Take Furniture From Modern to Primitive in One Step!

5 Sep

For this effect we’re adding one layer of paint, to give the impression that the color we are adding is actually showing through the existing layer of paint on the piece.

  • Tip: If you want a different base color, then choose one you’re ready to commit to. Picture Frame Cream, New England Red, Antique Yellow, Pumpkin Spice . . . Grab one from our online store! Paint your entire piece the base color.  Or, perhaps your piece of furniture is already a color that you are happy to choose– then– you’re ready for the one and only step for this technique.
  • Step One (and only): Decide what locations on your furniture would most likely show wear if it had been used for many years.  If you’re not sure, look at some photographs of a similar type of old furniture online.  The places that would show the most wear are the places you’ll want to apply the new layer of paint.  One great rule of thumb is to pay special attention to edges.  Dip your brush into your paint, and then, brush most of the paint off.  This technique is called Dry Brushing Graining.  Use the almost dry brush to apply swift strokes of paint. (Watch the video below to see this done!) Allow to dry and enjoy your newly “antiqued” piece.

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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

 

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Stain and Varnish in One: Great For Custom Woodwork, Like in This Private Library

27 Aug

A private library with custom woodwork–be still my heart.  This couple created a beautiful literary escape in their own home!  Last week we talked about Old Village Paint’s stain product which combines stain and protective coating into one–and today we can see some beautiful results!

The owners of this library share: “This is the Cherry Library project that we finished in 2010 that we used the #1400 clear paste finish on and just love the results. ”

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Isn’t this beautiful? I love the details.

Here are some tips on using this product, and getting the most out of any wood staining project.

1. Be sure the wood is clean and smooth. If the wood needs sanding, do it now.  With a soft cloth or brush apply Gel Stain, and then wipe- preferably with the grain. The more stain left on the wood the darker the color.  If a darker finish is desired, repeat this process after 30 to 60 minutes. After two coats you will have a lovely low sheen. (One coat leaves very little sheen, but the wood is filled and protected).

2.  You may stop with one or two coats of Stain, remembering that one coat offers almost no sheen-you may prefer this- many antiquarians do. If you want more sheen and a darker color use two or more coats of Stain. If you wish more sheen, but not darker use the Clear Gel Varnish. Note, please! We have used the Clear Gel Vanish to make our l Stains, so the Gel Varnish is simply a stain vehicle with no color.

3. You can use as many Clear coats as you wish, allowing at least 60 minutes between applications. You can also mix; colors to obtain your own custom hue. Try first coat Cherry and second coat Walnut. This is “layering”. Paneling and Floors can be finished using the same basic instructions.

As always, feel free to contact us with questions!

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

 

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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
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Tough As Nails Paint for Kitchen Cabinets and Furniture

12 Aug

We are obsessed with making top quality and easy to use paints and finishes that will make your house and furniture paint easier and last longer. We believe in honesty, transparency, and testing of every batch we make. We use all the best quality ingredients available and are always searching for new and better ingredients to stay on top.

Quality is our first goal ~ then price. That’s why our customers report that “Old Village Paint wears like iron and they won’t use any other paint”! Simply said, we strive stay the Best! We believe in exceptional customer service and satisfaction. Over 200 years of manufacturing is our crown. Since 1816.  Here are a few of our customers’ words:

Jeffrey Philias Cote Best paint on the market. Have used it for many years, tough as nails with an elegant finish!

Sally Strom Joller ABSOLUTELY THE BEST PAINT YOU CAN BUY PERIOD 

Helen Rushka Scherf Have been using it for years in every room of my home.

Janis Bowman Yorlano Its the best paint. I have used it some pieces 30 years old..there paint is still perfect, on interior trims, chairs, and more.

Cathy Minch Murphy we used Old Village paint since buying our first house in 1975!!!

Becky Hart Miscovich I have used Old Village Paint for years. I have painted many antiques. The end result is amazing. The paint withstands a lot. I would only use Old Village Paints on my antiques!

Beck Allen The only paint Timeless Treasures in Indiana sells and uses on all the furniture we build for our store. It’s the best!!! Try it and you will never use anything else!!!

Choosing the right paint for your kitchen cabinents and furniture can mean the difference between years of long-lasting durability, or constant irritation and touch ups.  Let’s look at some photos.  Roger S. Wright furniture shared this pic of some lower kitchen cabinets painted in colonial white.

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The kitchen cabinets below are painted with Antique Sage Green–and there are lots of other color options!

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Old Village Paint Colors

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This beautiful kitchen is painted with Society Hill Blue.

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If you’re looking for a beautiful, durable paint for any cabinetry or furniture in your kitchen, try Old Village Paint!

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

What’s The Difference? Primitive, Country, Shaker, & Early American Furniture Styles.

5 Aug
Clint Godin at The Wachusett Wood Shoppe makes wonderful primitive and country style furniture.  Let’s hear a little about his journey–and how he explains the difference between some of the historic styles.  
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Our “journey began in 2000 with my interest in building furniture for myself, friends 
and neighbors. I found that most requests were primitive and country styles with custom designed features. While designing and crafting furniture, I was inspired by the historical significance of the North Central Massachusetts region, along with historical Deerfield, Plimoth Plantation and Sturbridge Village not all that far away. Thus I created Nathanial Stuart furniture collection and the Abigail Cooke accessory Line, fondly known as Abbey’s Closet. I found myself  reading and researching about Primitive, Shaker, Country and Early American furniture. I found inspiration in the simplicity while in the design stages of my furniture.
What is Primitive, Country, Shaker and Early American furniture?
Let’s start with Primitive. In our country’s beginning years, furniture was built with a purpose. It was simple sometimes crude and made of pine.
What is country? Country can be a simple Rustic Style, It’s about comfort and colors. The furniture can be painted or stained and also made out of pine.
What is Shaker? Shaker furniture was a reflection of their  beliefs. They were good craftsmen but was not adorned with much decoration.The doors had raised panels but the raised field was put to the inside of the cupboard. They also used pine and other inexpensive woods.
What is Early American?  Early American is a popular style with home owners that have Salt box or Colonial Style homes. It was plain with straight lines and  sturdily built. Nothing fancy. The furniture was made from local woods such as pine and oak. It was either painted or stained.
Each piece is hand crafted in my shop one at a time using modern tools but with yesteryear Traditions.”

The cabinet below is painted with Old Village buttermilk black paint as the base coat and Old Village Salem Brick as the top coat.

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Thanks to Clint for allowing us to use some photos, and his explanation of the differences between these styles. I think I’ll be able to identify them a bit now!  You can find him at: http://www.thewachusettwoodshoppe.com or

The Wachusett Wood Shoppe

11 Stickney rd. Fitchburg, Ma 01420

e-mail: thewachusettwoodshoppe@msn

phone: 978-348-1735 cell:978-602-7075

Old Village Paint has been making paint for over 200 years, we’re proud that our colors are not only historically accurate, we were making them while history was being made! Keep us in mind for your next beautiful home project or furniture redo.   As always, give us a call or visit us on Facebook to ask questions or share photos of what you are doing!

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

Olde Possum Woodworks

1 Aug

Olde Possum Woodworks is a small furniture company from the Philadelphia area.  They specialize in pieces made in the 18th & 19th century early American style.  They proudly hand-make each piece, one at a time, hand nailing or screwing together each joint.

They are unique in that all their wood comes exclusively from local sawmills.  Olde Possum Woodworks uses Old Village Paints on many of their products for its historic quality.  To see more of their pieces, you can visit their Facebook page.   Contact number:  215-234-8190.  Let’s take a look at a few of their pieces now.

Old Tavern Style Checkerboard Table.  I love this table.  This would be a great piece at a vacation home or in a den or living room where grandchildren, younger kids or maybe even the young at heart could start up a game of checkers. And, when you weren’t using it for a game, it could be serving other purposes.

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Work bench/tool carrier table, painted with Antique Pewter over Society Hill Blue. The second photo of this beautiful tool carrier table shows the underlying blue tones well.

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Olde Possum tiny bench, top is British red, the bottom is Antique Yellow Buttermilk. I’ve seen these used in homes as display/decorating items. In one cabin they were stacked, with each bench a little smaller than the last.

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Garden bench with a stained walnut top and walnut bottom painted with Old Village whitewash. You can see they did a thin layer of whitewash on the bottom, letting a bit of the natural wood show through.

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Hope you enjoyed seeing these beautiful simple pieces showing off the practicality of our forefathers!

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

 

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Smooth Buttermilk Paint in Historic Colors: What is Buttermilk Paint & Where Can You Use It?

22 Jul

Buttermilk paint was created out of necessity.  In early colonial America, when traveling painters were away from the city center, drying oils, pigments and varnishes were scarce and very expensive. Painters turned to an old country custom of using farm products, earth colors and brick dust to make their paint colours.

OLD VILLAGE has reproduced these products, staying as close to the original process as possible–except when certain materials were known to be unhealthy.  We have kept the spirit of the Colonial American Craftsman in producing these paints, preserving the beautiful colors and wonderful smooth, buttery finish they create.

Click the photo below to explore the colors available in buttermilk paint!

Where Can I Use Buttermilk Paints?

OLD VILLAGE Buttermilk Paint Colours may be used on interiors of barns, buildings, walls and trim, and on furniture and artifacts. These colours dry to a beautiful matte finish that do not destroy the texture of the wood.

Multiple coats will build a longer lasting and more opaque film.  You can add water to thin the paint and create a  transparent stain effect.

Below: A small cabinet painted with Buttermilk Paint: Wild Bayberry.

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