Fail: Transforming a Writing Desk

Pin Reaper: Lori

Original Inspiration:, via


What I Did: They make it look so easy! This was the worst of four attempts, i’m thinking too much glue? Anyone?

My Result: 


Next Time I Will: Less glue, let it dry a little longer, foam brush instead of paint brush for the glue, sea sponge for the paint.

crackle paint furniture writing desk fail



  1. Colleen

    I’m really confused, the directions in the inspiration post never even mention glue. This should be labeled as user error, because I have no idea what this poster was doing!

    • Jenna

      Colleen – I’m actually not sure what the Pin Reaper means by glue. Now that I read both posts more closely, I agree, it’s unclear what they were doing.

  2. Tiff

    Yeah, I was going to say that they make special paint that crackles like this and suggest that instead of whatever the glue method was…but that’s exactly what the pin says to do. :/

    • Larry crosby

      For small projects the spray can is ok but expensive if your doing large projects. I haven’t tryed it yet myself but I do know I’ll practice alot befor I do all the doors and molding in my bedroom. Lol

  3. anna

    it really dont look bad , i dont think. h3ll id try it. and where was glue over used ?

  4. faith little

    Expectations and beauty vary according to the beholder.
    I looked several times at the two renderings and truly
    couldn’t from the angle’s of the photos tell which I
    would ultimately prefer. Both looked good enough to
    me. But then, I never tried to crackle, though I have
    antique painted. I did work for P&G for years and
    before they ever mass-marketed a product and withstood
    seasons of introductory and pre-introductory testing
    prior to being released to the public. (That’s one reason
    Pampers, Tide, Secret and Crest survive.) I would
    never undertake a large project be tackled until I had
    assured myself I knew how to repeatedly obtain
    consistent, desired results. Crackling one bracelet is
    quite different from ruining 4 interior doors. Before
    you submit something for ‘publication’ take pains
    to include all pertinent ingredients before hitting the
    submit button. Otherwise you’ll drown in ‘whense
    cometh the glue’ that’s mentioned.

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