Crocodile Side Table - Upcycled Furniture

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Watch the full video below and learn how to make your own Crocodile textured furniture!

Products Used

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Texture Medium

Crocodile Roller


Modern Masters Metallic Paint - Pewter

Golden Paintworks - Glazing Medium

Colorant - Van Dyke Brown Hue


Golden Paintworks - Topcoat



This crocodile side table upcycle was super fun to create and I am so excited to take you through the process of how easy it is to use the crocodile roller! Nothing better than a simple tabletop to show you this super cute and easy process.

First, tape the edges of the table where you want the finish to go. This helps to keep the finish only on the top surface of the table.

Then use our ArtsSyVille Embellishments Texture Medium to apply a thin layer of texture to the surface area. The texture medium only needs to be 1/16th to 1/8th of an inch thick. Trowel on the texture medium using a trowel, spatula, or a chip brush if that’s all you have.

Once you have the surface completely covered with the texture medium, you will use the crocodile roller to roll through the wet texture medium. Line up the left edge of the roller with the left side of the tabletop and roll straight down for your first pass. Then just line up the left side of the roller with the last pass to keep it straight.

Allow the texture medium to dry for at least 4 hours (or as long as it takes to be completely dry).

Once the texture medium is dry, you will need to sand off the high/rough areas that are peaked. You will then brush/clean off the surface after sanding.

Apply two layers of the Modern Masters Metallic Paint in Pewter, for an even opaque coverage allowing each layer to dry. Metallics can stay soft a little longer than regular paints, so allow to dry overnight before glazing.

Create your glaze mixture using the Golden Paintworks Glazing Medium and Van Dyke Brown Hue. Use 1 cup of glaze to 3 tablespoons of van dyke brown hue colorant.

Apply the glaze mixture to 100% of the surface area using a chip brush, making sure it’s in all the groves of the crocodile texture.

Then using cheesecloth or a soft rag, you will remove the excess glaze wiping back and forth. Pulling off the top layer and leaving it in the recessed areas to create depth and dimension to the crocodile pattern.

Allow the glaze to dry for at least a day, and then topcoat with the Golden Paintworks Topcoat in your favorite sheen for protection.