I found these Fleur de Lis candle holders at Michael’s a few weeks ago and picked them up at 60% off.
I didn’t like the original finish, which was too dark and UGLY!
So, I thought I’d try giving them an antique look more to my liking. I found some crackle medium at Walmart during the summer, and have been wanting to try it.
First, I painted two coats in dark grey acrylic for the base.
Then I applied the crackle medium and let dry. I followed with a nice ivory acrylic and painted one thick coat over the base and crackle coats. As it started to dry, I could see the cracks starting to form.
Who doesn’t love a good before and after?
I picked up some round candles at Ikea and Voila! Fini!
If you have never used a crackle medium before, it’s actually really easy – all you have to remember is that you need an acrylic base coat, then the medium, then an acyrlic top coat. Otherwise the paint won’t crack!