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How to Create Crackled Furniture

A crackle-finish can be applied to wood furniture, a ceiling fan, or over a faux-finish surface to give it an antique look.

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create crackled furniture for antique look
  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Apply Primer

Clean furniture surface with TSP to remove any grease or residue.

Paint clean, dry surface with latex primer, then apply base color and allow to dry.

create crackled furniture for antique look

Step 2: Apply a Crackle Finish

Apply Craquelure and allow to dry, then add top coat. Wait for finish to "crackle". In this room, the crackle finish is applied to a ceiling fan.

crackle finish applied to ceiling fan