I say one way, because I'm sure there are other ways to accomplish this beautiful look, but it's the way that I do it at this time.
Next ~ lightly sand & wipe clean.
I buy my paint in 5 gallon quantities,
so, a nice recycled plastic container
works well for me to work from.
This time I used the soft white color to achieve the look I was going for. You can use many colors of paint under glaze.
I like to use foam brushes when painting by hand. They do not leave brush strokes in the paint. Also, I put my brushes in plastic bags while waiting to paint another coat.
Here is a picture of the first coat of paint. I did 2 coats of paint on this mirror. Because I desired for the brown glaze to catch in all of the nooks and crannies anyway, I did not paint those places with full coverage.
This Heavy Bodied Glaze is tricky to handle, but leaves an awesome finish!
I apply the glaze with a rag or a foam brush. Then I wipe off with a rag how ever much I want to get the look I'm going for. Both should be done in the direction of the wood grain. It sets rather quickly, so, it's nice to have a wet rag handy to wipe more glaze off if you want.
Check out my hi-tech tools ~ a cotton swab & disposable little paint brush. I use them to get the glaze in those tiny places.
I Love the Look!