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.
This worn out old dresser had seen it’s better day. With pulls missing, and the original finish worn down, it was a perfect candidate for paint, glaze and distressing.
The dresser was refinished in Turquoise and Off White, with Black Glaze used to accent all the molding and distinctive features of the drawers and doors.
Distressing added to the one-of-a-kind character. New pulls were added to the drawers and doors.
For more inspiration, visit our Dressers – Before & After collection. Or visit our Turquoise Refinished Furniture collection.
When I first started painting and glazing furniture, I discovered that 8 oz. sample of paint were a perfect way to experiment with new colors.
For example, when I first tried turquoise, I used a sample size from Lowe’s on an end table. I immediately saw how good it looked on old furniture. And when I realized how good Black Glaze looked on Turquoise, I was hooked!
Raph Lauren glaze works best of satin finish paint, and since Lowe’s Valspar samples are satin, they are a great way to experiment with paint colors, along with glaze finishes. (Home Depot’s Behr brand, which is a high quality product, only provides samples in flat finish).
I continue to purchase sample sizes of new colors. This past summer I experimented with a couple of yellows found on a special Spring/Summer paint color display at Lowe’s. Now, Lowe’s has a new display for Fall/Winter, featured colors for our current seasons.
At just $3, I love picking these up and giving them a try. The other day, I grabbed two samples from Lowe’s Fall/Winter collection. “Withered Moss” and “Gold Infusion” are earth toned yellow-greens, and I have tried each on a couple of magnetic chalk boards. I glazed each with a blend of Black and Tobacco glaze (I call the mix “Espresso”), and I really like these new colors!
An 8 oz. will paint most end tables, and two 8 oz containers will paint a small dresser. So if you’re in the mood to experiment with color, grab a sample or two, and discover what new colors may work well for your next furniture painting project.
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When you’re using your paint brush on a piece of furniture, here’s a great way to store it until you apply the next coat. Simply wrap a plastic grocery bag tightly over the wet bristles of your brush, and twist it air tight all the way down around the handle.
Your brush can then be on “stand by” for when you need to use it again. If your painting space isn’t too warm, your brush can be stored this way for up to a couple of days. If I anticipate storing it this way overnight, I simply run a very small amount of water over the bristles to keep the paint extra moist.
By storing your brush, you preserve it for later use, and save time from having to wash it between coats!
One of the ways I enjoy getting creative is with ornate parts of dumpster worthy furniture! Our Re-purposed Wall Pieces album has many photos of accent pieces made from parts of furniture that have been recycled and upstyled.
You’ll find ideas on what to do with old cabinet doors too! Click on the photos, and you’ll find descriptions on how the pieces were made.