Fresco Mirror


My introduction to Pure & Original Paint was through their Classico, a chalk based paint, but my new love is their Fresco Lime paint. You can use it in so many applications, furniture, walls, indoors and out. I’ve never painted with anything like it before and it’s really got my creative juices going. It’s usually applied with a large brush, using a one direction stroke. Pure & Original recommends using their primer, but I wanted to see what happens if you go straight to the paint. Amazing! It adheres like chalk paint, has the same matte finish but you can get the layered look with just one color. There is so much variance of texture and tone, it looks like you painted with several shades of a color.

lagoon water copy

You may remember this mirror, I blogged about it here. It hangs in my foyer and was a flea market find. Originally yellow, I had painted with four colors of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and sealed it with her wax. It’s always a risk to paint over wax. It can repel paint and prevent it from adhering. One of the the things I love about Annie’s paint is that you can paint right over a wax finish, no prep required. You can do the same thing with P&O’s Classico, but I didn’t know if it was possible with the Fresco. (Pure & Original recommends using their primer).

lagoonmirror copy
You know I’m all about easy, so I gave it a go. I brushed on the Fresco Lime, in Lagoon Water, in a heavier than usual coat. After it was dry I used a very fine grit sanding sponge and lightly sanded. Sanding really brings out the texture and variance of shade. I used the tiniest bit of White on the edges and a heavy dose of gilding wax. No wax or sealer. That’s all. Fresco Lime is my new favorite paint.

lagoon water

I’ve just started exploring the possibilities of Fresco Lime. For more of my projects using Pure & Original Paint, check out these posts: Fresco Lime Paint, Pure & Original Paint Colors – Storm, Pure & Original Classico


The Perfect Navy


Looking for a true, rich navy? I used Pure & Original’s Majestic Cloth, in their chalk based, Classico Paint on this remarkable chest of drawers. For contrast, I left the top and edges the original walnut color.


A Moroccan Inspired Hutch

Meet Jen Burns of J Burns Designs!!

This girl always knows how to take paint to a whole new level!!


Enjoy as she takes us on this Moroccan inspired journey!


Curbside Cabinet Turned Classy

Hello! I’m so thrilled to be joining you here at Colorways today! My name is Stacy, and I blog over at Anastasia Vintage, a little corner of the web where my husband and I bring unloved vintage pieces back to life. On my blog, you’ll find DIY furniture revival projects, vintage-inspired crafts, DIY tutorials, and tips & tricks for adding timeless style to your space. Stop by for a visit some time – we’d love to have you!

If you’ve ever visited my blog, you’ll know that I’ve had a bit of an obsession with grey lately. In recent months, I’ve dabbled with blue-grey,

I’ve played around with layers of light grey,
and I’ve even done some pieces with grey stain (a personal fave of mine!)
(You can read more about each of these on my blog by clicking the photos above).

One thing I hadn’t yet found, though, was the perfect, neutral grey. Grey can be a temperamental color, with a noticeable blue or brown undertone, and the color can change depending on the other color(s) it’s paired with. And that can be a bit of a bummer.

That is, it was until I found my new favorite – Pigeon Grey by Pure & Original.

I found this cabinet curbside one Saturday morning a few weeks ago, when a woman in my neighborhood was cleaning out a relative’s home.
I knew those classic lines were just dying for a classic color, and Pure & Original Classico Paint in Pigeon Grey was the ideal choice. But like many pieces of this style, the cabinet was made of laminate-covered particle board for the body and resin for the doors. These can be a furniture painter’s nightmare, since most paints don’t adhere well to them without lots of sanding and/or priming.
So I decided to take a chance and really put Classico to the test. I gave the body a light sanding, and did nothing to the doors except cleaning them well. I’m a rebel, I know :)
Just like with my Pure & Original painted end tables, the paint went on like butter with great coverage. Even though it doesn’t require a topcoat, I finished the cabinet off with clear and black wax to add some sheen and highlight the details even more.
Here’s the finished product!
For a surprise pop of color on the inside, a couple of coats of Classico in Libo Bay did the trick. And best of all, I’m happy to report that Classico passed my test with flying colors and adhered to the laminate and resin perfectly!
I love the way Pure & Original added a touch of class to this dated cabinet.

Click the link over in Leslie’s sidebar if you want to give Pure & Original Classico a try – you won’t be disappointed!

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