How I Paint and Glaze

9.25.2010

Well, I'm back!!! I hate when my internet is down. I came home from using my husband's office computer and my internet was back up. Yay!!!

Anyway I said I would share a tutorial of how I paint and glaze. I am by no means a professional and I don't know what the correct way to do this is, but this is how I achieve the look I want.



First clean the furniture piece. I usually just use a damp cloth to remove all the dust. You can use a cleaner such as TSP if you want to cut the shine. I usually just sand the piece lightly to remove the furniture polish and any other build up. After sanding wipe it all off real good.

This shows the sanding that I have started. I used a sheet of 180 grit paper.



Paint two coats of paint usually in a satin or semi gloss finish. This photo is after both coats. I usually do not prime because when I sand the new paint to age it I want the old finish to come through.
I brush all the paint on. I do not use spray. Maybe some day I will use my husband's sprayer, but for now brushing it on is quick enough.

After the paint is dry I then take a sheet of 150 grit coarse paper and sand several places to the original finish. I just do a few on top and then on the legs. I try to sand places on the drawers where there would be normal wear close to the handles. Sorry no picture of the sanding.




Then the fun begins. I brush on the glaze. I have been using Valspar glaze in Mocha. I am just now on my second bottle. This stuff goes a long way. I do a section about this large at a time and then take a damp soft cloth (like an old cotton t shirt) and start wiping it off. I do long strokes. If you take off too much you can always apply more glaze and lightly wipe it off if you want to leave more color on.
Just play with it until you get the look you want. That is what I do. Sometimes I reapply in just spots so that it will have several variations and depth to the color.


This shows where I sanded to the original finish and the different depths of color.


Another close up of the sanding and the glaze that is left on. It will usually stay in the cracks and crevices.


Let the paint and glaze dry for several hours or even over night and then to achieve this shine I apply
Minwax Paste Finishing Wax in Natural. It also comes in some stain colors and I have not tried those yet. I know some people use those to glaze with, but I prefer the other glaze.


Just follow the directions on the paste wax and let it dry a few minutes and then using some elbow grease and a dry clean soft cloth buff it till it shines. It really is easy to  use.


These are the supplies I use plus the 180 grit paper that I use first and a paint brush of course.

I hope that helps some of you who want to try this. It really isn't hard. I think it is fun watching a piece of furniture morph into something different with just paint, glaze and wax.

Lately I have been buying Sherwin Williams paint samples which are only $3 for a quart. More than enough for these projects. I have a lot of leftover paint.


This is the first piece I did several months ago. You can see that post here.
On this piece I also added some gel stain in spots and wiped it off to add more depth. Like I said just play around with it until it has the look you want. If you don't like it you can always repaint it.
Just remember it is only paint.


This is the changing table I did for my daughter.


Hope everyone has a great weekend!

KIM

50 comments:

  1. Great tutorial and pics! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Excellent tutorial, Kim. One of my favorite lines to repeat to myself is, "it is only paint... I can always paint it again."... lol...

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  3. Great tutorial. Your table looks fabulous and I love your colors. So glad the internet is back up. Hugs, Marty

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  4. Thanks so much, Kim! I really appreciate the tutorial!!

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  5. I bought both the glazing and the minwax (thanks to your prior project of the changing table)and have used it on my projects. I love, love, love it. Thanks for the tutorial. Next time, I'm NOT priming.... will save me a lot of work.

    ~ Lisa from Indiana ~

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  6. I really want to try this. I have that exact glaze, and might use it on our changing table after I paint it this weekend. I need to pick up some of that wax though. That stuff looks amazing.

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  7. Hi Kim,
    I think I'm ready to try a glaze after looking at your table. I really like how it brings out the beauty of the wood. I'm sold!

    Headin to Lowes tomorrow.

    Thanks for the tutorial.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  8. Kim,
    I love what you do with painted furniture and I think you are a pro at it. I checked a French country book out at the library and I saw furniture that looked exactly like yours! I have the green paint and the glaze sitting out in the kitchen on the table. When I wrap up all my Halloween decorating, I plan to get to it. Thanks for all of the inspiration.
    Sherry

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  9. You surely do make it look easy! and very pretty....glazing adds such character that plain paint doesn't have!

    Suzanne

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  10. You make it look so easy. Next time, I'm just going to go for it. I am so paranoid I'm going to make a mess out of something I worked hard on. Check out my last piece....do you think I should distress it a bit?? Thanks!

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  11. Oh Kim, thanks so much for the tutorial. I love your painted furniture so much. It really makes your home so unique.

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  12. First, I cannot believe you do this in the house, you are a neat painter. I usually spray, you got such a great finish with brush painting. i am going to get a quart from sherwin Williams, what a great deal! Thank You

    Carol

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  13. Wonderful tutorial Kim! Thanks for sharing. I am going to refer to it when I have to paint some furniture! Have a great weekend!

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  14. This is awesome, great job! All the pieces you have done are great. Sure does give a new look to it! 5 stars!

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  15. They all look very pretty, Kim. I cannot find the Valspar glaze. Is it in the paint dept? I have been trying to refinish old table to sell in the shop. Thanks for the tutorial....Christine

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  16. I love that color!!! It is GORGEOUS!!! Great job on the tutorial and glad you are back online!- Our wifi went out last week and they had to mail a new one...MAIL! Of course it was going to ship on Friday with the weekend in there....so even longer! I was like, Can I pick it up somewhere? Thanks for sharing the project & I LOVE the one you showed at the bottom! Gorgeous!! I'm hosting a decorating inspiration party this weekend if you would like to link up! :)

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  17. Beautiful pieces, Kim. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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  18. Great tutorial, Kim. Very thorough, easy to follow and helpful! Thanks for sharing it. Your pieces are always so beautifully done and masterpieces! Have a nice weekend.

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  19. Kim-Glad your computer is back up and running. I hate when mine is down.

    Thanks so much for the tutorial. I just play with stuff too. I must say though that I have never used the paste wax before but I will try it. I used one years ago that was awful...all sticky and dragged on and hard to get off. I swore I would never use them again.

    I assume you use the paste wax in place of the polyurethane?

    And, that first piece you did? Fabulous- absolutely beautiful! Have a good night- Diana

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  20. Just bought my first glaze bottle today....can't wait to use it. Loved the tutorial and tips Kim...thanks so much, you do a great job!

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  21. It's wonderful of you to take the time and share your process, Kim. I'm partial to the chest of drawers you did first. Lovely!!

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  22. Hi Kim, Great job! I love the color.I'm going to buy the mocha glaze it's a great color choice, and the finishing wax......Kathy

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  23. I see your internet is back up and running...YAY!! What a great tutorial, Kim! Everything you have worked on is a top notch job, I'm impressed. The finish looks fabulous. XO ~Liz

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  24. Thanks so much for sharing this, Kim! I'm in the middle of painting a few pieces of furniture now. Painting's always been easy, but I've never really glazed and want to glaze some of the pieces, but have been nervous about it. Not sure why??? But your step-by-step instructions and pics makes it look so much easier than I thought.

    Everything you've shown has turned out just gorgeous!

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  25. Great job...both the tutorial and the furniture!!!

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  26. That is a great tutorial Kim. Super easy to follow and thanks for the info on product:)

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  27. Thanks for the post. I always see random furniture pieces at Goodwill and such but they aren't quite right. This treatment will breathe new life into anything! I am excited to give it a try and will be on the lookout for something to start on.

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  28. Kim,
    Thank you for sharing this magical furniture recipe. I’ve got a miss match of interesting pieces I’m going to use in my spare room so I’m going to try this technique. The end results are fabulous and it looks quick and easy for such nice results.
    Cathy Erickson

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  29. Thanks for sharing the how-to. You are the glazing queen. Glad your internet is back up and I have been missing you, but then again, I'm a little behind making my rounds too.

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  30. Great tutorial Kim, thank you.. Your peices are amazing.. I want to do my dining chairs and maybe now I can..

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  31. Kim! I have been waiting for this! Thank you so much for holding my hand through this process.
    I can't wait to start my table. You are a tremendous inspiration for me!
    Lots of love and gratitude coming your way!!!!!
    Yvonne

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  32. Kim..thanks for sharing. I've always wondered how to do this. I must try this sometime. Great job on the sofa table!

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  33. Kim tell me you did this in the garage and not right there in the great room! I have soooo many of those sample quarts that need a job to do and you have just given me the courage to try a project like this! The table looks great by the way!

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  34. THANK YOU SO MUCH!! Now I feel confidant enough to do this! Now, off to find a piece of furniture!

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  35. Kim, I love the look of your finished piece. Thanks for sharing.
    xo, Sherry

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  36. Great tutorial. You are so right, it's just paint. Glaze is very forgiving and you can add more or less for your taste. Your first piece is so very pretty!

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  37. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I appreciate you taking the time to post all of these steps and pictures! You are awesome!!
    Blessings,
    Teri

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  38. Great tutorial, Kim, and the outcome is perfect! The only think I will pass along is that the small samples that you buy at Sherwin Williams do not contain the binder that the actual paint has in it in the quarts and gallons. I am not totally sure what that means for using it in your projects, but you might ask them at the paint store next time. They have told us not to use the samples for permanent projects, but that might just be because they want to sell paint! I have a meeting with my SW sales rep on Tues, so I'll ask and email you what she says.

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  39. I appreciate that Sally. No one at the store has told me that. So far they are doing fine.

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  40. Looks great! You always do a wonderful job with your glazing. I need more practice!! I have also find that doing the glazing in the room it will reside helps because you can see the real color. I did my end table in the garage and when I brought it inside, it wasn't dark enough. Back to work on it!

    Can't wait to see the sofa table all done up for fall!

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  41. I cannot believe we've never met ... I saw your comment at vignette design ... I designed the cow print for delores ... and would love to work with you in creating one for you ...
    I have a dot.com called grittyandgreen
    I believe you would enjoy and love these creations ...

    even our names are similar

    nice to meet you
    savvycityfarmer

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  42. Just beautiful, I really enjoyed the tutorial.I am looking for a new vintage kitchen table I think when I find it I am going to try your way of painting. It looked like you were doing this all inside , I would have paint on every thing in the room .

    Janice

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  43. Thanks bunches Kim. You are so good at this. The glazing makes a huge differece in the finish. ♥O

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  44. Thanks for the great instructions. You do a fabulous job with paint finishes!

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  45. Fabulous post Kim!
    Great tutorial, I know a lot of people are going to appreciate this so much.
    Beautiful Job on the table!
    Cindy

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  46. Dearest Kim,

    Not that I'm into it myself but for those that want or need to, this was a highly educational blog about the how-to!

    Have a great weekend and sunny greetings from Georgia,

    MariettesBacktoBasics

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  47. so beautiful. thank you for the pointers!

    we are new followers! (:

    kelli & kristi

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  48. Fantastic work as usual. Thanks for sharing your process.

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  49. Kim, hubby and I are going step by step as we decide about painting/glazing our headboard. Thank you so much for this tutorial. You give easy to read instructions and make the project look doable - even for a paint challenged person like me.

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