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How Much More Coverage Can You Get From Old Village Paints?

27 Sep

People who use our paint for the first time are often shocked at the difference between our paints and those they have used in the past.  I think of it as the difference between canned and fresh pineapple.  Do you remember the first time you had fresh pineapple? I do– and I remember thinking- this isn’t pineapple, this is– amazing!!!  If you’ve never tried Old Village Paints before, you should see what you’ve been missing.

Our process for making paint is very different than that of the big box stores, and it creates a very different product.  One that gives superior coverage and lasts longer.

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When I was in my twenties, we had to buy the cheapest option on everything.  For some things it worked, and for others it meant we were going right back to the store 6 months later for a replacement.  Now, when I do projects at home, I use Old Village Paints, and enjoy knowing I won’t need to repaint for many, many years! Here’s one customer’s note to us:

“We painted our house with Old Village Paint 26 years ago and it was so easy to use. It really did go on like butter. When we sold our house the paint still looked so good the buyers asked us if we had just painted! We told them “No we used Old Village Paint 26 years ago!” Your paint is wonderful! Now we have moved and we won’t use anything else. Thank you for making such a quality product.” Carla Gerdes, Bucks County, PA

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Wishing you a wonderful beginning to fall, and happy painting! If you try Old Village Paints for the first time, we would love to hear your experience, and see photos of your before and after project.

 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

Rittenhouse Ivory Cabinet Makeover

20 Jun

A lovely photo and note showed up in our inbox recently…

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“These cabinets are original to our 1957 ranch house and I love them.  You can keep wooden cabinets, I love color!    This is the second time we have painted them with your paint….last time about 20 years ago.  We could not be happier with the color or the way the paint went on.  We plan to enjoy these cabinets for the next 20 years.  Thanks for making  things the old fashioned way…meaning, made to last.”

Thank you! And, we must say, we are very impressed with your clean countertops as well!  We don’t know about you guys, but our kitchen countertops seem to attract stuff like magnets!  Thanks for using Old Village Paints– we love making a product that we can be so PROUD of!  If you’d like to see another kitchen makeover head over to this blog post from 2015

If you’d like to buy some paint for yourself: shop online here at: colourcupboard.com

 To find your nearest dealer click here…  http://www.old-village.com/locator/index.php

What Did They Say? Review News

12 Jan

We don’t want to brag, but we receive quite a bit of positive feedback from our customers.  We thought we would give you a peek into our “mailbag” to give you an idea of how others are experiencing our paints.

“My husband and I started our own small business several years ago. We wanted our handmade furniture to have an aged and primitive look to it. We needed to find a paint that was easy to use but that would also give us the authentic colors we were looking for. Old Village Paint has met all our expectations as well as our customers. We also sell the paint in our store for customers that want to finish their own project. There is no other paint that can match your quality. Thank you for such a time honored product.” Kathy and Chuck Moore

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“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. We are both looking forward to touring your plant on television. 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.

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“We painted our house with Old Village Paint 26 years ago and it was so easy to use. It really did go on like butter. When we sold our house the paint still looked so good the buyers asked us if we had just painted! We told them “No we used Old Village Paint 26 years ago!” Your paint is wonderful! Now we have moved and we won’t use anything else. Thank you for making such a quality product.” Carla Gerdes, Bucks County, PA

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I am writing to thank you for sending me the Old Village Gel Wood Stain. As I stated in my email, I have used this product for years. I can even remember my mother using this when I was a child. Once a year I give my antique desk and my decon bench a quick polish with a rag, let them dry and give them a buff…to see them shine like new! To receive an email from you the same day as my inquiry on your website and receive the stain via mail 2 days later was SO appreciated. TRUE customer service! Thank you,
Joanne Palmer

Thank you everyone for all your kind words! We hope these notes have communicated our dedication to a high quality product that lasts, and our commitment to our customers!  Wishing you all a fireside January.

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

 

 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

3 Indoor Painting Rules You Need To Know

27 Oct
  1. High quality paint means fewer coats.  Sometimes another coat of paint doesn’t seem like that big of a deal.  But think about drying time too, how much is your time worth?  I love the fact that Laney’s Old Village Paints often only need one coat- ONE COAT!
  2. Preparation is 50% of the job.  Cleaning the surface you are going to paint is invaluable.  Often, people skip this step.  But you need a clean surface so that the paint adheres to the surface, and not to a layer of dirt!  Putting down a drop cloth and purchasing/using a nice brush that won’t spread bristles all through your job are also key parts of preparation.
  3. A smaller carrying can for paint can make the job go faster.  I interviewed a professional painted who always transferred a few cups of paint into a plastic cup when he was painting with a brush.  He said it made it much easier to carry, especially when climbing up and down a ladder.  He was right! This is one of my favorite time savers.

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What is your favorite interior painting tip?

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

Simple Living and Old Village Paints

15 Sep

Simple living and minimalist living is a hot topic right now.  Has one of your friends recently asked you if you’ve read “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo?  It has come up spontaneously in three separate conversations I’ve had in the past month.  All the while, I’ve been enjoying reading “The Art of Simple” blog, about travel and living simply in a way that focuses on your life’s purpose.  

Living with less means less time spent caring for possessions (dusting, picking up, etc) and more time doing what you love, volunteering, building, crafting, taking a walk, writing a letter, reading a book.  The early American decorating style that many of our readers and customers love reflects a simplicity of living.  This simple style that features rich paint colors and well-used handmade furniture is how American homes were being decorated back when we started making our paints almost 200 years ago.

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Something that I love about working for Laney’s Old Village Paints is that not only do the paints reflect the colors of that time, they also still hold the same durable quality.

So many of our customers talk about how long our paints last- and it’s true.  Why not paint something once instead of once and then again a few years later, and then again . . .  you get the idea.  I hope that our paints can, in a small way, simplify the lives of those who use them, and bring a sense of peace and beauty into a space you love.

How do you bring simplicity to your life?

How To Paint Laminate

3 Feb
Photo Credit: madincrafts.com

Photo Credit: madincrafts.com

Jessica, over at Mad In Crafts did this beautiful redo of a bathroom storage cabinet using Old Village Paint (a color aptly named) “Cabinet Makers Blue.” Isn’t it awesome?!

Especially when she started with this:Photo credit: madincrafts.com

Photo credit: madincrafts.com

 

To see the rest of her tutorial, check out Jessica’s step by step process at: http://madincrafts.com/painted-bathroom-storage-cabinet/.

We’d love to see your before and after photos of any piece of furniture transformed by Old Village Paints!  I’m thinking about a laminate bookshelf in my basement that might look amazing with a coat of sunflower yellow on it!

Beautiful, Historic Milk Paint

26 Aug

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 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!