One of the most exciting things about glaze is how it accents detailed, ornate furniture pieces. Combined with a great paint color, glaze draws out all the character of a weary and worn piece of furniture just waiting for a new look.
Take this dresser for example. After sanding major wear on the top, it was ready for a new look. I painted it turquoise, and then went to work with the glaze. This is one of the first pieces where I used glaze to accent detailed areas in this way. It was very rewarding, and with new hardware, it took on a new life!
Ralph Lauren “Black Truffles” Glaze was used to create this finish. As seen here, glazing is an art that rewards great results on ornate furniture pieces.
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When furniture’s current look isn’t a good fit, paint, glaze and distressing can take a piece in an entirely different direction.
Take this ornate dresser. The detailed areas were originally painted gold, while the rest of the wood was dark brown. With so much detail, the gold highlights on all the ornate detail were a bit overbearing.
Refinishing furniture in a neutral color provided a more uniform look, while black glaze highlighted the detail in a way that wasn’t too bold.
This old dresser was given a new life with paint, glaze and distressing.
At the bottom of the dresser, an ornate wood applique was added.
The dresser was refinished in Sea Blue. Black Glaze was used to provide an antiqued look, as well as accent the molding a detailed areas.
Light distressing popped out the original wood tones.
For more inspiration, visit our Sea Blue Furniture – Before & After collection.
There is something that just doesn’t seem right about beating a piece of furniture with a chain!
I’d heard it could be done to distress furniture, but something in me cringed at the idea. It just didn’t seem right!
Maybe it’s the idea of the damage done being irreversible. Once the harm is inflicted, there’s no going back. Yet as I’ve learned, banged up furniture is often what makes the painted and glazed look come to life.
How I did it
So I give in, and bought two feet of heavy duty chain at Home Depot. Then I pondered which piece would by my victim. The passed over Queen Anne end table, on top of which I had refinished countless other end tables, was my choice.
I’m a newbie to this, so it still seems very strange to think that I beat this piece. What made me do it was the potential of what could be. Afterwards, it’s nice cherry finish was dinged up, with little pot marks all over the place.
Next came white primer, followed by Lime Green paint. Then Black Glaze, and man did it make those dings pop! When the piece was distressed, all the colors–including the original wood finish and white primer–came together to create a fantasic rustic finish. It’s almost hard to imagine the original table could take on this look!
This ornate buffet was painted, glazed and distressed in Sea Blue and Black Glaze. Distressing reveals white primer and wood tones.
Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Spray primer was applied to entire piece, so that distressing would reveal contrast of white against the Sea Blue and Black Glaze.
The top of the piece was painted Sea Blue, like the rest of the piece, and then three coats of Black Glaze were brushed on to create darker look.
Vintage chest of drawers and nightstand. Painted Black, with linear distressing
and newly added hardware (drawers previously had none). With this major transformation, this set looks great with its updated modern look. Made by Basset, these are high quality pieces. All wood dovetail drawers that are deep and with lots of storage. Chest measures 43″ tall, 34″ wide, 18″ deep. Nightstand 24″ tall, 18″ wide, 15″ deep.
The nightstand was previously high-lighted as the eighth transformation in the Nine Needing a New Look series. Since that post, the new hardware has been added.