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I Break For Furniture on the Curb

7 May

I saw this phrase on a bumper sticker once– and laughed with joy.  I can’t count the times I’ve been driving and hit the breaks as I spot an old chair, mirror or dresser put out to be picked up by the town or city.  I usually back up, and idle while I contemplate could I squeeze this into the back of my car?  It’s rarely a question of desire- I want it! But CAN I muscle it in to my too small trunk or backseat?

Have you ever rescued something from the side of the road, or even — the dump? An Old Village Paint user sent us these photos of some rescued and painted items! (And a few creative re-use pieces too). The first two are rescued items . . .

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This piece the reader made from pallets. Impressive!

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This black side table is a new piece that was made to look old! If you’d like ideas on how to do this, check out How To Create a Primitive Effect on Furniture in 3 Steps and Create Your Own Heirloom. 

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This bookshelf was created by turning a drawer on its end!

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Finally, a beautiful Stairwell– look at that edging! Old Village Paint colors + creativity = amazing combinations!
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Thanks for sharing! What’s your favorite rescue piece story?  Reply in the comments or visit us on Facebook and share with photos there!

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

 

New Life For An Antique Toddler Chair

12 Dec

James M. shared these photos with us of a chair remodel that he recently completed for some little ones in his life.

The first chair is one of a set that James bought for his sister’s children in 1960.  The second is a kit he ordered and assembled from Cohasset Colonials.   Here’s the first chair, taken out of storage.

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“They were pretty battered and grubby, as you can see, but in pretty good shape for all that. All I did with the seats was tighten up a couple bits of the grass (they’re natural) and coat them with shellac. I ordered up some Fancy Chair Yellow, Child’s Rocker Bright Red, and Soldier Blue from Old Village. All the decoration on both chairs is also Old Village Paint, mixed from what I had on hand. You can see some of my mixing on a board to the left of the second photo.

You probably can tell that the chairs are glossy where the Buttermilk Paint is flat. Because they’re going to toddlers and I figure they’re likely to be spilled on, knocked over, thrown about, chewed on, and anything else you can think of.

I coated each with blond shellac and a couple coats of wax to make them easy to wipe off. All the finish is non-toxic and the wax tastes absolutely horrible, so I’m hoping they’ll stay in pretty good shape for a while. The shellac really makes the colors pop and very slightly yellows the finish, making the chairs look a bit like old wooden toys, which is the look I was going for.”

dscn2923James, we think you did a beautiful job!  And little ones always feel so special when they have a chair that is just their size.  Thanks for sharing.

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

Tour This 180 Year Old New England Home

28 Nov

Join me today in touring a home that was built 180 years ago!  A log cabin was first built on the 200 acres bought by John & Catherine Sutton from William Penn in 1790.  Later, the family built a stone house in 1836, the current owners added a new brick addition.

If you enjoy primitive and early American decorating, I think you’re going to love this tour!

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In the rooms to come you’ll notice Old Village Paint colors including: Townhouse Ivory, Cabinetmaker Blue, Salem Brick, Antique Yellow, Pearwood, New England Red, Colonial Green, and Village Tavern Blue.

I love how these red doors pick up the colors of the quilt!

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Isn’t the four-legged friend in this photo great? It looks like it might be wondering: “Mom, what are you doing?”

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This stove! I’m jealous.

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Imagine going to sleep with a fire crackling in your room!

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Thanks to the family that shared these photos with us!  You are doing a wonderful job of preserving the original feel of this home.  You can buy any of these colors online, or over the phone, and as always- call us- we LOVE to talk to our customers. 1-800-498-7687.

To find a dealer near you: click here!

 

 

Mr. Postman Says Mailbox Makeover Time!

24 May

Now that it is outdoor project season, we thought we’d do a post on — mailboxes.  Many of us see and use our mailbox daily, and an update to this one small item can change the entire curb appeal of our homes.

 

To prepare your mailbox for a new coat of paint, you’ll want to sand and clean it well.  This will allow the paint to “stick” to the surface and provide much longer wear.  Choose one or a few of our oil based colors and start painting!  As you can see planning a stand and perhaps some decorations or plantings to accompany your mailbox can create a variety of presentations for your mailbox. (Photos above from pinterest.com, search mailbox makeover for lots more ideas!)  We have paint and stain colors to choose from…

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Laney’s Old Village Acrylic Latex Paint Colors

 

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As always you can shop online: HERE, or give us a call at 610-287-3720, we love to meet new people and talk about PAINT!

Cheers!

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

Creative Furniture Makeovers

11 Apr
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Do you have a piece of furniture at your house that is ready for some new life to be breathed into it?  Today I’m sharing some transformation photos with you to inspire you with what some of your dearly loved pieces could become.

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This dresser went from 80’s drab to industrial farmhouse with some paint and new hardware!

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Here’s another dresser that went from unusable to amazing!

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We’ve got an amazing palate of colors for you to choose from, including a very durable chalkboard paint!  Grab some paint and get ready to create something beautiful!

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 Create A Quilt Display

28 Mar

Last year we wrote about a quilt display case in a blog post that became a reader favorite.  (Check it out here: Quilt Cabinet)

Today, we wanted to talk about an easier, but still very beautiful, way to display one or several quilts.  A sturdy display rod.

You can build, or have built, a custom display rack, like the one pictured here:

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Or you could use a heavy curtain rod and mount it to the wall, for use as a display.

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Notice, I keep using words like “heavy” and “sturdy”.  You can imagine that one, or multiple quilts are going to weigh a great deal more than your average curtain.  So be sure to choose something that will be able to support what you are planning to display, and to mount the hardware to studs behind your wall and not just sheetrock.

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If you’re planning to display the entire quilt, and not fold it over, you’ll need to use hardware like clips, or sew a simple pocket onto the back of the quilt to slide the rod through.

Use a clear stain to add a finish to wood, or a beautiful antique color that complements the quilt itself! Shop for paint in our online store.

Finally, because I can’t help myself, here’s one more quilt display idea that I loved. Isn’t it cute?!? Simple nobs with heavy duty twine, and the quilts draped over it.  If you’ve got a quilt display – we’d love to see it! Share with us here or on our Facebook page!

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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.oldvillage.com/locator/index.php
To purchase Old Village Paint online click here…  http://colourcupboard.com

 

 

Transform Shed Into Play or Garden House

22 Mar

I ran across this wonderful transformation story of an old ugly shed that became a beautiful playhouse, and thought you guys would enjoy seeing it.

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You really should visit the blog Down To Earth Digs  and read the story of this playhouse, that eventually grew up into an adorable garden shed once her owner was a bit too old for a playhouse.

My two daughters have been begging for a playhouse, and I’m wondering if I could ask around the neighborhood, or on Craigslist, and see if I could find a shed to transform, instead of beginning from scratch.

Do you need a playhouse or garden shed?

Start dreaming about your outdoor space!  Choose a color scheme that matches or compliments your current paint scheme on your home.   Our acrylic paints are outdoor safe, and can withstand many, many years of sun, rain, ice and wind!  Happy dreaming!

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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.oldvillage.com/locator/index.php
To purchase Old Village Paint online click here…  http://colourcupboard.com