Last week I had the unbelievable experience of working with Pure & Original Paint in advance of their USA launch. I had originally received samples of their Classico, a chalk based paint, several months ago,used it in several projects and blogged about it here, here, and here. I loved working with it. It’s a rich, luxurious, highly pigmented paint, that comes in 114 colors. And although I didn’t know it at the time, it does not have to sealed (i.e. no wax) unless it is an area of high moisture (Bathroom, Kitchen Backsplash). If you decide it needs protection they recommend their Dead Flat Eco-Seal. What? A chalk paint that doesn’t need wax? Amazing and true!
But Classico is only one of the paints made in the old, traditional way by Pure & Original in Bruges, Belgium. They also make a Fresco Lime, and Marrakech Walls and those were the paints I had a chance to work with last week.
Marrakech Walls gives the look of stone or concrete but in a paint. It is applied in a thin first coat with a brush or roller and a second thicker coat and that is when the magic happens. The whole point is to create color and texture variation and there are several techniques you can use which I’ll save for later posts. But it is fun, easy and no fail. It can be applied to walls, furniture, and decor accents, like vases, and trays.
Fresco Lime Paint gives a large tonal range, and texture with just one color. It is applied with a brush in 2 coats and needs no sealer unless in a moisture rich area. When I first saw a sample, I thought a color had been mixed with varying amounts of white to create tints and applied in several light layers as I usually do with Chalk Paint. Instead, it is one color applied in two simple coats that creates a layered wash effect. So easy and almost impossible to do wrongly.
More, more to come as I experiment, and try different applications of this fabulous paint. Thanks to Pure & Original Paint, Helene Von Os, and Luxury Dutch Importers for allowing me to be a part of this special preview and training. Next color on my project list: Black.