Forget the status quo. How about a bit of old world European flair in your very new, white-walled, American home? California-based company, Portola Paints, has been creating uncustomary paint lines since 1998. Their claim to fame is their brush applied, lime-based paints that give a subtle, chalky patina finish once dried. The process for creating this specific paint takes about two months because it has to cure over time, acclimating to the environment it is in (think great wine, but super sped up!). That whole process happens at their factory in South Los Angeles, then it's trucked over to their shop in North Hollywood to get the color infused, which will ultimately go on your walls.
According to co-owner Jamie Davis, traditional lime wash applications could only be used on surfaces like plaster, cement, and stucco—products that were essentially naturally porous. Since drywall is none of those things, their specially crafted primer, made specifically for these applications, adds the necessary toothiness to allow the lime wash paint to take to traditional walls. They also offer a top coat, final step, and sealer for wet areas where splashes might occur. James says nothing “bad” will happen to the paint if water hits it, but it can show water or streaks. So if “lived in” isn’t your style, you'll definitely want to add the primer to your order to ensure it stays as pristine as the day you painted it.
Their other popular finish is Roman Clay, an interior plaster finish, that's applied using a putty knife rather than a traditional paint brush. It can be a little more challenging to work with, but one of the brilliant things the company has done is inundate YouTube with how-to videos so any product you love the look of you can feel confident you can pull off solo.
As a boutique company they have a lot more flexibility in how they showcase their paints. Their newest fandeck of colors has 225 colors that are all hand painted, so the color you see on the sample sheet is accurate to how it will ultimately look. One added bonus, all their paints are eco-friendly and contain no-VOCs. Plus, they ship world wide, so even though they may not be in your backyard, you can still transform your space as soon as UPS can deliver!
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