Monday, July 1, 2013

Crackle Painted Vintage Nightstand

 Happy Monday, Campers! Something happened! Time got away from me and I barely posted anything last week. I told you I was a little project burned out, but I started something to share in a day or so.
I do have something to show you today, though! I painted this nightstand a few years ago using a crackle finish. Remember that stuff? Well, a can of crackle finish lasts a long time.

I got this mid century furniture piece at a thrift store, (no big surprise) and decided to paint it for my family room. It has since been moved to the guest room where it's a better height for the bed in there.
This wood nightstand was nicely made and sturdy. It had interesting handles, that were actually wood parts built into the drawers. The top drawer opened easily, but the bottom one was hard to open so I added a burnt orange knob. 

I have to say, putting a crackle finish on furniture is quite a few steps. 
Sand, prime, paint undercoat color ( I used the tan from my family room), glop on crackle medium, paint on top coat color ( I used off white and green), protective coat with polyurethane.
Of course I added a step, I painted the decorative details on the top and front of the piece.
Oh, and painting over the crackle stuff is tricky! You get one swipe of paint and leave it alone or you risk messing up the crackle .
 Here's the painting detail on top. I was inspired by some fabric I had to paint that pomegranate design.
I accessorized the nightstand with a vintage lamp, a hand knit doll from Austria and a Russian hand painted wood vase that serves as a pen and pencil container. The little doll was from a trip to Austria many years ago and belonged to my daughter.( I wonder if she'll want it back now!) I just love the knit body and handmade clothes in Austrian costume. The vintage Russian container was a lucky thrifty find.

Here's a little preview of my next furniture makeover. This little vanity stool with storage in the seat... I'm a sucker for a cabriole leg. This gal has a sweet shape, just needs a little dressing up. Come back and see how it turns out!
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  1. Such pretty detail! I've never done anything crackle before (well, I've eaten a Krackel candy bar...)

    Have a great week!


    1. I'm pretty sure the crackle phase was gone a long time ago. Thanks for your kind words on my work!

  2. Great chest and it is still classic. I love your painted chest you are one talented gal. I have a stool almost identical that is a current project. It's always fun to see the finished results. This is my first time to stop in I have come from Nifty's Linky party. Kathy

    1. Kathy, yes the chest is a mid century classic. I'd love to see the stool project. I'll stop by and check it out! Cindy

  3. That looks great! I haven't used crackle medium in a while but I remember it to be multi-step process with the crackle not always crackling the way I wanted!

  4. You did a fantastic job and your hand-painted
    details are simply amazing. So much talent!
    Thanks for sharing.

    Happy July 4th!

  5. I love the crackle finish and the fruit. You did a great job!

  6. Great job on your chest. Happy 4th of July!

  7. Love your little table, how fabulous is that. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  8. New follower and I love cute!

  9. This is a beautiful paint job and I love the crackle finish! Thanks for linking up at TTF!


  10. Gorgeous nightstand! I'm so impressed with your hand painted design. Thank you for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday.

  11. So pretty, love your hand painting! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  12. Gorgeous paint job! Love the green paint and the fruit!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

  13. Wow! It really looks lovely. Crackle adds character, too :)

    Thanks so much for linking up at the party,
    <3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!

  14. Very nice! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  15. What a fun Project, I love the Crackle!!!

    I would love for you to come link up to my Paint Party going on now
    Hope to see you there

    Start @ Home

  16. So pretty! I love the crackle! x

  17. That little stool is so cute. It would be cute with a really vibrant fabric on it! Thanks for linking up to the "Go Get Your Garage Sale On" Linky Party!



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