I tried out a really cool new-ish Martha Stewart Product called “Crackle Effect” on this mini-pallet and it works really well to create that aged, shabby chic look. Here are some close-ups of the crackle effect.
Pretty neat, right? Here’s how it’s done.
What You’ll Need:
- A mini pallet or raw wood sign (We used 1 1/2″ x 1/2″ wood to make this one and the overall size is about 9 1/2″ x 12″)
- Acrylic Paints
- Fine Sandpaper
- Martha Stewart Crackle Effect
- Raw Wood Gift Tags (for banner)
- Baker’s Twine
- Glue Gun
- “Dream” or other wood text
First I asked the Hubs to build me a mini-pallet sign from raw wood.
I painted it with one coat of light yellow and, when dry, I sanded lightly to help “age” it. Then I applied a REALLY thick coat of the Crackle Effect. It has to be really thick or it won’t work. Allow to dry 24 hours for the full crackle effect to take place.
Next, I mixed some”white wash” paint with a ratio of 70% water/ 30% paint using the light blue paint. Paint it over the crackle and let set a few minutes then wipe off, so it’s just left in the cracks. Then I repeated this “wash” with a white paint/water mix.
I painted the “Dream” text light blue and let dry. Then I added a coat of hot pint and sanded the edges to make it look worn.
Next, I painted each tag a different shade and lightly stenciled on a white heart. I hot glued the tags and “dream” onto the wood sign and used Baker’s Twine for the little banner.