Glazing Furniture

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:

Eggshell sheen that is oil based.

Painter's tape

Cloth to cover furniture



Oil glaze coat

Universal tinters

Mineral spirits

Oil Varnish or polyurethane



Disposable gloves


Stir Sticks

The method described here creates a normal striee effect, where a dark shade glazes over a lighter base coat.

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 hours.

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 finish.

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.



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