Marrakech Walls


Finally finished last week, was the repainting of the small half bath on my first floor.  I first blogged about it here, here, and again here. It used to look like this but it was time for a change.

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Pure and Original makes this phenomenal paint called Marrakech Walls.  It’s waterbased, and when dry it looks like stone. There are no extra additives necessary to purchase and add to the paint. All you do is open the can, add up to 20% water to thin it slightly, stir well and you’re good to go. Because I was painting over Annie Sloan Chalk Paint that I’d sealed with her wax, I had some extra prep to do first. I wiped down the walls with Mineral Spirits, but there was still  greasy residue in some spots. Next I washed the walls with TSP, followed by sanding, This is much more prep than I usually do but I was afraid the  paint would not adhere and peel if I skipped anything. It was worse than having to remove wallpaper in order to paint.  Needless to say, I won’t be putting wax on my walls again, anytime soon.



Using a roller, I applied one quick coat of Wallprim, Pure & Original’s Primer, let it dry and then I was ready to have some fun. There is more than one method to apply Marrakech, but since this was my first time doing an entire room, I used a roller to make this easy. I need to do a post showing all of the application steps. Although not difficult, there are some things you need to do differently than painting with latex paint.



One of my favorite Pure & Original colors is Earth Stone and it lends itself perfectly to Marrakech paint. It’s a deep rich grey, that reminds me of creek stone. Marrakech drys to a huge range of shades of your color. No need to mix your own shades and tints and apply extra layers of paint. You know I’m all about layering to create depth and texture, but it was totally unnecessary with the Marrakech.



Doesn’t it look as though I applied more than one color and one coat of paint? In all my years of painting, I’ve never seen or used anything like this remarkable paint.



It also did wonderful job of covering my less than perfect walls. I used less than 2 liters to complete the entire room.



This isn’t my first project using Pure & Original Paint. If you want to see what their Fresco Lime paint looks like in a project, check to these posts: Fresco Lime Paint, Fresco Refresh, and A Fresco Wash. If you are interested in any of the Pure & Original Paints for your next project, you can learn more and purchase them at

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What do you think is the latest trend in paint, besides color?


I love this gorgeous gray Marrakech Paint by Pure & Original. Its called Earthstone and can be purchased at

Made It My Own with Annie Sloan…and you can too!


I have always loved the versatility of folding screens and making one has been on my radar for a while. They are easy and inexpensive to make and I like the idea of creating one that is unique and designed to fit right into my home.


Annie Sloan is holding a Made It My Own contest, now through the end of September, for the lovers of all her products, including her fabulous Chalk Paint®. Anyone can enter by uploading a photo of their Annie Sloan project to the online interactive gallery. It’s that easy. It’s also the impetus I needed for a DIY folding screen. Let me take you through my process.

I had planned to use bi-fold doors as the panels but when I got to my local Home Depot, they were out of stock. As a substitute, I purchased 5 Melamine shelving boards, 11 3/4 inches by 72 inches at $12 each, and some brass hinges to connect them.screen4

I wanted to do something a little different than just painting both sides. Annie Sloan makes a gorgeous cotton fabric I’ve wanted since the first time I saw it. It’s called Vintage Map. Have you seen it?


It is a screen print of an old world map in the most beautiful Annie Sloan colors. The only problem is it’s not widely available in the US. After much hunting around, I was able to find some yardage at Annie Sloan stockist, Me & Mrs Jones. Stephanie Jones came to my rescue and the next day sent me 2 generous yards. Thank you Stephanie!

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My plan was to paint one side of the screen and decoupage the fabric to the other, and hinge them together as the last step. So many of the Chalk Paint® colors coordinate with each of her fabrics, it was difficult to make a decision. In the end, I wanted the fabric to be the focus, rather than a bold color on the edges. Since the dominate background color perfectly matched her Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint®, it was an easy choice. If you were wanting something more fun, say for a child’s bedroom, Barcelona Orange, Arles or Henrietta on the back and edges would make a youthful statement.

screen1My first step was to paint one side and both edges with Duck Egg Blue. Although this was laminate, Chalk Paint® has amazing adherence and I went ahead without a primer. Using a roller I painted 2 quick coats. Then it was time for the fabric.




I cut the fabric into strips. Using Annie Sloan Decoupage and a foam brush I put on a uniform, thick coat of the varnish and applied the fabric. Remember to smooth the fabric firmly and consistently to remove any air bubbles or folds. After drying, apply at least 2 light coats of Annie Sloan Decoupage over the fabric to topcoat and finish and seal the edges.

screen7A few tips: I asked for 2 yards and was fortunate Stephanie Jones cut a generous 2 yards. Even so, the length barely reached the top and bottom of the 72 inch panels. Give yourself at least 1/8 extra yard so you don’t have to stretch your fabric to reach the edges. After the panels dried it was time to connect them with the hinges.


Using 2 – 2 inch hinges I connected each panel with the spine of the hinge facing up.

screen20Don’t you just love this fabric! I always think of maps as perfect for children’s and teenager’s rooms, attractive decor and educational at the same time. As a kid I spent a lot of time looking at maps and I still love to orient myself with them whenever travel.

screen13Of course if you tire of the map or just want a change you can always turn the screen to feature the lovely Duck Egg Blue side





You know I’ve loved Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan for ages and ages. Here are some of my favorite Annie Sloan posts: Annie Sloan Color Swatches, Annie Sloan Blues and Greens, and my most popular video tutorial; Layering Technique for Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan, Steps 2 & 3.

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. Checkout my most recent interior design make overs with Fresco. It can be purchased online at


Please Come In

I’ve heard it said that, “your front door is the smile of your house.” If that is the case, here are some of my favorite welcoming entryways in bold colors found on Pinterest.


















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Feeling inspired?  If not and you need more, check out these gorgeous doorways in my posts; Enchantment in Stockholm,  Trying Something New, and Puerta en Espana. Or you can see where I save all of my favorites on Pinterest in my board,  Windows and Doors

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

Bohemian inspir

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


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