The grey sideboard that welcomes me in my front entryway has been a favorite piece of mine for a few years now. It’s houses everything from saran wrap to props for my furniture staging. Every few years I like to update those statement pieces to freshen up the look in my home. We creatives get bored with the same ole same ole. Changing the paint color is the obvious solution.
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Grey Sideboard Makeover Before
I know what you must be thinking. The grey sideboard really wasn’t bad as is, but it needed major repairs to the legs and after the repairs, it needed a lot of touch ups. You can CLICK HERE see the repairs that were done prior to this makeover.
One of My Favorite Quotes
One of my favorite quotes by Albert Einstein hangs on my studio wall. Today’s project is all about the creativity of the unknown. When I started this piece I had no idea where it would take me. My intelligence was tested on this piece. I took the crackle finish to another level.
Products Used To The Create This Finish
Applying the Crackle To The Grey Sideboard
The base of the grey sideboard was repainted with Driftwood. It’s a beautiful light shade of gray. After the paint had dried, I applied the crackle to the grey sideboard in specific spots where I wanted to add texture and character. Thicker in some places and thinner in others. The areas where it was applied thick began to drip making it appear like paint drips, but in a more controlled fashion.
After a few hours, the crackle was dry to the touch. A darker shade of grey called Hurricane Grey was painted over the whole sideboard.
The Results of The Crackle
Awesome crackly goodness! I love this stuff, but my idea for using the crackle wasn’t just for the crackle effect. My idea was to add texture and paint drips. Allowing the crackle glue to drip in certain spots was exactly what I had envisioned it would look like.
The grey sideboard was sanded with my Orbital Sander and distressed heavily to allow the lighter gray to show through and even the dark wood in certain areas. Dark brown wax was used to accent the texture created by the crackle and a clear wax was applied to seal the finish.
Aging With Crackle
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Until the next project… xo, Do