I’ve got a fun makeover and video tutorial to share with you today, all about how to apply glaze to painted furniture!
Glaze is a handy tool to mix and apply your own custom-color glaze to any of your furniture painting projects. 🙂
Here’s the side tables I used for this demo–nice and sturdy, just dated and needing a little pizazz to bring them back to life!
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Materials Needed for Makeover
Instructions for Painting
You always want to start off giving your furniture a good cleaning before you paint (learn why and how here). You can use the Fusion TSP (which I really like!) or another degreaser product, the point though is to get all the grease and grime off your piece so your paint can adhere well.
Once your piece is clean, you can scuff it lightly with 180 grit sandpaper, just enough to open up the pores of the existing finish.
Renfrew Blue is a gorgeous teal color, but it can be a bit tricky to paint!
If you’ve used other Fusion colors but never Renfrew before, you will be surprised by its consistency.
It is much thinner and less opaque (which isn’t an error in mixing, but rather has to do with it being a bright color with a high pigment load), so plan on it taking at least 3 coats to get full coverage.
Three coats was what it took on these tables to get the solid coverage I wanted 🙂
After the last coat, I did use some sandpaper to lightly distress just along the edges of each table, to give it a slightly worn look. Then after 24 hours of letting my paint dry, they were ready to glaze!
How to Glaze
Glazing is a great way to add extra depth to a furniture finish, as well as tone down the brightness of a color. With Fusion’s Clear Glaze, you can mix in any color of paint you like and create a custom glaze to go with your base paint color!
This is kind of a crummy cell phone photo, but it shows just how much difference glaze can make–the table on the left has had glaze applied, the one on the right has not.
And personally, I find glaze a lot easier to work with than a colored or dark wax.
If you want a more thorough breakdown of when I use glaze and when I use wax, as well as lots more tips on both, you can check out this popular post here.
The following video tutorial walks through all you need to know about mixing and applying your glaze, enjoy!
What custom glazes can you mix up?
Thanks for joining me today, Happy Painting!