Louis Vuitton Inspired

 

Facebook reminded me I posted this 2 years ago today…… What a blast and still a fave!

Inspired by Louis Vuitton and the colors of his signature collection. Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Arles, part of the Indian Inlay Stencil from Cutting Edge, I painted a repeating, and alternating geometric pattern on this dark oak cabinet. I love how the color and pattern highlight and contrast the traditional style and dark wood.

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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 www.502paint.com

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

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.  And to purchase Pure & Original Paint, go to www.pureoriginalpaint.com

 

The Perfect Navy


 

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

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A Little Goes A Long Way

 

I have exciting news. You’ve probably noticed I’ve been expanding my blog to include furniture AND walls. Having a world-class wall paint distributor just a short drive away has really opened up my creative side. So much more can be done when you include a feature wall properly paired with the right piece of furniture. At first blush, I thought painting walls would be expensive and difficult. However, when you consider that high quality wall finishes are guaranteed for 10+ years, and you may be improving the value of your home, it’s a no-brainer. If I look at how much money I’ve spent on ASCP, Miss Mustard Seed, etc. painting furniture, one feature wall every 10 years is quite affordable. Plus it’s really fun to change it up.

Speaking of changing it up, I’m looking for two or three guest bloggers each to commit to doing one project a month and posting it here on my blog. If you’re interested and would like to showcase your work on LeslieStocker.com, email me at lesliest4@gmail.com.

Now to the project.

First off, the theme should be ‘a little goes a long way.’ I had this ugly fireplace in my basement that I’ve been meaning to deal with for a long time. Just awful. If your house was built in the 80’s, you may have a fireplace you hate as well . . .

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I’ve been thinking about doing a lime wash and Pure & Original’s Fresco Lime paint gave me just the opportunity. When applied over a mineral surface (like brick), lime paint does not need a primer. It bonds directly to the brick. Lime washes can vary. Some are very thick, some are so thin and translucent. You can achieve either effect (or any between) by varying the amount of water you add to the paint. I went with three parts water, one part paint. That’s quite thin. I was able to cover my entire fireplace with just 100ml of Fresco (really less than 100ml, I had some left over).

 

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This is what was left over after the project. Pure & Original does not offer 100ml sizes for their Fresco Lime, but if you painted a wall, you’d have plenty left over for your fireplace. And even if you just bought 1 liter of Fresco to do your fireplace, that’s a fresh new look for your home for less than $75. Hard to beat that.

 

 

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After the wash cured (over night), I applied Rust-oleum high heat satin black to the brass trim on the fireplace screen. I wanted it to recede as much as possible!!

 

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If you’re interested in Pure & Original paint in the United States, you can order at online at pureoriginalpaint.com. They have a nifty limited-time Classico quarts deal going on (that’s chalk based, but I love it, too). The rest of the world can find their local stockist at pure-original.com

For more posts about Fresco lime paint, check out There’s Only One Fresco, A Fresh New Look, and A Fresco Wash.

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 www.502paint.com

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

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