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Dazzlingly White Rooms

25 Jan

In honor of the record-breaking amounts of snow that have hit the East Coast this past weekend, I thought I’d do a blog post focused on the color white.  I LOVE the color, or absence of color, white– to me it is clean, and relaxing, allowing space for my mind to pause in the midst of overstimulation.

I have heard some comment that white is too institutional for them, but there are ways to add softness and depth to a white room, which we will see in some of these photos.


The white subway tiles, white floors, walls and ceilings in the next photo grabbed my attention.  I like how they added texture with accessories, including the rug, and some off-white fabric help provide a slight contrast.


This room seems very warm to me, the lamp provides a warm light, and again the textures used add coziness. (That’s a technical term)


I included this last photo to show how much color accessories can add.  I love the books on the wall! Too cute!


Which of these rooms were your favorite? Why? Is there a room or space in your home that you could apply some of these ideas to?  We’ve got some beautiful white products from creamy paint to whitewash to put legs on your creative ideas.  Feel free to order online– or call us, we love talking to customers!  1-800-498-7687

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How To Paint With Whitewash

10 Nov

A whitewash effect adds something very distinct to a room or piece of furniture.  It was a popular painting technique (200 years ago) and has recently come back into style for its freshness and antique beauty.

We have a whitewash product that is safe for interior and exterior home use. We use the word “simulated” because this paint doesn’t include some chemicals that were historically a part of whitewash.


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 help you create a slight design on the surface. 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.

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 “whitewash” effect.  As always, feel free to call us with questions- 800-498-7687, we love to help our customers!

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3 Easy Painting Techniques for Spring

10 Mar

Add a little bit of body text 1. Crackle Finish: To correctly do this painting effect, you need to think in layers.  The bottom layer of paint is what will “show through” the cracks in the top layer of paint.  So first, choose a base layer.  Then, apply Old Village Paint Crackle to the dry base layer.  The crackle paint is clear.  Let dry.  Finally, you’ll add the top layer, this should be a different color if you want to be able to see two colors in the final product.  The crackle medium will “react” with the top layer of paint, and you’ll be able to see the bottom layer of paint through the cracks that are created.  Here’s a tutorial video.  This is a great way to add character or “age” a piece of furniture or door! 3a587dae2948be5477b12fe1a57d5c4f 2. Decorative Painting Techniques.  You can add a huge variety of texture to paint using common items from around the house, and this is how many historic painting techniques were done.  With rags, corn cobs, and cleaning brushes!  Experiment with wet paint and one of these items, and know that as long as you don’t wait too long, you can brush over any effect you create and try again!  Here’s a tutorial video with some of these techniques demonstrated. corn-cob-graining 3. Whitewashing/Pickling: To whitewash a wall or piece of furniture, simply clean the surface and apply the whitewash (available in gritty or smooth.) To achieve a pickling finish on a door, piece of furniture, or wall, mix 1/2 whitewash with 1/2 linseed oil and let sit for 24 hours.  Then wipe off with a clean cloth. Watch tutorial video here! 11 If you’ve come up with a Spring project, you can find the supplies you need at Color Cupboard. Enjoy!

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.









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.

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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

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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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How To Pick The Perfect Living Room Paint Color

29 Jul

We asked, “What is your biggest painting challenge? and our Old Village Paint Community responded “picking the color”!

So we’re starting a new series on “Picking the Perfect Color” this week. We’ll learn about picking a beautiful, functional, perfect color for your living room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. This week: The Living Room!

First: Take a deep breath! We’re looking for a color that is perfect for you, your space and the people who share your home. There are lots of “right” answers to your perfect paint question- so let’s narrow it down.

To help figure out what you like- do some browsing. Check Magazines, Pinterest boards and decorating books. Here’s a Pinterest Board “Primitive and Colonial Inspiration” that I love.


This beautiful book by Tim Tanner “Early American Country Interiors” has page after page of images and ideas.


And, because I’m a huge nerd, here’s a great article on American Colonial Decorating.

Once you’ve gathered some images you like, and that you think would work in your home, check to see what they have in common. Are the walls a light shade, or dark? Is there a color that shows up in many of the images, creams, greens or blues? Or, you could look at the images and see what period of decorating you are drawn towards. Primitive? Early colonial with cream walls and wide plank floors? Later colonial, with deep, earthy colors?

Consider your current furnishings. Painting your room a beautiful creamy chestnut will not transform all of your furniture into the early colonial pieces you see in the photos. Unless you are buying new furniture, consider what you already have in the room and choose a color that will complement not unsettle.


Now it’s time to sample. Yes, you need to get a bit of paint and try it out on your wall. Paint a patch and see what it looks like in the early morning, full sun, and after the sun has gone down. You are going to be living with this color for at least a few years. Make sure that you like it before you put it all over your walls! (We sell sample bottles of Old Village Paint, so choose a few and have them shipped to your doorstep.)

Once you’ve seen the samples on the wall, you can choose the one you love best and move forward with confidence.

Are you trying to choose a color for your living room? Send us a photo of the room and some of your ideas! We’d love to give you some options!

Old Village Paint Used At Monticello

20 Aug

Thomas Jefferson’s home, situated on top of a lovely green hill in Charlottesville, Virginia is visited by more than half a million people each year. Why? It is a beautiful and creatively designed neoclassical piece of architecture, planned by the president himself. He filled it with inventions and souvenirs from his travels, and the grounds teemed with a huge variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers he cultivated outdoors.


Schoolchildren and scholars visit Monticello to enjoy its unique beauty and imagine life 240 years ago. When the expert preservationists at Monticello needed to update some of their whitewashed finishes guess whose paint they decided to trust? Ours! We’re so proud! We make a Simulated Whitewash (simulated because it is not made with lime as it once was) that has been endorsed by museum curators and professional historic paint consultants.


Historically whitewash was a water and lime mixture used to insulate buildings by reflecting heat, and was also put on the base of fruit trees to deflect insects and protect form frost.


Now whitewash is used mainly for decorative purposes. We’ve seen people use it on walls, chairs, coffee tables, decorative trays, and even small frames. It adds a beautiful old fashioned effect. We’re proud to see it used at Monticello, we hope it will become a part of your history as well! Send us photos of your whitewashed pieces.