Last week, I had my first experience with using a glaze. I have been wanting to brighten up my black birdcage for a while. After I started, I realized that I chose a really intricate piece for my first try, but it all worked out in the end.
Since the birdcage was already the color that I wanted to show through beneath the crackle, I didn't have to do any painting before the glaze.
This is the before photo. I cleaned up all the dust before I started. I got the Weathered Crackle Glaze from Lowe's and a quart of cream-colored paint with a flat finish.
*Note: It is very important to get paint with a flat finish, otherwise the topcoat paint won't crack. I also tried using flat spray paint, but that doesn't work either.
The first thing I did after cleaning the birdcage was to paint a coat of glaze over the entire cage, starting with the inside. Next, I waited for the glaze to dry for one hour. Now I had a three-hour window in which to do the cream-colored paint. After four hours, the glaze doesn't do the crackle effect anymore.
The topcoat was the most time-consuming part of the project. The paint needs to be applied in as little strokes as possible to prevent the glaze from coming up and gumming in with the paint. I tried get as much coverage with one stroke as I could. It turned out pretty well overall. There were some spots where I had a little bit of trouble, but I am very pleased with the results, especially for my first crackle project.
Luckily, I have a lot of glaze and paint left over, so I will be able to do many more projects like this. I would recommend anything with lots of flat surfaces for a first project, like a message board or picture frame.