How to Refinish a Cabinet With Crackled Paint

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Crackled paint makes walls and floors look decorative and rustic. You can achieve the same look in your kitchen by applying crackled paint onto the kitchen cabinets.

Things You'll Need

  • Medium-grit sandpaper
  • Vacuum with brush attachment
  • Latex paint, 2 colors or shades
  • 3 paintbrushes, 3-inch flat
  • Liquid craft glue
  • Bowl
  • Paint stick
  • Clear varnish
  • 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.

Tips & Warnings

  • 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.
  • Ventilate the area while applying latex paint and varnish to avoid breathing in fumes.

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