How to Crackle Paint Walls

Crackle paint and crackle painting walls is an art that has become very popular and makes something drab and ordinary look lovely and antique. This is a simple and easy to learn technique and can be attempted even with a few tips and the correct material, which is now easily available in any home department. A crackling paint project is an exercise in creativity and can help personalize interior spaces along with fun and enjoyment for the whole family.

To Start You'll Need

  • Painters tape
  • Crackle glaze
  • Interior latex paint
  • Paint brush
  • Paint roller

Step 1: Clear Out the Room

Empty out the room you want to crackle paint the walls in so that you can work without any restriction and there will be no danger of any furniture getting ruined. Make sure you place tarp over the floor to protect it. Clean and make ready the walls you will be working on. Wash the walls gently with a mild detergent to remove dust and oily residue.

Step 2: Apply Painters Tape

Apply painters tape to any surface along the wall that you want to protect and not paint. The tape will prevent your crackling paint and glaze form getting on surfaces that you don’t want to paint. After your painting is done, the tape is easily removed.

Step 3: Contrast for Better Effect

Choose a latex paint that contrasts with the color of the wall you are working on for better effect. If the wall color is dark, pick a light color glaze for a more dramatic effect and similarly if the wall is light colored, pick a dark glaze for an antique look.

Step 4: Practice before Starting

Before you start on your major wall, practice the technique on a little drywall or some other wall like material to get the hang of the brush and paint so that you are comfortable with it and can work easily.

Step 5: Start Working on the Walls

Start by applying the glaze paint to a brush or roller and working the paint on the wall in one direction only. Make sure when you start applying the glaze the walls are clean and dry. The walls will look very shiny at this point with the glaze. Cover the whole wall and then wait an hour for it to dry before proceeding to the next step.

Step 6: Apply Latex Paint

Apply the latex paint at this point on top of the glaze to your walls. Make sure the brush strokes you use are now opposite to the ones you used when applying the glaze to the walls. Your walls will give an appearance of cracking as soon as the paint starts to dry, leaving the wall looking like it’s from some antique place and time. For large looking cracks, apply a thick glaze and for smaller ones apply a lighter coat of glaze. It is always best to stick to a thin coat of paint for a more natural effect.