I had an Ah-Ha moment. Like, "Why didn't I think of that?" LOL.
So, I wanted to take some time and answer some of the questions you guys might have.
Deanna, what a beautiful job you did. The
"new" coffee table looks fabulous. Exactly
what is gesso paint?
Welp, gesso is a primer. Artists sometimes apply it to a surface before painting on it.
In fact, gesso looks a lot like paint.
Gesso makes a surface a little stiffer. It prevents paint from soaking into the support (canvas, paper,
wood, etc.), and it gives the surface a little more texture (called "tooth"), so the paint sticks better.
I am stunned! What a marvelous update!! I love it and I want one!! I
will go fratically thrifting today, looking for a coffee table like that
to update like you did! All I can say is wow. wow! Wowowowowowow!
Can you get said gesso paint at Michael's, or Home Depot or art supply
stores or what?
You can find gesso at artist supply stores but I find mine at Michael's.
is this yours or is it from a magazine :) it looks pretty
One question can you post a picture for the gesso paint? thx
visiting from romantic home
The picture I think she was asking about
First, let me say that I was almost brought to tears that someone
thought my table was from a magazine. It is my home.
Ain't it funny, I see the Wii and speakers in the background?
Back to the question ... Here's a picture of the gesso I use:
Again, I get mine at Michael's.
I found a GREAT site Villabarnes who inspired me to try gesso.
Her stuff is BE-U-TEE-FULL!!!!
After trying it, I gotta say, I like the result it gives.
Honestly, I started to do some research on chalk paint.
I know, I know chalk paint (also known as ASCP) is REALLY
beloved in blog-land. I can see where some say, "you don't need to buy a primer
and no prep work, so it makes it cost effective", but I'm
I mean I pick up someone else's junk.
I couldn't see getting a free piece of furniture and putting a $51
paint on it (the quart + the shipping - that doesn't even include the wax , GULP).
So in my research gesso paint kept coming up.
That's how I found Rosemary (she's a sweetheart by the way).
See, originally, gesso was made with a mixture of calcium--like chalk--in a thin base of
which would help in adhering to what ever it's painted to.
Gesso now adays is a mixture of calcium carbonate, a pigment and an acrylic polymer medium.
No more animal glue.
Say it with me, EW !!!
So, I gave it a try and boy was Rosemary right.
LOVE LOVE LOVE it !!!!
The other cool thing is that it comes in white, gray and black.
I haven't played with the gray yet but I will : )
I have used Rosemary recipe to mix 1/2 gesso with 1/2 flat paint.