I'm glad you're here!
Last spring, when Pure & Original Paints made their U.S. debut, I bought a couple of quarts of the Classico (chalk style).
I bought a quart of black and a quart of white.
They've been waiting on the paint shelf for the right project to come along.
I know where the white is going. I just haven't gotten to it yet.
I knew I could always find a use for the black, because the chalk paint that I normally use doesn't have a black. I know there is a way to create black using two of the colors, and mixing up a special wax, I've done it before, and it looks great.
When a client asked me to paint the secretary she had inherited from her mother black, I decided it was time to break out the NEW black.
The NEW black rocked it!
This secretary was built in the 70's and had a modern, slick finish on it so it was a good test for the new paint.
All I did for prep was wash with mineral spirits.
This finish may have been one that would bleed through into white, but I had no problems whatsoever with the black.
I used the same technique that I would with chalk paint. It is my understanding that this paint is similar in make-up to what we know as chalk paint. It is thick, but goes on thin if you use your brush properly. It took me a minute to get a feel for the paint - it seems to prefer to be used in thin coats. Thin coats that cover 98% completely. I used two coats of paint.
I couldn't get the paint to look any blacker in this picture. It is a soft black but not this soft. It really is black. Not dark grey.
The only place it needed sanding was where I used too much paint. The rest of it felt like velvet.
I did NOT sand before I waxed. This created a bit of a problem because it made the clear Annie Sloan wax I applied grab differently and created a bit of a difference in color. I sanded after the wax dried and waxed again but was not able to completely lose that effect. I'm going to let everything cure for a month and then check back with the client and evaluate how it looks at that point.
This will also give me a chance to see the durability of the paint on the edges, etc., where I would normally have done a little distressing. The distressing wasn't really necessary since some of the wood was left unpainted and that provided all the accents you might normally distress to achieve.
Two things I would change up about my first try at this paint. When working with black, it might be best to use dark wax. I'm going to test my theory on a piece I'm doing for myself right now. I will also be sure to sand first before I wax - something I ALWAYS do. I was just so impressed with the smoothness of the finish I thought I could bypass that step. And lastly, I will probably dampen my brush with mineral spirits before I apply the wax. This helps prevent over-applying the wax - something that is evident when you're working with black.
The folks at Pure & Original state that this paint does not require a finish. I know some of the painters who use this paint regularly are testing that out. I just don't feel comfortable not using some sort of finish on a piece that I am selling.
All in all, I'm very pleased with the way this turned out. I wish you could see it in person. The color and finish are quite lovely. I know the owner likes it!
Have you had an opportunity to paint with Pure & Original? It's pretty pricey and I know that puts people off. I would love to try the other finishes on some walls in my home.
Maybe if I sell some furniture . . .