A Fresco New Look



This is one of those projects that happened as an afterthought. A little bit of paint left on your brush…….you know how that goes, paint is too expensive to waste:)  This mirror, (original post), used to be a similar color, but darker, painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®, Paris Grey, French Linen, Louis Blue and Old White. I wanted a lighter, brighter version.

Using Pure & Original’s Fresco Lime Paint, I painted a solid coat of White Rhino using vertical strokes, and lightly sanded with a 400 grit sanding sponge just to bring out the range of tone. I could have stopped there but I added a few more highlights by lightly dry brushing with Fresco in Ashes. A little gilding wax for gold accents, and I was finished. No wax or sealer needed, the whole project took less than an hour. I know! This paint is magic. You really have to see it in person to fully appreciate it’s richness. If you are looking to try it out, there’s a link on the sidebar to the Pure & Original website for the US.

Mirrors bring light and expanse of space to any room. For more ideas with mirrors, be sure to check to check out these posts:  Step by Step Trumeau Mirror,  DIY Sunburst Mirror,  and  Inspired by Pottery Barn




Matching Annie Sloan Colors


As a blogger, I get tons and tons and tons of questions, in emails, private messages, and comments. Lately, the most frequently asked question is about matching colors across brands and more specifically, “what color is that in Pure & Original?” Rather than answering each one individually,  it makes a great topic for posts.

nsscr post copyPure & Original Classico is a chalk based paint with all the advantages of chalk. Essentially no prep, waterbased, easy application and cleanup, great coverage, fast drying and an industrial strength, matte, velvety finish. I apply it with the same techniques I use for Annie Sloan; layering, blending, dry brushing, applying washes, combining multiple colors, etc. So when I was asked to match a finish, my first thought was to use French Linen mixed with Old White and Scandinavian Pink ChalkPaint®.French LinenOld WhiteScandinavian Pink

Pure & Original Paint comes in 140 lush colors. Choosing equivalent colors between brands can sometimes be tricky. But I love a color challenge, and I love that Classico requires no wax or sealer. That eliminates one entire step. You know I’m all about easy:)



Here are my 2 choices (no white needed): North Sea Silt for French Linen and Courtly Rose for Scandinavian Pink. Of course, these aren’t exact matches, every paint brand has their own unique formula. But they’re pretty close. What do you think? yes or no.

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Here is how I applied the Classico. First Coat: North Sea Silt. Second Coat: Courtly Rose, dry brushed and blended as accents. No distressing, wax or sealer. .

nsscr post copyI plan on working my way through all of the Pure & Original Classico Paint, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® and Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint colors and creating a chart of equivalents. If you are one of the 100’s of readers who’ve sent me a question about color matching, know that I’m answering my pile of emails as fast as I can. Look for more posts to come on color equals. Please leave a message in the comments if you’ve already found the perfect match in a different brand for these paint color palettes.

For more posts on the fabulous colors, click here, Master Bath Vanity Upgrade, Trumeau Mirror, and Paint it Pink


There’s Only One Fresco


While I was in Atlanta, I had more opportunity to experiment with Pure & Original Fresco Lime Paint, this time on walls, in what’s turning out to be one of my favorite colors, Mineral White. It’s a rich creamy white thats not too stark or too yellow. In the Classico chalk based paint, the color is consistent and uniform. In the Fresco, there are a range of shades and tints within any one color due to the lime base. The method of application determines the light to dark color range.

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The traditional way to apply Fresco is with vertical strokes to create lined striations. I went with a more random brush stroke to create a more varied, less up and down, blended texture.

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For best results, a coat of Wallprim primer is first required over any latex paint, followed by two coats of Fresco paint applied with the large Fresco brush. There is definitely a learning curve, if you are used to painting walls with a roller (as I am). Not hard, just different. But the results are truly amazing. A deep, rich, old world, plaster finish, I never thought possible with a water based paint.

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I am so excited to be working with Pure & Original Fresco Lime Paint. It’s made for walls but I’ve also used it on furniture. You can see some of my other projects in these posts: A Fresco Wash, Fresco Lime Paint, and Fresco Refresh. And if you are interested in taking Fresco Lime Paint out for a whirl, in the USA you can purchase it here, www.pureoriginalpaint.com


Here’s Your Chance

new sofa

For everyone who asked about the details of my new sofa, mentioned in this post, Horchow is having another of it’s 25%-30% off sales on all items today through October 15, 2015. One year later and I’m still in love!

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