How to Paint a Shelf With a Weathered Look

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    • 1). Apply a tinted bonding primer to the shelf with a paintbrush. Choose a tint color that you like, because it will show through the crackled areas of the final paint coat. Allow this to dry for about 2 hours or until it is dry to the touch.

    • 2). Apply a crackle medium over the layer of primer and allow it to dry completely. Read the label carefully to avoid letting it sit to dry for too long, as it can be less effective.

    • 3). Apply a coat of eggshell finish latex paint over the crackle medium with a paintbrush. Paint the coat evenly and moderately to achieve an all-over consistent crackle pattern. Allow the paint to dry and crackle.

    • 4). Spray the shelf with a clear coat polyurethane spray sealant. This will prevent flaking paint.

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