Crackling gives an antiqued, weathered look to furniture, accessories, and trim in just hours. For this effect, crackle medium is applied in between the base coat and top coat. The medium stretches when it gets wet, causing the top-coat of paint to crack and exposing the base-coat color underneath. The thickness of the top-coat paint will determine the size of the cracks. A thin layer produces smaller, finer cracks, while a heavier layer results in larger cracks. If you apply the top-coat with a roller, cracks will be finer; a brush will give larger cracks. Practice the technique on apiece of scrap board first. This also provides an opportunity to try out different color combinations. Never try to rebrush the top-coat; touch-ups will be obvious and will not crack again. If this happens, allow to dry overnight, sand using 120-grit sandpaper, and remove dust with a tack cloth. Recoat with the crackle medium, and allow to dry about two hours before applying the top coat.
APPLY CRACKLE MEDIUM
Coat each drawer front with the crackle medium. Brush on thoroughly, then allow to dry for at least two hours. Working on one draper at a time, apply a top coat in one of the four colors in the list. With a trim brush, quickly edge the drawer front sides. Paint using vertical brush strokes, mobbing across the drawer as quickly as possible. The process needs to be started and finished quickly the finish will begin to crackle within a few minutes. Repeat this process with each drawer front. Allow to dry.
PAINT THE KNOBS
Prime and paint the unfinished wooden knobs in the colors found in the list and place on different colored drawer fronts. Place as shown or mix and match as you please. For lasting durability, protect your piece by brushing on two or three coats of a water-based polyurethane after the top coat has dried for at least 24 hours.
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