I promised ya’ll a tutorial on how to glaze furniture. And here I am delivering said tutorial. Seriously…it does not get better than this. Glazing is the most exciting thing you may ever read on this blog. Glazing might be a more emotional experience than childbirth, marriage, or death. Glazing probably is gonna make you laugh, cry and pee in your pants. just a little.
And after all that laughing, crying and peeing is over, you may realize the truth. Glazing is pretty boring. It’s like mascara…you already have the curled eyelashes and the bags are all concealed…and the eyelashes aren’t actually different than before…the mascara just helps bring them out a little. That’s what glazing does…it makes the ‘lashes’ pop out…in this case, the lashes are the nooks, crannies, cracks, and corners. So even though mascara isn’t as exciting as red lipstick or blue eyeshadow, this boring thing is important to finishing the entire look.
Okay…now that you got the lowdown on how boring this post might be…here is our bed that I recently glazed.
Before we glazed it, the bed looked pretty plain. It was painted antique white and the grooves were very understated.
We wanted it to look like someone plucked it from an old farm. It needed to be worn, old, and a little rustic. It needed to be able to hide dust (who has time to do that?!) and dirty little hand marks (I do have a boy ya know) and future bangs from where Will is gonna slam his siblings head into the posts.
The first step included sanding the edges. Any raised parts got roughed up. The corners got the paint removed too. This isn’t brain surgery…just rubbed the paint away till the raw wood was exposed below.
Since this was a large piece, I used a sander for some of the sanding step. I also tried to get the grooves a little more groovy by sanding them a little too. Then I just wiped all the dust, paint and gunk away with a damp papertowel.
Time for glaze prep.
I used Behr’s Faux Glaze (it’s clear in the container just in case you’ve never seen glaze before) and picked up a couple sample containers of Glidden’s Chocolate brown. You’ll also need a whole slew of paper towels. And a paint brush and a container to mix everything into.
Pour the sample paint (the chocolate brown) into your container. Then fill the sample paint bottle with the glaze.
Mix it together.
Then it’s time to paint it on the glaze mixture. It only takes a thin coat. You want to apply it all over. One thin coat of glaze on the entire surface…but you want to work on a small portion at a time. The key is to stop painting before it dries.
Now comes time for the wiping. Wipe off the glaze in large sweeping motions.
If the paint is drying before you have a chance to remove the majority of it…then a spraybottle with water misted on the surface helps.
After you are done glazing and wiping the entire surface, it should have bits of darker color in all the sanded surfaces. and in the nooks and crannies.
Afterward we did a coat of poly (although I recommend Verathane for protecting white painted furniture!).
And here is the finished product….
See how it makes the grooves between the paneled part pop a little bit more? And it makes the corners seem a little more boosted? Like mascara right?
So there you have it folks…the easy (and cheap way) to glaze furniture. The best part is that since I only mixed a small part of the glaze with the brown sample paint, I can mix the rest of the glaze with future paint if I want to tackle a different project.
Any questions? Concerns? Laughing, crying, peeing in your pants?