As promised, here’s the tutorial to achieve a
pretty, faded, weathered, and crackled finish on your furniture pieces
using crackle medium and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
While my desk is lavender, the techniques can be applied
to any color that YOU love!
Paint your piece your base color.
(The base color is what you want to show through the crackle cracks.)
I chose Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Pure White.
Brush on your crackle medium.
This was my very first experience with an actual crackle medium.
(I vaguely remember using an Elmer’s glue & hair dryer technique
to crackle a painting when I was teenager.)
Patty at Classic Wall Finishes
sent me a couple of new mediums from Artisan Enhancements to try out.
Artisan Enhancements® Crackle Tex was one of them.
It’s a very thick consistency and you just brush on a thick layer and let dry.
(You can speed up the drying process with a hair dryer.)
I didn’t apply a thick layer all over, which is why my cracks are a bit more subtle.
Also, I didn’t bother to re-crackle when I decided to repaint the desk lavender instead of teal,
so the cracks were filled in a bit with the base coat and lavender coats.
Just expect your piece to more crackled than mine.
And the more crackle, the better, in my opinion.
I wanted to mention that Artisan Enhancements®
also makes a product called Easy Crackle,
which is more of a straight crackle and flake medium.
The Crackle Tex, however, is more of a “pull off” type product
that gives the piece more dimension in addition to the crackling effect.
I used my finger nail to dig at some spots and pull back little pieces.
It’s kind of rubbery and stretches after you let it dry for a little bit
and when you pull tiny pieces, they sort of snap back
to create a very cool texture, reminding me of flaking paint.
I’m not sure if that’s what you’re supposed to do with it
(again this was my first experience with this medium), but it worked!
Top coat and watch it crackle before your little eyes.
I mixed up my grayish lavender using a combination of
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Emile, Pure White, and Paris Grey.
Those three colors (and Graphite) are freckled laundry staples.
Once again, no need to be too careful with chalk paint.
It took me a bit to break the habit of smooth brush strokes
until I watched Annie Sloan herself paint in one of her workshops.
She brushes on the paint thisaway and thataway,
thick in some spots, and thinner in others.
Let your little brush fly freely. ;)
It creates more texture for the next steps.
Here, you can see the blurry and tiny hands of my twins at work…
I love it when I do something that they can help with.
Use a very dry brush and lightly sweep it over the piece
just enough to hit the high points of the brush strokes
(created from being painterly, not perfect) and edges.
Patty lso sent along a matte Topcoat Sealer
to be used with the Artisan Enhancements® Crackle Tex.
I’ll experiment with it in a future project,
but I chose to use a graphite wax for my desk because I wanted it to sink into the crackle
and look even more weathered and timeworn.
To create graphite wax, mix a little Graphite Chalk Paint with Annie’s Clear Wax.
Distress the edges if you’d like.
I only distressed the corners and edge of the desktop and saved this step for last.
Chalk Paint sands like a dream unwaxed and you’d usually sand before you wax,
so this can either be Step 4 1/2 or 6.
You can even sand and distress the entire piece to allow your base coat to rub through in certain spots.
Happy painting and crackling,
I purchase my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® and supplies from Patty’s online shop.
She is a friend and from time to time,
she’ll include something new for me to try with my purchases.
I was given Artisan Enhancements® Crackle Tex to try
with the hope that I’d share it on my blog if I liked it, and I did.
As always, all opinions and thoughts are my own
and I won’t share anything that I don’t like or recommend.