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~
Anyhow...
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!
xo
Kelly

9 comments:

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

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

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

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  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? =)

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  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!

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

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  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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