The April showers here in New England have finally started turning the grass a rich, vibrant green and the trees are blooming. It’s Spring and it all about refreshing our homes in beautiful new ways and preparing for the travel adventures the summertime brings.
That’s why this month’s furniture makeover challenge that I am a part of and its theme are so fitting. I decided to refresh a very old (perhaps antique), cedar chest and make it over into a classic piece in which you store memories of your travels that you collect over time. Or, in simple terms… Time Travel.
Pure and Original is our sponsor. The theme for this furniture makeover challenge…
Pure Colors, Original Elegance.
Pure and Original makes amazing paints. I was able to try the Chalk paint from their Classico line. While Pure and Original supplied each participant with two quarts of paint, I can assure you that all opinions are my own. I know you wouldn’t want it any other way.
Let me first tell you a little about Pure and Original. They’re a Belgium-based family company that goes back 50 years. Here are just a few of their paint lines…
Classico is a water-based chalk paint made with 100% natural pigments. This matte paint results in a finish that’s almost like velvet. It comes in 118 colors and I love the fact that it’s environmentally-friendly!
Here are just some of Thirty Eighth Street’s favorite Classico colors she gathered together and mine too! Pure and Original really does have a some of the prettiest and most original Chalk paint colors in the industry. They remind me of colors you’d find in nature and old-world history. Truly classic.
Fresco is a Lime paint. A 100% mineral paint with natural pigments with an authentic lime paint look.
Marrakech Walls is a a 100% mineral paint that gives your walls the look of concrete or Tadelakt. Tadelakt is the finish you’d see on the walls of a traditional Moroccan home. I would love to try this look on my walls! What an amazing look for a backsplash!
For the #FabFlippinContest, we all used their Classico Chalk paint. We were able to choose two colors. I chose a very dark forest green called Dark Forest and a white called Island White.
This was purposeful.
Very dark and very light colors are typically much more difficult to work with than medium shades. Choosing two extremes would give me a very good idea of how the paint reacted and the coverage (and this one past the coverage test with flying colors!).
The paint arrived just a few days after order. Each can is custom-mixed for the buyer and sealed extra well for travel.
Notice the extra clips on the can to prevent it from opening during shipping. This company truly cares about their product.
Also notice their packaging – a simple elegant design. What a beautiful job with their branding. It’s not over-the-top. Just pure and simple. I notice things like. Now lets get to the actual paint!
I’m in love with this Dark Forest color. It’s so dark, it’s almost black at night yet the deep green is still very apparent. This paint was still mixed when it arrived and I opened the can. The color wasn’t separated at all which means you can tell they used very rich pigments in their paint! I’m not a chemist, but it may also have to do with the 100% natural pigments they use.
While the Island White turned out to be a much brighter white than it looks on this swatch, I still love the high contrast and the final result on this travel chest.
Here’s a before picture of the chest. It’s truly an old-world, classic, elegant statement piece of furniture that has stood the test of time. I imagine this placed in an entryway, welcoming guests as they arrive from their days’ travels.
I gave the chest a quick sanding, priming, and removed a few of the scroll details to modernize it a bit. While neither sanding nor priming is required when using Chalk paint, the chest had a reddish stain and I wanted to ensure this didn’t bleed through.
Instead of distressing the edges, I took the edge of my white paint brush and very lightly highlighted the detail with the white paint. This tied in the top and the bottom perfectly.
Pure and Original Chalk paint brushed on incredibly smooth and leveled out very well. It adhered perfectly and just two coats of paint provided adequate coverage with both the dark and the light colors.
At one point I did miss painting a spot (because I was painting in my not-so-well-lit garage) and the spot I had to later go back and touch up blended well into the dried paint too. This very rarely happens with Chalk paint.
Over the past few years, I’ve tried several different brands of Chalk paint and Pure and Original has, by far, been my favorite. The coverage is excellent, it’s creamy smooth to paint with, and levels out so nicely.
If you’re blogger interested in participating in future Fab Furniture Flippin Contests, you can email Carrie and Stacy at email@example.com.
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