Olde Century Colors' Super Fan! DIY Dave's Top 10 Painted Projects

By Carla Jordan

Hey, Dave! What are you painting today?

Like you, we’re DIY’ers at heart so nothing makes our day more than hearing from fellow craftsmen like Dave Eggers. After seeing his creations, we realized that this is more than a guy in Michigan who likes to paint.  DIY Dave is an Olde Century Colors super fan and he’s got the projects to prove it!


“For over a decade, I’ve been using Olde Century Colors,” says Dave.  “When I retired from Ford Motor Company, I started working on lots of wood projects that I’d saved over the years.  After experimenting with several different paints from top companies, I found Olde Century Colors paint and gel stain varnishes. Wow, what a difference!. The color, coverage (you get a lot from one can!), texture and finish were exactly what I was looking for.” And although his nearest dealer (Simply Charming, Howell, MI) is about 50 miles away, Dave doesn’t hesitate to put the pedal to the metal.  “Olde Century colors worth the trip because of the colors and quality.”


Dave, we love the imaginative ways you give old items new purpose, then pretty them up with paint. It was hard to choose, but here are our top 10 picks…



This cabinet was painted with #2008 Olde Forge Mustard with a top coat of #4006 antiquing liquid gel wood stain that Dave wiped off to create this aged effect.



#1017 Barn Red paint (with a top coat of #4006 antiquing liquid gel wood stain) gives this cabinet its colorful pop. Dave made it from an old window, crown moulding and pine wood.


Dave put a stylish spin on an old Victrola record cabinet his wife found roadside during one of their trips.  He converted it into a kitchen island, then painted it with #2022 Lamp Black.



To build this bathroom storage cabinet, Dave made the door from a window, repurposed drawers from an old Singer sewing machine and added architectural interest by backing the whole thing with a scrap piece of beadboard.  Then he painted the cabinet #2034 Candlelite and aged it with #4006 antiquing liquid gel wood stain.



While traveling, Dave bought an old oak wall phone in an Indiana antique shop. He turned it into a key box for use by his back door. It’s painted with #2009 Olde Forge Mustard and aged with #4006 antiquing liquid gel wood stain.


How do you make a chair rescued from a dumpster reallly rock?  Paint it with #2021 Old Brick Red.



Dave had part of a door left over from another project so he sawed it down to size to make this unusual door coat hanger.  Then he painted the piece with #2009 Union Blue and aged it with #4006 antiquing liquid gel wood stain.



When Dave’s wife spied a pricey candleholder in a Shaker catalog, he set out to make one instead. In one afternoon, Dave made not one--but two--candleholders with a piece of wood, a bit of glue, #2005 Revere Green paint and #4006 antiquing liquid gel wood stain. “I like saving money,” he says. “Both candleholders cost $15 tops instead of $90.”



To make this space-saving shoe and sweater closet, Dave repurposed an old wooden locker door from a golf course locker room. He painted it with #2017 Barn Red and aged it with #4006 antiquing liquid gel wood stain



When Dave built this pine cabinet, he fitted it with a door made from an old window.  He painted the cabinet #2008 Olde Forge Mustard and left the door in its existing distressed state to create contrast.


Think Dave’s done?  No way—he’s still got paint. DIY Dave’s on such a roll that now he’s selling his custom creations. Well done, Dave.  Paint on!


Have you painted something with Olde Century Colors that will inspire other DIYer’s?  If so, then do like Dave--snap a pic and send it to us. We promise to share.


All photos courtesy of Dave Eggers.


About the Author

Carla Jordan is a nationally published design, cooking/entertaining and lifestyle writer.  Her work can be found in well-regarded magazines and newspapers; as well as online.  She resides in a Dallas-area home of many colors because she can't resist painting this, that and everything.