I'd always dreamed of having a piece of furniture with a shabby-chic crackle finish, but thought that was asking a little much. Mom encouraged me, however, and we purchased the supplies, hauled the thing into the garage, and set to work. I would love to take credit for this project, but my darling Mamage did 95% of the work. Thank you, Mama! I love you.
|Ripe for revolution|
|That's right: Abby the sanding girl|
Here's what a drawer looked like before sanding--dark brown stain and lots of scuff marks. Once Mom, Aaron, and I hit it, though, it was smooth and light and ready for primer.
|It ain't seen nothin' yet.|
This is the surface once it's been primed with Kilz.
Once it was primed, we coated every surface with flat black paint (if you ever do this yourself, remember to use flat paint and nothing but). Then Mamage applied the special (read: expensive) crackle finish. It looks just like a shiny clear coat, but does amazing things once you add the final layer of paint....
This is what happens when you roll satin paint over that clear crackle coat! Amazing, isn't it?
So this is the finished product. Though labor intensive, the actual process was not as difficult as one might think.
Now I have a piece of furniture that I can be proud of, thanks to my wonderful family!