Tuesday, July 2, 2013

How to Glaze Furniture

I've done it twice already with the end table makeover and the buffet makeover and to be honest, glazing a piece of furniture can really bring out some amazing details and add so much dimension to a painted piece of furniture.

For some more great tips, check out All Things Thrifty and Vintage Revivals. Great tutorials and examples of glazing.

I'll demonstrate here, as done on the buffet project I just finished:

Step one: Paint your piece and let it dry completely. Don't be hasty, girl!

Step two: Distress by sandpaper. Get those edges.

Step three: If you bought your glaze tinted at Home Depot, good for you. If you didn't, like me, pour some glaze into a plastic cup and mix in a little bit of the paint color of your choice. I like to use regular old acrylic craft paint and it doesn't take much. Below you can see I used black, but really you could use any color your little heart desires.

Step four: either brush the tinted glaze or wipe on with a rag. Make sure to get into any edges, crevices, insets, carved motifs, whatever. If there is an awesome feature to your furniture, glaze is pretty likely to make it even more awesome.

Step five: Wipe off with a damp cloth. Make sure to let glaze remain in those cracks, edges, crevices, etc. 

After glazing the drawers and the doors,
it's so much more obvious how well the glazing works on the doors.
Step six: Repeat, if you so desire, for a more distressed look.

Step seven: Allow to dry and apply protective coating of some sort (wax, Polycrylic, Polyurethane, etc...I like Minwax Polycrylic because it doesn't smell as bad as the Polyurethane, nor does it yellow over time as Polyurethane is apt to do)..


There she is again!
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