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So, I have mentioned that this week has been a total headache, but I will be posting about that next week (and ways to avoid the problem I came across). Last week I worked on some DIY wood backdrops for my photos, if you have not checked that out you can see it here!
I mentioned that I was going to be doing something neat with the other side of the board. Well, this is what I did to it, and I LOVE the way it turned out. The above title photo is the finished product with some of my yummy veggies that I picked out of the garden today.
You can do this finish on anything, so if you are not in need of backdrops, you can totally upcycle some furniture that needs a bit of TLC.
Wood surface (see how I made this one here)
2 different colors of paint (one light and one dark)
Foam paint brushes
Crackle Paint (I used this one)
Make sure you surface is clean of any grease or debris. Using your darker color, paint the surface. It does not have to be perfect, just as long as it covers most of the wood. Allow to dry completely.
Once first coat is completely dry, add your crackle medium, I suggest if you are doing anything with crevasses go over them first to make sure they get a good crackle.
My crackle medium directions said to wait for the crackle to dry completely. If you are using a different brand, be sure to read the directions because some recommend waiting until tacky.
Once the crackle medium was dry, I gently applied my lighter color. The trick is to go in one direction and avoid overlapping paint. I found that adding a generous amount of paint to my brush made it easier. At first it didn’t look like it was working, but after a few minutes it started cracking! YAY!
Allow the top coat to dry completely. If it is a heavily used item, I suggest giving a clear coat of polyurethane to protect the surface. Super easy right? I may be doing this project on some furniture that I am sick of looking at. And, I barely made a dent in my bottle of crackle medium, so I have plenty to play with!