How to Glaze Kitchen Cabinets

We give basic cabinets some character with an easy DIY glazing technique. Why call a pro when you and a friend can do it yourself?

Glazing is a faux-finishing technique that’s used to create an aged look. There are lots of different levels of glazing.

From all-over glaze –which would be really dramatic– to what we are doing, which is a more subtle look.

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Since glazing products can be a little bit hard to find these days, we came up with a technique that uses gel stain to achieve the same look.

And here’s what else you’ll need.

Drop cloths, paint stirrers, gloves, artist brushes, rags, mineral spirits.

These kitchen cabinets have been painted with an oil-based paint, which is a very popular choice because of its durability.

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This is important, because we want to use an oil-based product on top of the oil-based paint. Absolutely.

And we’re using an oil-based gel stain instead of glazing.

And it’s pretty cool, because it actually has kind of a consistency of pudding, rather than a liquid form.

So it makes it easy to apply, and you can control the amount of color you add without it soaking in too quickly, so it’s very workable.

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Enough talking. Let’s get to work. Get to work.

So the goal here is to really highlight the inlay detail of the cabinet and pull it out so you see it.

Mine’s a little bit sloppy, but I know that I’m going to come back and wipe a lot of it out, so I’m not too worried about it.

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OK.

So you’ve got two to three minutes after applications, so be prepared with your wipes and your mineral spirits so you could start cleaning the cabinet.

So the cool thing about this project is that there isn’t an exact science to it.

It’s pretty subjective.

So you can add more, or you can use mineral spirits to take more off.

It really just depends on what you like.

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Literally, the mineral spirits are just like in an eraser.

It’s like a mulligan in golf.

As I wipe with mineral spirits and take stain off, Tim follows with a dry towel and cleans up the mess.

So it’s a more efficient project to do with two people.

Yeah, those look beautiful. Good work, man. Yeah.

So be sure when you finish up your cabinets that you clean your brushes really well with mineral spirits, and go ahead and keep those windows open to let the room air out.

And after about eight hours or so, fully cured, and you’ll have your kitchen back.

So easy, even a couple of bros can do it.

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Friday, October 4th 2019. | Kitchen