Old Village Paint Colours are authentic reproductions of those used by the travelling craftsmen of 1790 and the village painter of 1840. The colours were of the same families for that entire space of time and used in a variety of ways, both indoors and outdoors. Old Village Vintage Paints have been used for hundreds of historic restorations for both their authenticity and superior quality and durability.
Most of the Old Village Paint Colours are made with natural earth pigments from around the world, including oxides from Spain and Italy and linseed oils from America’s own Mid-West. The colours are warm and friendly in accordance with Colonial, Federal, and Victorian architecture. They also create striking backgrounds for modern settings.
Buttermilk Paint clearly demonstrates the ingenuity of Early American painters and stainer. It is well documented that buttermilk and other milk products were used for the decoration of furniture and housing. When the traveling painter was away from population centers drying oils, pigments and varnishes were scarce and very expensive. They turned to an old country custom of using farm products, earth colors and brick dust to make their paint colors.
OLD VILLAGE has reproduced these products, but in the interest of health, concessions have been made to use safe modern raw materials. We have kept the spirit of the Colonial American Craftsman in producing these materials with which to achieve the lovely effects so much a part of their legacy.
A Taste of Provence!
One of the oldest and most colorful areas in the world is the southernmost portion of France known as Provence facing the Mediterranean Sea. Old Village Paints invites you to experience Le Savoir Vivre des Francais ~ the flavor of French life.
Our collection of “French” Couleurs 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 Roussillon, a picturesque village in Provence.
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.
What do our customers say?
I would like to say how much I love your paint, the sheen, and the color, I have used Rittenhouse Ivory on my trim and doors for my last 5 homes. It is my opinion that your paint cannot be color matched with another brand (they may think it looks the same, but I can spot the difference) there is just something much more appealing to the eye.
Needless to say, we are very much pleased with the total results of the paint we purchased from you, all though we realize our climate is totally different from yours & affects the paint differently (the dry, windy, sunny climate here) but all in all it has held up very good.
These shutters and window frames were painted 13 years ago with Old Village 1714 Wild Bayberry! Still looks great!!! See images here…