Home Decor, Making a House a Home

DIY: Crackle Paint

As any homeowner, I already have a long ‘to-do’ list of ideas I want to do around my home. After all, that’s one of the advantages of being a homeowner, customizing your home to fit your personality. One project I have on my list is to do the crackle paint effect on my dining room table. A friend of mine has it on an end table in her house and I think it looks absolutely amazing. So I’d like to mimic this painting technique, with a different color, for my home.

Here are some instructions on how to do this ‘do-it-yourself’ project:
Materials Needed: You will first need an interior satin base coat in your desired color (underneath color), a faux weathered crackle glaze, interior flat wall paint for top coat (main color), a clear protector and of course brushes and a paint tray.


  1. Tape off all areas where you do not want the finish applied. Apply base coat with roller to entire surface. Remove tape and allow to dry overnight.
  2. Reapply tape following day. Use a nylon brush and apply an even coat of weathered crackle glaze to surface. Do not overwork glaze. Remove tape and allow to dry two to four hours before applying top coat.
  3. Reapply tape after glaze has dried. Using a roller or brush, apply top coat of interior flat paint to surface. (NOTE: Must use flat sheen for technique to work.)
  4. One application in a single direction works best. Within minutes you should start to see the top coat begin to crack, letting the base coat show through.
  5. After crackle has dried for at least 72 hours, apply clear protector to protect the surface.

And voila! You’re done! You’re just created a magnificent piece of art for your home. Invite some people over and show off your beautiful work!

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Christine is the Content Marketing Specialist for Homes.com. She's a small town girl at heart, who currently lives in Norfolk, VA with her husband and their fur baby. When she's not working, she enjoys cooking, decorating, traveling, and binge watching Netflix. As a proud Virginia Tech alum, she also loves cheering on the Hokies!

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