For a while now I have been desperate to try out the pin that has been floating around like crazy… Can you really use Elmer’s glue for a crackle effect instead of expensive crackle mediums? I must admit that I was crazy stoked.
Unfortunately, it didn’t really work out as well as planned. In the end while I was able to salvage the paint job I still wasted a ton of glue to have a practically solid green headboard. The thing of it is, I have NO clue what I did wrong. It has obviously worked for some, why not me? It was suggested that perhaps it is just too humid here for it to work. I don’t know if that is the case but it seems plausible.
So, if you are just as desperate to try out the glue to crackle pin I say go for it. I also say test it on a small area first ’cause there’s nothing quite like having to start a big ol’ headboard over again. I’ll proceed this post with what did work for me.
You will need:
- headboard (mine was cheap compressed board, not real wood but it worked out OK)
- flat paint for undercoat
- contrasting paint for top coat (I got a custom paint sample from Lowes for $3 & still have some left over!)
- Elmer’s glue (if you want to try it out)
- metal scraper
- fine grade sandpaper (in a block is great for the added heft)
First I gave the headboard a good, rough sand and followed that by cleaning it with some alcohol and a clean rag.
Next, I primed the headboard with three coats and followed with two coats of flat white paint.
When totally dry I slathered on the glue and waited and waited and waited for it to get tacky.
When it became my definition of tacky I quickly brushed on my green top coat, taking care to only brush on once in every place and not reapply anywhere if possible.
Then, I sat on my driveway and watched waiting to see these huge, gorgeous cracks occuring in my paint.
When I finally got up to see what the heck was going on and touched the paint, I noticed that it was dry even though it hadn’t cracked yet. WTF?!?!
So in order to salvage a bad situation, I busted out my sanding block and metal scraper and distressed the sucker by hand. I paid special attention to the edges and anywhere that it looked like the paint maybe wanted to possibly crack. Any place where the paint wasn’t totally dry, I used my scraper to peel up the green to show the white underneath.
Then I went around with my little pot of green paint and a small brush and touched up some areas that were a bit too distressed compared to the rest.
In the end, I’m happy with the results and I think it looks fabulous. Would it have looked better with the big crackles I saw in my head? Maybe but why worry about what could have been when I can admire what I have.
Besides I can’t complain too much. The total project cost me less than $5. $1 for the headboard (yellow tags were one cool dolla’ at the thrift store!) and $3 for a little tester pot of paint from Lowe’s in green. $5 distressed if not crackled headboard, heck yeah!
Happy hump day!