Mix your chosen paint with one part paint, two parts glaze and enough water to give a cream consistency,.
Brush or sponge the mixture onto the wood quickly and lightly. Allow it to dry completely.
Mix a second paint color using the same recipe as before. Stipple the paint on with the end of a brush or a sponge quickly and lightly, in random patterns.
Use a dry sponge or rag to blend blotchy, very heavy areas. Let the finish dry.
Apply a base and topcoat of special crackle paint. Let dry.
The paint crackles on its own.
Rub an antique glaze onto the dried crackle finish to highlight the cracks.
Rub off the excess antique glaze with a clean, dry cloth.
Apply an oil-based varnish to seal the paint job.
Sanding and Distressing
Sand the corners, feet, around hardware and on raised carving on the furniture after painting your topcoat.
Hit the sanded areas or areas near them with a small bag of nails, chains or other improvised objects that can slightly dent or nick the wood.
Dust the piece off with a dry brush or rag.
Apply a clear sealant to protect the finish.