A Fresco Wash


Rosetable4You may remember this photo. I blogged about painting the vases with Pure & Original Marrakech Walls. But I also painted this vintage table using Fresco Lime Paint from Pure & Original. Here is the before image.

rosebeforeA friend of mine found it in the back of her garage and immediately thought of me (I can’t imagine why). She wanted to refresh the finish with a white washed look. It’s a combination wood and veneer, with the veneer on the tabletop only. Veneer can be difficult to work with if it’s chipped or lifting off.  Fortunately on this one, although the finish was worn, the veneer was intact and ready to accept paint.

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You know how excited I’ve been about Pure & Original Paint. I’ve done several projects with their Classico, a chalk based paint, but had only used their Fresco Lime on furniture a few times.Rose Tabletop2


I chose the color Ashes. I wanted a wash look but needed a solid coat to adequately cover the damaged finish. After drying I lightly sanded with a fine grit sandpaper. To give a washed wood appearance, I brushed on in the direction of the grain a diluted mix of the Fresco, Potato Skin, wiping off if I painted too solidly. I wanted to give the appearance of the grain showing through the Ashes coat.



When dry, I lightly sanded again, this time in a random pattern. That was all. Finis!



I loved being able to eliminate the step of sealing with wax or polyurethane. It makes for a quick and easy project: one solid coat followed by a light wash.

Rosetable5A cute, little, vintage table, with pretty details, rescued from the garage and given new life with Pure & Original Fresco Lime Paint.



If you want to more reasons to see why I’m totally in love with all things Pure & Original Paint, check out these posts:  Fresco Refresh,  Fresco Lime Paint, and It’s Here and It’s Amazing


Video 41 Painting Shadows and Highlights Part 3


In Part 3 of this video series, Painting Shadows and Highlights, I show you how to seal your chalk paint finish, and discuss the benefits of using wax vs polyurethane.




In my video series  #29 Let’s Do Terra Cotta, I show how to paint a plastic garden pot with Chalk Paint for a terra cotta look.  I take it one step further in Video #30 How to Make Your Terra Cotta Look Old, where I demonstrate how to use chalk paint to create age and patina.

In Video #31 we create a stone surface on another plastic pot and finish the process in Video #32 Adding Age and Patina

Video 40 Painting Shadows & Highlights Step 2


In this video, I’ll show you step 2 – painting a solid first coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® Duck Egg Blue and adding shadows and highlights with chalk paint.


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If Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® Duck Egg Blue is one of your favorites, you’ll love these posts: Patina & Verdigris – 1 Year Later,  Reader Request,  and  On the Bench. One of the techniques I use in this video is dry brushing. If you want to more about this popular technique, click on,  Video: How to Dry Brush, What You Need to Know


Video 39 Painting Shadows & Highlights Step 1


In this video, I’ll show you step 1 for prepping a chest of drawers for chalk paint. Prepping is really not complicated, so I share my thoughts about why I’m going to paint it.


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If you want to see more videos, click on the Video tab at the top of the page. You can view all 41 of them on YouTube where you also can subscribe. Are you curious which videos are the most popular? My most viewed tutorial is this one  on painting layers with almost 20,000 views, followed by this one on dry brushing with 5000+ views.


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