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Updating and Aging Furniture with Glaze …

After I painted this little, blue table. I received a lot of questions on how I did the furniture glazing..so here is the nitty-gritty tutorial on how makeover aging furniture with glaze…

This is so easy, you’ll glaze EVERTHING! And glazing is nice because it can tone down a color that’s too bright! You can also grey-wash for another tone-down technique.
You’ll need:
paint color of choice
paint (to glaze with) color
glaze
paper towels
brush
stir stick
Aging a blue table with brown glaze made from paint J

I used Stratton Blue HC-142 in Benjamin Moore paint as my base color. It is   a great blue with a bit of turquoise underneath. In pictures though i know it’s so hard to tell exact color.
Heavy brown glaze on a tan table
I had this left over table floating around. So after a coat of paint (this time I used Stratton Blue,  cut by 50%.) Did you know the paint store will do that.. Cut your paint? They will by 25, 50, or 75 percent. So if there is a color you love, but you think if it were just a bit lighter, there’s a great solution.
After the paint has cured a few days… You’re going to mix your paint and glaze.
The paint color I used was Tudor Brown EXT.RM (in satin finish). It’s a great chocolatey color I used in this bathroom. You can use any brown color you like, you can even use craft paint. Just buy the higher quality stuff such as  Folk Art or Americana.
For my project, mix your paint and glaze in equal parts (50/50). IF you don’t want to buy the HUGE can of glaze at the paint store,the craft store sells smaller containers. If you can’t find it in the craft paint aisle, they also sell it in the fine art section.
Mixing water and brown paint to make a glaze
It will look milky and the more you mix it, the better it will look.Do you like my pencil.. and my old play dough container? I go for the high tech paint equipment around here.
If you want your glaze to be more translucent, use 1 part paint to 3 parts glaze (25/75). Heavier and darker brown,  1 part glaze to 3 parts paint. I just eyeball mine. If you’re a tad bit off, it’s okay.  You can always add more of either later, or do a sample board and play with your ratios.
Adding brown glaze over blue paint to age a piece , aging furniture with glaze
Use a paint brush to run the glaze/paint mixture into the crevasses, then wipe off the excess right away with a dry paper towel.  If you mess up, just clean it off with a damp paper towel.
Glazing furinture with brown paint
With turned legs, it’s easiest to apply your glaze,
then wrap your fingers with the towel around it and twist.
Continue doing the entire piece in this manner.
The biggest trick to using glaze is DO NOT paint glaze over a fresh glazed area; you’ll lift the old glaze right up and leave funky patches.
Painted blue and brown glazed table
And you end up with the perfect little, blue, glazed table.
If you feel unsure about jumping in until you get  a feel for it, use a practice board.
It’s only paint. Even if you think you’ve messed up, either wipe it off or paint over it.
Light blue table with brown glaze for an aged furniture makeover
One of my reader’s, Anne M. was one of the first to e-mail me for my technique.  She had wanted a less turqoise-y color so we ended up picking Marlboro Blue HC-153.
Here’s another paint secret I shared with Anne. Sherwin Williams will color match any color and any brand paint strip in their sampler paints. The best part is their samplers are about a full QUART and are under $6. More than enough to do a small piece of furniture or two.

Here is a table I did for a client. She wanted to update the furniture with glaze as well as really make it look worn.

Cream painted table

We first painted it cream,

Glazed and painted table

then let it cure a week or so, then I went back and glazed it.

Painted and glazed table

Glazing furniture can really update a piece also, it can give it a nice patina at the same time.

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  1. I’m a big fan of glazing too! I find it sooo much easier than using dark wax. And it’s pretty foolproof. If you don’t like the look, just wipe it off and try again. Valspar Clear Glazing Mix works well and comes in a handy plastic pour bottle that lasts forever and it mixes nicely with any paint. And glazed pieces have a really smooth silky finish too!

  2. I’m a big fan of glazing too! I find it sooo much easier than using dark wax. And it’s pretty foolproof. If you don’t like the look, just wipe it off and try again. Valspar Clear Glazing Mix works well and comes in a handy plastic pour bottle that lasts forever and it mixes nicely with any paint. And glazed pieces have a really smooth silky finish too!

  3. I’m a big fan of glazing too! I find it sooo much easier than using dark wax. And it’s pretty foolproof. If you don’t like the look, just wipe it off and try again. Valspar Clear Glazing Mix works well and comes in a handy plastic pour bottle that lasts forever and it mixes nicely with any paint. And glazed pieces have a really smooth silky finish too!

  4. I’m a big fan of glazing too! I find it sooo much easier than using dark wax. And it’s pretty foolproof. If you don’t like the look, just wipe it off and try again. Valspar Clear Glazing Mix works well and comes in a handy plastic pour bottle that lasts forever and it mixes nicely with any paint. And glazed pieces have a really smooth silky finish too!

  5. I’m a big fan of glazing too! I find it sooo much easier than using dark wax. And it’s pretty foolproof. If you don’t like the look, just wipe it off and try again. Valspar Clear Glazing Mix works well and comes in a handy plastic pour bottle that lasts forever and it mixes nicely with any paint. And glazed pieces have a really smooth silky finish too!

  6. I’m a big fan of glazing too! I find it sooo much easier than using dark wax. And it’s pretty foolproof. If you don’t like the look, just wipe it off and try again. Valspar Clear Glazing Mix works well and comes in a handy plastic pour bottle that lasts forever and it mixes nicely with any paint. And glazed pieces have a really smooth silky finish too!

  7. I’m a big fan of glazing too! I find it sooo much easier than using dark wax. And it’s pretty foolproof. If you don’t like the look, just wipe it off and try again. Valspar Clear Glazing Mix works well and comes in a handy plastic pour bottle that lasts forever and it mixes nicely with any paint. And glazed pieces have a really smooth silky finish too!

  8. I’m a big fan of glazing too! I find it sooo much easier than using dark wax. And it’s pretty foolproof. If you don’t like the look, just wipe it off and try again. Valspar Clear Glazing Mix works well and comes in a handy plastic pour bottle that lasts forever and it mixes nicely with any paint. And glazed pieces have a really smooth silky finish too!

    1. Love the color and glaze you used on the table. I’m going to use the stratton blue cut by 50%. How did you apply the glaze to the front, sides and top of table? You only mentioned how you applied in crevices. Should I paint it on with a brush and then wipe it off in circular motions? I have experimented a little and it appears you have to wipe off quickly before it dries. I’m not sure of the best technique for applying glaze on these other areas. Can you offer me some basic suggestions? Look forward to hearing from you.

      1. You do have to work fast, so working in a smaller sections is better.Brush it on and then wipe it back rubbing it into the paint. A lot will come off,, but that’s okay. You can also use a damp rag to remove to much. I hope this helps!

  9. I too love glazing, lol! I have used the Valspar glaze in “Mocha” then on my kitchen cabinets I recently did, I used Minwax “Wood Sheen” rubbing stain in walnut, which I loved. I agree that the sheen is really nice.

  10. I was told to use a small candle to put wax on the center sections and on some of the corners to let more of the original color to show thru is this a good suggestion?

  11. Hello-

    First off, thank you for your DIY posts. I just decided to refinished my kitchen table one day and I’m glad I stumbled upon your blog.

    My question: I want to antique my spay painted kitchen chairs (I used Zinsser 123 spray primer followed by Rust-oleum spray paint in satin Blossom White) . I have the Valspar Clear Glazing Mix and want to mix it with the Minwax Dark Walnut stain I used for the table. Is it okay to use Minwax water based Polycrylic spray in Satin over the glaze?

    Also, would you suggest I use Minwax water based Polycrylic spray on my stained table or the Minwax fast-drying Polyurethane spray in clear satin?

    1. I am actually not sure, I’ve never mixed stain with a glaze, I always use paint. I would ask the guys at the paint store or if you have a wood working store near by.

      1. Hi Jennifer.

        I love your blog! I recently obtained a few pieces (by inheritance and by flea market) that I’m going to transform.

        I’m using chalk paint, and then a glaze. Do I distress before or after I add the glaze? And also, do I need to add a poly coat to seal it all?

        Thanks so much!!

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