Adding a glaze to a piece you are working on is a very quick and easy way to get more of an antiqued effect. When painting furniture I’m always inspired by Restoration Hardware, and this gray dresser was no exception. I was digging RH’s “antiqued graphite” color, but wanted to take the antiqued wood “look” a little further with this piece. I’ve been working on refinishing this bronze gray dresser for most of this month, and it’s been another good learning curve for me for furniture painting.
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How to Glaze Furniture with General Finishes
I’d been inspired with the use of General Finishes glazes by other painters and wanted to give it a try. Glazes are very neat little mixes that brush-on semi-translucent, the excess gets wiped off, and you’re left with a beautiful finish that adds extra dimension to the base paint color (and they come in various colors).
Here’s a list of the supplies needed for this project:
- General Finishes milk paint in Driftwood
- General Finishes Water-based Top Coat in Satin
- General Finishes Van Dyke Brown Glaze
- Cotton cloths
- Sponge brushes
After applying 2 coats of the milk paint and dry times in between, I waited for the last coat of paint to dry a few more hours than necessary and then it was time to get the glaze on (woot!). As this was my first time trying a glaze, I was a bit apprehensive to use it and mess up my work. Actually, I almost DID mess it up!
Before applying the glaze I looked up the process one more time online to be sure I was doing it correctly, and if it hadn’t been for Suzanne from The Painted Drawer‘s sagely advice, it would have gone downhill really quickly!
Suzanne said to apply a layer of GF’s high performance topcoat before doing the glaze. This way it’s easier to guide the glaze into areas you want it to go and wipe it off easily. I followed her directions and used GF’s Van Dyke glaze, a nice bronze or antique brown color. Thankfully it went on and wiped off perfectly. Dodged a bullet!
When applying the glaze, I used a sponge brush and coated things in stages so that I didn’t risk the glaze drying before I could wipe it down. The drawers, for example, I did their front faces first, then the edge moldings. I broke the dresser down into doing only the top, or one side at a time.
If this is your first time glazing, it is useful to start in an area that is small or not as noticeable to practice on and see how long to let the glaze sit before wiping to get the look that you want. For me, I let it sit no more than one minute before wiping.
When wiping, I used a cotton cloth that did not leave behind any lint. An old and clean tshirt can work great for this. If you don’t like how the glaze comes out the first time, you can always wait for it to dry, then add glaze and wipe it again.
After the glaze dried I put on a few layers of the topcoat, painted the original hardware using GF’s Lamp Black, put a few protective topcoats in a Satin finish on them, and added them back to the drawers.
I think it looks kind of steampunk. But that may just be me.
|detail shot of top with nothing on it|
Once again I’m in love with GF’s paints and the final look of this piece. It came out exactly as I had imagined it – always a good feeling.
Oh, I’m also finishing up the side tables this week. Here’s a little preview of them for now:
Have any of you been dodging bullets on a project lately? (I know I can’t be the only one ^_- )
Want to paint your own piece of furniture? Check out my complete guides for how to prep your piece before painting and how to mix & use milk paint (using Miss Mustard Seed’s mixes).