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crackle effect

How do you create a cracked, worn effect?

Do you like antique furniture? I’m crazy about imperfect furniture with its aged, weathered look! Learn how to create a crackle effect!


Everyone loves, or almost loves, magazine sets where everything looks perfect. Everything has its place, and every decorative item has been meticulously chosen to make the décor pleasing to the eye.
The projected image makes us believe in an imaginary world! I was lucky enough to visit several homes in their raw state, if I can put it that way. I haven’t come across a perfect house, with no hitches, no barked furniture or no future renovations to undertake.

A crackle effect that adds style!

Having cleaned several houses during my time as a cleaner, it was a title that best described the work I was doing at the time. Well, there was one house in particular that was almost identical to a magazine, but my client wasn’t happy with a couple of things that seemed off-putting. She wanted to improve the decor to make it even more perfect. Let me tell you, this feeling of always wanting to make our cozy little nest more beautiful and more perfect is impossible to satisfy. Why? Because a lifeless house is not a home, it’s a cold, imaginary setting. Over time, furniture ages, and its history is written on its surface.


We can look at an addict and think “there you go! the time Roger had one too many drinks and dropped his plate on my china cabinet” or “ah yes, the crayon marks on the couch! My 2-year-old niece autographed them!

Anyway, all this leads me to tell you why I like to make furniture full of imperfections, like these two tables. Not only is the work easy to do and beautiful, but the way the style will allow the tables to survive future accidents and hang-ups is simply brilliant. Any future scratches or other marks will simply add detail. Personally, I’m too much of a perfectionist to have glossy, smooth furniture to accept the marks left by time. A bit like my husband with his car, I feel sick to my stomach when my kids hang up the furniture. That’s one of the reasons why I really like the worn-in style.

cracked table

Finally ready for your decor

It may be more difficult to achieve a worn effect, but in my opinion, it’s a way of highlighting imperfections. So, instead of fixing your gaze on a few annoying details, have turned them into an attribute. In fact, furniture becomes a unique work of art in its own right. The worn and cracked technique is gaining in popularity for its unique, old-fashioned style.

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