How To Apply Glaze to Darken Natural Maple Cabinets

Glaze to natural maple cabinets add shine and a dark, sophisticated hue to natural maple cabinets. Natural maple cabinets naturally need varnish to preserve the finish on their surface, but adding glaze gives it more protection and adds design to otherwise plain, natural maple cabinets.

To apply glaze to darken natural maple cabinets, follow the steps below.

  • Pick which cabinets to glaze. Pick the natural maple cabinets that you want to glaze. Cabinets that have panels are easiest to glaze since you will not need to use a dabbing cloth, but using a glazed dabbing cloth on flat cabinets without panels is also an option.
  • Use sandpaper on the cabinets. Use sandpaper on the cabinets you chose for glazing. Rubbing sandpaper on the cabinets you chose to glaze smooths out any uneven wood on the cabinet’s surface and get rid of any varnish or lacquer that will get in the way of applying glaze on natural maple cabinets.
  • Mix the glaze together. Mix some latco or linseed oil to the glaze color, which should be slightly darker than the cabinet surface smoothed out for glazing. Make sure you keep the glaze fresh and unhardened or you cannot use the glaze. It is best to mix the glaze color with the latco or linseed oil right before glazing natural maple cabinets. It helps to practice on a similar piece of wood before applying the glaze and oil to see if the results are satisfactory before applying it to your maple cabinets.
  • Glaze the corners of the cabinets. Dab a paintbrush in the wood glaze and brush the inside of the natural maple cabinet’s door panels. Be careful not to use too much glaze or the cabinet surface you are glazing will get too dark. Use enough to make a line around the insides of the panels and try to brush as lightly as possible to avoid making the maple cabinet too dark.
  • Glaze the sides of the cabinets. Dip your brush in the wood glaze and brush the sides of the cabinet door’s surface. Again, do not use too much glaze or soak the cabinet door in glaze.
  • Sponge the cabinets. Using a dabbing cloth, wipe the glaze you applied to the maple cabinets all over the cabinet surface. Rub the dabbing cloth all over the cabinets thoroughly and make sure there is no glaze buildup at the sides of the panels.
  • Let it dry. Let the glaze on the maple cabinet surface dry for twenty-four hours to ensure that it is as dry as possible.
  • Apply lacquer to the cabinet. After letting the glaze dry on the maple cabinet, apply lacquer to the glaze cabinet’s surface. Lacquer spray works well on glazed cabinet surfaces and makes sure the lacquer is evenly distributed. Hold the lacquer spray can about one foot away from the cabinet surface and spray lacquer evenly throughout the maple cabinet surface.

Follow the directions above to apply glaze on natural maple cabinets to give it a darkened finish. Glazed maple cabinets give the impression of sophisticated looking cabinets and the lacquer gives the maple cabinets give a good sheen and finish.


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