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How To: Glaze Furniture

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Glaze is essential in creating rich, dimensional paint treatments such as in many faux and decorative paint techniques. Glaze is simply a thin, translucent film of color that's painted over a base coat of a Superior Paint Co. colour. Many faux and decorative paint techniques require glaze; it's essential to create rich, dimensional paint treatments.


1. Find your object and take a "before" photo. 

Here's a dresser we bought from K-Town Emporium

(our Downtown Kelowna Superior Paint Co. Retailers)

I recommend using something that isn't all that important to you on your first try, just in case it doesn't work out.   Use something from around the house or head on out to a thrift store and get something cheap, but also something you like.  Make sure it's clean before you paint it.

2. Paint your item

We choose to paint the dresser in Antique White.

Paint your item with your desired Superior Paint Co. colour.  You don't have to get full coverage because the glaze will most likely cover any flaws, but I do try to get mine as evenly covered as possible.  Anything with grooves will just be getting glaze in those spots so don't sweat it if you can get it fully painted.

For directions how to paint your furniture click here

3. Mix your Glaze

Glazing with Superior Paint Co. Top Coat:

Soft Glaze: 3-4 parts Top Coat 1 Part Superior Paint Colour

Heavy Glaze: 2 parts Top Coat 1 Part Superior Paint Colour

Glazing with SamaN Glaze:

4 Parts SamaN Glaze 1 Part Superior Paint Co. Colour

SamaN Glaze is the perfect medium for doing large projects because it has up to an hour of working time.

Whenever I mix a custom colour or glaze these paint syringes work great to measure your mixture.

My personal favorite colours to use for glazing are Superior Paint Co. Black Mountain, Cast Black, Coco Brown and Trainstaion but feel free to experiment and use any colour or colours you like!

Gather your supplies.

  • your item
  • glaze
  • paint brushes
  • stainingg pad and rags
  • mix your own colour painters sringe
  • plastic cup of water (to rest your brush in)

4. Start glazing

For this piece we used 2 parts Flat Top Coat and 1 part Cast Black.

  • Make sure it's mixed well.  
  • Working in small sections at a time, brush on some glaze, making sure to get down in any nooks and crannies.  
  • Then take a damp rag or staining pad and start wiping the glaze off.  
  • Repeat the last two actions until your whole piece has been glazed.

5. Seal your project with Top Coat.

For directions how to seal your furniture click here

6. Enjoy and show off your masterpiece!


We sealed in Flat Top Coat.


Don't rub too hard because you'll probably find yourself rubbing the base paint off.  If you do this, you can always go back and touch it up. I always suggest to new painters to seal your project with Top Coat first and then apply the glaze over the Top Coat this will allow you plenty of working time.


You'll probably find some places where the glaze has really settled into some of the crevices.  This is where the chip brush comes in handy.  Just dip it into your cup of water and then use it to break up some of the pooled glaze.  Use your clean rag to lightly wipe away the watery excess.

On bigger pieces I recommend having more than one rag and staining pad.  When the glaze builds up, it’s time to swap out for a fresh one or rinse out with fresh water.



Things You'll Need:


For inspiration check out our Pinterest Board of furniture and home decor glazed with Superior Paint Co. products.

We absolutely love seeing everyone's makeovers so make sure you join and post your work on the Superior Paint Co. Artisans Pinterest board or tag @superiorpaintco on Instagram to have your work featured!

Happy Glazing Everyone!!!


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