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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

 

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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

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

Which Do You Like More: Red, White or Blue?

4 Jul

Happy 4th of July!  We’re so proud to be an American, family owned company with 200 years of history serving you!

Thank you to all of our veterans and active military, and their families and support systems that have helped create the freedoms we are celebrating.

Today, we wanted to do a quick survey and see which of these three Old Village Paint colors you like the best.  And–because it’s fourth of July–we chose red, white and blue!

First up, Rittenhouse Red:

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Barn with Mustard Door

Second, Colonial White.

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Closet with Heart Cut Out

And finally, Solider Blue!

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We have red, white and blue colors that come in buttermilk and acrylic paints, so whatever color you are drawn to — we can help you find the perfect fit between your taste and your project needs.

Happy Fourth Everyone!

Let us know in the comment section- which do you like best?

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