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New Hampshire Home Tour

24 Apr

We love getting fan mail, because we agree that our paint is amazing!  Here’s some kind words from Deb in New Hampshire, and a peek at her lovely home. If you want some great ideas for primitive decorating, read on!

“Hello all, I am a real lover of your paint! Our entire home’s baseboards, interior doors, windows, wainscoting and trim are in Steeple White. The barn door is mustard, the table on the porch is pewter,  the kitchen cabinets have been one of your blues.  I think you get the picture… I’ve been hooked on your paint since the early 80’s. I JUST LOVE IT.”  Deb P.,  Alton NH

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Dining Room Close Up

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Dining Room

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Stairwell

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Guest Room

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Bedroom

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Closet with Heart Cut Out

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Small Primitive Touches

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Primitive Wall Arrangement

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Coffee Cup Display

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Beautiful Stencils

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Barn with Mustard Door

Thank you Deb for sharing these photos with us! We’re always happy to hear from our Old Village Paint family of users, so share your beautiful photos, or call us on the phone with questions or comments!

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

How To Create a Weathered Wood Effect

22 Mar

Good Morning! Today we’re offering a short tutorial on creating a weathered wood effect with some simple products.  Let’s get started!

You’ll need:

  • Wood/furniture
  • Dry paintbrush
  • Paint
  • Steel Wool or sandpaper
  • a stain or sealant (optional)

First, make sure the wood is dry and clean.

Second, take your paint (usually a shade of white) and apply it to the wood with a dry brush.  Only dip the very edge of the brush into the paint, and then brush long strokes until all of the paint is off the brush.

(In the photo below the wood has been painted a very dark color, but it helps you see how little paint is applied at a time with just the end of the paintbrush being dipped in the paint.)

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Third. Allow to dry.

Now, use steel wool or sandpaper to partially sand the white paint off in a number of areas. Allow yourself to experiment a bit.  See what creates the exact effect you like.  You can always sand down and repaint a section if you don’t like it.

Ta-da, weathered wood!

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(On the photo above you’ll notice that two colors, white as well as a teal was used during step two.)

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Optional final step: you can create a darker colored effect by adding a stain over the top of the paint you added in step two. Or you can add a clear sealant.  Before taking this step, be sure to wipe your wood with a clean dry cloth.

Have you created this look? Post some pictures! We’d love to see them!

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

 

A Quick Trip to Rayburn Arts & Crafts

13 Mar

Imagine a drive to Olive Hill, KY, with beautiful blue-grass stretches on either side of Hwy. 60.

Now, we’ll pop in to Pat Rayburn’s shop, and take a look at her primitive gifts, furniture, antiques and collectibles.

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Pat uses Old Village Paints to create these pieces.  Aren’t they gorgeous? To see more, you can visit Rayburn Arts & Crafts Facebook page.

If you would like ideas for painting scenes or furniture in a primitive style, check out Pinterest or YouTube for ideas and tutorials.  A paint sampler, made of 2 ounce bottles of our historic paint can get you started!

Our Buttermilk Goody Packs come in three different color combinations. This is Goody Pack C: Corner Cupboard Yellowish White, British Red, Fancy Chair Green, Ohio Cupboard Rust, Fancy Chair Yellow, Solider Blue, Child’s Rocker Bright Red. To see other combination packs, or to order, click here.

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We hope everyone stays warm and safe and more bad weather blows in to the East!

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

From Prim to Farmhouse Style: Boutique Paint For Vintage Colors and Finishes

7 Mar

Creamy, thick, long-lasting.  Our paints have been made in individual batches for more than 200 years! Many of our colors haven’t changed since 1816!  So if you want a vintage or historic look, browse our selection of paints when you start on your next pint size or gallon size project!  Here’s a look at a few project results that customers have sent our way.

 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

Dual Tone Kitchen & A Custom Color

27 Dec

We love to see what people do with our paint, so take a quick tour with us of several different homes where Old Village Paint was used to bring beauty and long-lasting durability to cabinets, furniture and walls.  First, look at these beautiful cabinets painted #1745 Navy Blue.

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This sideboard, by Roger S Wright Furniture is covered in #1726 Black, what a rich color!

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I love this next kitchen, it looks so comfortable and welcoming, without sacrificing charm and style!  The lower cabinets are Rittenhouse Ivory over New England Red by Roger S. Wright Furniture. What do you think about the two different colors on the upper and lower cabinets?

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Finally, did you know you can mix our paints to create your own custom color? This is 1702 Colonial White, 1726 Black and a touch of 1708 Soldier Blue to make the perfect Gray for an entrance hall.

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Wishing you happy holidays and a happy new year.

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

 

Create Your Own Heirloom

20 Dec

Looking around my house, decorated for Christmas, 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.

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

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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.

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

 

New Life For An Antique Toddler Chair

12 Dec

James M. shared these photos with us of a chair remodel that he recently completed for some little ones in his life.

The first chair is one of a set that James bought for his sister’s children in 1960.  The second is a kit he ordered and assembled from Cohasset Colonials.   Here’s the first chair, taken out of storage.

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“They were pretty battered and grubby, as you can see, but in pretty good shape for all that. All I did with the seats was tighten up a couple bits of the grass (they’re natural) and coat them with shellac. I ordered up some Fancy Chair Yellow, Child’s Rocker Bright Red, and Soldier Blue from Old Village. All the decoration on both chairs is also Old Village Paint, mixed from what I had on hand. You can see some of my mixing on a board to the left of the second photo.

You probably can tell that the chairs are glossy where the Buttermilk Paint is flat. Because they’re going to toddlers and I figure they’re likely to be spilled on, knocked over, thrown about, chewed on, and anything else you can think of.

I coated each with blond shellac and a couple coats of wax to make them easy to wipe off. All the finish is non-toxic and the wax tastes absolutely horrible, so I’m hoping they’ll stay in pretty good shape for a while. The shellac really makes the colors pop and very slightly yellows the finish, making the chairs look a bit like old wooden toys, which is the look I was going for.”

dscn2923James, we think you did a beautiful job!  And little ones always feel so special when they have a chair that is just their size.  Thanks for sharing.

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