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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

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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

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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.

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What Farm Table Style Are You?

16 Jan

Do you enjoy those quizzes that pop up online or are printed in magazines?  I’m afraid we don’t have a list of questions for you today, but take a look at these three farm table style options and monitor your heart rate.  Which is most exciting to 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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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!

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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

 

Look at These Primitive Pieces!

19 Nov

Small business are INCREDIBLE! We here at Old Village Paint are a small business and we love all the small businesses that carry our paints, or use them to create beautiful things for homes.

Check out these primitive pieces made with love and Old Village Paints!

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This first piece is a buffet, painted Salem brick over black, with a 1 1/4″ rustic oak top. This piece is at Checkerberry’s Furniture in Ulster Park, NY.  Jump to their Facebook Page Now!

These next items are paper towel holder/bread boxes painted in Salem Brick , the middle item is a toilet paper holder/storage spot painted in Satin Black. These were made by Painted Hutch Primitives.

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Next we have a primitive bench, painted with Valley Forge Mustard. It measures 36x12x18.  Available also in : Antique Sage Green, Soldier Blue, Salem Brick, and Satin Black. This one is also by Painted Hutch Primitives. I love the Valley Forge Mustard color!

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This vanity is Village Tavern Blue over New England Red. The top and backsplash is soapstone from Bucks County Soapstone.  Vanity built and painted by Roger S. Wright Furniture. 

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I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of these primitive pieces.  Remember to Shop Small this Saturday, November 26th to support your local economy by keeping your money local.

And finally, know that we are thankful for each and every one of you who visit our site and our blog, call us on the phone, use our products, and give us feedback and photos, we work for our customers and you guys are amazing!

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How To Use Schrack’s Wax to Add Color or Shimmer to Furniture.

12 Nov

Not many people know that along with paint, we also sell a wonderful wax, called “Schrack’s  Wax.” Two hundred years ago when our company first started selling paints we were called “C. Schrack and Co.” , hence “Schrack’s Wax”.

This is a wax that can be mixed with the paint or used straight out of the can for a Wax~Dry~Buff patina! It’s very high quality and half the price of competitive quality wax.

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Schrack’s Wax can also be mixed with any of our Old Village Paints to create all kinds of primitive to fine furniture finishes and patinas! It can also be mixed with metallic powders. To mix our wax with a color, it first needs to be softened up.  We’ve found the easiest way to do this is with a mug warmer.  Another option is to put the entire can in a crockpot and heat it up that way. Be careful–either way the can, as well as the wax is going to be hot and could burn you if you’re not careful!

The photo below shows a wax that has been tinted with a darker color, and then added to a white surface.

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Here’s an example of what it might look like if you used wax, mixed with a metallic paint/powder to add some unique character.

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Remember that while there are do’s and dont’s to painting, there is also a lot of discovery and fun in experimenting, and wax is one of those products that offers many different options for that.  Grab a can and be fearless!

Feel free to ask questions, post ideas or show us photos of projects with wax in the comments section.  We love hearing from the great big world of crafters, DIYers and decorators.

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