If fall has you in the mood for a DIY decorating project, then Patty Brees of Green Table Gifts in Tempe, Arizona, has the remedy. Here she gives step-by-step directions for creating a crackled finish using Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan. She fashioned a “Boo” sign perfect for Halloween, but the same technique could be applied to any number of creative designs.
Patty explains that the technique draws on two methods from Annie Sloan’s Color Recipes for Painted Furniture—a book that, if you don’t already have it, should definitely go on your Christmas list. By combining the typographical chest of drawers (p. 148) and the chipped paint cabinet (p. 44), Patty created a charming seasonal decoration that would be a treat to display each year.
Here’s how she did it:
1. In the center of your plaque, paint an area slightly larger than the word you are going to expose. (We chose Chalk Paint in Graphite.) Allow to fully dry.
2. Affix stickers of your choice over the painted area; they can overlap a little if you wish.
3. Paint the plaque with Chalk Paint in Country Grey with a heavy coat making sure to vary the brush strokes.
4. Immediately take a hair dryer to the paint (about 6 inches away) and watch the paint pull and crack as it dries (2-3 minutes). Allow the piece to cool off and finish drying.
5. Peel off the stickers to expose the base paint.
6. Apply Dark Wax to the entire piece and immediately wipe off excess.
If you’re looking for more DIY inspiration, you can see some of Patty’s creations here.