If you have a piece of furniture that needs refinished, giving it a crackle paint finish with glue is an easy way to give it some character. It is an inexpensive project, and can be completed in just a short time.
Step 1 - Apply Bottom Coat
You'll first want to paint your piece with the paint color that you want to show through the cracks. You don't really need to worry about all the brush strokes going the same direction, etc., because it will be covered with glue and another coat of paint. Let it dry, and then you will be ready to apply the Elmer's glue.
Step 2 - Apply Glue
Add the glue to a small pan and add a little water to make it thin enough to paint on your piece. Don't get it too watery though. The thicker the glue on your piece the bigger the cracks you will have. Paint it on with the paintbrush going in different directions when applying. When it is covered, get out the other color of paint that you are using for top coat.
Step 3 - Apply Top Coat
Apply the paint as soon as the glue has become tacky. The cracks will not work well if you apply the top coat after the glue has completely dried. This gives you a 1 to 3 hour window depending on humidity. After applying the top coat, the cracks will appear as it dries.