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Elmers Glue crackle finish custom cabinet
We needed a pantry in our home and had a big ugly green cabinet that my husband has had forever. So I grabbed our Elmers glue and 2 different color of paint and crackled away.

Posted by Recycled Miracles from Stateline, Nevada, United States • Published See Recycled Miracles's 55 projects »
  • How to make a cupboard / closet. Custom Cabinet, Crackle Effect W/ White Glue - Step 1
    Step 1

    First I washed the cabinet with TSP and water. Then I primed it and painted on the base color. In the back area I paint it red, The front panels were added later to help the piece pop. Once the paint is completely dry the fun starts. You can use the glue straight from the bottle, which will give a larger crackle or watered down a little for a finer crackle. The next 2 steps will have to be done rather quickly.

  • Step 2

    Make sure your second color of paint is mixed, open and ready to use. Use your foam brush and paint the glue mixture onto the surface and spread it out with up and down strokes. Wait about a min. until glue is tacky but still opaque. Now brush on the second color, working top to bottom. Now just sit back and watch as the paint dries. The top layer of paint slowly separates as the glue dries. Once your item is completely dry spray it a few times with a clear coat of polyacrylic to protect it.



Recycled Miracles
Recycled Miracles · Stateline, Nevada, US · 63 projects
Actually I found any water based paint will work. This was done in a flat acrylic house paint, we bought it by accident and didn't know what to do with it. I will correct the paint type, I didn't realize it said water color paint sorry about that. We have many things in out home with this and always get compliments on them. Have fun and post a pic when you are done, I would love to see it.
Meaghan N.
Meaghan N. · Toronto, Ontario, CA
hi i can't wait to try this out but i was a bit confused. in the list of things you need to do the project you say to use water colours. do you mean water colours for painting pictures or would acrylic paint or some work as well???

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