How To Apply Glaze to Wood Furniture

Glazing your wood furniture is the best way to give it a new look, depth and character be it an old, a dull or unfinished piece of furniture. Glazing your own furniture is surely a fun and self-rewarding thing to do. However, you may consider practicing first with woods of the same kind as your furniture so you will get a feel of the right strokes, thickness and look that you want for your furniture. A glaze can be used as finishing of any wood items or as color improver and highlighter if added with color stain or tints. Below are a few suggestions on how to apply glaze to wood furniture.

  1. Decide on the new look of your furniture. You may want a rustic or aged look for your furniture or maybe just a deep, uneven color for a unique style. Whatever it is that you want as a change, decide on it now so you can plan for the materials you are going to buy. Take note of the surface of finish of the furniture – is it oil-based or latex so that you can buy the right kind of glaze. It will also help in your decision-making if you try to look for glazed wood finish in magazines and Internet.  
  2. Buy your materials. Visit the hardware or Do-It-Yourself (DIY) stores in your town for your materials. Usually, you will be needing grit sandpaper with coarse between numbers 100 and 120 or steel wool; glaze that is either oil-based or water-based; color tints of your choice (optional); glaze applicator – brush/sponge/sprayer/ rag; blower (optional) finish – either furnish polish or varnish.
  3. Practice your glaze application skill (optional). Whichever application style you choose to use – sponging, wiping or brushing, practice it first with a wood similar to the one you will be working on to see the effect of your glazing technique and practice your stoking skill.
  4. Start working on the furniture. To start with your actual work, scrape off the surface for any finish coating so the glaze will hold. Make sure that the surface is well scraped, and smooth. Rough surface entangles the glaze so the blotting is noticeable. Once the old paint or finish coating is scraped, wipe the surface with a cloth and try running a line/strip of nylon over it to ensure that the surface is indeed smooth. Your sanding also depends on the look you want as a finish – rustic or aged. So the more you sand the more rustic effect you get. By this time, your furniture is ready for glazing. If you want to add tints to your glaze mixture for added depth and color, you may do so. Just try to work on a single coat on a less noticeable part of the furniture you are working to test the result. Otherwise, just apply the glaze liberally on all surface of the furniture. Air-dry it until the color becomes dull or use a blower to do the work faster. Do not let the glaze dry completely – once the color turns dull, wipe it off with a soft cloth. If in case the glaze becomes hard to wipe off, put a little solvent on the cloth and wipe on a flat direction, passing through the crevices, under overhangs and along edges and in all areas where dust naturally sets in to create an aged look to your furniture.  
  5. Put additional effects. You can create an artificial granule or grain to the surface with graining tools designed for this purpose. You can heave or pad it flat to the surface. Allow the furniture to dry completely then apply a finishing coat for durability and added sheen.   

Your wood furniture is now new and ready to use. May you enjoy doing the work. Good luck!


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