The last two weeks have been filled with LOTS and LOTS of deep cleaning. I decided I needed a craft break thrown in there to keep the creative juices alive, and after I scored this board from the free bin at our local Re-Use Hawaii, my wheels started turning.
The board is 16″x24″x 1/2″, and I found her just laying all sad-like in the free bin. She was saying, “Please take me home and make me beautiful.” So I did.
I had seen a spread in Better Homes and Gardens with some beautiful acorn fall decor and a blue and red theme. They had a great stretched canvas with red crackle showing through a blue painting and a big faux red oak leaf to finish it off. I can’t find a link for the life of me, but the image was stuck in my head.
So I went to my neighborhood City Mill (teeny tiny Home Depot) and found this stuff in the paint section.
Special Effects Weathered Crackle Glaze. It was $14.99 for , and I only ended up using about 1/3 cup. So I’m hoping to do some more of these projects for other seasons, and I might even attempt to sell a few on Craigslist. We’ll see how ambitious I get…
So here’s how the project went down.
Day 1: Sand, and paint the base coat. Red in my case. I used a tiny bit from a pint can I found for $2.50 in the “Oops” bin. Flat finish. I’m thinking a simple acrylic craft paint may work, too, though. I think I’ll attempt that next time since I have close to a hundred of those just laying around my house. A sample can would also work. I painted mine with one of our beloved Purdy brushes.
The instructions say to let it sit at least 4 hours or overnight. I had plans, so I just left it overnight and picked up the next day.