Snap. Crackle. Now they Pop!

Gadora was asked to find three tables for a living room. A sofa table, side table and a coffee table, nothing too dainty. They would need an old world feel of gold and brown when finished. After 4 days of scouring Craigslist, hitting garage sales and resale shops looking for items I could mix together, Gadora happily settled on these three…

Three Pine Tables
Three Pine Tables

I gave myself 5 hours to finish all three pieces…

Three hours later, Gadora had removed the handles, sanded the tables and applied Glidden’s Bark chocolate over each surface.

Side Table with Bark paint
Side Table with Bark paint

Once dry, each piece was covered in Behr’s Crackle paint. Sticky and white like glue, the treatment eventually dried with no evidence of application.

Coffee Table with crackle glaze
Coffee Table with crackle glaze

An hour later, Gadora and Penny applied the top coat of latex paint. The thicker the application the larger and more pronounced the crackle. On the legs we applied a lighter layer of paint, hoping for smaller crackles. Within minutes the Bark underneath began its bite.

Side table with crackle
Side table with crackle

Into the night we marveled at our transformations. Each piece has new purpose.

Side table, almost done!
Side table, almost done!

Stripe

In slightly more than 7 hours (only two more than planned!) the tables were snapped up, crackled… and now they POP! Hardware pulled from a ’60s dresser beef up the new facade.

New (to this piece) Hardware
Recycled Hardware

The details. Once crackled, Bark brown was brushed into the crannies and on the details of the spun legs. Before dry, a wet rag was used to wipe off the excess.

Sofa table close-up
Sofa table close-up


*Thanks LV for “Gadorable!!”

Here, the side table shows really well.

Side table - AFTER
Side table - AFTER

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Sofa table - AFTER
Sofa table - AFTER

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Coffee Table - AFTER
Coffee Table - AFTER

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17 thoughts on “Snap. Crackle. Now they Pop!

    1. Hey Jason, this was a table set that I painted with “Oops” paint. I don’t remember noting the numbers off the can, or even where it came from. That is of little help, I know, as there are seemingly endless possibilities for off-white paint. I knew the general hue (more yellow than blueish) would work, so just went for it. Thanks for your post.

  1. hmm. I tried using Crackle from sherwin williams, unfortunantly the crackle effect begins taking place in about10 seconds. This leaves me hardly any time to cut in or fade from the last line I painted (which in turn leaves some brush strokes very noticable) how much working time do you have with the Behr crackle?

    1. I usually make sure the bottom coats are painted and dry. Then work in sections for the crackle bit. I always use real bristle brushes, instead of plastic. Maybe that was a factor, too? The crackle from Behr takes place pretty quickly too. I’d love to see a pic!!

      1. I will post pics once the project is complete. Im using a gold metallic paint for the base with resonant blue (sherwin williams)

        http://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/color/find-and-explore-colors/paint-colors-by-family/SW6954-resonant-blue/

        on top. I was hoping to use “Pharoahs Gold” from Modern Masters. (http://www.modernmasters.com/products.asp?mode=lp_palette&lid=3&gid=18

        but it is a bit pricey and I am still in the learning stage. So I found that by using a rustoleom metallic gold spray can and sanding it with a medium pad allows for excellent adhesion while providing me with the color I need.

        Thanks for the Tip

  2. Hi! I planned on doing this project on a kitchen table. I was wondering what the exact color of the eggshell colored topcoat is?

    1. Thanks for your note. Many of my projects are completed with “Oops” paint from the hardware store, there’s a price break because it’s paint someone didn’t want. And, might just sit at the store unused. Part of the fun of doing projects is experimenting with paint and colors. Sadly, I’m not able to tell you exactly which color this one is. 😦

  3. Hi Gadora! I am going to crackle paint my dining table-the question how I sand the feet and all curves under? Coz’ the top is not a problem when u r using machine. and how long it might take?
    thx

  4. It was! Next time I’ll make a video of how quickly the top coat begins to crackle. Fascinating. What do you need refashioned?

  5. WOW! Gadora does it again. Crackle is totally not my thing, but these look amazing. I would never have seen such potential in the ho-hum pine tables, but they are so glam now. NICELY DONE!

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