Best Glazing Tips for Cabinets & Furniture

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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.

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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.

 

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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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How To Create Exquisite Design Details

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Today’s house tour is all about designing with details, creating a home where the design decisions make all of the difference. These ideas can be applied to any size home and are carried through into the interior that boasts a peaceful monochromatic palette.

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The choice of materials and how they relate to each-other can impact your curb appeal greatly. Field stone is combined with bricks, board and batten wood shutters relating to architectural wood details in the peaks and a small section of copper roofing draws your eye to the entryway and covered porch.

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The entrance foyer with arched ceiling mirrors the shape of the door and incorporates a wood ceiling with a rustic lantern adding just the right amount of character. Simple, classic furnishings with just a touch of shimmer complement the rich wood hue.

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The palette throughout the home consists of cool neutrals, when the palette is subtle the design details need to pop. The coffered ceiling is the perfect example of how to create a design detail “pop” in a monochromatic palette, spectacular. In the dining room a mix of texture and bold scale furniture pieces carry out the theme.

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The kitchen is rustic and welcoming, the perfect place to gather. Wood beams, custom built-ins, a mix of cabinet colors combined with fabulous lighting choices seamlessly blend with the rest of the home.

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The family room combines rustic architectural details with luxurious velvet sofas and woven wood shades adding texture. A bold mantel, brick floor and field stone give the feel of an eighteenth century cottage in a modern home.

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The master bedroom continues the monochromatic color palette boasting a dramatic ceiling and hanging crystal chandelier with a stunning upholstered bed.

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The outdoor living space is equally as exceptional with a built in kitchen, screened porches and water feature creating a picture perfect outdoor oasis incorporating natural materials and continuous design details.

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See more fabulous interior design from Linda McDougald Design | Postcard from Paris Home here and photographs by Rachael Boling Photography. Linda has built a full scope design experience incorporating retail showrooms, an on-line boutique and design centre where she brings exquisite design detail to life daily. One of my favorite things about being an interior designer is that design details and concepts can be incorporated into any size home. Collect design details from homes that you love or places that you have traveled to create a space that reflects your style.

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6 Tips When Selecting Your Kitchen Cabinet Color

The first question people ask me when they are designing or renovating their kitchen is, what color cabinet should I select? Sounds like an easy question but actually there are several factors that need to be addressed so let’s jump right in my friends.

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Kitchen Location- Where your kitchen is situated in the house and if it is open to another room is very important. For example, if the kitchen is a separate room without a lot of natural light the choice may be a lighter cabinet or adding some color. If you have an open plan consider the finishes in the other spaces and how the kitchen will relate to them and visually connect. Also consider how the cabinet color will impact the scale of the room.

aakit4 Choose Your Look – Decide which design aesthetic you are after for your new kitchen. If you are trying to create a light and airy feel, I suggest a painted white cabinet with some glass cabinet doors. If it is a touch of elegance you are after then how about a dark mahogany finish with some leaded glass cabinets. Search through hundreds of kitchens here for ideas.

Mixing It Up- This can be easily achieved by adding a pop of color or changing the finish on a hood or shown here on shelving. Islands are a popular place to change the finish creating a nice focal point in the center of the kitchen. Consider the lower cabinets in an entirely different color for a more modern look that really grounds the kitchen while creating a design detail.

 

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Trendy Vs. Timeless- Many of my clients will design or renovate their kitchen once while living in a particular home. If you know you will be moving in a few years and you decide to go with the current trends they most likely will still be in style when you sell. If you are concerned about re-sale, classic white kitchens are always a winner and maybe add a pop of color on the island which can always be re-painted. At the end of the day you need to love your kitchen so go with your instincts not the current trend.

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Cabinet Door Style- The style of the door can help determine the finish, if you are going for a mission style kitchen then natural cherry and finishes of that period make good choices. If you have selected a modern style door then a sleek white may be the ticket. Consider the amount of glass or decorative doors you are incorporating into the design and how they impact the overall feel you are creating.

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Glazing Or Distressing- Once you have determined if your cabinet doors will be finished or painted the next question is, will there be a glaze or any distressing. A glaze adds a decorative element to your cabinets enhancing the color and look of the door. If your door has more detail the glaze will stand out more. There are different degrees of glazing, a light glaze for a subtle design detail vs. a heavier glaze that will stand out more. A distressed cabinet door adds a vintage or cottage element to your kitchen and is lovely when applied to colored cabinets like below.

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Creating your dream kitchen can be super exciting and super challenging, take the time to research and look at several kitchen cabinet colors, finishes and manufacturers well before you begin designing and the process will run much smoother having one of the major decisions out of the way. You can always email me in Just Ask if you need help deciding.

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A Poolside Pretty: Amagansett, NY

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What do you do when you are unable to expand your home because of wetlands? The only possible course was to renovate their treasured family home calling in talented architect Darren Helgesen to transform their 1490 sq. ft. home and creating an outdoor oasis in the process.

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The cottage inspired interior is so welcoming and fresh, feels like a vacation but they are fortunate enough to call this their family home.

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The bathroom incorporates mosaic tiles and a favorite design feature I often re-create, removing the tub and replacing it with a shower and transom window. Built in beds are as aesthetically pleasing as they are great space savers. The pop of turquoise is just delightful and a personal favorite.

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Re-thinking a move or a large addition can be challenging but you can see here how thinking “inside the box” really paid off for the homeowners. Happy Friday friends!

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