Step 2: Apply the Crackle Medium

applying faux crackle to a kitchen island
Photo: Wendell T. Webber
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Using a clean paintbrush, apply a thick layer of crackle medium to all surfaces. Work from top to bottom in an orderly fashion so that you can keep track of where you've been, since the milky-looking coating goes on clear.

Once you have an even coat, let it dry for at least an hour (but not more than 4 hours).
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    Tools List

    • sponge
      Damp sponge to clean off dirt
    • 3-inch wide paint brush
      3-inch nylon-polyester paintbrushes Get two 
so that you'll have a clean one ready for the top coat.
    • bucket with liner
      Cut bucket and liners

    Shopping List

    1. Latex primer-sealer to create a good surface for the base coat

    2. Crackle medium. We used Sherwin-Williams' Faux Impressions Crackle.3. Latex paint in two colors. Choose high-contrast colors for the most dramatic effect. For best results, be sure to use a flat or matte finish for the bottom coat. Eggshell will work for the top coat, but nothing shinier.

    4. Water-based polyurethane (optional) to clear-coat and protect the crackle finish. Satin will look the best.