How to Chocolate Glaze My Cabinets

Dale Yalanovsky

Applying a glaze to a cabinet is much like applying a stain. The main difference is that you apply a glaze over an already painted surface. The specific color of a glaze comes from the color of the paint you add into it, but you may use standard pre-colored glazes. Although using a glaze adds protection to the surface to which it is applied, the main reason to use it is the antique aesthetic effect that it gives to a wooden surface.

Chocolate glaze cabinets by mixing chocolate-colored paint with clear glaze.
  1. Remove all of the cabinet hardware. Place the cabinet doors on a table covered with newspapers.

  2. Wash the cabinets before beginning. Use a dish-washing soap solution and a rag. Wipe down the cabinets with a damp rag when done and allow them to dry thoroughly.

  3. Pour the paint and glaze in a shallow bowl. The more paint that is used, the darker and more antique the glaze looks. For example, one part paint to three part glaze creates a very light chocolate-color finish. Three part paint to one part glaze creates a very dark chocolate finish. Adjust the paint-to-glaze proportions according to your personal taste.

  4. Mix the glaze and paint together with a mixing stick.

  5. Dip a rag into the paint/glaze mixture and rub it onto the cabinets. Work in small sections as you go and rub it in briskly. As soon as a particular section is covered, wipe the glaze/paint mixture off. The top coat mixture that is left behind is the glazed finish.