A few people have asked me about glazing furniture. I totally understand how it can be confusing. This time last year I had NO idea how to do this. When I first started seeing things pop up on blogs, I fell in love with the look. When I asked how to do it, bloggers were very nice to “try” to explain it. But, I didn’t get it. Most of them talked about Ralph Lauren something (smokey, maybe). I was unable to figure it all out. I have always watched a LOT of HGTV (Decorating Cents) and they were always using umber (burnt and or raw). I had some in my stash, but I didn’t use it when I first started glazing. At first I used wood stain (dark walnut). Because stain cleans up with mineral spirits and not water, I tired of trying to get it off my hands. My next phase was applying the diluted burnt umber with a paper towel, sort of putting it on and wiping it off all at the same time. That was pretty messy too. Although I think that technique works well for large pieces of furniture.
Fast forward to this summer. I have glazed several items lately and I really like the following technique best. If you ask 10 bloggers, you’ll probably get 10 different recommendations. I think that is why I was so confused when I first started doing this glazing thing! No one way is right or wrong. It’s totally a personal preference.
If you’ve wondered how to glaze, I hope this little demo helps. If you are a whiz at glazing and you have something to add, please leave your suggestion in a comment and I will include it in my Saturday feature “Recent comments & questions”. If something is unclear, please ask below in a comment and I will try to help clarify it in Saturday’s feature.
Now, on with the show!
Supplies to gather:
- Project piece
- Spray Paint
- Glaze (I used Burnt Umber)
- Brush (I used small foam brush)
- Water and something to mix glaze and water in (I used small plastic tray)
- Rag (I used paper towel)