How to Chocolate Glaze My Cabinets

Applying a glaze to a cabinet is much like applying a stain.

Chocolate glaze cabinets by mixing chocolate-colored paint with clear glaze.Chocolate glaze cabinets by mixing chocolate-colored paint with clear glaze.
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.

Remove all of the cabinet hardware. Place the cabinet doors on a table covered with newspapers.

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.

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.

Mix the glaze and paint together with a mixing stick.

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.

Things You Will Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Table
  • Newspapers
  • Dish-washing soap solution
  • Rags
  • Shallow pan or bowl
  • Mixing stick
  • Water-based clear glaze
  • Water-based latex chocolate-colored paint


  • Although there are oil-based paints and glazes, using water-based types are much easier to clean up. However, never mix an oil based paint or glaze with a water based one. Always use compatible types.


  • Never mix an oil-based paint or glaze with a water-based one. Always use compatible types.

About the Author

Dale Yalanovsky has been writing professionally since 1978. He has been published in "Woman's Day," "New Home Journal" and on many do-it-yourself websites. He specializes in do-it-yourself projects, household and auto maintenance and property management. Yalanovsky also writes a bimonthly column that provides home improvement advice.