I was telling you in the post “Craigslist Dining Table: Before & After” that I will come back with more about using Gesso as a substitute for chalk paint.
- – original gesso( gesso in Italian means “chalk”)is a mix of animal glue, powdered chalk or plaster and a pigment( usually white).
- – modern gesso( the one you can buy in art supply stores) it’s a water-based mix of calcium carbonate, an acrylic polymer medium and a pigment( usually white).
So I decided to use only gesso, a blob of black acrylic paint( to get the grey color) and a little bit of water. I chose Stevenson gesso( bought at Opus store) because it has a bit more “tooth” to it.What I liked:
- – it dries quickly, with a nice, chalky finish.
- – I didn’t need to sand or prime my table before painting it with gesso.
- – the stain I used on top of the gesso ( to get the grey-brown look I wanted) sticked with no problems.
- – in my case, I didn’t wax it, because I knew the table will be heavily used every day; I went for “Circa 1850 – Antique Paste Varnish” for the final coat. This paste has a hand-rubbed look and a soft sheen; it protects against heat and spills.
So far, I’m more than happy with my choice of using gesso as a chalk paint to refinish furniture!