DIY/Crafts: Getting Gesso with my “Trash to Treasure” pots

There are a few places I go for inspiration when I’m in need of ideas and/or motivation, magazines , stores and blogs. Last week I came across a blog that I found awhile ago and forgot that I had it bookmarked on my iPad. That blog is Villabarnes.  Whenever I visit her blog I get sucked in.

Well, the other day when I happened across her blog again, she had completed some projects using some stuff called gesso. I followed the link to the article that explained the process and I left a comment to ask a few questions and she replied with an answer right away.

Many DIY projects came to mind to use this technique on and one in particular, was on some flower pots I picked up curbside from one of the subdivisions near us.

Yep, curbside! There’s nothing like finding some great quality, old or unique pieces for free.  Not too cute, huh?  There’s 4 of them.  2 large and 2 small.

Well without further ado. Here’s what they look like now after using the gesso. I used the black gesso that I picked up from Michaels and after it dried I used a brown craft paint that I had left over and applied it using a dry towel technique (I made that term up.)





The picture above is a closer look and you can see the brown paint in the crevices. I really think it looks great considering what it looked like before. I have one of the large pots that goes with the set and a fountain that I want to use this same technique. Now I can’t wait until the weather helps it age some more. So what do you all think?


Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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  1. Holy cow that looks awesome! I can see why you get sucked into her blog 🙂

  2. I’ve never seen that before, but wow, I really like it!

  3. Looks great! I’ve only used gesso on canvas, prior to painting. Guess it can be used on other things, too.

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