Good evening everyone! It’s been awhile since I’ve done an old world finish on anything. As my husband and I were doing a marathon of painting in the garage this week, he asked about this pretty oval mirror. It was already striking in gold but I wanted to add a little something to it. Oooo…let’s get out the Gesso! I was busy with paint brush in hand so The Hubs decided to give it a go (with my supervision of-coarse). He lathered up the entire mirror with Gesso using a regular paint brush. He then waited a few minutes for it to slightly set and then took a smooth cloth and rubbed off any excess, exposing the gold underneath. There is no right or wrong here. Depending on the look you want, you rub as much or as little as you want. I personally think…he got it just right! What a guy!!! It’s amazing how much you can get done with four hands instead of two! I really appreciate all his help.
Another option would be to paint the frame in a color of your choice, let it completely dry and then add the Gesso. It adds another dimension to your project. Rub hard enough and you can expose both the color and the gold underneath.
This technique is great to use on picture frames too, gold or silver! I’ve used it on the gold base of little round marble table. So quick and easy to do.