Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Crackle Paint Finish

For my dad's birthday, I wanted to make him a couple signs for his new house. We were trying to match a few pictures he had on his walls. You can't really tell but in the top corners, the paint is done in a crackle finish, and that's what we were trying to match.
This brand of crackle glaze is wonderful! I love it!
All you need to do this is to cut your boards. The little pieces here are for the frames, we were trying to match the paintings completely. :) Sand your wood real well, I had to get the kids bike tire marks off of this one, ply wood makes a good bike ramp apparently. :)

Then you are going to paint the board with your base coat. I used a chocolate brown color. It will be the color that shows through on the cracks.

When that completely dries, paint on the glaze. It will take about 2-4 hours to dry. It is important that your brush strokes for the glaze in the same direction, and in not too many strokes or it won't look as nice, it'll booger up.

When that is dry, paint on your top coat, I used a linen color. Again, all in the same direction and with as little brush strokes as possible so it doesn't get all gunky.

Then walk away.
Come back a hour later and look at the pretty antiquing that happened! So exciting!!! Make sure you seal it. The flakes will come off with time if you don't. I just used a spray clear coat.
Here are the finished signs. My dad has a nice theater room, we call The Man Cave. I think that's as crafty as he'll let me get with it, but I like it!
Here's how The Game Room sign turned out.


  1. Looks great!! {I love Warren Kimble too}
    So.... When is movie night?? :)

  2. Awesome! I've always wanted to try that stuff, but always chickened out--ha! Turned out great ... and I'm oddly in the mood for popcorn and a movie. :)

  3. Love love love how these turned out! Let's do a crackle paint project :)