Fresco Lime Paint

Fresco Lime Mantel


After having the opportunity to work with Pure & Original’s Fresco Lime Paint a few weeks ago, I couldn’t wait to try it out for myself. Not ready to take on a whole room I chose to highlight the panel above my fireplace. I chose the color Aged Paper which is very close to my wall color because I wanted to be able to compare finish without a major adjustment for color.

When you paint over a water based latex paint you need a coat of primer before applying the Fresco Lime Paint. I used the Pure and Original Primer, Wall Prim and used a roller for application. When it was dry I used the large fresco brush (my new favorite)  I had used in training and painted in long vertical strokes. After drying overnight, I painted a second coat. This paint goes on like a dream and the coverage is amazing.

The finish is very flat and there are beautiful gradations in tone, texture and color. I’m not sure if my photo does it justice, but in person the effect is stunning. And with only one color! Its the same look I used to have to use several variations of tints and layers to achieve.

Easy cleanup because it’s waterbased. And did I mention it is completely environmentally friendly, made with only natural and mineral pigments and no VOC’s. Also no sealer is necessary and once it’s cured its completely washable. I never expected to find a paint I loved more than Chalk Paint, but honestly Fresco Lime has moved to the top of my list. Next up I’ll be trying it out on furniture and I promise to share my impressions.

If your interested in trying any of Pure & Original’s paints, you can purchase them from their online store,  I used their Classico, which is a chalk based paint in these projects: Wistful White, Classico Chest of Drawers, and Pure and Original Colors- Storm.



Linda Thompson

Leslie, is there a special technique that you learned for applying this paint to walls in addition to the fresco brush? You said you used long vertical strokes, and I’m trying to imagine doing this on four entire walls. It seems like painting it all with a brush would be very time consuming. Can you shed any light on using this paint on a wall? Thanks so much! I always enjoy your posts!!

Leslie Stocker

Hi Linda,
There is a bit of a technique. Using a large brush and one direction painting brings out the texture and color of the paint. Taping edges is important because when you cut in you still have to go in the same direction (not accross like in latex). Also you have to work in sections wet edge to wet edge. Using a brush is definitely not as fast as rolling. Probably why many of the installations are on a feature wall rather than whole room. I’m planning on trying other tecniques and sharing the results. There may be some shortcuts I dont know about at this point.
Thanks for ready my blog
Leslie xxoo


Hi Leslie. I love your site! I’ve been trying to decide how to paint my kitchen cabinets. They’re oak with no finish on them and they seem to be getting oranger and oranger. I don’t want bright white and I don’t want dingy white . I’ve been wondering about a taupe wash or maybe a taupe paint with an old white finish? I want something neutral that I can switch out accent colors in my decor. Any ideas? I’ve never tried chalk painting but would like to give it a try. Sounds fascinating!

Jackie Brown

I’m thrilled with this report! Loooove the results of lime paint which I’ve seen in Europe. I was wondering if the space over your fireplace is wood or drywall?

Cecilia Weller

Hi Leslie,

I have used Annie Sloan, as well as lime paint, however I’m really excited about Pure and Original. Can’t wait to try
It. I am planning to paint my kitchen cabinets, and island with Pure and Orginal. You have inspired me. Now, just trying to decide if I use chalk, or lime paint.
Thanks for all of your post. I enjoy everyone of them.

Robert L.

I bought some Marrakech Walls Pure & Original Cloudy Cement paint and it was damaged in shipping which resulted in receiving an open can. I cannot say enough good things about how Pure & Original representatives handled the issue and quickly got me a new can. I have been playing with it on some scrap drywall to see if I prefer the flat concrete look or the tadelaktlook look. I originally got it because I wanted a cement look but had never seen the tadelaktlook in person and I have to say it is impressive. But mainly I wanted to say I am already super impressed with this company.

Yvonne Thomas

Hey, Robert L. I’m being ‘nosy’ here, but wondering what “tadelaktlook” is? I do faux painting but have not heard of that technique. Thanks in advance!

Robert L.

I don’t know if I can do it justice as its new to me. It requires a little more work than the lime paint – you apply it with a roller – smooth it with a trowel – and then sand it for a incredible texture and concrete look. But if you finish it by trowel you will get different shades, textures with a metallic shine. None of the pictures I have seen do it justice. The concrete finish option is easier to tell in images but the tadelakt look is harder to see in images for me. You can see examples and complete instructions for the Marrakech paint at


I just painted a vintage French provincial chest using the fresco paint. I did use their primer first. I used the crisscross strokes as mentioned in the instructions from P&O. I must say, watching paint dry has never been so fun. Can’t wait to see how it looks when sanded back!


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