From Modern to Antique in 2 Simple Steps

24 Mar

Would you like to add an antique feel to a piece of furniture? Read through these instructions and then get ready to go from “eh” to “wow”!

There are several ways to make a piece of furniture look older.  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.

  • Step One: Choose a base color, British Red, Soldier Blue, Corner Cupboard, Pumpkin, Wilder Chair Yellow, Bayberry . . . Grab one from our online store! Paint your entire piece the base color.  Or, perhaps your piece of furniture is already a color– if so then– skip to step two!
  • Step Two: Decide what locations on your furniture would most likely show wear if it had been used for many years and paint these areas.  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.  Edges and place that would be often touched are locations that are often rubbed free of paint.  Dip your brush into your paint, and then, brush most of the paint off.  This technique is called Dry Brush Graining.  Use the almost dry brush to apply swift strokes of paint. (Watch the video I’ve added at the end of this post to see this done!) Allow to dry and enjoy your newly “antiqued” piece.

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Adding the paint in this way makes it seem that the top layer of paint has worn away, showing the bottom layer.  Questions? We love to talk on the phone! Give us a ring and we’re glad to help.

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/

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Look at These Beautiful Colors of Provence

10 Mar

One of the oldest and most coulerful areas in the world is the southern most portion of France known as Provence facing the Mediterranean Sea.

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Old Village Paints invites you to experience Le Savoir Vivre des Francais ~the flavor of French life.

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Our collection of “French” colors found throughout this Region will lift your spirits, as they did to inspire the famous Masters Picasso, Van Gogh, and Cezanne, all of whom lived and painted here.

The magnificent gardens of Provence contributed to our unusual collection. Also included are interesting couleurs from the well known Ochre Cliffs of Rousillon, located in Provence.

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Ochre Cliffs of Rousillon

These Latex Water Base Paint Couleurs will take you wherever your imagination goes, indoors or out. They may also be mixed with white to create many lovely shades. We hope you have as much fun using these new and inspiring “Couleurs de Provence” as we did in finding and reproducing them.

Colours include: Sunflower, Provence Yellow, Lavender, Midnight Blue, Royal Red, Pink, Sage Green, Green Fields, Cream, Ochre, Sienna and White.

Description

  • 12 Designer colours from the hills, valleys and gardens of Tuscany and Provence.
  • Breath taking and colorful Mediterranean areas of Europe.
  • Many of these pigments are from the Ochre Cliffs of Rousillon.
  • These areas inspired the Masters – VanGogh, Picasso & Cézanne.
  • Satin Sheen Interior & Exterior 100% Acrylic Latex for all surfaces.
  • Soap & water clean up and thinning.
  • Excellent resistance to cracking and chipping.
  • Excellent wash-ability, adhesion & colour retention.
  • Very High Pigment content providing superior one coat coverage.
  • Old Fashion production methods make these products the finest American made Paints.

One last word, use good painting practices. Be sure the surface is clean. Sand lightly or prime if you are going over oil paint. Thin and clean up with water. Use a good brush, don’t hurry, and have a good time.

To order a sample of a particular color, visit here. 

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/

 

Magical Tree Houses in a Rainbow of Colors

24 Feb

A tree house calls to the child that still lives inside our adult mind.  They are places of wonder, seclusion, and everyday life made special all at once.  I had a treehouse growing up, and we spent hours upon hours carrying water up the ladder so we could “wash dishes”, and we loved it.

Tree houses for children still dot various neighborhoods, but some adults don’t want to leave all the fun for kids.  Here are some magical tree houses that I found created with grown ups in mind.

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I love the bold colors these tree houses wear, if you are looking for rich colors that “wear like iron”, look no further than Old Village Paints acrylic, oil, stain and clear varnishes. Click on the images below if you’d like to explore these amazing paints!

Is there anything worse than investing time and money into an outdoor project, and then noticing weather damage, peeling paint or unprotected wood curling or bending? Our paints are well known for their protective and long-lasting qualities!

“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

If you have a magical space that you create, we’d love to see it! Come visit us on our Facebook page and join the conversation!

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/

4 Gorgeous Kitchen Islands

19 Feb

A kitchen island can add organization, extra work surface and even extra seating.  I thought I’d gather up some amazing islands to inspire us today. This first island is the most elaborate I’ve ever seen!  I especially like the contrast of the blue color with the glossy wooden top.

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If you’d like to shop colors for your kitchen you can shop paint here.

Dreamy Island #2.  I love the built-in crates in this island, it has an industrial/farm kitchen feel.

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Old Village Paints offers a line of stains and clear varnish that last and last and LAST.

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Dreamy Kitchen Island #3.  The granite top on this island is so beautiful and I love the farmhouse spicket they’ve used at the sink.

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Dreamy Kitchen Island #4.  This seems to combine table and island into one, and I love it!  I can imagine chopping veggies while talking with kids and friends, then settling down to a delicious but relaxed dinner.

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Which one was your favorite? What might fit in and enhance your kitchen space? I love the range of styles that these represent, which delighted you?  Find things that bring you joy, and add them to your home!  Blessings, Jenny

Questions?!? Call and ask! We pick up our phone in Pennsylvania, and love talking to you!  Call us at: 1 800 498 7687

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/

 

Have You Been Looking For This Color? Introducing 3 New Paint Colors

14 Feb

Lighthouse Blue,

Cape Cod Gray,

and Bar Harbor Gray.

Ta da !

Our new Lighthouse Blue was inspired by a color found inside a historic home, the dining room  to be exact, restored by John Heintz in Richlantown, PA.

Cape Code Gray and Bar Harbor Gray were created in response to numerous requests from customers, and were first created for special restoration projects of historic buildings in the northeast.

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All three colors are available in low luster satin finish in both oil or latex paints.

Which is your favorite? Are you Team Lighthouse, Team Cape Cod or Team Bar Harbor?

Questions?!? Call and ask! We pick up our phone in Pennsylvania, and love talking to you!  Call us at: 1 800 498 7687

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/

 

It’s Not A Wall: Special Instructions for Painting Concrete, Stucco, Brick, Wood, & Metal.

3 Feb

Old Village Paints can usually cover a clean wall with one to two coats.  But what about other materials? Here’s what we’ve found works best for all sorts of surfaces.

Any of these surfaces need to be clean before applying anything!

Concrete, Stucco, Brick: 

Interior Application: Use one coat PVA primer sealer.  Then one coat Old Village Oil or Acrylic Water Base Paint.

Exterior Application: Use one coat cement & stucco primer sealer. Then one coat Old Village Oil or Acrylic Water Base Paint.

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Wood:

Interior Application: Use one coat Old Village oil or water base interior undercoater. Then one coat Old Village Oil or Acrylic Water Base Paint.

Exterior Application: Use one coat Old Village oil or water base exterior primer. Then one coat Old Village Oil or Acrylic Water Base Paint.

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Metal:

Metal: Aluminum, Other non ferrous metals, galvanized iron and steel. (Note: allow galvanized iron and steel to weather one year)

Interior and Exterior Application: Use one coat Old Village Metal Primer #1281. Then one coat Old Village Oil Base Paint.

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Metal: Iron and Steel

Interior and Exterior Application: Use Old Village Metal Primer #1254. Then one coat Old Village Oil Paint.

Questions?!? Call and ask! We pick up our phone in Pennsylvania, and love talking to you!  Call us at: 1 800 498 7687

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/

Choose Your Favorite Shade of Blue

27 Jan

The sky, the ocean, blueberries, sapphires, blue bells.  Blue is an opening and soothing color.  Someone I know once said “You’re either a blue person or you’re not. You love it or hate it.” I AM a blue person. I love the depth of blues and the variety.

At Old Village Paint we use natural pigments to create our blues, and we believe we have some pretty unique options that aren’t easy to match.

Which is your favorite shade? Why does it appeal to you? Where might you use it, combined with your own creativity?

Share your favorite shade of blue on our Facebook page! Or, is there a shade of blue we don’t have that you’d love to see? We’re always wanting to hear from our customers. Stay warm and cross your fingers for spring!

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/