Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Tried and tried to come up with a cute name for this... not happenin' today :)  It's been one of those weeks around the Daniels Den.  We recently hit a financial wall.  One of those stop-you-on-your-feet-spend-no-money-or-you-will-overdraft kinda financial wall.  I rode to Hartsfield-Jackson Airport 3 times in a week to drop off and pick up folks.  And some major changes are about to happen and I do NOT do well with change... I'll share more on that later.

But never-the-less, I am here and excited to show you how I like to glaze furniture! (and picture frames and candleholders, and, well, you get the point :)

This is what you will need...

  • A waterbased glaze of some kind.  I like Behr Faux glaze.
  • A sample size of paint in whatever color you want your glaze to be.  In this case black.
  • Something to mix your glaze into
  • Paintbrush
  • A rag (or 10)
  • A piece of furniture that you want to make knock-out beautiful!

This is a set of end tables that I purchased at a yard sale for next to nothing.  I knew the details would be PERFECT for a glazing tutorial!!

Mix your glaze at a ratio of about 3 parts glaze to 1 part paint. I used a little more paint in this one because I wanted the glaze to be a little darker.  If you want to make a whole can of one color, you can just dump the sample size paint into the glaze can.  This stuff will last forever though, so I wouldn't commit to one color if you don't have to :)

Start painting it on.  No it won't look good.  Just make sure you get it into all the nooks and crannies.  Get it in every scratch and dent.  That's what gives it character.

I like to work in sections. 

The main reason I wanted to include this picture is because my daughter is, in fact, coloring my dog with chalk in the background...

Once you get a section painted, go back and wipe it off.  You can use a wet or dry cloth depending on how much you want to take off.  I usually just use a dry cloth and then go back with a wet cloth on the sections that I think are too dark.

The glaze should stay in all the sunken areas.  See where I stopped?

Wiping it off is really where your taste comes in.  You can wipe off as much or as little as you want.  I like to leave a little extra in the edges of the furniture.

Continue all the way around the whole piece of furniture until you are happy with it :)  If you need to go back and do it again in some places... go ahead!

See the difference?


I'll be showing you the big picture on these soon!

They are going to be really hard to let go of!

Wanna see the final product?  Click here!

If you want to see some more glazing action, check out

Hope Chest
My Little Blue French Desk
Dining Set
The Little Yellow Table in Bears Room
Shipping Pallet Art

Yeah, I like glaze a lot :o)

And a BIG thank you to all of you for helping me hit 10,000 total pageviews in a little over a month!!!  I know it's silly, but I'm sure you understand how happy the little landmarks make me :)



  1. Thanks so much for your pictures of glazing. I keep trying it...but I get so anal I just wipe it all off. i don't know where the line is. I'll try to do better. Love your blog

  2. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial, this helps me a lot. You have a lot of beauties done here!

    I live in the Netherlands, I have no clue what "glazing" is in Dutch so I cannot ask for glaze in the shops. And also the brands you can use in the USA are different then I can get here.
    So I try to do glazing with simple waterbased paint and not special glaze, do you think I can do the same quality job with it?

  3. I'm so sorry I didn't get to respond to this quicker! I'm sure you can get the same effect with watering down paint. I came across a lady awhile back with a beautiful dresser and I asked if she glazed it. The response was, "No, I don't mess around with all that. I just use some watered down paint on top." So I know it can be done! Thanks for reading :)

  4. Can you tell me about the base paint used before you glazed. I want to try this out and have two paints on hand--a craft acrylic glossy and a latex flat. Which do you recommend? A friend has some oil based that she will share but that's a mess to clean up. I am going to buy some of the Behr glaze you recommended.


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