Glazing Furniture 101

Mar 14th, 2010

UPDATE: I have had a LOT of questions about glazing furniture, so I have added a GLAZING FAQ post to help with those questions! 1/4/2012

To make it easier to glaze, I have put all of my glazing videos below to demonstrate the glazing techniques! If you prefer glazing instructions in print, scroll down past the videos. 1/4/2012

Do you want to learn how to create this look with paint and glaze? If so, here is GLAZING Furniture 101.

I’m going to keep this simple. Simple is good. :)

Step 1. Prime the furniture. 99% of the time I do NOT sand it. I usually WANT the nicks and cracks and deformities…I think they add character. I use spray KILZ. Sometimes I do two coats depending on the coverage.
Step 2: I spray paint the furniture. This particular project was sprayed with Krylon Ocean Breeze. I let the furniture dry thoroughly in between coats, and I usually do three coats to make sure it is covered nicely.
Step 3: Buy the glaze. I use Ralph Lauren Faux Technique glaze that has been tinted with black paint. You do NOT need a gallon, a pint is plenty to do multiple projects. You can buy this at Home Depot, but it will NOT be tinted yet. You need to tell them the color to tint it. I then even added more black paint to it when I got home to make it nice and dark.
Step 4: Brush the glaze all over the furniture being careful to get into all the nooks and crannies. I use a brush because it is much easier to get into the intricate parts of the furniture.

Step 4: Using a damp cloth, wipe off the glaze. The glaze will stay in the nooks and crannies and create the look you are going for.

Step 5: OPTIONAL: Repeat steps 3 and 4 to create a darker look with the glaze. I repeated the steps a few times for this chair.
Glazing is so fun and extremely easy. Don’t forget to send us pictures of your projects. We want to see! Send them to

If you need tips and tricks, check out our glazing FAQ post. 


  1. I have recently discovered the joy of glazing things. I just use a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants technique with leftover stain, but it's amazing the difference that little extra step makes! I love Blue Ocean Breeze, too!

  2. I love the idea of glazing. I actually have a piece that I am wanting to do. Here is my big questions though… I want to do it (a hutch) black, because I feel like that would go with the rest of my decor better, but I don't want it just straight black. Would a red glaze show up on a black background? Would I have to sand the edges and details then glaze red over it? Have you tried those colors together before? Do you have any other suggestions? I love the hutch that is on here that Brooke did. But My walls are tan and I rent, so would ivory and black be too washed out with tan walls behind it? Any advice would be great!

  3. Great job! I started a Turquoise Tuesdays Linky party. Be sure to add this tomorrow! Lovely!

  4. I had a question about the glazing too. I painted a dresser turquoise and wanted to do the same glaze you did with the chair. A lady at home depot told me to mix 1 part of the paint I am using to 4 parts glaze, but doesn't it need the black paint for the distressed look? I thought if I put the turquoise paint in it, it will be the same color. I am just a little confused. Thanks for your help!

    • Tera Vineyard says:

      Yes if you want the vintage look you would want to add black paint to the glaze. Some people glaze with a lighter or darker of the same color they are painting with. That gives it a different look but that’ s not the look you’ re going for.

  5. Thanks for the great tutorial I am for sure using this!! Love love love your blog!


  6. Oh I so want to try this very soon. Thanks for the tutorial. :)

  7. Thanks for the info. I have that same blue paint that I am about to put on an old metal cart with three shelves. Glad to see how it looks on something.

  8. I love that you see things for what they could be and not for what they are. I am also a fellow spray painter redoer. I can't wait to see what projects you plan for this summer. Alaina

  9. Can you glaze something that you painted white? does it make it look antique? I have a mirror I painted white and I want it to look antique. Suggestions?

  10. Ok Im not gonna lie… I get ALL my good ideas for bringing furniture back to life from your blog!! I love it! I check your blog often just to see what fun, new project you have completed!! I love the before and after segments the most… if you want check out my FIRST REMODLE (I got all my courage from you!)! Thanks for the awesome tips and advice you give so freely!!

  11. After you glaze, can you still use the polyacrylic? I want to do some dining chairs and know they will get a lot of wear and tear so I really want them to hold up.

  12. Great! Thanks! Can't wait to get glazin'!

  13. Brooke @ says:

    Yes, you can still use polyacrylic after glazing. In fact, I would recommend it because it will seal the glaze onto the furniture.

  14. If you want to see the cute little night stand I did following your instructions here is the link;

    I love it! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  15. Kyle & Megan says:

    Love this technique!! I have so many projects I'm going to apply this to! I just completed my first glazing project, check it out over at:

    Thanks for the ideas! I LOVE your blog!! Keep the ideas coming, Please!


  16. Hi Brooke – Here is that post I emailed you about with my first glazing project. It turned out beautifully and I'm so glad I was brave and tried out the glazing technique. :)

    Thanks again!

  17. Is this how you glaze walls too?

  18. I found "Antiquing Glaze" at home depot. It is black. Will that work the same? Have you ever used it?

  19. Went to home depot… they won't tint the ralph lauren glaze as they said they don't have the ability to tint it black. Ended up buying Behr Glaze and they apparently can't tint that brand, but sold us a can of black paint that we had to mix ourselves… all in all a huge pain! If it works, I'll let you know.

  20. Just did my glazing projects last night. Made the project harder on myself by NOT using the glaze and using a Minwax product. If you're thinking of doing this project, whatever you do, GET the GLAZE!!!

    My projects here:

  21. I just did our dining room table and did the glaze. I got it at Lowes and they tinted it black for me, it was Lowe's brand.

    I am not sure that I am 100% with it and I think I messed up :-(

    I could not get the glaze to stay on after wiping, so I left it sitting longer, but it still wiped off all the way. I made the mistake of not using a new/clean rag on the table top, when wiping the glaze off. Therefore, it looks really messy and you can see wipe marks :-(

    • I am very disappointed in my projest as well. I think she needs to go into more detail about how to use the glaze. It is NOT a brush on /wipe off process! I also couldn’t get the glaze to stay on, so I left it on for maybe 20 seconds, now it won’t come off. My peice of furniture is ruined. needs to be sanded completely. To the dumpster!!!

      • Before you throw it away or sand it all down, try to wipe off the glaze with a clean cloth drenched in acetone. It has helped me get off glaze if it dried too quickly.

        It can be a little tricky but if you brush it on over a glossy painti and wipe if off with a dry rag, you should be able to manipulate the glaze to stay in the nooks and crannies.

        Feel free to email me at I’d be happy to answer any other questions you may have.

  22. This is fabulous! Thank you so much for posting it! I can't wait to try it out in my kitchen!

  23. Hi Brooke. Thank you for this post. I've searched your site and didn't see an answer to this question, so sorry if you have already addressed it somewhere! I am wondering if there is a big difference between using black stain instead of the tinted glaze?

  24. What a life-saver this post is! I'm about to embark on my first glazing project, and while I wanted to spray paint (I agree with all your points about spray painting be so much easier) I thought I'd have to brush paint it all to get the right glaze effect, but you showed that it can be this easy! Thanks so much!!!

  25. Sew-Over-It says:

    Very Helpful! You inspired me to do this project.. thanks for the inspiration & tutorial! :)
    Check out my coffee table before/after….
    Heather ~

  26. How long do you let the glaze sit on there before wiping it off?

  27. I purchased some Valspar tintable glaze, but wanted to know what type of black paint I need to get to tint it (eggshell, satin, etc.)…does it matter?

  28. Just went to THD today to snag some of the glaze. The paint person said they are discontinuing it, but there were a few cans left on the shelf. He said word just came down tomorrow, so expect to see it on clearance then it will be gone. They anticipate it will be replaced by a Martha Stewart product at some point in the future. Thought I would pass the info along!

  29. Bah, word came down *this morning* not tomorrow… thanks, sleep deprivation!

  30. Hi, I google glazing and was led to your blog. I love the glazing tutorial. Consider me a new follower. Also, I have a baking blog, if your interested, please stop by and chk it out. Best,

  31. I want to glaze my kitchen cabinets. They are maple and have a shiny coat of something on them. I was wondering if I could glaze over them or do I need to sand and paint before? I just want a tint of black on the maple cabinets. Any suggestions???

  32. I was looking at your table transformation project where you glazed the table and the chairs were multi colored and I would like to know if you also glazed the blue chairs that were on the end? They seem to have a worn almost rustic look about them and it's exactly what I am going for but haven't got the faintest idea of how to achieve it. Thanks!

  33. I'm a big fan of your blog! Thank you for posting easy steps to follow for the glazing process. I'm going to attempt my first glazing project, but I'm wondering if I have to sand it first. It is a stained dresser. I know your instructions say you usually don't sand your furniture first, but I didn't know if the stain would make a difference?

  34. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog!!!! One of my very favorites…I am on here almost every day!!!

    I have a couple of questions (which were asked of you already, but I dont see any of your responses…=( )

    Will the glaze leave a residual "sheen" on the areas that are wiped off? Can I glaze (with a tint) and then clear glaze everything after that to give it an all over sheen or should I use polycrylic?

    If I want to glaze honey maple colored cabinets, besides cleaning them prior, is there anything I should do to prep them? I shouldnt sand, right? Should I glaze anything else other then the doors themselves?

    Sorry to ask so many questions, but I love your work and thought you might be able to shed some light! Thank you for all you do!!


  35. I too have the same question as someone above. I want my hutch black, but I am wondering how I would glaze over black with a different color? Would a light blue work to glaze over black or a white? HELP! Thanks.

  36. Laura Tully Zwickl says:

    I love your site and am ready for my first glazing project. However, I cannot find the RALPH LAUREN BRAND glaze. Any other recommendations?

  37. Laura Tully Zwicki: try Martha Stewart's glaze from Home Depot, works great!

  38. It seems I have the same question as a few others. Does the GLAZE need to be DARKER than the PAINT or can you do a DARK PAINT and a LIGHT GLAZE? I want to do a desk I found on craigslist red, but I don't want to glaze it black. It just won't go with my white bed frame and my yellow walls.

  39. Brooke @ says:

    You can tint glaze whatever color you want (light or dark) just add some latex paint to the glaze until you reach the desired color. Here is an example of glazing with white:

  40. How long do you wait after spray painting it to glaze it?

  41. Brooke @ says:

    Ptaaj, just wait until the paint is completely dry. Drying time will vary based factors like weather and brand of paint used.

  42. I am trying to do the antique look to a bunk bed and child rocking chair, I snaded, primed white, and painted flat country white. Friends told me I could use walnut stain instead of glaze.. however, it isn't wiping it off it is leaving a gray ugly "Stain" to it. I scrub to get it off but it takes the paint off… I take it when you use glaze it should come off easily? So this may sound so dumb, but I take it that you have to actually have GLAZE and not STAIN?

  43. Brooke @ says:

    I always use glaze NOT stain. I would also make sure that your paint doesn't have a "sand papery" texture to it. If it does, you need to sand it before you start glazing it. I use a 220 grit sand paper. You also need to paint your furniture with a gloss sheen paint. If you use a flat sheen paint, the glaze will seep into the paint instead of wipe off easily.

  44. I need glazing help! I spray painted a metal wall decoration with Krylon Blue Ocean Gloss (after priming with Kilz) let it dry completely (2 days) and then glazed it with Valspar Antiquing Glaze because Home Depot no longer carries the Ralph Lauren kind. I glazed it last night and when I checked it this morning, the glaze was still wet. Did I do something wrong?

  45. Do I need to cover the glaze with a polycrylic? I'm wanting to avoid the chips and such.

  46. I just saw your comment about using a paint with some sheen b/c if it's flat the glaze won't work. what if I've already bought the paint and it's flat? Can I do the polyurethane coat on top of the flat, then do the glaze on top of that? also, I'm looking for a more brown glaze than black. So when I pick up the glaze and have them tint it, I just ask for a brown tint?
    thanks for any help!

  47. you mentioned that 99% of the time you do not sand, just prime… I'm looking at doing a kitchen table and chairs and want them done in time for Thanksgiving (yikes!) and I'm trying to figure out what I need to be looking at to determine if I sand or just prime first.

  48. sitbackandrelax2 says:

    Thanks for the info. I have that same blue paint that I am about to put on an old metal cart with three shelves. Glad to see how it looks on something.
    Office Chairs

  49. Brooke! You are amazing! I just did my first-ever antique glazing and I'm in LOOOOOOOOOOOVE!! Soooo fabulous, so stinkin easy, and it looks amazing!!!! Thanks hon!

  50. I will be doing this! Thanks for the tutorials, you rock! I really must have a hot pink desk like the one you made!

  51. I am nearly finished with the painting part of my dresser. I dont have a glaze though, can I use polyurethane instead?

    I love your blog! Thank you so much for all the great ideas!

  52. Not sure how I missed finding your glazing videos before today, but thanks! Glazing is the one thing we have not tried, yeah fear, and now after watching your tutorials, I'm fearless!



    So. I painted. Let it sit for 24 hours and then began to glaze and you're right, glazing is SUPER easy. My problem is that the PAINT STARTED PEELING! when I was wiping of the glaze. I was being SUPER gentle with a soft cloth and STILL it was peeling. What's happening?! What do I do?!!

  54. Sorry about my last post, no need to post it. You have answered all the questions, I now see it in a FAQ link. Thank you for such great instructions.

  55. How long does it take the glaze to dry

  56. Hello, So I am using KilZ oil based primer and Krylon spray paint and I went to Home depot and all they had was a water based Behr Faux glaze. They told me that I couldn't use a water based glaze on top of krylon spray paint because it wouldn't stick properly. Is the Ralph lauren glaze you used water based? Any other recommendations? Thanks

  57. Thank you for making this so simple for me. My projects will look great.. I am a fan..

  58. I wat to reprint a kitchen table, but when I've reprinted things in the past they always get Knicks and scratches in them after only a few days. I've got three boys! Would a table even be worth it or would it just look bad after awhile? I've even put min wax polycrylic over my things to try and protect them.

  59. This was BEYONF helpful, and the spray painting furniture page as well. My Home Depot no longer sells furniture glaze (boo!) but I got it at Sherwin Williams and it worked great!!
    I made a silver glazed end table yesterday:

    Thank you!!

  60. I really appreciate these videos… they helped me gain the courage to try glazing.

    How long does it normally take for the glaze to dry? I glazed a mirror I had painted, and abour 15 hours into the drying there are still areas that are quite damp (mostly the ones that have it the thickest– like the nooks and crannies, and the edges). Is that normal?

  61. So Home Depot has in fact discontinued the Ralph Lauren Antiquing Glaze. I inquired about the Martha Stewart glaze but it doesn't even come in a pint size and it's ridiculously overpriced for practically no product. I've read through other people's comments and they're saying they've been using Valspar glaze. Is it Lowe's that carries Valspar products? And does this Valspar glaze actually work? I need a new glaze!

  62. I just had to take the time to say thank you…not just for the amazing glazing tutorials, but for the inspiration! When I had kids I felt like I had to give up my crafty side because we didn't have the space for a me to scrapbook or sew anymore, but you've shown new ways to express my creative side again…feels so good to be creating things I'm proud of again :)

  63. Could you tint the glaze with a different color (like a dark purple) instead of brown or black?

  64. I love the way the glazing looks! Thanks so much for the tutorial!! I have a question though – it might be a silly one – do you usually put any type of clear coat over the furniture once the glaze dries?

  65. I did it! My husband brought home these old windows with broken panes and chipping paint. I broke the panes out, scraped, sanded, painted and glazed them. The hard part was cutting mirror to replace the glass, but it looks fabulous! I'm so happy I found your post and your videos made me feel so confident that I could do it.
    Thank you!

  66. Thanks for the great tutorial I am for sure using this!! Love love love your blog!
    Panel Systems

  67. @JessicaKate

    Yes you can! I would love to see a picture of how it turns out too! Good luck!

  68. @Linds

    Drying time can be determined by a lot of things. Weather, paint, thickness etc. My guess though, would be to give it a good 24 hours to completely set and dry. Hope this helps!

  69. @Nancy C.

    AH! I'm so sorry this has happened! I wish I had a perfect answer for you. There are a couple things that came to mind though…
    Did you prime first? Did you brush the paint on? And if so, could it have been a latex paint?
    Anyway, these are just a couple reasons this could have happened. Sure hope this helps you a little bit… Good Luck!

  70. I have an an beautiful antique dining room table and chairs of my grandmothers that my mother glazed white in the 80's. I like the main color but would like to glaze over the white with a burnt umber. Do I have to sand everything and start from scratch or can just reglaze dark over light? Thanks so much.

  71. @SH:

    If it were me, I wouldn't sand it.
    I would for sure just try to glaze over it however, I can't make any promises! Ah! Maybe try a small area first. Good luck!


  72. yours is the best video/blog about glazing hands down! My issue is that i have a deep grape colored gloss-spray-painted dresser i want to add some dimension to– but NOT antique or make darker, maybe metallic.. i tried the bronze MS glaze and it sucked, all of it wiped right OFF! Any hints?

  73. This was GREAT! We used your technique to re-do our new buffet table and it turned out amazing! I can’t stop staring!

  74. Is a clear coat needed after a glaze?

    • It depends on what you are glazing. If it is going to be a high traffic area, then I would apply a poly-acrylic coat. Check out this post to see tips and tricks on when to seal…

      Good luck!

  75. Monique Janeke says:

    Is this safe for baby furniture? If not what alternatives can be used?

    • I would ask someone at a paint supply store this question. I would assume they have a product that is safe for babies, but I have no experience with this myself. Good luck with your project.

  76. Do you still use brand? I looked at HD today and all they’ve got is Behr and some metallic Martha Stewart glaze.

  77. What about glazing metal work? We want to spray paint the metal hardware on our dresser white and then distress/antique them with a dark glaze. Will this work the same way?

    Thanks! LOVE all your posts :)


  78. Christi Barrett says:

    Can you use the glaze as a sealer or do you have to put something over your piece after your done glazing to help prevent chipping and scrapes in the paint?? Help

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  81. I LOVE your website!!! Love how you break down everything into simple steps and even post videos!!! Thank you!

  82. Can you glaze over latex paint?


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