A Little Goes A Long Way

 

I have exciting news. You’ve probably noticed I’ve been expanding my blog to include furniture AND walls. Having a world-class wall paint distributor just a short drive away has really opened up my creative side. So much more can be done when you include a feature wall properly paired with the right piece of furniture. At first blush, I thought painting walls would be expensive and difficult. However, when you consider that high quality wall finishes are guaranteed for 10+ years, and you may be improving the value of your home, it’s a no-brainer. If I look at how much money I’ve spent on ASCP, Miss Mustard Seed, etc. painting furniture, one feature wall every 10 years is quite affordable. Plus it’s really fun to change it up.

Speaking of changing it up, I’m looking for two or three guest bloggers each to commit to doing one project a month and posting it here on my blog. If you’re interested and would like to showcase your work on LeslieStocker.com, email me at lesliest4@gmail.com.

Now to the project.

First off, the theme should be ‘a little goes a long way.’ I had this ugly fireplace in my basement that I’ve been meaning to deal with for a long time. Just awful. If your house was built in the 80’s, you may have a fireplace you hate as well . . .

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I’ve been thinking about doing a lime wash and Pure & Original’s Fresco Lime paint gave me just the opportunity. When applied over a mineral surface (like brick), lime paint does not need a primer. It bonds directly to the brick. Lime washes can vary. Some are very thick, some are so thin and translucent. You can achieve either effect (or any between) by varying the amount of water you add to the paint. I went with three parts water, one part paint. That’s quite thin. I was able to cover my entire fireplace with just 100ml of Fresco (really less than 100ml, I had some left over).

 

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This is what was left over after the project. Pure & Original does not offer 100ml sizes for their Fresco Lime, but if you painted a wall, you’d have plenty left over for your fireplace. And even if you just bought 1 liter of Fresco to do your fireplace, that’s a fresh new look for your home for less than $75. Hard to beat that.

 

 

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After the wash cured (over night), I applied Rust-oleum high heat satin black to the brass trim on the fireplace screen. I wanted it to recede as much as possible!!

 

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If you’re interested in Pure & Original paint in the United States, you can order at online at pureoriginalpaint.com. They have a nifty limited-time Classico quarts deal going on (that’s chalk based, but I love it, too). The rest of the world can find their local stockist at pure-original.com

For more posts about Fresco lime paint, check out There’s Only One Fresco, A Fresh New Look, and A Fresco Wash.

I like Annie Sloan Chalk Paint  for my craft and furniture projects, but for walls nothing compares to Pure & Original Fresco Lime Paint. I love the natural variations of shades and tones the lime creates within one paint color. You have to see how gorgeous it is! Checkout my most recent interior design make overs with Fresco. It can be purchased online at www.502paint.com

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P.S  Pure and Original also makes a chalk based paint called Classico in 140 colors! Its amazing too!

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40 Comments

lynn ryan

I am glad you are back. I completely understand you needing a break. Your work is fabulous and I never understood how you could do so much every day

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Kim

Looks great Leslie. I have some Classico so if I used it instead, would you recommend the same water to paint ratio?
Thanks.

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Joanna

Leslie I can appreciate your needing s break. I do Walsh and furniture as a business for over ten years till my neck and tennis elbow became s huge problem.
I plan on going back to painting furniture and some other projects but love reading your blogs. Thank you I’m now in Realestate but this is in my blood .

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Heather

What color paint did you use on the fireplace. .I have a fireplace like this and would love to paint it
Thanks

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Char

I’m so glad you’re back but I understand needing to step back to recharge your battery.

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Toy

Hi Leslie, thank you for sharing the A Fresco Wash post. Your work is beautiful and stunning. In South Africa we do not get Pure and Original Paint, but we do have Annie Sloan CP. that you used to use and that we both know. Can you please advise which AS colors are nearest to Ashes and Potato Skin? I have a bench that needs to be painted like your friend’s beautiful table. I would really appreciate your advice and knowledge.
Thank you for the privilege to learn so much from you.
Regards

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Christine

Weeell, I wouldn’t exactly call the “before” pic of your fireplace hideous but the after one sure amped it up from ho-hum to updated/stylish. Well done.

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Vonn

I certainly understand the need for a break. I take them often. Your posts and blogs make us, your audience, want to achieve all that we can as artists. Your inspirations are magnificent. Glad you are back. Does Pure & Original’s nearby distributor have a shop? I’m only 100 miles up the road. Thanks.

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Lucia Corwin

I am interested in being a guest blogger but could not send you my note to the email address posted. Is there another one I could use?

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Grainne

Absolutely love this.i have an ugly red brick surround around my stove .I want to paint it .is there a special kind of paint needed. I’m in Ireland

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Lauren King

Love the look of this. Were you able to apply the rust-oleum high heat paint directly to the brass of the hearth? Or did you have to prep it with anything else first? Just moved into a new house and am looking for the best way to update the fireplace hearth.

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Jennifer

This is a total rescue for a current project updating a multi-family project with 1970’s fireplaces. The walls are painted either SW Accessible Beige or SW Agreeable Gray and the trim is Cloud White or Snowbound. I think the color you used would work with both (hopefully) but I can’t tell from your post which color you used. The links and #’s go to White and Ashes but the swatches don’t seem to match. If you could confirm the color you used I would be forever grateful. Our only option is to order online since we are in small town America. Thanks!

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Ed

What was the color of the paint you ordered from pure and original they have quite a variety it looks like white

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Linda

I just painted my den with SW Wordly Grey and trimmed with SW Extra White. This fireplace is just the look I want for my 1975 fireplace. Why did you pick Ashes as your color instead of a more white color? The pictures never show the true color and Ashes looks great here. I want to be sure to purchase the best color to compliment my walls and trim. Do you have a better color suggestion? After seeing yours I’m ready to get started!

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Claire Joseph

Beautiful job!!I am wondering what color the Lime Paint is? I looked on the website, but there are so many colors.

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Ellen

I’d like do do this on a partial brick wall in my bedroom.
You didn’t say what technique or tools you used for the brick.
Did you have to prime first?
Did you need to seal it?
The product website does not give this type of information.
Please share with us HOW you achieved such a lovely look.
Thanks.

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Dee

I do not understand why you would update the brick to flank it with antiques????? The old tractor seat is distracting!! To each his own but why not a pop of contemporary color???

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Terrie

Hi Leslie. I have this same brick on my fireplace and so excited to update with Fresco Lime! What color was used on this fireplace?

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Kathy

I loved you fireplace. I painted my brick with the Pure & Original’s Fresco Lime Paint Ashes (three parts water , one part paint) and if you touch it – it leaves a little lime on the finger and I am thinking I need to seal it. Did you seal your fireplace after you painted it with the lime paint?

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Michelle

Can you apply this technique to brick driveway as well? I hate our red brick entryway but can’t afford to redo the driveway.

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Leslie Stocker

Michelle,

Yes, paint on a hot day, and protect from rain for a couple days. That will cure it and bond it to the brick. its available here

xoxo leslie

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Leslie Stocker

Brenda,

I used Ashes Fresco Lime Paint from Pure & Original available here

xoxo Leslie

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Phyllis

Hi,Leslie. I stumbled on this post as I was, for the third or fourth time, searching for info on the best methods to paint a brick fireplace. Yours turned out beautiful! So many examples of attempts at an antiqued or whitewashed brick look that I’ve seen online don’t turn out quite right,imho. Most diy’ers seem to just water down regular paint and the brick often takes on an odd color and looks just as if a film of sorts is covering the brick. Yours looks so much better.
The only other examples that I’ve seen that look nice, to me, were done with chalk paint. I’m wondering how you would compare using this lime paint to chalk paint on brick. Any thoughts?
Thanks!

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Leslie Stocker

Phyllis,

You could make a wash from Chalk based paint as well. But the Fresco Lime is made to go on natural surfaces like brick. It was a breeze painting and I used a very small amount of paint, less than 4 oz. (I had enough left over for another project). Fresco is available in the US from

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Leslie Stocker

Phyllis,

you could make a wash from chalk based paint as well, but the Fresco is made for brick, and other natural,mineral surfaces. It was one of my easiest projects and I had an at least 1/2 a can left for other projects. it’s available here

xoxo Leslie

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Elizabeth Harris

Phyllis,

I don’t have any experience with chalk or lime paint (that’s why I’m here!) but I have a wonderful whitewashed fireplace that I created by accident. My house was built in 1924 and we moved here in 1988. The fireplace was flat white, possibly latex paint, that I repainted with a colonial blue latex paint (it was the 80’s). Within a year I hated it.

While stripping the mantle I accidentally got paint stripper on the painted brick and wiped it away revealing the white underneath and a tiny bit of green, red and tan! With nothing to lose we brushed paint stripper (the thick kind) on all of the brick and scrubbed it in with a wire brush. I used a wet rag to wipe off the paint stripper. I reapplied paint stripper and let it sit for a couple of minutes (not long as I recall) on areas where I wanted to reveal more paint colors below, then wiped it off with a wet rag again. Just keep repeating until you’re happy!

After it had dried I took a hard plastic scrub brush and brushed away any bits of dried stripper and paint. It’s a very muted white with subtle color showing through. My best guess is the fireplace at one time was yellow, tan, sage or moss green, brick red, white and colonial blue, in that order. That was 27 years ago and it’s still a great, timeless look.

I don’t know how chalk or lime paint would react to paint stripper but it might be a good project with left over paint!

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Rachel

Hi, Leslie. Looks great! I’m contemplating a similar project. Can you tell me how you dealt with the handles on the fireplace doors? Thanks!

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Leslie Stocker

Rachel,
I used Rustoleum black spray paint for high heat.

xoxo Leslie

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Holly Parker

I just ordered this to do in my bedroom, thanks to finding you on pinterest. I am renovating a penthouse and my bedroom wall is 100% red brick. This is exactly what I was looking for. What kind of brush did you use to apply?
Holly

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Leslie Stocker

Hi Holly,

I used a 2″ brush made for oil based paints. The natural bristles are perfect for Fresco.

xoxo Leslie

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Dawn McCulloch

The fireplace makeover is awesome, I have a question about how it is applied? Also, can I use this paint on the exterior of my house?

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Leslie Stocker

Hi Dawn,

Pure & Original has a different Fresco for use outdoors called Kalei. Its special order only. Email me at leslie@502paint.com if you want to know more.

xoxo Leslie

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Samantha

Hello! I loved your post! I just wanted to clarify a couple things as I am working on painting my fireplace. Did you only use ashes paint color? Or was there a second color?
Also did you need seal your fireplace with something specifically?
Thanks!

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Leslie Stocker

Hi Samantha,
I only used 1 color, Ashes. No sealer is necessary.

xoxo Leslie

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