Best Glazing Tips for Cabinets & Furniture

Glazing is the process of adding a stain or antiquing over the top of your paint. The process adds a layer of design detail accentuating the furniture or cabinet details where the glaze will catch. The glaze can be applied lightly as shown above or heavy for a more vintage feel. Here are my favorite tips when glazing;
Choose the right base paint-  I recommend a  low-luster or semigloss latex or acrylic paint that will seal the surface and allow you to effectively glaze your piece or cabinets.


What to use- I like to mix a clear glaze (Valspar translucent mixing glaze) with a Min-Wax stain to find just the right finish. Several of my clients have purchased pre-mixed glaze or Valspar’s Antiquing Glaze and have had excellent results. I use three parts glaze to one part stain.

How to applyThe glaze will dry quickly so I try to work at a steady pace in small sections at a time. You can roll the glaze on, apply with a damp cloth in a circular motion or use a small paint brush. Quickly wipe away the excess with a damp cloth using vertical strokes.





A glazed finish is as durable as it is decorative, I glazed my bright white kitchen cabinets years ago and they still look as good as the day I finished. One of my favorite sites for inspiration when painting furniture is Chrissies Collections, she always has a a new tip or technique that I incorporate into my projects. happy glazing friends,



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  • Kate

    This looks like something I’d like to try.

    • Cathy from Adore Your Place

      Let me know if you do, would love to see