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Gel Wood Stain: Stain & Varnish In One Step!

28 Jan

Our gel stain line was developed over 50 years ago by Dick Fitch and Ed Stulb — partners in business at the then Turco Paint and Varnish Company in Philadelphia.

People who use our Gel Wood Stain LOVE IT, because it is a varnish and stain in one step, one step! Here’s a crash course:

  • Available in 25 natural wood colours, white and clear
  • Recommended for interior and exterior use
  • White and clear may be tinted with Old Village® Oil Colours as well as artists oils
  • Jelly consistency
  • Polyurethane reinforcement provides protection without the yellowing
  • Oil-base with mineral spirits cleanup
  • Superior ease of application, simply rub on with #000 or #0000 steel wool in the direction of grain and wipe off

Uses:
Kitchen cabinets, paneling, furniture, wood decorative pieces, floors, etc. Darker colours can be sponged over to give a leather effect, or dry brushed for graining effects. Clear glaze can be used over any Old Village® Paint as a protective top coat. Clear and white paste can be tinted to create different colour glazes. 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. Gel stain can also be buffed or polished. White provides a beautiful bleached-wood or pickled effect.

And take a look at all the options!

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Our updated formula makes it possible to “work” with the stain and varnish much longer, finish all manner of woodwork – furniture, floors, even braining and furniture decoration. It dries with a hard even film that, looks and feels like a hand-rubbed multiple coat finish. It creates a beautiful depth.

Simply wipe it on, rub lightly and allow it to dry. That’s it! It seals, stains and finishes in one application, and on soft grainy woods with knots it gives the finish an even appearance impossible to attain with penetrating stains.

Because of its new and different jell structure you won’t believe the ease with which you can use it. One coat is usually enough, but two coats are even better.

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For more detailed instructions, see below.

  1. Be sure the wood is clean and smooth. If the wood needs sanding, do it now, you won’t need to sand later. With a soft cloth or brush apply Gel Stain, and then wipe- preferably with the grain. The more stain left on the wood the darker the color.

    If a darker finish is desired, repeat this process after 30 to 60 minutes. After two coats you will have a lovely low sheen. (One coat leaves very little sheen, but the wood is filled and protected).

  2. You may stop with one or two coats of stain, remembering that one coat offers almost no sheen-you may prefer this- many antiquarians do. If you want more sheen and a darker color use two or more coats of stain. If you wish more sheen, but not darker use the Clear Gel Varnish. Note, please–we have used the Clear Gel Vanish to make our l Stains, so the Gel Varnish is simply a stain vehicle with no color.

    You can use as many clear coats as you wish, allowing at least 60 minutes between applications. You can also mix colors to obtain your own custom hue. Try first coat cherry and second coat walnut. This is “layering”. Paneling and floors can be finished using the same basic instructions.

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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

Skip Two Steps with This Paste Stain

24 Nov

Would you like to stain, seal, and finish your wood project with just one application?

You can!  Use our paste stain or paste varnish.

You can use this gel product on:

  • kitchen cabinets
  • paneling
  • furniture
  • wood decorative pieces
  • floors

Our secret combination of oils, colors and vehicles makes NEW FORMULA Paste Wood Stain & Varnish a welcome development for the amateur and professional wood finisher.

The new formula makes it possible to “work” with the stain and varnish much longer, finish all manner of woodwork – furniture, floors, even braining and furniture decoration. It dries with a hard even film that, looks and feels like a hand-rubbed multiple coat finish. It has an appearance of depth unmatched.

Simply wipe it on, rub lightly and allow it to dry. That’s it! It seals, stains and finishes in one application, and on soft grainy woods with knots it gives the finish an even appearance impossible to attain with penetrating stains.

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For quick instructions: click here.

What do we love about this stain? It’s:

  • Available in 5 natural wood colours, white and clear
  • You can use it for indoor or outdoor projects.
  • Polyurethane reinforcement provides protection without the yellowing.
  • Oil-base with mineral spirits cleanup
  • Superior ease of application, simply rub on with #000 or #0000 steel wool in the direction of grain and wipe off.

Enjoy this quality, time-saving product!!!!

Warmly, 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

How To Add Charm To Your Home With Vintage Items & Make Them Shine

27 Aug

If I could, I would be living in a renovated church or schoolhouse from the 19th century.  The history, the character, the potential.  OH. MY. WORD. This is the stuff my dreams are made of. If you want to take a tour of the schoolhouse turned home pictured below, get sidetracked here. 

Schoolhouse Turned Home

Schoolhouse Turned Home

Sadly, most of us, no matter how passionate, will see this dream realized.  But you could bring some of your favorite schoolhouse or church elements into your home.  Here’s a great example of a church pew nestled into a dining room, adding character and charm. (To see a fun tour of this entire room check out kellyraeroberts.com)

Here’s an old school desk being used on a porch!

Found on pinterest.com

Found on pinterest.com

If you find an antique pew or desk, or other gorgeous item to bring home, here’s a few tips on making it shine and show off its original beauty.

  1. Clean the item well.  Imagine how long it’s been gathering dust, fingerprints and dirt.  You can use a mild soap and water mixture.
  2. Rub in a dollop of our Schrack’s Wax.  You can choose a clear or tinted color.  For these types of projects I’d be tempted to use a clear wax and let the color of the original wood remain.  Scrack Creme Wax works into the wood because of its soft, buttery consistency.  The result is a lovely lustre that resists finger marks.  If you would like a water resistant surface, try using two or three coats.

If you prefer a stain, you could use our Gel Paste Stain.  This will add color and a waterproof seal.  Here’s a customer who used this product:

“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 deacon 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

Happy hunting if you’ve decided to add an antique church or schoolhouse piece to your home.  If you find something, we’d love to see it! Send us a photo!

–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

How To Make Your Own Quilt Cabinet

17 Mar

If you love quilts, then you probably have more than one.  You can display these beautiful pieces of art in a … quilt cabinet.  To create a cabinet that works well for your home and quilts, consider how many quilts you have to display, and the size of the space where you are hoping to fit this piece of furniture.  You might find an unfinished piece at an Amish store, or you could repurpose a dresser, china cabinet or display case to fit your needs.

Found on pinterest.com

Found on pinterest.com

Once you’ve found the perfect piece, you get to choose the perfect color!  Right now New England Red, Antique Yellow, and Black are popular. Or, if you would simply like a natural wood look, you could choose a stain.  Here’s the link for the supplies you’ll need: www.colourcupboard.com

I like the idea of leaving the cabinet door off, so that you can see the patterns and stitching more clearly, but if you’re also trying to protect your quilts from dust or little hands, a door might be nice!

We would love to see any photos you have of your quilts displayed! You can share with us here on this blog, or on our Facebook page.  stain01

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Four Ways To Whitewash/Pickle Paint

27 Jan

Are you hoping to add a fresh white coat of paint, or a white “pickle” type effect to something in your house?  If so, yay! It’s going to be beautiful! I love white, it is calming and so fresh-looking.  Whether you are planning to paint walls, furniture, or even something small like a picture frame, we’ve got four options for you.

1. Simulated Whitewash Paint.

Old Village Simulated White-Wash applies with the ease of latex paints with none of the problems or hazards encountered when using whitewash. It may be used on unpainted or previously painted walls, ceilings, fences and more.

Apply it as you would any latex paint. Using a brush will help you create a slight design on the surface. You can roll the first coat and then go over it lightly with the brush. On unsealed exterior surfaces, it is recommended that you use Old Village Exterior Primer (#1236). on interior surfaces use Old Village Interior Primer (#1234). Simulated White-Wash may be tinted with universal colorants, but not with other paints.

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2. Pickle Mixture (Raw Linseed Oil + Pure White Paint)

Create your own “pickling mixture” by combing raw linseed oil and pure white paint in a 1/2 and 1/2 ratio.  Apply it to your wood.  Let sit 24 hours. Then wipe off.  Hint: do not polyurethane! It will yellow!

3. White Gel Stain 

Wipe on this easy to apply gel and ta-da you’re done!

Simply wipe it on, rub lightly and allow it to dry. That’s it! It seals, stains and finishes in one application, and on soft grainy woods with knots it gives the finish an even appearance impossible to attain with penetrating stains.

Because of its new and different jell structure you won’t believe the ease with which you can use it. one coat is usually enough, but two coats are even better.  Here’s a link to an example of the gel stain on a variety of woods.

4. Buttermilk White Paint

Choose a white or cream shade of this paint, apply it, then wipe it off.

  • Water-base, requiring only soap & water cleanup
  • In areas of high wear, such as tabletops, a protective top coat of Clear Paste Glaze (#1400) is recommended.

Here’s a two minute video on YouTube that goes over these products and shows examples of things painted with them. 

There isn’t really a “best” way to achieve this look, so don’t feel pressured to make the right decision. Instead, read over these options and choose what feels good to you.  If you have questions, we’d love to talk with you.  We’ll listen to your project specifics and then make some recommendations!  Telephone: 800-498-7687 Call to talk to a real person!

To close, here’s a few photos of whitewashed/pickled projects. Happy painting.

Found on mali-mo.blogspot.com

Found on mali-mo.blogspot.com

 

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Found on trendythrifting.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 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

Create a Wood Planked Wall

13 Jan

Wood can add such warmth and character to a living space.  I love the beautiful wood-planked walls that I’ve been seeing all over Pinterest and in magazines.  This sounds like a perfect indoor, January project to me! There are multiple blogs that give you step-by-step instructions on creating one of these in your home including:

from DIYnCrafts

from DIYnCrafts

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From Thrifty Decor Chick

From Thrifty Decor Chick

Thrifty Decor Chick Think about the decor of your space before you decide what color and finish you might use on your wood.  So many choices! ov_1200 stain01 You can use old pallets, wood from a reclaimed wood dealer, old wood flooring, or even some 1×4 wood from a hardware store.  (Be sure to get the highest grade of wood in this case, to ensure that the wood is straight and clean.) Perhaps a white pickle finish for a French Provincial look, a clear varnish on some old barn wood for a Primitive accent wall, or a mix of greens, blues, yellows, reds and purples for a modern flair.  I wish I had multiple homes to decorate just so I could try all of these out! Enjoy working inside during the winter months!

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