I love to glaze furniture. I love to share with people how much I love to glaze furniture. So often, when I do share my love of glaze, I see their eyes glaze over. I get it. Once upon a time, I did the same thing. I am trying to discover why glazing furniture is so intimidating to so many. It intimidates people who are not easily put off. Many who are ‘thrill seekers’ when it comes to painting furniture just do not want to go there. What is it about glaze and furniture that is so frightening? “It’s just paint” is something I say many times daily. If you don’t like, just paint back over it.
It is rare for me not to glaze after painting now. I often use the easiest of all glazing techniques. I use the same color as my paint color to glaze with. When I do the “Same Color Glaze” technique, it adds dimension to my final project. It is very inconspicuous. People will look at apiece that boasts a “Same Color Glaze” technique and comment on how it looks “luscious”, “rich” or “has such depth”.
Using the “Same Color Glaze” technique is a great way to try glazing for the first time. It is almost impossible to mess up using this technique. The supply list can be found at the end of the post. Here are the instructions:
- Paint project piece with your choice of color of CeCe Caldwell’s Paints.
- Allow project piece to dry thoroughly.
- Brush a coat of CeCe Caldwell’s Clear Glaze onto your piece.
- Allow Clear Glaze coat to dry thoroughly.
- In a clean container mix 5 parts Clear Glaze to 1 part paint (the same color of CeCe Caldwell’s Paints you used on your project). Stir well.
- Put on disposable gloves. (Trust me on this step.)
- Lightly dampen the applicator of your choice. I suggest either a good quality synthetic brush or lint-free cheesecloth.
- Lightly dampen lint-free cheesecloth to use to wipe off excess glaze.
- Working in small sections, apply colored Clear Glaze to the first section of your project piece with your applicator.
- Using long strokes, going in the direction of the wood grain, wipe off excess glaze. Wipe the entire direction, without stopping.
- Repeat until all of the section has been wiped. Then move on to the next section.
- Allow glaze to dry.
- Lightly buff the piece with kraft paper or 000 steel wool. Wipe off any dust created by the buffing.
- Apply final finishing products/techniques, if needed or desired.
Now, that wasn’t so bad, was it? By starting with the “Same Color Glaze” technique you learn the feel of glaze application, how much open time (the time you have to work with the glaze before it starts to tack up and dry) you have and just how easy it is to work with. Small mistakes are less noticeable with this technique. Remember, it’s just paint.
I would love to see your projects that you used Clear Glaze on. Please share them with us on our CeCe Caldwell’s Paints Facebook page. If you haven’t liked us already, this is a great time to do so.
Supply List for “Same Color Glaze” technique
Project piece painted in your color of choice of CeCe Caldwell’s Paints
- CeCe Caldwell’s Clear Glaze
- Measuring cup
- Clean container (I like to use one that has a lid, so I can save any extra colored glaze)
- Stir Stick
- Lint-free cheesecloth
- Good quality synthetic brush (optional)
- Disposable gloves
- Kraft paper or 000 steel wool
- Clean, dry rag or cloth