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Crackle Prim Step Stool Tutorial

Prim Step Stool Foot Stool Baby Time Out Stool Mommy's Little Helper Stool
This was a very fun and easy project, so I have decided to share it with you.

First, we will start with the supplies you will need to complete the project.


Step stool
Sand paper (medium and fine grade – this is an optional step)
Craft paper (you can get this at any craft store or go to a paint/hardware store and get a roll of painter's paper)
Painter's palette
Paper plates (to set in your painter's palette)
Tracing paper
Graphite paper (you will use this to transfer your design to your project)
Paintbrush cleaner (I use a squirt or two of the liquid paint cleaner in the water well to put used brushes in)
Water well (to set your used brushes in while you work)
Dusting cloth or cheesecloth (I prefer a cheese cloth because it catches the dust better)
Paint brushes (for this project, I used 1 – ¾" flat brush, 1 – ¾" angled brush, and 1 – 1 ½" flat brush)
Paint – (for this project, I used Licorice, Linen, Buttercream, Magenta, Engine Red, and Baby Pink)
Crackle medium (used to get the crackle effect)
Flow medium (used to mix with your paint for smooth application)


1. Get organized!!! For this, you want to gather all of your supplies together in one place. I like to work at my desk, so I set up two TV trays – back to back and then lay painter's paper over each of them. Then I lay out all of my other supplies.

2. After you have gathered and laid out your supplies, put a couple of squirts of the brush cleaner in your water well, and then fill the water well with enough water to cover your brushes after you have used them, so the paint won't dry on them.

3. Next, you will want to get out a paper plate and put it in your painter's palette.

4. Now it is time to grab your sandpaper and the item you will be painting – for this project, we will be using a stool. I didn't do this step because I wanted a worn look on my stool; however, if you want a smoother look, you will want to sand off any rougher than you want edges with the medium sand paper, and then smooth the already sanded edges with the fine sand paper. Whether you sand your stool or not, you will still want to make sure that you also remove and tags and/or dust in this step, so remove any stickers or tags and then wipe down the entire stool with your dust rag or cheese cloth. I prefer the cheese cloth because it seems to grab more particles than a regular dust cloth, but you can use either. Remember, even if you think that your stool is dust free, direct from where you purchased it from, there will still be tiny particles that you won't be able to see with the naked eye.

5. Now you are ready to paint your first coat of paint. I will assume for directional purposes that you will be using the same paint and supplies as I have, grab your painter's palette with your paper plate nestled in it and the Licorice paint. Pour a generous amount of paint onto the paper plate and pick up your 1 ½" paintbrush and begin painting the bottom of the stool. I suggest painting the underside first and then paint each leg. Use the ¾" flat and/or angles brushes, as needed to cover any spots you might miss with the larger brush. Once you have painted the underside of the stool to your satisfaction, let the paint dry to touch and then flip your stool over, so that it is sitting on all four legs. While you are waiting for the paint to dry, you can wash your brushes with bar soap and warm water. Now, take your ¾" angled brush and paint completely around the rim of the stool. When you are done painting the rim, you will need to pick the 1 ½" brush up again to paint the topside of the stool. Once you have completed this step, you can take a break for about an hour or, you can let your stool dry overnight. Don't forget to clean your brushes though. At this point, you can also remove the paper plate from the painter's palette and throw it away. You will want to replace the paper plate at this point for your next step.

6. Now that you are rested – on to the next step. In this step, you will need to use the crackle medium and the Linen paint. Pour ample amounts of each on opposite sides of the top of the paper plate. You want to pour them opposite to each other, so they won't run into each other. Turn the stool upside down and coat the entire bottom of the stool with crackle medium. Use your 1 ½" paint brush to do this. When you have finished, clean your brush and paint over the crackle medium with Linen paint. Once you have completed the underside of the stool, move on to the legs – coat with the crackle medium and paint over with the Linen paint. I advise doing one leg at a time because the crackle medium dries pretty quickly, so you want to get the paint on each one as quickly as possible. Let the underside of the stool and the stool legs dry to the touch and then turn the stool over and crackle and paint the rim of the stool and the top of the stool respectively. When you apply the crackle medium, do not brush over and over your spots; doing so will make the paint curdle into chunks and your stool will not look like you want it too. When you are finished, you will want to take another break and clean your brushes and other items and wait for your stool to completely dry. I recommend letting it dry overnight before trying to use it or adding a design. I chose to add a design to mine, in the next step.

7. For this project, I chose a heart with wings, but you can choose any design that you feel comfortable with. If this is your first project, choose a simple design and use the tracing paper to copy over the design, then place the tracing paper over your graphite paper with the graphite side down, then place where you would like it to appear on your stool – you can lay your traced piece in different positions over the stool to locate the position that you would like your design. Once you have transferred your design to your stool top, you are ready to paint it. I used Buttercream for the wings and I mixed Magenta, Engine Red, and Baby Pink to get the color that I wanted for the heart. If you are mixing colors, use equal parts of each color to start with, and then add a little more of whatever color you would like more of at a time. I painted my heart and wings freehand by painting the wings first and then painting the heart. I first painted the wings and added several coats of paint to the wings and let them dry. Then I painted and added several coats of paint to the heart and let it dry. I also added a layer of crackle medium after the first coat of paint for each part of my design to add some depth.

It is important to note that when using crackle, you will need to paint your darker color first and then add your lighter colors, unless you want the lighter color to show through – then you will want to reverse the process.

All in all, this is a very easy project and I would rate it at a beginner level, unless you choose and intricate design to paint.

These little stools can be used as time out stools, "mommy's little helper stools"; for when your little darling would like to help with the dishes or get their own cookie from the cookie jar, an everyday step stool for the kitchen, workroom, or sewing room; even in the garden – the possibilities are only limited to your imagination.

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Donna's Stuff & More
Donna's Stuff & More | February 15th 2012 at 1329331806

Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing. ;-D
Victorian Rose Inc
Victorian Rose Inc | February 15th 2012 at 1329354470 - in reply to DonnasStuffMore

Thank you and you are very welcome Donna; and thank you for commenting ~♥~
Ayuni Gifts of the World
Ayuni Gifts of the World | February 16th 2012 at 1329379192

nice clear instructions.... nice project!
Victorian Rose Inc
Victorian Rose Inc | February 16th 2012 at 1329381623 - in reply to ayunigifts

Thank you for stopping by Ayuni, and also for your lovely comments ~♥~ | February 26th 2012 at 1330261265

I admire talent in anyone. You have shown yours in this blog. Thanks for posting such clear instructions.
Victorian Rose Inc
Victorian Rose Inc | February 26th 2012 at 1330281914 - in reply to catsmom

You are very welcome catsmom, and thank you very much for stopping by. You compliment means a lot to me ~♥~
Indizona Variety
Indizona Variety | February 26th 2012 at 1330316885

Congrats on being a featured blog on the homepage! I thought I had already seen this blog and posted, but now I know I saw it on Facebook. I love hand painted items like this. You are very talented!!

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