My glazing technique

Since I have been going crazy over paint this past little while, I thought it might be a good time to show you my glazing technique.  The good news is I found a good color for my home.  Yay!!  Now I just have to paint it all.

Painting furniture is an easy way to update an older piece.  I like to paint furniture better than walls.  You can usually get away with spraying furniture.  I generally like a glazed look on my pieces.  I think it gives it another layer of dimension.

To start out you want to paint your piece whatever color you are going with.

how to glaze furniture

I don’t know if I love the color I chose for this bar stool.  I am still deciding.  But it does work well to show you how to glaze.

Once your piece is dry you can start glazing.  You need to pick up some glazing medium from your local home improvement store.  Some people like to get their glaze tinted at the paint department.  I choose not to.  You can take it home and mix it with paint or stain to get a color you like.  It is 4 parts glaze to 1 part color.  You really don’t need a lot of glazing mixture for a piece either.  It goes a long way.  I mix mine up in a disposable cup.  Then next time if I want a different color of glaze I can just mix some more.

Once you have it mixed up, you want to take a brush and slather it on your piece.

how to glaze furniture

You don’t have to worry about being pretty or precise at this point.  You just want to make sure that you get it into all the nooks and crannies.

Then you just take a rag and wipe off the glaze.  It will stay in the nooks and crannies.  If you want a more messy, noticeable glaze, you can wait a couple minutes before wiping.  If you want a cleaner glaze, you can use a wet rag to wipe it.  I am a messy glazer myself.

Here is a before and after so you can see the difference glazing makes.

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  See how once you glaze it, the glaze stays in the curves.  It almost acts like a highlight for the scroll work and features of your piece.

Here is the final product.

how to glaze furniture

I especially like black glaze on blue furniture.  Here is a dresser I did with the same color combination.

So I know I like glaze and I generally like a blue piece with black glaze.  So here is the question:  Blue bar stool or no?  I don’t know if I love it.  Maybe it is just that it is such a baby blue.  But it just doesn’t seem to go.  Here is the stool in place.

So I painted another stool red to see if maybe I might like it.

I do like the red, it’s striking.  And I like the pop of color.  But I also feel like red is so 5 years ago.

The hubbs thinks maybe I should now paint each chair a different color and it can be a colorful area.

In truth, he would be happy with whatever I did but he is trying to be helpful.  Isn’t that sweet?

What do you think?  Do you like the blue stool?  Should I paint the others different colors?  Should I go back to brown?  Or maybe all red?  What about a different color altogether?  Maybe white stools?  I’d love to hear what you think.

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  1. Going by earlier posts .. maybe blue (towards a navy), yellow or green .. I can’t tell if you like paler colours or prefer bolder ones .. either way, the stools you’ve done look great!

  2. I agree with the hubs. Since the two are already a different color, why not? A sea of color is uniquely you.

    • yeah I just don’t want to spend the time and then not like it and have to redo it. But truthfully it isn’t that bad to spray the chairs.

  3. Greta post and I love the red myself :o)
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  4. I have a particular fondness for red, and LOVE the look of that red stool! I’ll be imagining my OWN red chairs now!
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  5. Beautifully done! I especially love that red one!
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  6. I love the look glaze adds to furniture!
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  7. Thanks for the info! I’ve never glazed anything, but I’ll probably try it at some point. And P.S. I love the red stool!

  8. Connie – well done on the glaze and chair project! Great photos too. Love the bright color selection and think you’ve really added some ‘oomph’ to otherwsie basic chairs.

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  10. Carol Madeya says:

    Hi Connie I’m so glad I found your website My husband and I have been refinishing furniture for years We recently acquired and old dining room set from the 70 has decent wood but not good enough to refinish so we want to paint it it is mediterranean style from the 70’s I thick it would look great with a glaze I don’t like chalk paint they don’t have the color selection I want What type of paint do you use The furniture has been sanded and some repairs done Thank you Carol

  11. I really like reading through a post that can make people think. Also, thank you for allowing for me to comment!

  12. I understand this post is old but I just found it lol. I love the red barstool. Can you tell me with what kind of paint you used on it to get that great finish?


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