Sand the surface of the cabinet using medium-grit sandpaper. Move the sandpaper in small circular motions to smooth the surface of the cabinet.
Vacuum the cabinet and surrounding areas using a vacuum with a brush attachment to remove any sawdust and paint debris.
Paint the surface of the cabinet using latex paint in any color with a 3-inch flat paintbrush. This will be the undercoat of the crackled paint. Allow the paint to dry for eight to 12 hours.
Combine 1 part liquid craft glue, 1 part latex paint and 1 part water in a bowl and stir the mixture well with a paint stick. Select a latex paint that is a different color or a different shade than the first coating of paint.
Apply the paint mixture over the already painted cabinet using another 3-inch flat paintbrush. Allow the paint to dry for eight to 12 hours. The paint mixture will crackle as it dries over the latex paint layer.
Apply a layer of clear varnish over the crackled cabinet using a third 3-inch flat paintbrush to seal the crackle finish and prevent it from chipping. Allow the varnish to dry for eight to 12 hours.
Things You Will Need
- Medium-grit sandpaper
- Vacuum with brush attachment
- Latex paint, 2 colors or shades
- 3 paintbrushes, 3-inch flat
- Liquid craft glue
- Paint stick
- Clear varnish
- Select two different shades of the same color of latex paint to create a dynamic-looking crackled cabinet or use two completely different colors to create a more artistic-looking cabinet.