Getting the antique look is as easy as 1, 2, 3. All you need is Annie Sloan Craqueleur.

This empire mirror is a great example.

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We started out with a two color distressed finish. The first coat was Louis Blue and the second coat was Old Ochre, both Chalk Paint® from the Annie Sloan decorative paint line.

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After the coats of paint had dried and we had lightly distressed the mirror, as a final step we used Annie Sloan Craqueleur.

Annie Sloan Craqueleur is a 2-part, water-based crackle finish system for use over painted or decoupaged surfaces. By using both steps you can create an irregular fine crackle pattern that simulates the look of an aged varnish.

Remember, all craqueleur products are a top coat so they don’t really crack the paint, rather they crack the topcoat over the paint.

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 Step 1 – Apply 1 or 2 coats of Craqueleur Step 1 to your painted surface by brushing on in random directions. I often use cross hatches with mine making X marks with the brush. Make certain you have full coverage on your piece. 2 coats will yield larger cracks. Allow to dry.

 Step 2 – Brush on a coat of Craqueleur Step 2 in any direction. A thicker coat will again yield larger cracks, but take care not to apply too thickly. Allow to dry, cracks will appear almost instantly.

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 Sept 3 – To add the aged look to your crackle finish, rub Annie Sloan Dark Wax into the cracks. Remove excess with a soft cloth. Apply additional coats of Annie Sloan Clear Wax to protect.

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