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Crackle Wood Finish

Create an antique painted furniture finish in a day instead of decades.

Table with a crackled paint finish

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials

Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary online or by market. Paint colors may vary slightly from those shown. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.

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Before beginning this finish on one of the dowel tables like the one shown, please consult the table project instructions. This finish may be applied to a completed table or other furniture project with no exposed hardware such as hinges or knobs. If you’re unfamiliar with using crackle glaze, practice on sanded scrap wood before tackling an actual project.

Step 1

Apply spray primer to the entire table and let dry. Sand lightly with 320-grit sandpaper to smooth the surface.

Good to Know

Because this is a painted finish instead of a stain, you can use wood putty to fill any knots, dings, or scratches in the wood before priming.

Step 2

Spray on two coats of flat paint (Labrador shown) for the base coat and let dry.

Step 3

Apply a thick coat of crackle glaze according to the manufacturer’s instructions and let dry.

Step 4

Crackle painted finish on a round top

Apply a light coat of matte or flat-finish paint (Lost Atlantis shown). Avoid brushing over freshly coated areas to give the crackle pattern time to form. Let dry.

Good to Know

Crackle glaze requires the top coat to be a matte or flat finish for the pattern to form correctly.