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How to Make Glazes for Antiquing

Updated February 21, 2017

A faux finishing antiquing glaze is a way of imparting a patina on your walls. The antiquing process adds a feel of accumulated wear to the walls, creating a warm atmosphere. The antiquing glaze is made from basic faux finishing supplies, such as a translucent base and tints of your choosing. The colour you select for the antiquing glaze will set the tone of your walls. A subtle yellow ochre, which is a mustard-like colour, works over light, warm walls. A milk chocolate hue, like burnt sienna, won't get lost against darker walls like a lighter tone, but might be too radical for a light room. Avoid bright and brilliant colours. They will go against the desired antiquing feel.

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  1. Open the glazing liquid. Stir it briefly with the mixing stick.

  2. Add your tint. Start with one teaspoon of tint per quart of glazing liquid.

  3. Stir the mixture well. Do not stir too vigorously. This can cause some foaming.

  4. Test your glaze. Paint a small dab onto the surface you are antiquing. Blot it gently with the rag. Gauge the effect. If it is too subtle, wipe off the dab with the rag. Add more tint. Re-stir the glaze. If it's all right, you are ready for the antiquing glaze application.

  5. Continue to adjust the glaze until acquiring the depth of colour you want. Stir well after each addition of glaze.

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Things You'll Need

  • Glazing liquid (water based)
  • Container for mixing
  • Mixing stick
  • Tints
  • Paint brush
  • Rag

About the Author

Bill Brown has been a freelance writer for more than 14 years. Focusing on trade journals covering construction and home topics, his work appears in online and print publications. Brown holds a Master of Arts in liberal arts from St. John's University and is currently based in Houston.

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