The Old Village Design Studio™ has developed methods that use low VOC and environmentally friendly materials to create beautiful reactive stains, like we did on this reclaimed oak flooring in a barn-to-residence conversion in Chester County.

Chester County Barn Conversion


Malvern Barn Conversion Showcases Specialty Finishes

Old Village Master Painters and the Old Village Design Studio™ recently worked with Read & Company Architects, Hamilton Design Associates and Cherokee Construction in converting a Chester County barn into a fabulous living space with a northern european aesthetic. The project was featured in the July/August 2017 issue of Elle Décor Magazine.

We created custom, specialty finishes such as a soft, bleached effect on the pillowed reclaimed oak floors, a lighter "palomino" stain for the 2 story bedroom cabinetry, and a fumed oak effect on the wall panels.

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Old Village worked with designer Ellen Hamilton on this Chester County Barn project featured in the July/August 2017 issue of Elle Décor Magazine

"We Are A Ski Family. We Love Scandinavian Design And A Strong Northern European Aesthetic. We Want Our Farm To Feel A Little Bit Like All Of The Places We Love To Visit."


'The challenge, of course, was to invest new construction with a sense of intimacy.'' Hamilton’s decor brings in the life. Her approach: “Big with small, hard with soft—that’s design.” The wife’s directive was just as simple. “The house needs to be sanguine, comfortable, and durable,” she recalls telling her designer. “I wanted warmth and coziness with natural materials and textures, but I don’t like pattern.” So there are shearling rugs and nubby carpets underfoot, and acres of linen, raw silk, and canvas to soften the expanses of floor-to-ceiling glass. Milk paint gives the walls some patina. Cloud-shaped light fixtures float playfully above the master bed.'

We created a number of special treatments for this home including a soft wood wash for the antique oak floor shown above. Some of our work is shown below. More photos at HamiltionDesignAssociates.com

Hardwood Floor Custom Finish

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Our Design Studio developed this fumed oak finish for the reclaimed oak flooring in this spacious bedroom.

Fumed Oak Wall Panels

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The Old Village Design Studio™ developed this gorgeous fumed oak reactive stain for the reclaimed oak panels in this Chester County barn and a rust milk paint for the cabinets in the doorway on the right

Shelves and Cabinets

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Old Village Design Studio developed a beautiful wood wash we call 'palomino" for this extraordinary 2 story closet island to complement the fumed oak finish on the reclaimed oak floor.



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