How to Paint a Crackle Finish on Furniture
Bypass the flea market and go straight to a faux-aged finish
Vintage-furniture hounds spend years tracking down painted pieces that have just the right patina, its cracked layers of color just oozing with charm. You can shortcut that journey with contrasting shades of flat latex paint and a special medium that comes out of the can as a milky liquid, goes on clear, and shrinks and cracks the paint color layered on top of it, revealing glimpses of the base shade. Crackle medium ages furniture right before your eyes. Which means you can create your own version of a piece's history, with colors of your choosing, whether you're aging one that's actually old or not.
Paint: Benjamin Moore's Sweet Pea (base coat) and Autumn Purple (top coat)