Thursday, June 21, 2012

Furniture Redo How To - Glazing Technique

Hi everyone I am happy to be here at PB&J stories.

My name is Connie and I blog at Measured by the Heart. I post about DIY/home improvements, graphic design, crafts, hair and book club. Basically most things creative. I love meeting new people and hope you will stop by.
Today I am going to show you my glazing technique. Painting furniture is an easy way to update an older piece. 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.
how to glaze furniture
how to glaze furniture

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.

What do you think? Do you like the blue stool? Should I paint the others blue? Should I go back to brown? Or maybe look for a different shade of blue? What about a different color altogether? Maybe white stools? I'd love to hear what you think.
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Thank you so so much Connie for that wonderful tutorial! I've personally never tackled glazing and think I need to add it to my To Do list!


1 comment :

  1. LOVE the blue stool and love learning more about the glazing technique!


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