Saturday, April 6, 2013

Crackle Finish for Re-Purposed Drawers

Today I have two awesome projects for you all wrapped into one!!  :0  I am going to show you how I gave a face lift to some old drawers and how to create a crackle finish using white glue (I used Elmers).
Lets get started...

Here are the two drawers I with jade inside and the other with pink.

They came from a  little cabinet I picked up at a garage sale last summer...I think it came out of a kitchen.  At the time I had no idea what I would do with it....but the price was right.  ;)

The first thing I did was paint the drawer white (it took several coats).

I then painted the inside and the front. (I'm just lovin jade and pink right now)!


After the bottom coat (in this case pink) was dry, I painted a thick coat of Elmer's glue on the front of my drawer, letting it sit for about 4 minutes...I wanted it to dry a bit, but not much.  
While the glue was still tacky I painted on a coat of white.  Only paint in one direction...not back and don't want to mix the glue and paint...The paint should be laying on top of the glue.
It didn't take long for the crackles to appear....which was a good thing; cause I made everyone in the house watch....While I skipped around singing it's working  :)

I did the same thing for the legs...just because the crackle was so fun...
My little tip for painting legs is to make a holder by poking  holes in the bottom of an upside down, simple and easy!
They screwed easily into holes I had drilled.

I lined the boxes with scrapbook paper and then covered the whole thing with a protective coat of  Polycrylic.

TA-DA... They woul be a fun oprion instead so a gift "basket"!!

Here's one down at my shop...The cloche it was another easy project...You can find it here and the chalkboard table here .

That's it for now...Thanks for visiting and let me know if you have any questions....I would be happy to help!! 
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  1. Those turned out beautiful. Thanks for the tutorial and the inspiration.

  2. Have tried this in the past and it worked, thanks for the reminder, your project came out so much fun!

  3. Those are super cute! I have used the elmer's glue once and was surprised at how well it worked!

  4. Those are so cute. I just had to check out what you did to repurpose your drawers when I saw you at Time Travel Thursday. The post that I linked up had a repurposed drawer as well. I must admit yours are so much cuter. I love the colors and crackle finish and those adorable little legs.... Have a lovely weekend!

  5. I love the little drawer. I'll have to try your technique...Connie

  6. Adorable, this is why I love blogging, my head gets filled with fabulous ideas!


  7. Those turned out really amazing!! Love this technique!!
    Tuula :)

  8. Wonderful reuse of old drawers and the crackle looks so nice. I'm not usually a fan of crackle (it was over done quite a bit a few years ago)but I like how that looks just on front of the drawer. Love how you used different colors on inside of drawers.
    Reading blogs is so inspirational, I find so many excellent projects to do by so many very talented people. Makes me happy to see so many people doing what they do. Happy weekend



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