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Don’t Forget These 3 Important Steps BEFORE You Paint an Older Surface

18 Nov

In our “quicker is better” culture, many people often skip over the preparation phase of a project.  When preparing an older wall or piece of furniture the final product will be determined by what you do in the pre-painting stage.

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Here’s how to prepare the surface.

Check for a solid foundation: The surface to be painted must be sound, clean and dry. Imperfections such as rotted areas on wood, rusted metal, loose plaster, loose or crumbling masonry, efflorescence, cracked or peeling paint, must be removed, repaired or replaced.

Clean the surface: The surface must be cleaned of any dirt, grease, wax, loose paint, detergent film, soap, rust, corrosion, chalk, and stains. (Oil soluble dyestuffs are virtually impossible to remove and may be sealed with a shellac type stain seal.)

Let dry and do one final check: Once clean, inspect for construction defects, material deterioration, proper caulking, glazing, etc. The whole environment should be brought to a condition that will prevent any subsequent change that may render the applied paint system ineffectual.

Once everything is repaired, cleaned, and dry, you can move forward knowing that the paint has the best environment to last, last and last!

Now you get to choose a beautiful, creamy paint to brush or roll on.  We have some amazing colors for you to pick from! Click on the link at the bottom to shop online and have paint or stain shipped right to your front door!

Happy Painting! –Jenny

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
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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

 

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

Take Furniture From Modern to Primitive in One Step!

5 Sep

For this effect we’re adding one layer of paint, to give the impression that the color we are adding is actually showing through the existing layer of paint on the piece.

  • Tip: If you want a different base color, then choose one you’re ready to commit to. Picture Frame Cream, New England Red, Antique Yellow, Pumpkin Spice . . . Grab one from our online store! Paint your entire piece the base color.  Or, perhaps your piece of furniture is already a color that you are happy to choose– then– you’re ready for the one and only step for this technique.
  • Step One (and only): Decide what locations on your furniture would most likely show wear if it had been used for many years.  If you’re not sure, look at some photographs of a similar type of old furniture online.  The places that would show the most wear are the places you’ll want to apply the new layer of paint.  One great rule of thumb is to pay special attention to edges.  Dip your brush into your paint, and then, brush most of the paint off.  This technique is called Dry Brushing Graining.  Use the almost dry brush to apply swift strokes of paint. (Watch the video below to see this done!) Allow to dry and enjoy your newly “antiqued” piece.

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Questions? We love talking to our customers! Give us a call!  (800) 498-7687

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

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

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