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VictoriaS
05-30-2001, 01:09 PM
I have an idea that I want to paint a decorative tabletop. Maybe on pine. Can anyone tell me what I have to do before I start the actual painting? Sand the wood for some reason? Would it be necessary to use acrylic gesso under the paint? Etc. Whatever you can tell me. I don't even really know what to ask.

Also, what about after the painting is done? I think I'd put glass on top, but, if not, are there any concerns about varnish being toxic after it's dried?

Just anything you can tell me will probably help.

Thanks,

Victoria (aka Clueless)

carly
05-31-2001, 02:47 PM
It depends a lot on how the table is already finished. If it has a heavy varnish, then you may need to use something to dissolve it before sanding the wood.

If it is older and the finish is not that noticable, then I'd just sand to create a surface that paints will adhere to better. I use a tacky cloth for wiping down after sanding to remove all particles which can make the paint grainy.

You can paint acrylics directly onto the wood but it will take several coats of paint if the wood is absorbent. You can use gesso on the wood in the areas you want to paint too. If you want a lot of the wood grain to show after you've painted your scene/flowers/whatever, I'd cover that area with a stencil or tape to preserve it from the paint or splatters/drips. After painting you need to use an acrylic sealer/varnish (several coats for durability). It won't be toxic in any way for use as an eating table.

There is always the chance of the table being gouged or nicked with everyday use...other than that the painting should be fine for years!
carly

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"Everything is not art and Art is not everything, but it comes close."....carly

carly
05-31-2001, 02:49 PM
I should have added that if you purchase a new wood table with no finish, that you should seal the wood with an acrylic wood sealer before painting.
carly

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"Everything is not art and Art is not everything, but it comes close."....carly

VictoriaS
05-31-2001, 02:53 PM
Thank you, Carly. You totally answered my questions. Glad you added that last part, because I think I will start with an unfinished table.

Thanks,
Victoria

GC
05-31-2001, 05:29 PM
I just painted on wood, unfinished pine.
I use a lot of gesso anyway in my underpainting. That helped with the wood.
It absorbes a lot at first.
Before I did my final touches I coated with gel and painted more over that.

Here is a picture of the final product.


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Ginette

[This message has been edited by GC (edited May 31, 2001).]

VictoriaS
05-31-2001, 05:39 PM
This is nice, Ginette. Is this a tabletop or to be hung on the wall?

Victoria

GC
06-01-2001, 01:03 AM
Originally posted by VictoriaS:
This is nice, Ginette. Is this a tabletop or to be hung on the wall?

Victoria

Thanks Victoria.
It to be hung on the wall. The first time I painted on wood. I love the texture of the piece.
When will you start on your table.
That should be a great project! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
I may do another wood project soon.

Ginette