HERE’S AN EASY STEP-BY-STEP TUTORIAL ON HOW TO USE FURNITURE GLAZE TO MAKE ALL YOUR FURNITURE DETAILS POP!
Hi, creative #sifamily. Thanks for joining me today. I recently had septoplasty surgery to fix my deviated septum. I’m still on the mend and healing so it’s recommended I don’t lift or bend for another few days. So today I’m resharing a Furniture Glazing Tutorial and this gorgeous buffet makeover so I can join in on Furniture Fixer Upper Day!
I’ve included the before pics of my talented friends’ makeovers below so be sure to check them out before you leave.
Today is all about bringing out those gorgeous furniture details with an easy wipe-on wipe-off glazing technique. When I work on a piece of furniture like this, I always 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 GLAZE. It comes in a variety of colors, it’s easy to use, and the best part is you have TOTAL control over how bold or subtle the effect is.
I started with this buffet I found on FB Marketplace. Below is the seller’s before pic which she agreed to me posting. She was forthcoming in saying this piece of furniture was ‘well-loved’ by her 3 kids.
The top required some extra attention as well.
Although it needed some cosmetic work, it’s still a beautiful buffet. I just love all these details!
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BUFFET – SALVAGED
3″ Wooster Brush
Sandpaper | Shop Towels
DeWalt Orbital Sander
Water Misting Spray Bottle
Antebellum Blue Chalk Mineral Paint
GF VanDyke Brown Glaze
Espresso Gel Stain
Satin Clear Coat
HOW I GLAZE FURNITURE DETAILS
After this buffet was repaired and cleaned, I gave it two (2) coats of Antebellum Blue. 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 like to use when staining a top with a lip or border that’s going to be painted — I overlap and brush the top before sanding.
I used my 3″ Wooster Brush to paint the entire buffet and didn’t worry about getting paint on 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.
WHAT IS FURNITURE GLAZE?
Glaze is a translucent or semi-translucent liquid that can be applied to furniture, cabinets, and walls. It’s used to create various effects on the surface of wood, metal, or other materials commonly found on furniture. Glazing is typically applied after the furniture has been painted or stained, and it serves several purposes:
- Highlighting Details: Glaze is often applied to crevices, nooks and crannies, corners, and carved details and appliques on furniture. Once applied it settles into recessed areas, creating an aged or distressed look that highlights the piece’s texture.
- Antiquing and Aging: Furniture glaze can be used to give a piece an aged patina and antique look.
- Color Enhancement: Glazing can alter the color of the base coat. By choosing a glaze with a different color than the base, you can subtly change the overall hue of the piece. There are also metallic and pearl glazes that create glimmering looks.
- Depth and Dimension: Glaze can add depth and dimension to furniture surfaces. When applied with different tools or faux techniques, it can create the illusion of shadows and highlights, making the furniture seem more three-dimensional.
If you can paint, you can glaze! For detail work, I like to use an artist’s brush to get into all the nooks 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.
And here’s the finished look. 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.
The stained top against the Antebellum Blue is lovely.
It’s such a rich looking piece with the glaze highlighting all those details!
7 GLAZING TIPS
- Mix the glazing product really well before using it.
- Use the right size brush for detail work. Larger brush for larger areas and smaller artists brush for smaller details areas.
- 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.
- Work in small managable areas so the glaze doesn’t have time to dry and remains ‘workable’.
- A glazed faux finish should be top-coated with wax or poly for additional protection.
I love this Antebellum Blue, stained top and glazed details. I can’t wait to hear what you think!
AND NOW FOR SOME FURNITURE FIXER-UPPER FUN!
You’re going to LOVE what my creative team of Furniture Fixer Upper ladies do. Visit the links underneath to see the amazing AFTERS and learn how they did it! I’m heading over to take a peek as well! x
4. SALVAGED INSPIRATIONS (HAPPY YOU’RE HERE!)
Here’s another look at this painted and glazed buffet before and after. I hope this makeover has inspired you and given you some new ideas on how to restyle your old furniture.
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS GLAZED BUFFET … OR FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU! 💕
Thanks for reading. 🙂
Wishing you a beautiful day filled with inspiration and Happy Painting friends!
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