I’ve had more than the odd triumph with crackle glazing furniture over the years but got a little bored with the finish so haven’t done it for a while. Remembering how much fun it could be I thought it would make a great tutorial. That and the fact that I hadn’t tried to crackle glaze with my own paints yet was enough to encourage an Ikea trip to buy their Rast drawers.
I started out by painting all the visible surfaces with a lovely red chalk paint. It didn’t have to be perfect so one coat was great.
Then, one at a time as you have to work quite fast, I gave the red pieces a generous coat of PVA glue. If you aren’t in the UK PVA is just the white school glue, cheap as chips and dries clear.
While the glue is still wet I painted over the top with a mustard yellow, using a single stroke so as not to disturb the glue to much. Some people like to water down the top coat a little but I didn’t bother. This stage can be quite intimidating so have a practice on some scrap wood a few times until you get the look you want – the thickness/dryness of the glue and the amount of paint on top make a difference to the size of the ‘cracks’ so play around.
I forgot to take a photo here as I was completely consumed by the magic about to happen!
In warm weather you can just leave it and watch the paint dry – I promise you won’t be bored – but it’s freezing here and a little damp in the air so I pulled out the hairdryer and moved things along a little quicker!
Once everything was dry Mark put it together while I cooked up some dinner.
I loved the effect, but hated the overall look 🙁 I didn’t even get around to putting on the cute cup handles I had picked out for it before I decided I wasn’t putting my name to it in it’s current state!
You’ll have to come back tomorrow to see what I did next!