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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

 

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Crackle Paint Effect In A Can

17 Jan

We’ve made creating a crackle effect on your next painting project as easy as we can!

Want to create an antique look or crackle finish for texture and interest? We’ve got a high quality crackle treatment that is as easy as brushing on a clear coat of paint!

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We call it “All Cracked Up”.  Notice the finish underneath these two cans of paint, isn’t it beautiful? This was created with this “All Cracked Up” paint.

To create a crackle finish you begin with one layer of paint, then paint on the “All Cracked Up” coat, and then add another coat of regular paint.  Imagine the different color combinations you could achieve.

This photo shows a Pearwood color paint base coat, then All Cracked Up, with Steeple White on top. Notice how you can see the base coat color through the crackle effect.

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If you’d like to see this technique done in person, check out this video of our owner, Laney Landis adding the final coat of paint to a crackle project.  She also gives a few directions on how to create different crackle effects, using brush strokes or a plastic bag.

Here is another example of Crackle Paint at work:

The borders of these cabinet doors were painted with Colonial White and allowed to dry.  Then, a coat of Crackle Paint was applied.  When that was dry I painted over the top with Rittenhouse Green.  The paint crackles immediately!

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A crackle effect can add visual interest, or an aged look.  Happy painting everyone!

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

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

Four Window Seats To Choose Between

6 Jan

Baby it’s cold outside! Time to get cozy and snuggle up with a fur baby, and a good book or movie.

Here are some beautiful spots that you could create in your home.

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Roger S. Wright Furniture, Ltd. built the functional seating and storage piece pictured above in a kitchen.  Painted with Old Village Paint color Black.  I love the hinged doors and rich wooden top.

The window below looks in to a spot that looks big enough to double as a guest bed.

The adorable window seat shown below is proof that you don’t need a large space to create a lovely spot for relaxing.

If you don’t have a nook to build into, consider this window seat, created by building into a corner, below a window.

Many of the seats above are done in shades of white, from bright white to lovely creams. From buttermilk Beige, to Colonial White, Old Village colors are thick and long lasting, and often cover in a SINGLE coat.  Choose one of these colors, and spend less time working and more time relaxing!

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Stay warm everyone! And, if you have a window seat photo to share with us, we’d love to see it.

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/

Grown Up Finger Painting: Have Fun Creating a Stunning Painting Effect

11 Sep

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Today we’re going to see how easy, FUN and striking a painting technique can be.  Above you can see a before and after shot of a piece of furniture painted with with the finger glazing technique.

This Old Village Paint user (and artist) Heide Drewes of Black Swamp Studio began by painting the entire piece Wild Bayberry blue.  Then, she brushed on Old Village Paint Brown Graining Liquid.  Next, she used her finger to scrape part of the graining liquid away,  creating this beautiful stripe effect.  Heide notes that she’s tried doing this technique with a rubber glove on her hand, but the final effect lacks the “softness” that occurs when she works without gloves.

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You can use a rag dipped in paint thinner to remove the graining liquid from edges.

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I love the Wild Bayberry color showing through!

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And here’s the final product.  I love it! Hoping you can give yourself permission to play and experiment soon!

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

Wood Stain + Sealant = Less Drying Time

19 Aug

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

You can!  Old Village Paints has a paste stain or paste varnish that combine stain and sealant IN ONE.

Try these products on:

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

What we love about these products:

  •  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.

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.

This shows the stain and varnish on different types of wood:

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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.

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

 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

Watch This Video To See a Slideshow of Whitewash & Pickling Projects

26 Jun

If you’d like to see some photos of interior or exterior whitewash, check out this YouTube video.  The video also shows several other products that can be used to achieve a pickling effect.  As always, feel free to call us with questions- 800-498-7687, we love to help our customers!

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

 

Nothing says summer like a fresh coat of white paint–especially when it is whitewash!

The two most common ways our Old Village Paint customers use our whitewash is on their interior walls, and exterior brick. It can also be used on floors, furniture, terra cotta planters, mirrors, trim, ceilings, exterior walls, craft projects, fences, etc.

Old Village Paint Whitewash is absolutely safe for interior and exterior home use. We use the word “simulated” on our whitewash because our paint doesn’t include some harsh chemicals that were historically a part of whitewash.

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To use our whitewash paint simply apply the whitewash as you would any latex paint.

We’ve found the best way to apply this to interior surfaces is to roll on a layer, and then go over it lightly with the brush, to create a slight design on the surface.

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On unsealed exterior surfaces, we recommend you use Old Village Exterior Primer (#1236).

On interior surfaces use Old Village Interior Primer (#1234). (Simulated Whitewash may be tinted with universal colorants, but not with other paints)

Our simulated whitewash paint is available in two finishes: gritty and smooth. And this concerns a real TEXTURE difference.

Enjoy your next whitewash or pickling project!