Can you feel the islands?

January 7th, 2012 in member junk     
JunkAlley JunkAlley, member
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Step 3. Theres white primer under the blue paint.
Photo: The final product. Pulls salvaged from another alley find.

I found this old sewing table in -- you guessed it -- an alley around the block from my home. While I'd intended to bring it to my office, it too was claimed for home use.

I took the hinges out of it to use on a very old drop front secretary desk (another alley pick) that I'll post as soon as it's done. Screwed the top to the base and set about painting it.

We love the island look, so I used bright, contrasting colors over dark blue. I crackled it using Elmer's glue. All of the paints were Home Depot "Oops" colors. Can't beat it at a buck-a-quart, or five bucks-a-gallon. 

Pattern or design used: My own design
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Comments (9)

JunkAlley writes: Thanks again. Crackling with Elmer's is pretty simple:
Lay down your undercoat and allow it to dry.

Squirt on some glue.

Use a dry (or somewhat moist) brush to spread it on the surface. It doesn't have to be even. And in most cases, it won't be.

Allow it to get tacky, but not dry. You have to watch it; in warm environments, this will happen pretty quickly.

Paint on a contrasting topcoat, being careful not to brush too over areas where you have wet topcoat. That will cause the paint to gum up in chunks.

Allow it to dry, or hit it with a blow dryer set to HOT and watch the magic.

Once it's fully dry, you'll probably want to clear coat it. Otherwise, the same properties that helped it crackle will cause the topcoat to easily rub off.

A couple of other tips:

Work in small sections, so the glue doesn't dry before you've had the opportunity to apply your topcoat.

I've found that flat topcoats crackle better for me than glossy. I'm not sure why, or whether this is universal.

There are some pretty good video tutorials on YouTube.

Have fun. More alley-find projects to come soon!

Posted: 7:30 pm on January 17th
gamecockchic writes: I am so jealous of your alleys! Great paint job! Makes me happy just looking at it.

How do you crackle with Elmer's glue? I don't know that trick.

Posted: 4:47 pm on January 17th
JunkAlley writes: Thanks a bunch, all! I live in South Florida, between Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. Today, the alleys gave up a pair of really nice Pier 1 bar stools in solid wood, and a cool vintage headboard that is destined to become a bench. Always wanted to make one of those. Posted: 5:40 pm on January 11th
georgiamoon writes: Ok where the heck do you live? We don't have more than 6 alleys in our whole town, and it sounds like you have lots of them where people just drag out good stuff. Then on top of that you get to go home with all the goodies and do fantastic paint jobs on them. Does this sound fair to you? I'm just sayin'....Georgia Posted: 6:30 pm on January 10th
gadgetsponge writes: I have to say, you've got the best alleys around you! Always good stuff you're finding in the alleys. Great paint color scheme. The crackle is a great touch. Posted: 7:06 pm on January 9th
MakinItHappen writes: Me too! Posted: 7:47 am on January 9th
junqueartiste writes: YES, I can feel the islands!!!!
Posted: 3:38 pm on January 8th
NDJunkGirl writes: It is now unrecognizable from the original piece - holy buckets! The colors you picked are so fun! Very cool!

-Andrea Posted: 9:13 am on January 8th
Funky_Junk_Donna writes: What a fun piece! The colours just made it bounce! Love the choice of colours and crackle treatment, everything. Nicely done!

Donna Posted: 11:29 pm on January 7th
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