You add character to the furniture by using decorative
painting techniques, to add sheen to your home. This
painting technique can be used for a decorative finish for
walls, furniture, trims, doors and windows. Eggshell
luster is best for any surface on which decorative
painting techniques are being used. This can be done at
home without much trouble. Read and follow the steps given
below for a glazed decorative look.
Things you need:
sheen that is oil based.
to cover furniture
Varnish or polyurethane
The method described here creates a normal striee
effect, where a dark shade glazes over a lighter base
1. Prepare surface by removing nails and repairing cracks,
use primer if required.
2. Separate doors, windows, trims etc, by taping off the
area around using painter's tape.
3. Remove all light fixtures including cover plates of
switches and cover furniture and floor with old sheets.
4. For base coat choose off white or eggshell color. Apply
latex paint of this color and allow it to dry for 24
5. In a bucket mix the glaze coat of your choice. Mix it
as a concentrate and then dilute it. Mix more color than
required, as it will be difficult to remix and get the
exact color. Using universal tinters add color till you
get the color of your choice. Add mineral spirit to help
mixing and give the right consistency. Add varnish to
ensure longevity of the coat. To test the color, apply
this color on an area of the door or trim that is not
visible. By checking the color you can change the color if
you do not like it.
6. Wear disposable gloves and a respirator while preparing
the glaze. Work in a room that has good ventilation. Do
not smoke while working, as many of the materials are
inflammable. And do not work near a heat source.
7. Giving doors and windows the striee treatment will give
it a grained wood effect. There the direction in which the
glaze is applied is very important for the best effect.
8. While glazing a door with inset panels, begin with the
middle panel; use vertical or horizontal strokes. Use wet
cloth of clean area between panels. While glazing work
from the inner most part working your way outside till the
whole door is done.
9. Before applying glaze dampen the surface with water so
that the glaze can be applied easily and has a smooth
10. Dip a brush in glaze and paint over wet area. Work as
fast as you can and carefully applying glaze in sections.
Leave the edge of a section wet with glaze so that there
is smooth transition from one area to the next.
11. Take a dry brush and drag it smoothly over the glazed
area from one end to the other. This will remove the newly
applied glaze exposing the base coat and thus creating the
striee texture. Keep wiping the brush dry of the extra
glaze to make sure that the striee pattern is repeated.
12. While moving to the next area ensure that the glaze
does not overlap the striee previously created. When
creating a new striee begin from the point where the
previous striee ended. For framed doors and windows make
striee that are at an angle of 90-degrees, till you
complete the door or window.
13. After the striee surface has dried completely then
apply varnish to protect it. It is better to use low-sheen
finish for doors, windows and trims.
14. Store some of the glaze mixture in an airtight
container for touch ups later on.
15. Clean with mineral spirits.