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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

Watch This Video To See a Slideshow of Whitewash & Pickling Projects

26 Jun

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

 

Nothing says summer like a fresh coat of white paint–especially when it is 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.

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 or pickling project!

Hall Bench/Jelly Cupboard Made From Reclaimed Barnwood

19 Jun

Keith Beaver of Pennsylvania  created this beautiful entry piece using reclaimed barn wood!  To create the paint effect you see here he started with New England Red, and then added a layer of Black.

Rub away the top layer of paint very slowly using a high grit sandpaper to help the red color show through. Choose areas of the piece that would normally receive a lot of wear from use– like knobs and edges.

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Beautiful job! What amazes me is how authentically aged the piece can look because of the color layering and sanding technique.  In the image below you can see just the solid “British Red” color on the far right column, forth one down.

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Thank you Keith for sharing 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/locator/index.php
To purchase Old Village Paint online click here…  http://colourcupboard.com

Painted Chair, Desk and More!

15 May

We’ve visited Rayburn Arts and Crafts shop in Kentucky before, but we’re popping back in today to see some of the beautiful home items and gifts that Pat has been creating!

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I love this piece, especially the small pink flowers Pat added.

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Pat uses Old Village Paints for her creations!  The vintage colors and artist paint quality help her create her amazing signature look!

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If you’re inspired to create something using Antique Yellow, Rittenhouse Red, Solider Blue, New England Red, or Philadelphia Brownstone (among many others), give us a call or click and we’ll mail some paint right to your doorstep.

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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