Sunday, January 29, 2012

Simple Tutorial...

Many of you commented on the cracked table on a few of my shots here:
 Hello, my name is... and here...Beyond...
So I thought I'd do a real simple tutorial on how to do this crackle top. It's SO easy.
Basically, I had an "a-ha" moment over the summer as I was passing a floor & tile store. The wood floor samples look like table tops so I asked the owner if he had any discarded samples he'd be willing to give up to an amateur photographer.
That story is here...~The Foodie~
Frankie filled in the grooves with spackle. I asked him not to do it perfectly because I liked the imperfections. You can use any crafter acrylic paint from a hobby store. They are permanent, so wear old clothes.
 Paint the first layer with your darker color. I chose Arrowhead (grey). Let it completely dry. After the first coat dries, apply the crackle. I laid it on pretty thick. Let it dry at least an hour. It will feel "tacky" to the touch. It won't crackle until you add your coordinating color. I chose Snowflake. You'll need to work pretty quick. Don't pour your paint directly onto the crackle, use a plate or something you can work your paint and brush easily. After that completely dries, spray a sealer on it. I chose a matte (flat) finish. If you have any questions, you can post them in the comments section and I'll reply there to you.

Happy Snapping!


  1. Is that salt water taffy?? It's so pretty!

  2. OMG! I totally need to so this. I love this table and how you made going to try this! Thank you for the tutorial!

    1. Hey C- I wanna see it when it's done ok?

  3. what a great idea! i always forget there are so many things like that out there that others don't need or want, so they discard, but they would make great props and backgrounds for photographers. i will think twice before i pass a store like that from now on.

    you did a great job with the finish... you should have a little furniture side business!... 'cause you have all the time in the world for that, right? =)

  4. I have been admiring your crackle background! I've been meaning to do wooden table top backgrounds for a while but haven't got round to visiting the hardware store. I love your crackle one. The sweet photo above looks fantastic!

  5. Awesome tutorial!
    You have many talents, my friend!!!

  6. i've been meaning to do something like this for the longest time...i'll have to get on it! thanks for the reminder : )


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