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The most common question I get when people see my furniture is how I glaze my furniture. I think the reason for this is that;
- Glazing is one of those things that if you do it wrong, it is really difficult to do. So it can be very intimidating.
- I have a different glazing technique than most.
The reason I say its difficult when you don’t do it right is because for the longest time, I was doing it wrong! It was so hard and it took forever. I didn’t have enough control over the finish, the glaze just sort of did what it wanted and I would have to repaint sections all the time.
Eventually, after some experimentation and a lot of frustration, I learned that there are multiple techniques for applying glaze. You can glaze with dark wax or you can use a glazing medium that is mixed with acrylic or latex paint.
I personally use the glazing medium most often, although I do periodically use wax if I want a more distressed and dirty look. This tutorial is going to be on how to glaze your furniture using a glazing medium (I use Behr Glaze, but any glaze will work fine). There are multiple ways to apply this glaze, but because I want to make sure that the glaze is only in the cracks, and I want to maintain the overall color of my chairs, I’m going to apply the glaze after I apply a top coat. After is the key here.
I used Annie Sloan Clear Wax in this tutorial. I still use her products, but for the most part I stick with Fiddes Supreme wax. Its much easier to apply and cheaper. Once you’ve applied the wax, let it dry for at least an hour… preferably overnight. Then mix your glaze.
Mixing Your Glaze
Mixing glaze is pretty simple. Pour a portion of your glaze into a mixing cup. Add a few squirts of acrylic or latex paint. I use a mixture of brown and black until I get a really dark brown color, but this is all personal. They amount of color you put in will influence how strong your color is once the glaze dries. I use a small amount of paint. (Approx. 1- 2 Tbsp per cup.) Mix it all around and you’re ready to glaze!
How to Glaze Painted Furniture
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A few FAQ’s about Glazing
I get asked questions about glazing all the time and I wanted to add a little section to this post to answer those questions.
First I just want to clear something up right off. There are 2 types of glaze – glazing with dark wax and glazing with glaze medium that you purchase from the paint supply store. They are applied differently, so therefor the answers below are for the stated glaze technique.
- What is the difference between Dark Wax and Glaze?
- Dark Wax is a Colored Wax that is usually applied after you put on a good coat of clear wax to get an aged and worn effect. It not only sticks in the cracks, it will also tint your color slightly and make your furniture look somewhat dirty. It’s great for very artistic people who are willing to spend more time on their furniture, and are okay with not having strict control over where the color is. It’s very unpredictable, but that’s part of the beauty of it. Glazing is applied by mixing some colorant into glaze medium that you buy at the store. When you purchase the glaze (unless it’s already been colored) it will be a milky white color and when dry it will dry clear. I use latex or acrylic paint as a colorant to my glaze. All glaze does is make your color thinner and dry slower, giving you time to work with it. It’s applied by painting it on (usually after a poly or lacquer top coat) and wiping off where you don’t want the glaze to be. It’s much simpler and you have a lot more control over the product. But it’s also not very artistic and you cannot create the same look as dark wax.
- Can you use glaze over waxed furniture?
- Absolutely! It’s one of my favorite looks. It makes you glaze much more like a dark wax in that it grips to the finish more and more difficult to remove. Meaning you really have to work at it to remove it where you don’t want it to be. (By the way, you can use more clear wax over the glaze to remove the glaze if needed, just like dark wax). But it does give you a bit more control than with dark wax. I love this effect with light colored furniture where dark wax is just too much.
- Can you use stain instead of latex/acrylic paint with your glaze?
- Yes. I’m a little less familiar with this technique, but I have seen it done with beautiful results.
- Should I put another layer of wax over my glazed furniture?
- This is a very good question. The short answer is no. First of all, if your using clear wax and dark wax to glaze, the clear wax will remove more of your dark wax and may ruin the look you were going for. The wax will harden and cure the way it is to a protective layer in an of itself. If you are using clear wax and tinted glaze you will have the same issue above and you are not adding any additional protection to the piece. If you are using glaze and polyurethane, then you could go back and put another layer of polyurethane over the glaze and you won’t have any issues with it affecting your finish, but in my opinion it’s not necessary.
I could go on about this subject forever because there are so many different ways to go about glazing and they all create very different effects. These are the main questions that I get on a regular basis. Please comment below if you have more questions so that future readers can see the answer. Thanks!