Crackle paint is a fun decorative finish that does not require any expensive specialty paint. Adding a crackle finish to an object will give it an aged look. You can crackle finish furniture, an old wooden box, cabinets, a picture fram.
Do you want the look of expensive slate but don't have it in your budget? Consider painting it! I painted my front walkway, using concrete paint, to look like slate! Using specially formulated paints specifically for concrete you can.