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 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 in comes to refinishing furniture, GLAZE is my best friend. Glaze draws out the character and detail of a piece with a weathered charm that is hard to match. As you can see, my cans of glaze do not sit idle.
In my new DIY eBook “Facelift Your Furniture”, I describe in detail what glaze is, and how you can use it step-by-step–with photo illustrations to guide your way. If you want to learn to glaze painted furniture, you will find this how to guide very helpful!
In the eBook, I recommend Ralph Lauren Faux Technique Glaze as THE product to use on furniture. It is outstanding and works wonders. It is available at Home Depot* and at specialty paint stores.
On the Ralph Lauren website, you can search for the closest paint store selling RL glaze. Follow the link HERE to the search page (far right box) where you can enter your zip code to find the closest store. Two lines down, be sure and designate that you are looking for “Ralph Lauren Paint Stores”.
Oh, and another thing. RL glaze can be purchased in quarts. You don’t need to purchase a gallon, and a quart will last you many projects!
*After a three year period of not carrying Ralph Lauren paint products, Home Depot starting carrying the line again July 2014.
A great thing about painting, glazing, and distressing furniture is what can be done with dated pieces. Customers are often surprised to learn that old formica laminate surfaces can be painted!
Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 primer makes it possible.
This octogon end table is a great example. It’s painted in Lowe’s Valspar “Homestead Resort Pale Olive”, which was provided by the owner for her custom order. It was lightly distressed, and has Espresso colored glaze providing an antiqued look that accents the detailed areas.
The great thing about painting pieces like this is that with this newly upstyled look, you would never know it originally had such a dated surface!
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.