Wistful White

P&O english white chest copy


Since I have tons left of the 3 original paint colors Pure & Original Paint sent me, Pigeon Grey, Storm, and White,  I tried it out on another project. (First project here, using all 3 colors, Second project here, using Storm). This is a small chest, I use for storing extra linens. It had been painted before, but I moved it to a new spot and wanted it to stand out against the darker wall.

I’ve mentioned before, that for years I was a die hard oil-based paint girl. With a good quality oil-base paint, you can get a smooth, no brush stroke, amazingly durable finish, easily in 1 or 2 coats. Of course, there is a downside. Solvent fumes- bad for you, solvent-bad for the environment, slow to dry and cure, and messy clean up. With all those negatives, there were good reasons to look for other alternatives that were water based. Unfortunately, latex never really worked for me, it seemed thin (even expensive brands) and plastic.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint was the first (water-based) paint that really made the grade for me, and I’ve been using it for over 3 years. I know it so well, that I created my own paint charts, formulas for mixing custom colors, and techniques to create a variety of styles and finishes. I know what it does well and what it doesn’t. It’s a great paint but I’m ready for new challenges.

Pure & Original Paint offers new possibilities. They have an extensive color palette, 114+ hues, including dark browns and a real black.  Besides, Classico, their chalk paint, they will be offering a Fresco Lime Paint, and Marrakech Walls, that looks like concrete or stone. I’m especially excited about trying the last two. They say it’s not necessary to seal their paints unless they are in high moisture areas like kitchens and bathrooms. That could really be a time saver. The waxing step of sealing Annie’s Chalk Paint, takes as long or longer than painting on a coat of paint. On small furniture pieces it’s not a big deal,  but for walls it’s incredibly labor intensive as I mentioned when I painted my first floor half bath.

So I’m testing out the no sealer needed aspect of Pure and Original Classico chalk paint on this chest of drawers. The process I used was simple. One solid coat of White, followed by a light, not solid coat of a mix of Storm and White, in a ratio of 1 part Storm, to 3  parts White. I did some light distressing on the edges. That’s it- no sealer. It makes me a little anxious to not seal a piece but I want to see for myself if you can actually have a durable paint finish without some sort of sealer.

If White is always your first choice for paint color, be sure to see these posts,  White Washed Bench,  Table for a Small Space, and A Believable White



Love your web page, I’ve learned so much. The paint brushes and paint-eze containers you recommended are great. Just want to pass on I found (don’t think its original) but it saved me when I didn’t have a funnel the right size when I was decanting paint. I cut off the top of a 16 oz water bottle and used it as a funnel. Just the right size and it’s disposable if you don’t want to rinse it out. Thanks for your expertise.


Love all your pictures and the work you do. Did you put a base of storm, then white, then sand. Or is the base white, then layer on the storm? I appreciate your assistance and expertise.


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