How to Use Colored Glaze Over Paint on Furniture

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How to Use Colored Glaze Over Paint on Furniture
Adding a glaze refreshes a piece of furniture. (old furniture image by Luisafer from

Painting a tinted glaze on furniture that has already been painted can freshen the look of the furniture piece. You can add more dimension, shine and newness to a piece of furniture that you may feel is drab or old-looking. Painting a glaze is an easy and affordable do-it-yourself project.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • glaze (clear or tinted)
  • paint (if tinting your glaze)
  • paintbrush or roller
  • dust sheet, if needed
  • poster board

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    You can choose to buy a glaze that has already been coloured or you can colour it on your own. If you choose to colour it on your own, you will need to mix four parts glaze to one part paint. However, if the instructions from the manufacturer vary, follow those. It is recommended that you use a water-based paint and a water-based glaze because it is easier and less messy.

    How to Use Colored Glaze Over Paint on Furniture
    Choose your colour. (paint image by CraterValley Photo from
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    Test your colour on a piece of poster board to make sure it is what you have imagined. The less paint that is added, the more translucent the colour will be. When you are mixing a lighter colour, the value of the paint will not be altered by mixing it with glaze. With darker colours, the value can change, so be careful that you are getting your desired results.

    How to Use Colored Glaze Over Paint on Furniture
    An impromptu colour wheel. (rainbow image by Dwight Davis from
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    Apply your glaze to the cleaned furniture surface. Paint the glaze on just as you would paint, with a brush or roller. Work in sections to prevent mistakes, because glaze dries quickly. Let the glaze dry, which will take about 20 minutes.

    How to Use Colored Glaze Over Paint on Furniture
    Use a paintbrush to apply coloured glaze. (paint brush image by Horticulture from

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