I applied the cream crackle finish directly over the pine finish. I really like the golden brown showing through- it adds subtle interest without being overwhelming. After I added the fruit designs, the table still lacked something…When I applied the thin black stripe and placed some small black accents among the fruits, it all came together. Suddenly the whole design was a much more sophisticated country look, and it really popped. I also especially like that the fruits were mostly a little more unusual- green grapes, purple plums, golden pears, blueberries and raspberries, all in rich warm colors.
The legs and apron of the table were left plain, without even the crackle finish, again to keep the table from seeming too busy. Finally, the table was completed with five coats of clear polyurethane sealer, in a satin finish, which I sanded lightly between coats.