Fresco Refresh


Hi everyone! It’s great to back and blogging again. If you don’t follow me on Facebook you may not know that my blog was hacked a few weeks ago and I was unable to post. I was locked out and it even took the tech guys several days to get in to repair the damage. The good news is that everything is fixed, I didn’t lose any files and security has been upgraded to hopefully prevent this from happening again. Thank you for all your kind words and support. Knowing my blog posts were missed, was a huge boost to my spirit. The unexpected hiatus from blogging allowed me to recharge and focus on my painting. I hadn’t realized I had been in somewhat of a rut and the break inspired me to try new techniques, and paint combinations. I was able to complete several new projects and I can’t wait to share them with you.

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.

lagoonmirror 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).

lagoon water 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.

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




Have missed your posts immensely! I love to see what new and amazing projects you share.
I bought a sampler of the Classico paint to try and loved it! I am trying to get up the nerve to use the fresco lime on my bedroom walls – Have you tried it on walls yet? If so, did you use it on textured drywall? Any pointers appreciated!

Robert L.

I ordered some lagoon water fresco lime paint and their dead flat eco sealer to do the master bath with – looking forward to using it. Seeing the color above I think it will be awesome! Thank you!

Mary Ruth

I have a few pieces of furniture that will be going into a med coral color painted on all walls. LOVE the feel of the room (always wanted a coral color room, now I can enjoy it in my guest room in my home.
I was stumped as to what to paint a sleigh day bed (made of wood, from early 1900’s, simple design) so does not have carvings, etc. Also a simple armoire I found that has simple wood doors showing frame. This makes the pieces simple country-like.
The reason I went on about the furniture is so you could see my dilemma as to what to do for the new finish. Both pieces and any built in shelving, etc we do in the small bedroom will all need to be coordinated to feel old yet sturdy and used often. Annie Sloan paint in Graphite with sanded edges and dark waxed was my choice, but I kept waiting and thinking something else will come along, and Leslie Stocker will be the one to introduce ‘something’!!! I would love…

I think this lighter color from Pure & Original might just be what I was looking for! The AS Graphite is wonderful and my favorite from AS… but did not have life when put in an all coral room..
I looked through ALL the colors and the information you posted about Pure & Original, and thought that the Fresco paint intrigued me the most.. Fresco Lime is AMAZING! I think this color is ALIVE for a gray… and am so happy YOU DID this demonstration with the color! NOW to get my hands on a can of this!!!

So sorry you were hacked.. I think your site is wonderfully informative and you take the mystery out of how something will look when done.. close up’s of yours are really good… your photography for the pieces are not distracting, they are to the point and clear. Glad you got your problem taken care of, and are BACK with a vengeance to continue… the unstoppable Colorways!

Thank you for ALL you do for us out here… you are a great source for finishes, color and now different paint applications from P&OP… I want to paint the walls of my other guest room with P&OP and will watch as you feature more about this product, perhaps you will solve ‘what to use’ for me on those walls by your future posts!

Diane Johnson

Would you please give me more info about the
gilding wax? Do you put it on all over and rub it back or it it just on the highlighted areas? Thank you so much, your work is amazing


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