How to Create a Crackle Finish

This video will teach you how to achieve a crackle finish.  This technique can be used on wood or walls as seen in the video.  Jeremy gives us two trade secrets:  what to use to get a subtle crackle and what to use to get a larger crackle finish for a more expansive area or desired look.  These two common ingredients can be used to create this elevated finish.

Step 1: Watch the video tutorial for a clear explanation.

Step 2: Select your project and gather the supplies. Gum arabic will be used for more subtle crackle (craquelure) and powdered coffee creamer will be used for larger cracks for a larger area. Dilute the medium 1:1 – 1 part water to 1 part crackle medium (powdered coffee creamer or gum arabic).

Step 3: You start by painting one coat of paint on your surface. Let that dry. Then brush the crackle medium over the surface. The crackle medium is the mixture of what you created in Step 2. Let the crackle medium dry and brush on your desired color of water based paint that you want to crack. This will expose the base coat. You can dry naturally or force dry on COOL to bring about the cracks.

Step 4: Use an air duster to create custom cracks in areas you desire.
Watch the video tutorial to see what we did with a black base coat, crackle medium and white top layer.
Enjoy this elevated finish on furniture or as a feature wall.


You can use our DIY products we discussed or purchase a crackle medium from one of our favorites, Modern Masters.

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  • Reply Diane December 5, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. For whatever reason the craquelure and crackle just fascinate me. I do have a question. What if I don’t want a coat of paint over my basecoat? What if I have a painted design and wish the craquelure created on top of the design, and then highlighted with stain. How do I do this? Thanks for your insight.

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