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Circa 1700 Farmhouse Painted With Old Village Paint Inside & Out!

26 May

Come tour a farmhouse built over 300 years ago! To preserve the historic quality and look of the outside surfaces and interior walls, the owners have chosen a variety of Old Village Paints.  We are honored!

Let’s take a look:

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A beautiful wooden staircase sits in nice contrast to a whitewashed wall.

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I feel  I could be walking in to sit by the fire with the original inhabitants.

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Even though we are the oldest paint and varnish maker in the United States, (since 1816), this house was approximately 115 years old when our company was founded!  What’s the oldest building in your area? Has it been restored? What stories have been documented about it?  We have the privilege of working with numerous historic sites, because our paint is still made with a similar process and materials that were used 200 years ago.  If you’d like to tour more historic sites that use Old Village Paints, you can visit: Pennsylvania Farmstead, or New Hampshire Home Tour or the Hammond-Harwood House.  Enjoy!

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Wonder Horse Makeover: 1950’s and 60’s Childhood Toy Given New Life

23 Apr

Meet a Wonder Horse!

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What is the story behind this horse? Wonder Horse is a brand name of certain bouncy, spring horses many of us remember as our toys.  This one I found with the broken spring rig dumped on the side of the road.  It sat there for a couple of weeks.  Driving past one day I wondered if I could paint the horse.  He was filthy, full of water.  Roto-molded plastic.  I took the horse and left the rig.  (It is not unusual for me to rescue furniture from the side of the road).

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Projects like this for me are problem solvers.  My problem was how to adhere “good” rather than “spray” paint to rubbery plastic.  I looked into various primers and found one made specifically for plastic, then gave it a layer of Zinnser.

These horses were not gracefully fabricated.  Just two slabs of plastic stuck together with oozing where the parts connected, then carelessly air brushed.  I spent much time sanding to eliminate those lines.  Once the primer was on, then the color choices happen.  Choosing the colors is an evolving process.  I used both the Buttermilk and regular OVP acrylics and kept the flat vs. satin surfaces consistent with a layer of OVP finish at the end. The metallics are Rustoleum craft paint. The stand was fabricated out of an old school chair base.  This horse was a special model as he had a box screwed into his belly.  I removed it and discovered it was a sound box with a small microphone and battery.  I put in a new battery and voila, the darned thing started talking from an internal tape with a man’s voice, a whinny and a clip clop. It was activated by the rocking motion when a kid would bounce back and forth.  We have a local Agricultural Fair each year here on Martha’s Vineyard.  The horse was my entry and a blue ribbon hit.

How did you find out about Old Village Paints?  I have been using OVP and in particular the wood stains and finish since around the early 1980’s.  I originally bought both paint and stain at Factory Paint in Weymouth, MA.  I have been refinishing old furniture for years and years and the stains and finish are foolproof, the restoration colors especially refined.  I won’t use any other product, in particular the finish.  I use the paint consistently, especially because of the quality of the restoration colors and the paint itself.  If you need a red, you’ve got a perfect red because your colors have been so carefully researched.  No need to look further. The paint is extremely high quality compared to what is available in big box craft stores. It is not worth my time or money to even try anything else – which is like painting with water –  except when I need metallics.

Why did you choose OVP for this particular project? I chose OVP for the Wonder Horse project because I knew that the refined, subtle colors would give me the elegant look I wanted and that the paint would adhere to heavily primed plastic which is what the horse is made of.  I rarely have to mix custom colors using OVP but did for the nose and mouth of the horse.  Most of what I paint requires fine, clean lines.  The consistency of OVP allows me to get those sharp edges without multiple layers.

Thanks Barbara Baskin for sharing the photos and project details!

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

 

It’s Not A Wall: Special Instructions for Painting Concrete, Stucco, Brick, Wood, & Metal.

3 Feb

Old Village Paints can usually cover a clean wall with one to two coats.  But what about other materials? Here’s what we’ve found works best for all sorts of surfaces.

Any of these surfaces need to be clean before applying anything!

Concrete, Stucco, Brick: 

Interior Application: Use one coat PVA primer sealer.  Then one coat Old Village Oil or Acrylic Water Base Paint.

Exterior Application: Use one coat cement & stucco primer sealer. Then one coat Old Village Oil or Acrylic Water Base Paint.

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Wood:

Interior Application: Use one coat Old Village oil or water base interior undercoater. Then one coat Old Village Oil or Acrylic Water Base Paint.

Exterior Application: Use one coat Old Village oil or water base exterior primer. Then one coat Old Village Oil or Acrylic Water Base Paint.

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Metal:

Metal: Aluminum, Other non ferrous metals, galvanized iron and steel. (Note: allow galvanized iron and steel to weather one year)

Interior and Exterior Application: Use one coat Old Village Metal Primer #1281. Then one coat Old Village Oil Base Paint.

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Metal: Iron and Steel

Interior and Exterior Application: Use Old Village Metal Primer #1254. Then one coat Old Village Oil Paint.

Questions?!? Call and ask! We pick up our phone in Pennsylvania, and love talking to you!  Call us at: 1 800 498 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 purchase Old Village Paint online click here…  http://colourcupboard.com

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Master Carver Creates Gold-Leaf American Eagle

21 Oct

Paul White is a master wood carver who literally wrote the book on carving the American eagle. (“Carving An American Eagle”) His shop is located in East Sandwich, Massachusetts, across from a cranberry bog.  Inside his shop he creates standard and custom carvings, hand painting and adding gold leaf to create beautiful works of art.

The Chesapeake Eagle, pictured below, can range in size from 4.5 feet up to seven feet across! Isn’t it stunning?!

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Learn more about the process for creating an eagle by visiting Paul’s website www.paulwhitewoodcarving.com

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Paul uses Old Village Paint for his creations, and we are incredibly honored he includes our paint in his process.

We often hear from people that they love the thickness, coverage and long-lasting quality of Old Village Paints.  Here’s an example:

” . . .  our trim painters, who are highly regarded and coveted in this area stated that it was the nicest paint they had ever worked with, both in quality of coverage and ease of application. Quite a recommendation from people who do nothing but apply various suppliers paint every day.” Chris & Sylvi Wilkin

“My husband (recently retired carpenter) and I have been using your paints for years inside and outside of our home. He swears he’s never come across any paint as “easy going on” as Old Village Paints and we both absolutely LOVE the colors. . .  Our storm doors and front and side doors are painted Wild Bayberry.  Please don’t ever change a thing about the paints you make and sell.  You can’t improve on perfection!” Schroeher Jr

Thank you to our customers for these great reviews.  Your projects are worth high quality paint that will last and last, from American eagles to cribs to antique furniture to barn quilts, Old Village Paint is ready to cover and last “like iron”.

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

How To Use Cream Wax to Create Patina

12 Jun

Not many people know that along with paint, we also sell a wonderful cream wax, called “Schrack’s Cream Wax.”

It is a soft wax that can be mixed with the paint or used straight out of the can for a Wax~Dry~Buff patina! What’s patina? “a gloss or sheen on wooden furniture produced by age and polishing” Our Schrack’s Wax is really nice stuff and half the price of competitive quality wax.

Schrack’s Cream 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.

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. If you have an idea that you’re considering–give us a shout, and we’ll let you know what we’ve heard from others who have tried something similar.

“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

 

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