Use faux painting techniques to create different decorative effects for your walls. The main idea behind a cracked wall effect comes from the common use of antiques or distressing techniques that would give objects an aging appearance. For you to accomplish this result, you need to apply a crackling medium in between paint layers.
With a crackling medium in place, the top layer above it would crack in random patterns. Therefore, one can easily see the base coat, which is most definitely of a different color from the top layer. The size and depth of your cracks would depend on how thick is your crackling medium. These results are also affected by the manner in which you apply the top paint. Practice makes perfect, so by constant practice, you are likely to achieve special effects.
Step 1: Prepare the space by ensuring the wall is clean and dry. If required, use primer and apply a color that is darker than the base coat color. Cover those areas that need protection from the paint with painter’s tape. Additionally, cover floors with plastic sheeting.
Step 2: Use a roller for the application of the base coat color. Try rolling the paint in one pattern as much as possible and cut in edges using the paintbrush where necessary. Allow the base coat time to dry overnight.
Step 3: Apply the crackling medium consistently using a short nap roller cover or nylon paintbrush. For more visible and pronounced cracks, apply a thicker coat. Even so, do not overwork the crackling medium or overlap brush strokes. Apply on smaller sections at a time until you cover the entire area. Get rid of all painter’s tape before the crackling medium becomes dry. Give the medium time to dry as stipulated on the manufacturer’s manual.
Step 4: Regularly reapply painter’s tape. Stain the topcoat paint evenly as soon as the crackling medium dries. Utilize the paint roller for cracks more delicate and a paintbrush for cracks more intense. Get rid of the painter’s tape after an hour of drying time, and then allow topcoat to dry overnight.
- Paint roller
- Painter’s tape
- Paint tray
- Plastic sheeting
- Crackling Medium
- Roller covers
- Base coat latex paint
- Nylon paintbrush
- Top coat latex paint
Before you begin any procedures, familiarize yourself with the crackling medium on a practice board, and experiment the different medium applications even before you advance to work on your wall.
Confirm the manufacturer’s instructions concerning the type of paint to use with a particular crackling medium. Many would suggest satin or a flat sheen.
Ensure you remove the painter’s tape before the crackling medium dries, otherwise, can pull off part of the glaze and damage your finish.
Apply the outermost coat immediately after the crackling medium dries, as waiting too long can destroy the effect.
Remember that nothing comes on a silver platter. Therefore, you have to practice consistently on your painting and decorative skills before you become an expert.