Tips on Applying Glaze Over Stain

Glazing a stained piece of furniture or cabinets will give these pieces an antique look that will stand out in your home.

Separate the Piece

Applying glaze mixed with paint onto a cabinet can give it an antique look.Applying glaze mixed with paint onto a cabinet can give it an antique look.
You can get cans of paint and glaze at any hardware store. By keeping in mind a few simple tips, you can quickly and easily glaze a piece to give it an elegant finish that will turn heads.

Separate the stained piece you want to glaze from any objects to which it is attached. For example, if you want to stain a cabinet door, detach it from the cabinet first and remove any knobs or anything else that you don't want to glaze. Place it on a sheet or in a work area that you don't mind getting messy.

Clean Thoroughly

Clean the piece thoroughly, unless it has just been stained. Dirt and grime can mix in with the glaze and ruin your look. Make sure it is dry before you begin glazing.

Use the Right Ratio of Paint to Glaze

When mixing paint with the glaze, use brown, black or gray for a more authentic antique look. Use a high ratio of glaze to paint (three parts glaze to one part paint) for a lighter antique finish, a one-to-one ratio for a medium finish and a paint-heavy ratio (three parts to one part glaze) for a dark antique finish.

Apply in Circular or Straight Strokes

Dip the rag into the mixture and use straight or circular strokes when applying, depending on your preference. The streak marks will show up in the finished product. Make sure you get it in all the cracks for a complete look.

Work in Sections

Work in sections, as glaze dries quickly. Use a clean cloth to remove excess glaze. If you wipe off too much, reapply until you get the look you want.

Let Dry

When you are finished, let the piece dry completely before reinstalling the piece or putting it back where it was for regular use.

About the Author

Based in the Washington, D.C., area, Dan Taylor has been a professional journalist since 2004. He has been published in the "Baltimore Sun" and "The Washington Times." He started as a reporter for a newspaper in southwest Virginia and now writes for "Inside the Navy." He holds a Bachelor of Arts in government with a journalism track from Patrick Henry College.