A glaze is a mixture of paint and oil- or water-based medium that can be painted over a base layer to create various effects. It will give your piece of furniture more depth by adding shimmer and shine by altering the hue and tone of the light. Don’t forget you will want to seal any heavily-used surfaces like tabletops if you decide to use glaze.
- paint to extend the drying time — which gives you more time to work with your glaze to create the look you want. Water-based glazes and paints are the easiest to work with and to clean up.
You can buy glazes that are already tinted, or you can make up your own glaze color:
To tint, combine glazing medium with your paint (either latex or acrylic). Generally the ratio is four parts glaze to one part paint, but you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
- The amount of glazing medium you add to the paint can affect the color of the glaze. When you’re using lighter paint colors, a 4-to-1 mixture will not affect the value of the color. But darker colors may be altered to a lighter color value when mixed with too much glaze. It’s always best to experiment with the color.
You apply glaze just as you would apply paint, with a brush or roller. Again, work in small sections: roll on the glaze, finish the technique and then move on to the next section. And if you’re doing a two-person job, make sure one person is always rolling and the other is working with the glaze. That will give you the most consistent treatment.
Drying time for glaze varies; usually you have about 10 to 20 minutes to work with the glaze before it dries completely.