Cackling Crackled Trim

This week we’re crackling trim and yes, the house is probably laughing at us. We paint old trim to make it look . . . old. Go figure.

STEP 1: Gold paint. We used two coats.
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This is an illustration of The Midas Effect – too much gold is a bad thing. So OK, it looks bearable in the daylight. At night it looks like it belongs in King Tut’s tomb – perfectly acceptable decorating if you’re a dead pharaoh, but most of us aren’t.

STEP 2: Brush on crackle goop, a.k.a. “Behr’s Crackle”. (Other companies make a similar product).
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Scowl of concentration not required for correct application of product.

STEP 3: Apply black paint THICKLY – it crackles better. Admittedly this is difficult when the surface is vertical. Be prepared for drips. Do not rebrush or apply a second coat. Crackle is very tempermental about that sort of treatment and will refuse to crackle.
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This looks awful so wear blinders until it’s dry.

Step 4. Finished!
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Old. Crackled. Fun. Yet in the week it took to do this, I’m sure I  heard a light cackling coming from this room just before dawn . . .
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The curtain tie is just a sample of all the pretty beaded curtain ties we have at www.glintlit.com.

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