools and other found objects … like brushes, toothpicks, Q-Tips, corn cobs and more!”

The first three images below include finger graining done with: fingerprints, fingernails, and finger tips, as well as a steel comb and toothpicks.

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“I use Old Village #1232 Brown Graining Liquid 99% of the time.” explains Heide. On the cupboard below Heide used the palm of her hand to create the swirl pattern you see on the side.

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Below: Heide created this effect with Old Village Paint Pumpkin Colour and Black Graining Liquid, using her fingers on the sides and door panels.

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Finally, here’s a smaller project, a picture frame painted with Old Village Wild Bayberry and Old Village Brown Graining Liquid painted by dragging a finger back and forth.

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Are you inspired to experiment? I am!  Start on something small if you are nervous, or even consider using scrap wood to begin. Try something new and be sure to have fun while doing it! As always, call us with questions or concerns.

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

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