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Fall Pumpkin Craft Ideas

22 Oct

Square pumpkins, miniature pumpkins, stenciled pumpkins, oh my!

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To create this square pumpkin, we’d recommend two tones of paint for the pumpkin, and one for the stem. For a tutorial on creating an antique look with two tones of paint, check out this blog post.

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Laney’s Old Village Paints are also called “artists’ paints” because of their vibrant color and high quality. Take a peak into the process that is SO different than what happens at big box stores. Have fun painting pumpkins on miniature canvases.

Pumpkin stencils can add fall flavor to any number of signs and surfaces.  To add texture, consider using Goopy Paint!

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

Get Ready For Summer With Made From Pallets Painted Window Boxes

7 May

Summer is almost here.  If you are itching for an outdoor project that you can enjoy for years to come, think window boxes!

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You can purchase a wide variety of window boxes at home stores or online, or, if you’re feeling handy, you can build your own.  Here are two links with careful instructions on the building process.

Step by step instructions on building a window box planter. 

How To Build A Window Box From a Pallet

Once you’ve got your boxes built, choose a color!  Black, Rittenhouse Red, cream, Colonial White and Soldier Blue are common window box colors, and our Old Village Paint is more than capable of standing up to the outdoor elements! Our paint is so strong it “weathers like IRON” to quote our customers. This is the paint you want if you don’t want to be repainting in a year or two.

We’d love to see photos of your new or much loved window boxes!

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From pinterest.com

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Which color would look best on your window boxes? To browse all the colors VISIT HERE. 

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

Spring Playhouse Project

19 Apr

Spring has sprung! It’s the perfect time for a backyard (or front yard!) project.

A playhouse can be a fun addition for kids, or grandkids.  Whether you build from scratch, or purchase finished, you can add your own style, or paint your playhouse to match your home.

And remember our Buttermilk, Acrylic and Latex paints are strong enough to hold up to children and the great outdoors!

 

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To create this look try combining our Old Village Chestnut or Pearwood Color with Antique Sage Green and Rittenhouse Red for the accent colors.  To read more about this little playhouse, you can visit www.familyhandyman.com 

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To emulate this color scheme, try our Pure White and Pumpkin Spice for the interior accent color. Credit for this beauty goes to www.mydomaine.com 

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To create your own gorgeous yellow playhouse, try our Lamplighter Yellow lightened with a cream or bright white paint. To see more about this house, visit www.labelladiva.blogspot.com

If you’re ready to start your project, give us a call 800-498-7687 to experience customer service like you haven’t experienced it in 30 years.  Or, check out our online shop at www.colourcupboard.com 

If you’ve created the perfect playhouse, we’d love to see it! We have a great time with our customers answering questions and sharing project photos on our Facebook page: Old Village Paints!

 To find your nearest dealer click here…  http://www.oldvillage.com/locator/index.php
To purchase Old Village Paint online click here…  http://colourcupboard.com

Create Your Own Family Keepsake

21 Dec

What do you have that is a keepsake in your family?  Handpainted furniture, jewelry, a special book?  Looking around my house, 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.

We invite you this year, to create your own keepsake for your home or family.  The options are endless, and only you know what would be a perfect fit.

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.

We’d love to see what you’ve created for or received from your loved ones this Christmas, or in Christmases in the past. Share in the comments here or find us on Facebook and send us a message! 

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

 

Creating Your Perfect Halloween Doorstep

14 Oct

Halloween is just a few weeks away! My children are already creating their costumes, discussing which neighborhoods to visit and giving me “quick” dinner ideas.  I’m going to be out walking with them this Halloween, but maybe you are going to be at home- receiving trick-or-treaters. Here are a few ideas for decorating your front steps for Halloween.

  1. Painted pumpkins. There are too many ideas to list when it comes to painted pumpkins. I love these candy corn pumpkins because they show how simple a painting project can be and still bring LOTS of joy and excitement. Google “painted pumpkins” or look up ideas on Pinterest.
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2.Mason Jar & Cinnamon Centerpieces: You can use fall decorations that have been inside your home — and move them outside for Halloween night.  Candles or string lights ad atmosphere, and will assure that people can see your decorations after dark! Check out these amazing pumpkin centerpieces

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3. Mums and Such.  Check out your local florist or garden center for beautiful plants! I love this simple arrangement!

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Call us today to order some creamy, classic colored paint samples, just the right size for small painting projects. 1-800-498-7687

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

Perfect Colors For Your 19th Century Cabin & A Cabin Restoration

30 Sep

Log cabins always make me think of “Little House In Big Woods” by Laura Ingalls Wilder,  and the hand built log cabin the author described in detail in that book.  I felt that I lived there too with the Wilder family through my elementary school imagination. If you have a cabin, or a dream of a cabin, then Old Village Paints might be part of your story- because of their historic colors, loooooooong lasting quality, and homey color hoices.

You can choose from Buttermilk Paint Colors, Gel and Clear Wood Varnish Stains, And Oil or Water-based Paints.  If you’re not sure which to use, give us a call! We love talking paint!

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Here’s a restoration cabin story to inspire you:

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In their early seventies, Dr. Charles and Susan Titus decided to build their dream house rather than downsize. And rather than opt for a new mansion or a condo, they opted for new, “old” log cabins. The couple has been married four years, although they have known each other since high school. Susan’s interest in 18th-century America runs deep, while Charles’s passions are baseball and fishing.

It was fishing that led him to the land for their cabins on the Rappahannock River that he purchased five years ago.  An old house on the 29-acre piece of land had to be torn down before construction of the main log cabin and the “company” cabin could begin. The “company” cabin was the first building on the estate to be built.

Although Susan and Charles moved into the cabin only four months prior to our visit, the charm of the home was apparent. The colors of the rooms added much to the charm.

It was the search for the perfect colors for the kitchen in the main house that prompted Susan on her journey to Old Village Paint. “I looked and looked and when I saw this red, I knew this was it,” she said, referring to Rittenhouse Red.

With her worn color cards, a trademark of “Old Village diehards,” she called her friend Bill Flynt, director of the museum in Historic Deerfield, MA.  He pointed her to Old Village.

Susan said, “You have to find a company with quality products and a palette that pleases you. Then you sit with the color chart and select the colors that you like, usually colors or variations of colors that are in your clothes, your pictures—colors that you like to live with—and then you play those colors into the rooms of your house. It worked for me!” Further, she noted that her painter, quite particular in his craft, liked Old Village Paint immensely and only had to use one coat as the coverage was so good.

The woodwork throughout the kitchen is painted in Rittenhouse Red.  A hand-painted rug Susan bought over 20 years adorns the floor near the hearth. Still in excellent condition, the red in the rug matches well with the red in the kitchen. Read more by clicking here. . .  

If you have cabin photos we’d love to see them! Find a local dealer with Old Village Paints close to where you live, or look us up online to use the paints that we’ve been making in the US of A for more than 200 years!

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

 

Who Loves Samples? Sample Box of Products & a Fun List of Sample Projects

21 Aug

Do you love sample boxes?  It’s fun to try new things, without the commitment of a big purchase.   If you’d like to have something wonderful arrive on your doorstep (without the every-thirty-days commitment of the average sample box) try out our amazing Old Village Paints sampler box!

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Here’s what it includes:

  • 3 2-Oz jars of Buttermilk Paint = $14.40
  • 3 4-Oz jars of Vintage Paint = $21.60
  • 3 1/2 pint cans various glazes = $46.80
  • Colour cards and Literature = $5.00
  • Total Value Worth – $87.80
  • FREE SHIPPING

Actual price: $69.

Would you love to have this to experiment with, or complete a list of projects you have on your honey-do list?

Click here to order…and get ready for a fun box on your doorstep.

And once you have your box, here’s a sample of projects you could try!

1. Furniture Paint Effects: Using Steel Combs, Fingernails, Toothpicks & More

2. Take Furniture From Modern to Primitive in One Step!

3. Got Laminate? Want to Paint It? Here’s How.

Enjoy! Send us your questions or photos- we love seeing what you are creating! You can leave comments here on our blog, or head over to our Facebook page.

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

Hand Painted Quotes on TV Cabinet and Household Tables

8 Aug

Furniture that reminds you of your values?

Ron, an Old Village Paint customer sent us these photos of some furniture he created that does just that!

“The green of the tables is your “Tea Caddy Green,” the red on the cabinet is “British Red” (a personal favorite).  The lettering was done in artist acrylics.”
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“The TV cabinet reads:  The greatest revelation is stillness.
 
The coffee table reads:  Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.  Kindness in giving creates love.  Kindness in words creates confidence.
 
The piecrust table reads:  While we have time, let us do good unto all.
 
I like the inscriptions that I paint to be reminders of what truly matters in life.”
Thank you Ron. I love the quotes that you found.  To other readers, are there quotes that you would love to have displayed in your home? What are they? What colors do you image when you think of those quotes? Here’s a few colors to inspire you.
Wishing everyone a home full of love and kindness. Jen.
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/dealers/
To purchase Old Village Paint online click here…  http://colourcupboard.com

 

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

 

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/