Thursday, May 21, 2015

Old Town Paints - Video tutorials on Youtube.com!

Old Town Paints has recently posted Video Tutorials on Youtube.com....
        Check out the links below:


How to Apply a Metallic Dust  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFtpyJbVumE

How to Apply a Glaze             https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtWAnXC-niQ

How to Apply a Stain              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhRbvodD5Xc

How to Create a Color Wash  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhcD6jG28Ag

How to Create an Image Transfer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tM7xfNKMzY
                 
How to Create Texture            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxRuHNoFbEI
                                     
How to Create a Tinted Finish https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzvWzNPnOpU

How to Create a Distressed Finish with Water 
                                                 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIQw5aqe2mg

How to Create a Distressed Finish with Sandpaper
                                               https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__VoDswm7RQ

How to Dye Fabrics                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJfZE8VjRZg

How to Paint                           https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_pQdvhW7LM

How to Paint Fabric                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isdIfqgEMNA

How to Stencil                         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzjNkT-CmZE

How to Tint Wax                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nktUyZEUO_Y

Old Town Paints - Colors         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YMy5pJEc9g

Old Town Paints - Brochure     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IE6p7OGDoE

Old Town Paints - Mustard       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC3gnaMZAAk

More videos to be uploaded....we'll keep you updated!


Be sure to visit your local Old Town Paints Retailer for 

Chalk Style Finishes for all of these techniques!


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Mustard is Here!

Hi Friends.....


Van Gogh knew what a magical color "Mustard" was...by how often he used it in his paintings. Now...We have just added it to our Shabby Chic Color Collection and made that wonderful color available to the world in Chalk Style Paint!


If you love old world tapestries, rain boots, lovely little flowers, the colors of culinary mustard, flax, goldenrod or maize...this color is for you!  Besides...how can you not feel great bringing a little bit of sunshine into the world? 

I can't wait to see the creative pieces that you will be creating using this happy and warm new color.


It is available in 4oz., 32oz, and gallon sizes and ready for shipment from Old Town Paints!




Thursday, April 23, 2015

"Painted Suitcase" How - To

Hi Friends,

What better way to begin a get away by remembering those favorite vacations from the past.  One of my most memorable vacations is when my husband and I took two of our adult daughters to Europe for a 3 week vacation. With my husband being Italian, and actually living there as a young boy...I was able to actually experience all of those memories that he shared with me over the years.  So....this How -To is an Italian Memory inspired - Vintage Suitcase. How fun to continue adding postcards from vacations to come as well as the names of the towns you visit.

If you don't want to take your suitcase out of the house, and just enjoy it at home...It will make great storage. You can even add legs to create a table for home decor. Think of stashing it on top of a cupboard for a great storage space, or decorate one for each of your children for their lifelong keepsakes!

With this How - To Sheet, you will have step by step directions.  Once again, we have used multiple colors of paint, glaze and sealers...which will give you an opportunity to try Old Town Paints' products that you may be new to you.
                     
Each of our "How To" Sheets  have been created to help you. Feel free to copy them, and share them with friends......so be sure to use them in any way you wish. Have fun decorating your homes and gift giving!

Check out our website to find an Old Town Paints Retailer in your area where you will be able to pick up the How To Sheet!



Thursday, April 9, 2015

"Brass Bowl" How - To

Where do you throw your keys?


Are they laying around on the counter or table?  
              Are you always looking for them....and they are not to be found?                                                                      
We decided to redo an old Brass Bowl to create a fashionable spot for ours.  
This is a very simple and quick project.  
You will find yourself looking around the house or thrift store and asking, 
What else can I paint?
  
Besides...if you haven't used the new Metallic Waxes that Old Town Paints offers...
you will really have fun with this one. 
They work especially well on items that have little nooks and crannies. 
 
Visit your local Old Town Paints Retailer to get a How - To Sheet. 
They are always easy to follow with step by step instructions and photos. 
                                                                                                              
Have fun!


Thursday, April 2, 2015

"Painted Flower Pots" How - To

It's that time of year again.....time to get out in the yards and begin to freshen up and get ready for all of our Spring time entertaining. What better way to begin than by Painting Flower Pots!  You can use new flower pots, old ones from the garden, or someone else's castaways found in garage sales and thrift stores. 


With water shortages...we decided to plant succulents in ours. The colors that we chose matched the colors in the leaves of our plants. The color combinations are endless with the over 80 colors to choose from from Old Town Paints! We used Old Town Chalk Style Paints and the
 NEW Old Town Paint's Stains.


Match your decorating decor both inside and out.  These are also great for gift giving.  Paint them in multiples and always have some on hand for that last minute gift.


Find a local Retailer near by on the Old Town Paints Website and go into the store to pick up a free How - To! 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

"Lace Eggs" How - To



How many of you have scraps of old Lace and trims stashed away?  This How - To for "Lace Eggs" was inspired by wanting to find a good use for little bits of Lace, rick - rack and ribbons. 


We begin by painting some paper mache eggs and then painted our bits of trim. The Lace is easily attached using double sided tape, and then the decorated Egg is sealed using one of Old Town Paints Clear Finishes.


This idea can easily be adapted to many surfaces including frames, boxes, mirrors, etc. Looking for a  great project for artists of all ages.  Have fun with your family....or invite a friend over for a project! 


Go to your local Old Town Paints Retailer to pick up a free How - To Sheet. If you don't know where your nearest retailer is....look on the website on the "Find a Retailer" tab.



The decorating possibilities are endless......Enjoy!


                               

Thursday, March 19, 2015

"Egg Garland" How - To

Are you planning this year's big Easter Gathering at your home?  Do you want to take a fun decoration to your family's home for your Easter Celebration?  This could be it, something fun that can be done by your family of all ages!  It reminded me of dying Easter Eggs.  We started with Plastic Eggs and Old Town Paints - Chalk Style Finish Paints. The color combinations are endless! 


Check out the retailers near you at oldtownpaints.com and go into the store to pick up a free How - To sheet.  


Then...all you have to do is gather your family together and make some memories. These Egg Garlands can be strung across your buffet, tied on the backs of your dining chairs and even made into place cards at the table. Have Fun!


                                                

Thursday, March 12, 2015

"Spring Song Guitar" How-To

My husband, John is a songwriter. My dad loved to listen to him sing and play his guitar when we went to visit.  Years ago, my dad gave him an old beat up guitar. It wasn't really up to daily use as a playable "go to guitar".That old guitar hung out in the back room of the house for years.  I actually used it for decorating! Then.....it moved to the the storage unit, not to be seen for a long time.  Going through the storage unit a while back, it was rediscovered.  


Now with my dad gone......that old guitar has become more of a memory of his love of my husband, than the guitar itself.  I thought....what better way to breathe some new life into it than by giving is a new look!  

So that is how the "Spring Song Guitar" was inspired.  


Just looking at it reminds me of all of the days that John would entertain our family by sitting out in the gazebo by the pond in the backyard of my parents home and singing the tunes he wrote.  I can almost hear my dad saying......"sing us another one John"!


If you are interested in creating a "Spring Song Guitar" for yourself....visit your nearby Old Town Paints Retailer and pick up this free How - To sheet.  You might even want to listen to some beautiful guitar music as you are painting......





Thursday, March 5, 2015

Upcycled Lampshade - How To

How many of us have an old lampshade around the house that has "good lines", but the fabric is just tired or worn out? Have you redecorated your room, but just can't see throwing that perfectly good lamp away but it just doesn't match the decor any more?  


Well.....here is your answer!  By creating this "Upcycled Lampshade" you can make your lamp match perfectly in your room, custom made so to speak!


You will learn how to dye your fabric strips to compliment the colors in your room...or even use the fabric that you have used throughout the room and make it without dying the fabric.  


Who would have ever thought that you could "stiffen" the fabric that we used on the flowers that are sewn around the edges with one of the Old Town Paints Clear Finishes?


Visit your nearby Old Town Paints Retailer and pick up the free "How -To" Sheet for this fun to do project.  It is very easy to customize and make your room decorations.....over the top! 


Thursday, February 26, 2015

"Tissue Egg" How - To

Hi Friends!


With Spring on it's way soon...it is time to start thinking about Easter!  A fun way to do that..... is to create some beautiful "Tissue Eggs".  To make these, we first start with a paper mache' eggs. You can find these in a local craft store, or sometimes even in a thrift shop just waiting for a "new life". It is a fun project that you can do with crafters of all ages.  You will learn how to use the Decoupage Technique that can be easily done using our Old Town Paints - Clear Finishes on larger projects including furniture! 


Visit your nearby Old Town Paint Retailer and pick up this Free How - To Sheet. If you don't know where one is, just look on this website under the "Find a Retailer" tab. 


So.....think Spring, pull out your Old Town Paints- Chalk Style Finish Paints, a little tissue and have some fun!


Old Town Paints "Tissue Eggs"

                                 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Painted Shamrocks

With Spring coming up soon....it is time to get prepared 

and think about St. Patrick's Day.  (March 17th)

This project is painted on Paper Mache Shamrocks, 

but can easily be adapted to any larger project. 

You will learn that by mixing Old Town Paints Chalk Style Finish Paint 

with Old Town Paints Clear Finish, 

you can create a nice layering to go over your base coat.

Visit your nearby Old Town Paint Retailer and pick up this 

Free How - To Sheet just in time for St. Patrick's Day.  

So....bring out your green paints and make it a Great Day!



Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Love Lamp How - To

With Valentines Day right around the corner, we thought that you might like to make a little "Love Lamp".  We found a lampshade discounted in one of our favorite Dept. Stores, and it all began. Then, we found a lamp base at a second hand shop.  


We began by mixing the paint to match the color of the design in the shade. Keep in mind, that if you can't find an Old Town Paint color that is exactly what you need to match a fabric that it is quite easy to create it! So....no matter what the piece you are re-painting, it is sure to be perfectly matched. It is not only easy....but fun when you are using Old Town Paints products!


Visit your nearby Old Town Paints Retailer to pick up this free "How - To" Sheet and see their selection of Chalk Style Finish Paints.  You will want to paint  a variety of items to perfectly match your fabrics.




Thursday, February 5, 2015

L O V E Letters

With just a week to go before Valentine's Day,  we are are going to show you how to create "L O V E  Letters". We are using paper mache L O V E Letters painted in an "ombre" style.  


Then.....think of doing a larger piece, such as a piece of furniture.  It is not only easy....but fun when you are using Old Town Paints products!


The "ombre" style of painting is fun whether you are using it on a small project such as this one, or something larger. We simply start with the darkest shade onthe bottom and work our way up to the top lightening the colors as we go.


Visit your nearby Old Town Paints Retailer to pick up this free "How - To" Sheet and see their selection of Chalk Style Finish Paints.  You will want to make decorations for all of the upcoming holidays to decorate your home seasonally.



Thursday, January 29, 2015

Love Lights & Little Roses

With Valentines Day right around the corner, we are beginning to think of how we can make that day special for those that we love. There are so many variations of great things to do with mason jars these days....we thought we would add another one for your inspiration!

We found these little jars at our local discount store, but you may have some cute empty jars around the house that you have saved for that special project. We painted them, made a heart cut out, decorated with Little Roses that we made ourselves. They are so easy and fun...you will want to make a lot and share with all of your Valentines! 

Visit your nearby Old Town Paints Retailer and pick up these two free "How -To" Sheets just in time for Valentines Day.  If you don't want to use a candle...they would be just as cute filled with candies.

Also.....they would be a great for a baby shower, wedding shower, anniversary or wedding just by changing the color combinations! 


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Valentine Box - How To

Share a Little Love!

We are certainly getting ready for sharing a little love with our families and friends with our personalized Valentine Boxes! Easy to paint...easy to fill and easy to share with all of those special people in our lives.

Visit your nearby Old Town Paints Retailer and pick up the free "How - To" Sheet for this simple project. So easy to personalize and fill with anything you like. The possibilities are endless. Custom make them to suit the personalities and needs of all.  Fill them with candies, IOU's (babysitting, night on the town, etc.), movie tickets, gift certificates, jewelry, or even a love letter!


They would even make a great place card for that special dinner that serves as a party favor as well! Making others feel special is easy when we........


 
 

 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Hi Friends!

  

My name is Sherry Grassadonia.  I am so excited to recently become part of the Old Town Paints team. I will be working with Sasha & Bobby and all of their beautiful products at Old Town Paints.

This could not be a better match for me since I have had an extensive career in designing, creating, teaching, and selling arts & crafts and their products. I have owned several successful businesses and worked as an artist/stylist for one of the largest craft & fabric companies in California.  In working with that company, I had hands on experience with most arts and craft products on the market.   With that being said……I know that Old Town Paints - Chalk Style Finish Products are high quality, easy to use and produce great results!

As a member of the Old Town Paints team, I will be inspiring you, motivating you, and teaching you how to use these wonderful products most effectively,and help you reach your creative goals!

I am looking forward to working with you and getting to know you.

I will be posting a blog on this site every Thursday, and  I will talk about things that I am working on. Please feel free to join me and let me know what you are doing as well.  I appreciate you posting your questions and comments.  Hope you drop by and see what I am up to using Old Town Paints!


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year !!!

                  

We are so excited to begin 2015 painting with you! 
It is the perfect time to think of all of those projects that we wish we started in 2014 and didn't get around to completing. Let's put those projects at the top of our list for this year. Look around the house, and ask yourself.....
what needs a new look... that a little bit of 
Old Town Paints Chalk Style Finish could be the answer? 

Let's Paint!