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  • How To Successfully Paint Laminate, Metal & Other “Hard To Paint” Surfaces
    Good Morning Old Village Paint Friends! Today we want to remind you that you CAN paint laminate, metal, plastic, vinyl and metal siding! Your simple steps to having a very successful end product: Clean the surface well.  Gentle soap and water with a sponge or clean rag are often the only tools you need.  If […]
  • It’s Not A Wall: Special Instructions for Painting Concrete, Stucco, Brick, Wood, & Metal.
    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 […]
  • Crackle Paint Effect In A Can
    We’ve made creating a crackle effect on your next painting project as easy as we can! Want to create an antique look or crackle finish for texture and interest? We’ve got a high quality crackle treatment that is as easy as brushing on a clear coat of paint! We call it “All Cracked Up”.  Notice […]
  • You Clicked These Blog Posts Like Crazy in 2017…
    It’s fun to see what you guys were interested in in 2017! Here are the top three most looked at blog posts from last year.  We’ve included a little bit of each post, including a photo, so you can see if you want to read more (or again!)  First place goes to: 1. Create a […]
  • Want a Free 15 Minute Video on Easy Decorative Painting Techniques?
    Would you like to learn a few decorative painting techniques? We thought so! Here’s a video from our owner Laney–showing you how to use household items (and a few speciality items you can find at a craft or home improvement store) to create beautiful patterns and finishes on furniture, floors or walls. In this 15 […]
  • Grown Up Finger Painting: Have Fun Creating a Stunning Painting Effect
    Today we’re going to see how easy, FUN and striking a painting technique can be.  Above you can see a before and after shot of a piece of furniture painted with with the finger glazing technique. This Old Village Paint user (and artist) Heide Drewes of Black Swamp Studio began by painting the entire piece […]
  • Make Your Paint Job Last Longer
    We want your next paint job to last as long as possible.  When you commit effort, time and money to something- you don’t want to revisit the same project next year!  So here are some tips on getting the most out of your next paint job. By following these tips, you’ll create a surface for […]
  • How To Use Cream Wax to Create Patina
    Not many people know that along with paint, we also sell a wonderful cream wax, called “Schrack’s Cream Wax.” It is a soft wax that can be mixed with the paint or used straight out of the can for a Wax~Dry~Buff patina! What’s patina? “a gloss or sheen on wooden furniture produced by age and polishing” Our Schrack’s […]
  • How To Create a Weathered Wood Effect
    Good Morning! Today we’re offering a short tutorial on creating a weathered wood effect with some simple products.  Let’s get started! You’ll need: Wood/furniture Dry paintbrush Paint Steel Wool or sandpaper a stain or sealant (optional) First, make sure the wood is dry and clean. Second, take your paint (usually a shade of white) and […]
  • Top 3 Blog Posts of 2016
    We had record-breaking visits to our blog in 2016, and, in case you missed them the first time around, these were the top 3 most visited posts. Number 3: How to Paint a Metal _________.   This blog post goes in to all the details on prepping and painting different types of metal. Found on […]
  • 3 ways to create a chic and cozy living room
    (NC) The living room is a primary gathering spot for relaxing and entertaining with family and friends. Create a contemporary and cozy space for lounging that is chic yet livable. Sharon Grech, Benjamin Moore colour and design expert, shares three ways to create the ultimate space. Create rhythm. Living rooms are often open to other areas of the home, which can make it challenging to
  • 3 design tricks to make your entryway standout
    (NC) First impressions are made at the front door, and the entryway gives guests their first glimpse of your interiors. To help you make a strong statement, Sharon Grech, Benjamin Moore colour and design expert, shares three tips for creating a memorable entryway that will set the tone for your entire home. A fresh coat of paint. A great starting point for sprucing up this focal point
  • A Little Paint Can Work Wonders for Communities
    What can a little paint do for communities? Sometimes a whole lot. As part of "The Can Do Project," for every one-gallon can of Valspar interior and exterior paint that is purchased at Lowe’s from March 25 through April 1, Valspar will donate a gallon to Habitat for Humanity to go toward their commitment of 250,000 gallons. This one-for-one match is only the latest initiative in Valspar’s
  • Call your handyman: Top projects for spring
    (NC) Winter is a particularly harsh season on our homes. Snow, sleet and repeated freezes and thaws make spring an important time for home improvement projects. Here are some home projects that are worth tackling this season. If you could use some extra help, try enlisting a handyman. Clean out gutters. Over the winter your gutters will have filled with leaves, snow and other debris. When
  • DIY home improvements
    (NC) Whether you’re getting ready to sell or just looking to refresh your home, you don’t need a huge budget to give a noticeable boost to how your home looks and feels. With a modest investment, some DIY skills and a little bit of elbow grease, you can tackle these budget-friendly home renovations in as little as one weekend. Repaint the exterior and update the front door.  A quick
  • Exterior Staining the Easy Way
    If you’ve ever used an exterior stain on an outdoor project, you know it can be messy. Applying wood stain typically requires multiple steps, including rolling or brushing on the stain, wiping it in, cleaning up brushes and storing leftover stain. Then there’s scrubbing the stain off your hands. It’s enough to ruin an otherwise good Saturday. But now exterior wood stain is available in a
  • Improve Your Outdoor Décor
    Chances are, your deck or patio décor includes a variety of surfaces such as wood, wicker, metal and plastic, all of which may become weathered from summer sun and winter storage. Armed with a few cans of spray paint, you can give your backyard oasis a great new look, quickly and affordably. When decorating outdoors: – Use color to unify your space. Selecting a palette of a few colors
  • 3 Tips (Including Virtual Reality) For Avoiding Home Improvement Blunders
    Want proof of how carefully you need to weigh the alternatives before making upgrades to your home? Look no further than the Florida couple who last year decided to have their house painted to look like artist Vincent Van Gogh’s famous canvas "The Starry Night." It wasn’t just that it was such an odd choice for an exterior that it attracted tourists – sort of the local answer to New York’s
  • Product Innovations Make DIY Painting Easy and Convenient
    It’s a DIY world. Whether it’s to save a little money or just a desire to personally express one’s own style, more people are doing it themselves. And nowhere is the DIY trend more apparent than in interior painting. Now, thanks to some innovative product breakthroughs, what once was considered a chore is now a whole lot easier and convenient. Goodbye to the Painting Season For a majority
  • Decor & Decorating: Express Yourself with Color
    Are you courageous when it comes to decorating your home? Many of us would like to be as creative as possible but need guidance to venture out from the neutrals -- and into something more powerfully beautiful. Color is the most important tool in the toolbox, say experts, who often add that one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to infuse the home with
  • Using bold paint colors
    Paint is one of the least expensive and most versatile means to changing the look of a room. According to the experts from "This Old House," 60 percent of the colors of a home that visitors perceive come from the paint on the walls. Choosing a color scheme can be challenging, which is why so many people stick with neutrals like beige and white. For those who are ready to add a spark of
  • Prep work important before painting
    Painting a home's interior can give it a completely new look and feel. A fresh coat of paint can make a room feel more vibrant and up-to-date, creating a whole new attitude within the room without breaking the bank. Whether creating an accent wall or painting each wall within a room, painting is a relatively easy and inexpensive home improvement project. But that doesn't mean painting does
  • Caution necessary when painting indoors
    Few people might think of potential safety hazards when planning to paint the interiors of their homes. Though every home improvement project can lead to injury if safety measures are not taken seriously, painting is widely considered a project where do-it-yourselfers are at minimal risk of injury. But in addition to the injury risks associated with climbing up and down ladders to paint
  • Add some fresh color to kitchen cabinets
    Many homeowners dream of giving their kitchens a full-scale remodel. Though such a project can give a kitchen an entirely new look, that look does not come cheap. According to Remodeling magazine's 2013 "Cost vs. Value Report," homeowners can expect to spend more than $53,000 on a major kitchen remodel and recoup just below 70 percent of that cost at resale. So while the idea of a
  • Give your windows more character with colour
    (NC)—White is the most common choice for window trim, but nine times out of 10, the wrong one. While it is right for white or light-coloured houses with a cottage-y feel, or for the look of a seaside home, it is not right at all for houses built of natural materials or with colourful siding or stucco, say the experts. Bright white is too bold, the contrast too great—and the result is a
  • Have more colour fun on the front of your home
    (NC)—It is hard to let loose and have fun with colour on the front of our homes. We usually feel the need to restrict our whims to the front door—and what goes into the planters. But according to colour and design experts, there are a few more places for colour fun that won't upset the neighbours. Consider these ideas: Step Risers. If you are using more than one colour on your
  • Hot New Colours for Home Exteriors
    (NC)—With the warmth of spring comes a blast of much needed colour as plants and people come back to life after a long winter. Winter can be harsh, not just on us but on our houses. Now is the time to give your house a little TLC and take years off the face of your home. Every season has a fresh new palette of hot colours. The same is true for home exteriors. “Rich grays, fresh blues
  • Lead Paint Hazards and Older Windows
     If your home was built before 1978 and you still have the original windows, it's time to seriously consider replacing your windows -- especially if you have young children or a pregnant person living at home. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the routine opening and closing of windows in homes built prior to 1978 can disturb lead-based paint around the windows,
  • "FRESH Home Exterior Colors" Guide Now Available
    The new 30-page FRESH Home Exterior Colors guide is now available free online to help homeowners select the perfect colors for the exterior of the home. Written by national color expert Kate Smith of Sensational Color, the free downloadable tool is designed to make it easy for people to choose color palates that complement the exterior of the home. "Enhancing homes with exterior
  • Paint your world ahead of the curve
    (NC)—Take a sneak-peek here at the trendiest decorating colours for 2012. If you have it in mind to refresh any of your rooms sometime soon, it's worth envisioning something that is totally new and totally hot. Use these trends from the colour experts at Behr Paints to give your home the most memorable—and the most enviable—rooms in town: Santa Fe Today: Living Room, Family Room
  • Newest 'mobile app' matches paint color instantly
    (NC)—Now when decorating, you can act upon whatever inspires you in the moment. A major paint company is giving us an easy-to-use, digital application to record, identify, and match any favourite color, on the go. It might be the blue sky in a park, a vivid red sweater, or an amazing shade of lavender fabric in a flowing curtain. If you want that color exactly, it can be yours. This
  • Fresh Paint a Great Recipe for Affordable Kitchen Remodeling
    A remodeled kitchen is the fondest dream of many homeowners. But at an average cost of $56,000 for a "mid-range" upgrade according to Remodeling magazine, the price is simply too steep for most. That said, if you're on a budget, there's a great alternative: spending $100 or so to give your kitchen a whole new look with paint. "Many people underestimate the dramatic change you can make in
  • Banish Basement Dampness In a Single Weekend
    Water entering a home's basement is very unpredictable. One minute the basement could be dry and the next there could be a river running through it. For homeowners, ignoring a water problem could prove costly and rob its residents of an otherwise enjoyable place to spend their time. For concerned homeowners, protecting the basement from potential water damage is easier than you might
  • Do-Or-Die Season for Exterior Painting
    Now that Labor Day has come and gone, most of the country is entering the stretch run of the exterior painting season. If your house is in need of a new paint job, there's little time to waste: "Paint-friendly" weather is fast disappearing. "Doing exterior painting in the right weather conditions is extremely important," says Debbie Zimmer, of the Paint Quality Institute. "Fresh paint
  • Embracing Color on Your Home
     The growing trend of homeowners staying in their existing houses longer due to economic challenges has had a colorful effect on homes. People are taking the opportunity to personalize their homes more with colorful exterior accents and they're not stopping with just a splash of paint. According to national color expert Kate Smith, homeowners are taking steps to express their

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