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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!

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Durable Paint That Stands Up To Our Four Legged Friends

3 Dec

This week our owner welcomed a new four legged love into her family.

Her home will be filled with extra puppy joy for the next few months, and she’ll be shopping for some extra durable toys and accessories.

If you have fur babies at home, you know that they bring extra wear to floors, furniture and other surfaces.  If you’ve got a stained or painted spot that seems to always be wearing out, experiment by adding Old Village Paint, we know you’ll be blown away!

“I bought your cranberry stain up in New York and stained my kitchen cabinets and they were beautiful. Everyone loved them and they lasted with no wear or tear. I just love your stain and it’s so easy to use, it’s incredible.” Cheryle Clark

“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. When trying to choose a color I found the Rittenhouse Ivory was underrepresented and I was hoping to give you a picture to add to your website. 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.” Sincerely, D. King

“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

Thanks for all the kind words everyone! Enjoy the new puppy Laney! If you do the “four legged friend experiment” on our paint, we’d love to know how it went!

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

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

6 Jun

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 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

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!