Applying crackle paint is one of the techniques that can be used to give a piece of wood furniture a different look. A good crackle glaze can result to an aged or worn look which many prefer over a sleek and new appearance. Crackling may seem difficult at first glance but crackle paint kits are now readily accessible on DIY counters. These, coupled with the right preparation and know how on the step-by-step procedures, will make a crackling project easy to do.
Step 1 – Prepare the Furniture and Working Area
Clean the surface of the furniture to paint and crackle glaze will coat evenly. Additionally, ensure that surroundings are covered to avoid unwanted paint. Tape off any nearby surfaces (wall or other furniture) and cover the floor beneath the furniture.
Tools and materials should be within easy access of the furniture. They should, however, not be located too close to avoid tripping or paint spilling.
Step 2 – Choose a Base Coat and Apply
The key to choosing a base coat is to match it with the top coat. It should be a contrasting color so the cracks stand out after the project is finished. Additionally, crackle glazes that are available on the market usually work with latex or water-based paint. Be sure to check if the base and top coat will match the glaze.
Apply base coat evenly on the furniture. Use a nylon paint brush for narrow surfaces and a paint roller for wide surfaces to cover a large area in a single stroke. Allow the base coat to completely dry for about 12 to 24 hours.
Step 3 – Apply Crackle Glaze
Apply the crackle glaze using one brush stroke direction only. When finer cracks are desired, the crackle glaze should be applied thinly; for more pronounced cracks, apply a thicker glaze coat.
When unsure between fine and pronounced cracks, it will be best to apply the glaze on a test area first. Experiment with the thickness of the glaze coat until the desired result is obtained. Testing will also allow one to determine the contrast between the base and top coats.
Step 4 – Apply the Top Coat
Apply the top coat over the glaze using a clean nylon cloth. Cracks should appear in minutes, so avoid applying another coat. A single top coat should be enough; otherwise, forming cracks would be painted over. Just ensure the brush is loaded with enough paint so reapplying is unnecessary. Allow the top coat to dry for another 12 to 24 hours.
Step 5 – Protect the Top Coat
When the top coat has completely dried, apply a layer of acrylic varnish. This should protect the top coat from scraping.
Crackling requires a bit of work but can become an easy do-it-yourself technique in giving a home or office furniture that aged look desired; the steps here should make the project less intimidating as you already have the valuable information needed in completing it.