Transitional Style Crackle Painted Tables
These were tables left behind by the friend who lived in an apt before me. I loved the lines but hated the very masculine finish that was on them. These are not old, traditional pieces, so I wasn't sure that painting and distressing would work, but I was pleasantly surprised that a more transitional style line worked!
I simply roughed up the existing finish with sand paper (did not sand down all the way), painted the first coat (color showing through in crackle). It's important to let it dry thoroughly. Then I used a PAINT BRUSH ROLLER to put on crackle glaze to avoid brush strokes in the crackle. EXACTLY ONE HOUR LATER, I applied the top coat- the main color. VERY IMPORTANT not to go over top coat of crackle project more than one stroke. It will look horrible and you WILL think you've done it wrong. But BE PATIENT.... it turns out amazingly.
This was a very fast project.... BOTTOM LINE: used eggshell finish interior paint that I already had from other rooms over crackle treatment glaze.