We are still working on this shared kids’ bedroom space and making some great progress. We just added some major texture to the walls by trying two different lime and mineral paints from Pure & Original. This is our Pure & Original Paint review that covers our favorite colors and paint products we used in our pole barn home.
Let me give you a glimpse of the process and the results when we applied both Pure & Original’s lime wash paint called Fresco, and their super textured, Roman clay-like paint called Marrakech.
Yes, I used both in one kids’ space to deliver a nature-inspired room abundant in natural textures, earthy tones, and loads of playful old-world character.
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If this is the first time you’ve seen this shared kids’ space we are working on, be sure to catch up on our design plans and progress first. I have also revealed their finished closet space and the details of the wallpaper application.
What is Pure & Original Paint?
Have you heard of Pure & Original paint? This is a company originating from Belgium and now available here in the US and Canada. I became obsessed with this company and their products around the time that we moved into our pole barn home.
I loved the idea that you could create old-world-like texture on your walls without the expense of custom plaster walls or buying an old-world home. After a lot of research, I decided I LOVED the many options and colors that came from Pure & Original!
I have since had the blessing and opportunity to collaborate with them and share the results of their paints, first in our kitchen and living room. We used their Marrakech paint to create the creamy white textured walls in those spaces, and their more durable Licetto paint for the trim and baseboards. We also tried their Classico chalk paint on some antique furniture pieces I made over, first with this antique blanket hutch and second with this facebook marketplace bookshelf.
Now, I get to partner up with them again and try for the first time their Fresco Lime paint in this shared room, combined with the concrete-like Marrakech paint I already know and love. But in much bolder colors!
It’s been so fun to see the variety of results, especially next to each other! This paint has truly set the tone for the space. I’m excited to complement every corner with more playful natural tones and textures.
Now let’s first take a look at the two colors of Marrakech paint we used, and I’ll show you how they turned out.
Each kid has their own little cozy bed space. I wanted the wall color to be different, but complementary. I went with an earthy greige called “pebble stone” on my girl’s wall and bed frame . . .
. . . and an earthy green/gray called “moonstone” on my boy’s wall and bed frame.
Here is the rundown on applying Marrakech. We first needed to use their specially formulated Wallprim primer to cover the sheetrocked walls. Then we brushed and rolled on a thick layer of the Marrakech paint.
Once we applied the paint in a section, we would go back and trowel the paint around to emphasize the texture, movement, and depth of the paint. It is really quite a fun process to see it all come together.
Once we let that dry and cure, then there is a bit of a messy part with the Marrakech paint. We took some 400 grit sandpaper and ever so lightly went and sanded and smoothed the walls.
This process really brings out more depth and texture but also leaves paint dust all around. Luckily these were just small spaces, so clean-up wasn’t too bad.
Then after a curing period, we took their dead flat eco sealer and sealed the paint so it is washable and more durable.
Fresco Lime Paint (Coffee Cream Fresco)
Then we got to try the Fresco lime wash paint for the remainder of the wall space in this room. I didn’t want it too stark white, so I went with this lovely color “Coffee Cream” for a warm white, almost oatmeal color.
It is perfect for the space.
Fresco was surprisingly easy to apply. It also started with the wallprim, then we took a big chunky lime wash brush that holds a lot of paint, dipped it in the paint, and brushed it along the wall, applying the strokes in multiple directions with overlap.
From what I understand, the more movement you make while applying the paint, the more movement and depth you will get in your results.
It took two coats of the Fresco to cover, and then yay for no sanding mess! Just more sealer and we were good to go. You can see here how we applied it to the trim and baseboards as well.
I could not be happier with the results of both the marrakech and fresco paint. They both have the most lovely texture, but each in a very unique way.
Fresco vs Marrakech
After seeing them both together, I would recommend Fresco if you want the variance to be more obvious. The darker your colors, the more pronounced it will be, but it is still deliciously textured in light colors! It’s almost like having walls covered in velvet. It is a very unique look and all your guests will want to touch it.
After using Marrakech in both light and dark colors, I would recommend this paint if you want texture with more of a subtle color variance.
It works amazingly in whites to bring in more interest than traditional paints, and makes quite a bold statement in darker moodier colors. If you love a plaster wall or concrete texture – you’ll have so much fun with this paint.
I really hope you enjoyed seeing the results of my little paint experiment. Now that the walls are done, I am giddy excited to start decorating this space for my kids.
I would love to hear what you think of this unique paint! While it is more expensive than traditional paints, it may be a fun option to try out on an accent wall, furniture piece, or smaller space.
See more paint colors in action in our pole barn home!
- Bookshelf Makeover
- Moulding and Trim
- Marrakech Lime Paint in our kitchen and living room
- Inspiring rooms featuring Lime Mineral Paint from Pure & Original