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Choosing a Farm Style Table For Your Home and DIY Tips

3 Oct

Farm Style Tables are popular for a reason.  They offer lots of seating, great surface area for projects, homework or decorations, and a traditional, simple style that shows off their wood construction. Here are a few different styles- which one resonates with you?

1. Traditional. 

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For this look you could find an unpainted farm table, (or a finished one that you sand) and then rub it with our clear or colored Old Village Paste Stain.  One coat of paste stain provides a low-luster, hand-rubbed patina. Subsequent coats provide greater depth of colour, greater surface protection and higher gloss. Paste stain can also be buffed or polished. White provides a beautiful bleached-wood or pickled effect. You can choose from these finishes:

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For more directions on this process:click here!  (http://www.old-village.com/prod_paste_stain.html)

2. Shabby Chic.  This style offers a sealed but natural top and a painted base.  (I love this one! It’s what I have at my house!) For this you’d use the sealing directions above on the top portion, and choose a glaze, white pickle finish or paint for the bottom portion.

3. Accent farm table.  For this table you’ll pick a bright color to add joie de vivre to your space!

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Choose from any of these colors:I think antique yellow, rittenhouse red or antique sage green might be fun for an accent piece!

Another option would be to use chairs as your accent pieces:

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Remember that our paint can be used to paint metal! For instructions on how to do this, visit this blog post. “How to Paint Laminate, Metal and Other Hard To Paint Surfaces”.

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I found my farm table that seats twelve at an unfinished wood furniture store for a very reasonable price.   You can look for something similar near you, or keep an eye out at antique malls, yard sales and in re-sale newspapers and websites.

Do you have a farm table in your home? We’d love to see photos!

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

Get Ready For Summer With Made From Pallets Painted Window Boxes

7 May

Summer is almost here.  If you are itching for an outdoor project that you can enjoy for years to come, think window boxes!

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You can purchase a wide variety of window boxes at home stores or online, or, if you’re feeling handy, you can build your own.  Here are two links with careful instructions on the building process.

Step by step instructions on building a window box planter. 

How To Build A Window Box From a Pallet

Once you’ve got your boxes built, choose a color!  Black, Rittenhouse Red, cream, Colonial White and Soldier Blue are common window box colors, and our Old Village Paint is more than capable of standing up to the outdoor elements! Our paint is so strong it “weathers like IRON” to quote our customers. This is the paint you want if you don’t want to be repainting in a year or two.

We’d love to see photos of your new or much loved window boxes!

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Which color would look best on your window boxes? To browse all the colors VISIT 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/dealers/
To purchase Old Village Paint online click here…  http://colourcupboard.com

Create Your Own Family Keepsake

21 Dec

What do you have that is a keepsake in your family?  Handpainted furniture, jewelry, a special book?  Looking around my house, 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.

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

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.

We’d love to see what you’ve created for or received from your loved ones this Christmas, or in Christmases in the past. Share in the comments here or find us on Facebook and send us a message! 

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

 

Scrub Worthy Kitchen Cabinets

12 Nov

Four years ago I used Old Village Paint to transform my kitchen cabinets.  They went from a solid light wood to a beautiful shade of Rittenhouse Green.  To see the full story you can check out the blog post here:

or here: https://wp.me/p3Y0hl-6l (if you need the address written out).

When my husband and I were finished with this project in 2014, I was excited with how fresh the cabinets looked. Little did I know that they would continue looking “just painted” 4 years later!

With small children in the house, and a habit of closing doors with my elbows, feet or whatever I have free– I scrub cabinets to get them clean. And they are stillllllll looking amazing.

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I tried to take a few close up shots so that you could see how fresh the paint still looks.

If you are looking for a fantastic paint, that will last and last- try Old Village Paint on a small (or big) project, and see how well it covers and how long it lasts!

 

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/dealers/
To purchase Old Village Paint online click here…  http://colourcupboard.com

 

Creating Your Perfect Halloween Doorstep

14 Oct

Halloween is just a few weeks away! My children are already creating their costumes, discussing which neighborhoods to visit and giving me “quick” dinner ideas.  I’m going to be out walking with them this Halloween, but maybe you are going to be at home- receiving trick-or-treaters. Here are a few ideas for decorating your front steps for Halloween.

  1. Painted pumpkins. There are too many ideas to list when it comes to painted pumpkins. I love these candy corn pumpkins because they show how simple a painting project can be and still bring LOTS of joy and excitement. Google “painted pumpkins” or look up ideas on Pinterest.
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2.Mason Jar & Cinnamon Centerpieces: You can use fall decorations that have been inside your home — and move them outside for Halloween night.  Candles or string lights ad atmosphere, and will assure that people can see your decorations after dark! Check out these amazing pumpkin centerpieces

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3. Mums and Such.  Check out your local florist or garden center for beautiful plants! I love this simple arrangement!

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Call us today to order some creamy, classic colored paint samples, just the right size for small painting projects. 1-800-498-7687

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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/dealers/
To purchase Old Village Paint online click here…  http://colourcupboard.com

Historic Milk Paint For Fall Projects

16 Sep

What is milk paint?

Milk paint is a natural, water based paint made incorporating milk and pigments. It offers a huge range of uses. You can use it to paint or antique furniture, paint or stencil walls, or to achieve a variety of painting effects like splattering or stippling.

Our milk paint colours dry to a beautiful matte finish that does not hide the texture of wood. Multiple coats will build a longer lasting and more opaque film. By adding water, a transparent stain effect can be attained.

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Milk paints have been used since long before paints were mass produced, and people recognize their look as historic because they have seen them on walls and furniture in historic homes.

Here are a few beautiful examples from a site I found “Brushstrokes By Maryanne” 

Another artist has created some beautiful work using milk paint–Heide Drewes. Heide is a professional arts and crafts painter from Northwest Ohio. Her talent was recognized by her teachers in third grade, and she has continued drawing and painting for pleasure (and profession) ever since.   When we heard she had used all 24 of the Old Village Buttermilk paints on this cabinet we wanted to share it with you.
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The cabinet is five feet by two feet piece and was commissioned by a doctor and his wife who love period furniture.  Some of the detail work is based on real flower species, and others are from Heide’s imagination.

I asked Heidi why she chose Old Village Paint for this project:

“First of all, it’s very convenient that they sell the colors in the two ounce bottles.  I can try out what I like, and get good value for my money.

Second, the richness of the colors is amazing.  It’s the high pigmentation they use.  For this cabinet I did two coats of the pumpkin color, but the rest is just one coat!

The quick drying time is another huge factor for me. And finally, the easy clean up.  It’s a soap and water clean-up!”

Heide painted this floral design in keeping with the historic tradition of the Pennsylvanian German artists. The striped pattern you see bordering the cabinet doors is a graining effect she created using  Old Village Paints #1232 Graining Liquid.
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Now that you know about milk paint, and some of its uses, maybe a fall project idea is taking shape in your mind. Let us know what you’re thinking, we love knowing how our customers are using our paints!

Need some ideas for Fall Projects?

To find your nearest dealer click here…  http://www.old-village.com/dealers/
To purchase Old Village Paint online click here…  http://colourcupboard.com

Create a Primitive American Style Using A Dry Sink

2 Sep

Before homes had indoor plumbing, men were still shaving and women performing their morning routines.  In early American homes a piece of furniture called a dry sink was built to assist.  It often had room for storage below, and a top surface that could hold a pitcher of water and basin.  Sometimes an edge was built around the top in order to keep any water that splashed out of the basin from ending up on the floor.

Here is an example of a dry sink:

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This dry sink was painted by Roger Stacey of Roger Stacey Painted Hutch Primitives using Old Village Paint Color: Valley Forge Mustard.

Here’s another photo I found on Pinterest, attributed to http://primsouls.blogspot.com/p/gallery.html

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This dry sink is also by Roger Stacey. I believe this was done using: Ohio Cupboard Blue.

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You could use a dry sink as an entry way table, or in a bedroom or living area for organizational or display purposes.

I have also seen these used in kitchens as an additional work surface, or in a dining room for serving, with table linens stored below.

If you’ve decided to find one of these, enjoy looking at antique shops, or use a custom furniture builder. Don’t forget we have lots of authentic, early american paint colors at your disposal, to help add the final touch to your new piece!

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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://old-village.com/dealers/
To purchase Old Village Paint online click here…  http://colourcupboard.com

Hand Painted Quotes on TV Cabinet and Household Tables

8 Aug

Furniture that reminds you of your values?

Ron, an Old Village Paint customer sent us these photos of some furniture he created that does just that!

“The green of the tables is your “Tea Caddy Green,” the red on the cabinet is “British Red” (a personal favorite).  The lettering was done in artist acrylics.”
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“The TV cabinet reads:  The greatest revelation is stillness.
 
The coffee table reads:  Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.  Kindness in giving creates love.  Kindness in words creates confidence.
 
The piecrust table reads:  While we have time, let us do good unto all.
 
I like the inscriptions that I paint to be reminders of what truly matters in life.”
Thank you Ron. I love the quotes that you found.  To other readers, are there quotes that you would love to have displayed in your home? What are they? What colors do you image when you think of those quotes? Here’s a few colors to inspire you.
Wishing everyone a home full of love and kindness. Jen.
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/dealers/
To purchase Old Village Paint online click here…  http://colourcupboard.com

 

Farmhouse Chic in Tennessee

23 Jul

Are you ready to look in on a little shop with a BIG personality?

Well, bursting with personality and creativity is “Revintaged Lemon” in Murfreesboro, TN, owned by husband and wife team Sylvia and Pete.

For being less than a year old, Revintaged Lemon seems to have a presence beyond its years.

“Our shop offers a sophisticated farmhouse style with hand-painted vintage furniture, new farmhouse furniture, repurposed furniture and industrial pieces, handcrafted items, rustic metal words and signs and farmhouse home décor from old to new.”

Here’s a few pieces they’ve created recently.

This first 5 drawer chest is painted with Old Village Paint Heritage Blue (and some gold glaze).

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Next, a fantastic buffet, Old Village Paint color Bar Harbor Grey.

 

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If you can’t walk around this store in person,

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check out their online spot: www.revintagedlemon.com

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I wish I could be at this shop RIGHT NOW.  With a cup of coffee (mostly cream) and about $2,000 to spend. Thanks for letting us take a tour!
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/dealers/
To purchase Old Village Paint online click here…  http://colourcupboard.com

 

 

From Modern to Antique in 2 Simple Steps

24 Mar

Would you like to add an antique feel to a piece of furniture? Read through these instructions and then get ready to go from “eh” to “wow”!

There are several ways to make a piece of furniture look older.  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.

  • Step One: Choose a base color, British Red, Soldier Blue, Corner Cupboard, Pumpkin, Wilder Chair Yellow, Bayberry . . . Grab one from our online store! Paint your entire piece the base color.  Or, perhaps your piece of furniture is already a color– if so then– skip to step two!
  • Step Two: Decide what locations on your furniture would most likely show wear if it had been used for many years and paint these areas.  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.  Edges and place that would be often touched are locations that are often rubbed free of paint.  Dip your brush into your paint, and then, brush most of the paint off.  This technique is called Dry Brush Graining.  Use the almost dry brush to apply swift strokes of paint. (Watch the video I’ve added at the end of this post to see this done!) Allow to dry and enjoy your newly “antiqued” piece.

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Adding the paint in this way makes it seem that the top layer of paint has worn away, showing the bottom layer.  Questions? We love to talk on the phone! Give us a ring and we’re glad to help.

To purchase Old Village Paint online click here…  http://colourcupboard.com

To find an Old Village Paint dealer near you, visit: http://old-village.com/dealers/