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DIY Glazing and Antiquing Furniture Tutorial! {You’re WELCOME!}

We get an tons of emails from readers who have questions about glazing furniture. And since we aim to please, we’ve whipped up a little tutorial for you DIYers. There’s little more satisfying in life than glazing a beautifully ornate piece of furniture. You’ll see what I mean when you experience your own glazing satisfaction.

Instead of using a hefty large piece of furniture for this demonstration, I decided to use this waste paper basket that my girl Kathy Epley snagged for me awhile back. It’s got great scrolly detail, and lots of cracks and crevices, nooks and cranies…. which is the basic guildline for knowing if your piece of furniture is a good candidate for glaze. Below are some examples of detailed pieces we’ve glazed and sold. You can click on each photo for the corresponding post.


So here’s how the waste basket started out:

I started by priming with Kilz spray paint.

After an hour of dry time, I sprayed on Krylon’s Blue Ocean Breeze that we had leftover from Eloise. I could list off reasons for why I almost always prefer spraypaint over brushing it on, but my bloggy friend, Brooke, spelled it out so eloquently on her blog, I decided that was super sufficient! See that post here.

After letting it dry overnight, I started prepping for glazing. We use Dutch Boy Technique Glaze, but any technique glaze will do. Other common brands are Valspar, Ralph Lauren and Martha Stewart. You won’t need more than a quart, unless you have an entire house full of furniture to glaze. A gallon will last you forever. I bought a gallon, cause I’m that kinda gal.

I wanted a dark brown glaze, so I used a mixture of black and brown latex paint that we had leftover. You’ll mix 4 parts glaze with 1 part paint. This isn’t an exact science. Do like Rachel Ray and just dump some in. I’m sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find out that you can glaze in any color!!! I’ve used white glaze before on this project, and totally look forward to trying out other colors!!

Mix it all together, kids.

Now that you’ve got your glaze prepared, all you need is a paint brush or sponge brush, and some damp rags. (I just wring out the water with all my pathetic strength, but you could use a spray bottle with water in it too).

Brush on a thin layer of glaze, making sure to get the glaze into all the cracks and crannies, nooks and crevices. It’s tempting to get globby to more efficiently cover the surface, but remember you’re going to be wiping off 90% of all the glaze, so that could potentially get messy with your damp rag.

Next, you’ll take your damp rag and wipe off the glaze on all the raised surfaces. With each wipe, you’ll want to use a clean part on the cloth.

Look at the difference glazing makes!

You can wipe off as little or as much as you want. Below is an example of how you can leave more glaze, or wipe it almost completely off. I ended up wiping the whole thing down real good, but you really can’t go wrong with this. That’s the beauty!

And just like that, you’ve got a beautifully antiqued piece, with the details popping out real loud like. Doesn’t it make a huge difference?! FANCY!

We recycle spaghetti sauce jars to store leftover glaze. Seals tight, and stays juicy till your next project!!

There you have it… a glazing tutorial! Do you likey?

Do you have a project you’re about to tackle? Have you used a glaze color other than black or white? Have you been wanting to glaze but weren’t quite sure of yourself?? I hope my tutorial helped! Feel free to ask any questions you might have. And be sure to email us your before and after pics!!!


  1. Wow! That actually looks like something I could DO!!! Thank you for sharing!

  2. It’s great! What a difference a little gaze can make on an otherwise ordinary project!

  3. Jen Calcott says:

    I have to try this! I’m sure yo make it look so easy :)
    I do have a question, Don’t you wear gloves?

  4. Jen, I wore gloves when I was pregnant… but usually I don’t bother. With this small project, I didn’t get much on me. But if you’re doing a big dresser or something, you’ll definitely get glaze all over your hands… so gloves aren’t a bad idea. Good question!

  5. Great tutorial! Glazing is fun!

  6. Thank You!!! I just bought a fun piece of furniture off craigslist that I’m dying to try this on. What kind of sprayer do you use?

  7. Thanks for sharing this great tutorial! Glazing has been a mystery to me until now :)

  8. Leslie Snyder says:

    Have you ever tried using just a dark brown stain? I have done this using a stain, but it does change the color of the paint a little. I haven’t tried a glaze yet so I’m just curious if you have compared using a stain vs a glaze and your thoughts.

  9. This was awesome!

  10. That is awesome and I am so glad that i found this!

  11. This really makes me happy because I just bought this exact trash can at Goodwill and was planning to remake it tomorrow almost exactly as you have. Thank you for the tutorial and the pictures. Now I know I can’t screw it up.

  12. Christy says:

    Great tutorial! I have a retro headboard that I have been wanting to paint. I think I will use this technique! Thanks for the idea!!!

  13. Best tutorial I have come across for glazing! Answered some of my questions and I can’t wait to get started on some pieces I have picked up for this! Love you blog, keep the cool ideas coming :)

  14. The finer points of improving woodwork are the more difficult and crucial ones. Your results look very good!

  15. The post is giving tutorial of furniture glazing. Useful information

  16. Hey there,good job I really like that you used an oak piece for the grain detail in this demo. As well,I like that you sprayed only as that doesn’t fill in all of the grain and details you will need for your glazing to be trapped in so to speak. Nice!

  17. I remember my grand mother have the same cabinet filled with chinese ceramics when I was young. It’s been year since our last visit on our old house where my grandparents used to live.

  18. Thanks for sharing nice and informative blog.

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  19. I’ve always been intimidated by the thought of “glazing”, but not anymore! Thank you for this wonderful tutorial. I can’t wait to get started.

  20. So this is how you do the glazing and antiquing the furniture. It looks like the tutorial is easy to follow. Which leads me to my curiosity on how do they glaze or emboss some sample epitaphs.

  21. I am new to all things DIY. this is a beautiful technique. Thank you for sharing. My questions is when you are finished with the glaze to you have to protect the finish with something?

    • Hi MommyMac! We do seal all our pieces with poly. We prefer to use Polyurethane, but it does have a yellowish tint… so if you’re sealing a piece of furniture that’s white, I would use water based PolyCrylic. It’s crystal clear, but isn’t quite as durable as the oil base.

  22. can you mix white paint in the glaze and use over a red color? do you have any pictures of a white glaze used?

  23. Omg this is soo cool. Want to glaze my dresser ASAP. Love the dark glaze idea. Thanks

  24. This is a great idea. Maybe I could do it to some of my old cabinets in my apartment instead of throwing them away.

  25. I just did this technique to a side table used a green glaze..didnt come out quite like i wanted…going to try adding a brown glaze..wish me luck.

  26. Impressive work with the colors! This just gave an idea on how to give those boring old side cabinets we have at home a new look.

  27. Just when I thought that giving our old cupboard a paintjob was enough. Now I want to make it look authentically antique! Thanks for the idea.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for sharing! Your family is lovely!!

  29. Anonymous says:

    Love the tutorial! I’m trying it now so hopefully it turns out good. Thanks :-)

  30. Most of antique furniture has designs like that, I remember our old cabinet it was also the same with the picture listed above. If I were not mistaken it last for 60 years as my mom told me. It was been used by my late grandfather.

  31. I have a large piece of furniture that I can’t move out of the house, what would be the best paint to use that isn’t a spray paint? And should you always prime it first? Thanks!

    • You should prime unless you’re painting over paint. If it’s bare wood, definitely prime. You may have issues with brush strokes since you’re not spraying, but I recommend Benjamin Moore paints. Top quality and great color selection!

  32. Julie Booth says:

    I just repainted a mirror turquoise using flat latex paint and planned on glazing it with black glaze. I had a friend tell me I shouldn’t have used the flat. Will I have the same outcome using the flat paint or should I have used semi-gloss? I don’t want to have to repaint this darn thing so please give me good news…

  33. I love your website, it’s got such amazing and simple techniques that one can employ when on a budget! My question to you is this. I have nice and solid, but contractor-grade-looking oak cabinets in my kitchen. Replacing or refacing costs money that we don’t currently have, so I was thinking about updating their look. I am going to paint backsplash per your tutorials, and will also add modern hardware, but I am not sure that will be enough. Now I don’t like the look of painted wood, and I can’t stain the cabinets either, because the sides are vinyl and won’t take the stain. I am thinking about adding some glaze into the crevices of each door and drawer, but am not sure how to do it without going too far… I am kinda scared of tackling the whole door, if you know what I mean! Any ideas? Thanks! :)

    • Anne, I think adding a little glaze to your oak cabinets would look fabulous! I would recommend doing one cabinet door that’s located in a not-so-visible part of your kitchen to see if you like it first. If you use a damp cloth, you can wipe the glaze off if you hate it. Just make sure you wipe it off within a couple minutes of applying it. You’ll have to make a decision FAST! HA! Hope you’re not indecisive. :) You be sure to send me pics if you go for it! I can’t wait to see!

  34. This makes it much easier to understand. Thanks for the info. I am now ready to give it a try.

  35. Thanks for sharing all this wonderful information on everything on your site. Your instructions are simple and to the point, nothing left to guess about. Thank you for offering a hand in any questions and leaving your door open. And, lastly thanks for you quirky, real person comments and instructions. Makes for a much better read and laugh. Cheers to you both.

  36. Thank you so much for the tutorial! I just finished a dresser in chalk paint and am ready for the next step. Question- can I go straight to glazing or should I poly first? Also, should I poly after I glaze or leave it alone? Does the glaze act as a sealant? Thanks again!!!

    • Hi Emily! Since you used chalk paint, I would recommend using a damp cloth (instead of dry) to wipe your glaze away. No need to seal until after! And the glaze doesn’t act as a seal, however I don’t think chalk paint needs to be sealed? I’m not exactly sure on that since I’m not familiar with chalk paint as much as I should be. It should say on the can if it needs to be sealed or not. Good luck! Send pics when you’re done!

  37. I just painted a quilt rack white, would like it to look old, what shade should I use????

  38. I am going to redo my dining room table. I want to use this technique. I have researched annie sloan and DIY Chalk paint, versus completely sanding the whole 8 seater oak table. I am just doing the pedestal part as I am refinishing the top with a stain. Could I just prime the legs on top of the already existing finish, or would you just suggest the chalk paint. My only hesitation is they are heavy traffic areas and I wouldn’t want it to scratch off. Thanks for your help.

    • Andrea, we don’t have any experience with chalk paint, so we cant recommend it one way or another. We know other bloggers either love or hate chalk paint. If it were our table, we would sand down the bast of the table, prime, paint, and seal with poly (because it’s a high-traffic area that you don’t want to chip eventually). Best of luck!

  39. Hi Beth, GREAT tutorial! I’m really glad to have found this broken down so easily – glazing sounded very scary to this newbie DIY-er. I also read your About – and love your little family, and thank you for sharing your infertility journey. Congratulations on your twins. <3


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