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Monday, January 10, 2011

One Way To Glaze An Item.

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.

First take a piece of furniture or decorative item that has some detail you want to bring out.

Next ~ lightly sand & wipe clean.
Make sure there is no grime or oils where you will be painting.

Tape off to get a nice clean line.

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.

Then I clean them out thoroughly with hot soapy water when I am all done.
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!


Anonymous said...

I was wondering if any of you girls have done kitchen cabinets before? I have some cabinets that are painted white and I would love to see what kind of wood is underneath. Any ideas on how to go about doing this? Remember I am a first timer with NO experience doing anything like this?

haole12 said...
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Chelsea said...

Thanks for you comment! If your cabinets are currently painted, there is no easy way to strip that paint while maintaining the natural beauty of the wood underneath. To get the paint removed, it would take a lot of sanding and using harsh stripping chemicals. Maybe you would like to consider glazing over the painted surfaces. Let us know what you decide to do with your kitchen!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your advice. I think I will go ahead and try glazing them and add some new hardware to them. I have a feeling there are layers and layers of paint on them anyways. Well, this might sound like a silly question but what is glaze anyways?? :)

Chelsea said...

New hardware is a great way to make your cabinets look worlds better. I am hoping to do that in my kitchen soon too.
Glaze is similar to a stain and can be used to bring out details or make cabinets look antiqued. There are many types of glaze and many techniques to use. I would recommend looking around online for different ideas to see what products will give you the look you are hoping for. There are many resources out there on decorator websites and in home improvement stores. I hope that helps!