AN EASY TUTORIAL SHARING HOW I GLAZE MY PAINTED FURNITURE TO MAKE ALL THESE GORGEOUS DETAILS POP!
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Wondering how to make all those details on your furniture pop?
Whenever I work on a piece of furniture like this, I do my best to highlight the details. There are a ton of products and techniques to do this, gilding wax, chalk paste, colored wax, and dry brushing to name a few, but today I’m using good ol’ furniture glaze. It comes in a variety of colors, it’s easy to use, and the best part is you have TOTAL control with how bold or subtle the effect.
I started with this buffet I found on FB Marketplace. This is the seller’s before pic and she was forthcoming in saying this piece of furniture was ‘well-loved’ by her 3 kids. Its such a well made heavy-duty piece, I knew with a little work I could make it look like a million bucks again. 😉
What do you think … isn’t she stunning!?! Everything is original on this piece and the only products I used were paint, glaze, stain, and topcoat. Even the hardware is original.
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HOW I GLAZE FURNITURE DETAILS::
After this buffet was repaired and cleaned, I gave it two (2) coats of this NEW Antebellum Blue – one of the new colors in the DB line. What a gorgeous rich color! I would describe it as a mix of a peacock and teal. Here’s what it looked like after the first coat.
TIP:: A little trick I use when staining a top with a lip or border that’s going to be painted — I overlap and brush the top!
This way I don’t have to mask off anything with green tape and it gives me a PERFECT crisp edge. Once I use my orbital sander to remove the existing finish along with the overlapped paint, I end up with a crisp clean painted border and a stained top.
Glaze is a translucent color that’s painted over a base coat to create a variety of finishes.
If you can paint, you can glaze! For detail work, I like to use an artist’s brush to get into all the nook and crannies. Using an appropriately sized brush to apply the glaze ensures I don’t apply it to the surrounding areas that I want to stay ‘clean’.
After I brush on the glaze, I use a shop towel to remove the excess. Here’s where the control part comes in.
For a subtle look, I wipe it right after I apply it and take off most of the glaze leaving a small amount in the detailed crevices. If I want a bolder look, I let the glaze set/dry for a few minutes and then wipe off a little leaving more product in the detailed crevices.
The best part is if I’m not happy with the look, I use a shop towel dipped in a little water to remove the glaze I don’t want. A damp cloth or wet shop towel will ERASE any glaze you might not want like in the pic below.
5 GLAZING TIPS::
- Mix the glazing product really well before using it.
- Use the right size brush for detail work.
- Test the glaze on a small area of your furniture before applying it. The same glaze can look VERY different over a variety of paint colors.
- Have a damp cloth or shop towel with water on hand to ‘erase’ any product you don’t want.
- Take control of the finished look by how long you leave the product on and how much you wipe off.
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS BLUE BUFFET WITH THE GLAZED DETAILS … OR FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU! 💕
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Wishing you a beautiful day filled with inspiration and Happy Painting friends!
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