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Crackle-Painted Box

Give a sweet vintage look to a wood box with a simple painting technique from Hannah Milman.

Source: Martha Stewart


Tips: To create a gingham design: Instead of crackle medium, apply thin patterning tape at even intervals width- and lengthwise across the box before painting topcoat.

Resources: Paint in Eclipse (pearl), Jet Stream (pearl), and Wedding Cake (satin) and painting brushes, tools, and tapes from Martha Stewart Crafts; unfinished wood boxes from



  • Unfinished wood box

  • Paints in two contrasting colors

  • Soft bristle or foam paintbrushes

  • Weather Crackle medium;

  • For gingham pattern: thin patterning tape


  1. Paint box with a solid foundation color. Let dry 24 hours.

  2. Using a soft bristle or sponge brush, apply Weather Crackle medium liberally with smooth, even strokes. Let dry. Avoid over-brushing.

  3. Apply contrasting color topcoat (necessary to show cracking). Cracking shows when paint dries. Tip: Dampen brush before using for a smoother topcoat.

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