Want to make a cute crackle finish like this....
To revamp an ugly piece of furniture like this....?
Give a light scuff sanding to your old piece of furniture to help the paint adhere better.
TIP: As you follow all the following steps, also do them on a scrap piece so that you can practice your crackle technique before putting it on the actual furniture. On the dresser, I used the entire back as my practice space since it faces the wall.
Optional step: Paint a base layer or two of primer. I used primer because I was covering a light piece of furniture with red paint, and red paint is highly recommended for using a primer anyway.
Paint your base color. This is the color that will only be seen inside the crackles (mine's red). Be sure you get a good, even coat. Of course since I chose red mine took.. eh.. quite a few coats. Be sure this layer is dried COMPLETELY! (I'm talking overnight, not just an hour...)
Paint the crackle or glue glaze. The thicker the crackle is applied, the bigger your cracks will be. Be sure you apply it as smoothly and evenly as possible, and get full coverage. Also, don't doddle, because you'll want to start painting your final top coat soon.
Paint your top coat color, in long, full, even strokes going in one direction only (not back and forth)... using as few strokes as possible. Avoid overlapping strokes, as this can funkify your crackle. You only get one chance to paint this layer as best as you can, which is why I highly recommend practicing your technique on a scrap first. Keep your brush strokes all going in the same direction, because that's how the crackles will appear. As the paint dries, it will begin to crackle.
After your piece is completely dry, if you have any knobs that you plan to paint, put them on loosely, over a plastic baggie, then paint them as desired. After painting, I used polyurethane on the knobs since I also used it on the dresser. Remove the baggies after the paint is dry and finish screwing in the knobs. If you're using pre-finished knobs then just stick 'em on and you're done!
Now stand back and admire your handiwork!!!
If you give this painting technique a try, please email me a photo of your finished project!