Glaze is one of the products that many people overlook in their refinishing and rescue projects. Clear mixing glaze, like Amy Howard At Home’s Glazed Over, can be used to thin out and lengthen the drying time of other paints, which means you have longer to work with them and fewer streaks or problems with over-processing. Glaze also seals surfaces, as well as provides a flat matte finish that looks completely professional.
Because so many people don’t know how to use glaze for their projects, Amy decided to share some of her expert tips on this week’s episode of Finish Friday.
Why Choose Glazed Over?
Our glaze is water-based and specially formulated to work with other Amy Howard At Home products. That includes our One Step Paint and mica powders. To make a colored glaze with thorough coverage and easy application, you simply mix:
One part Glazed Over, one part One Step Paint, and one part water
The result: colored glaze you can make from your DIY pantry! Instead of needing to buy a dozen different colored glazes, you can make the color you love most with the materials you’ve already got. Of course, the “recipe” for your specific piece may differ, so check out this episode of Finish Friday to see what Amy recommends for cabinets, walls, and other surfaces.
How Can You Add Glaze to Your Refinishing Project?
No matter what you’re using Glazed Over for, it’s important to get the texture right. In the video, Amy gives some great instructions to help you find the right consistency for your glaze, so make sure to check that out. She also shows you how to add mica powder to your mix if you want a gorgeous metallic finish. (The piece she paints in this video gets a gold patina that we just love — don’t miss it!)
Of course, once you have the right consistency and color, it’s time to start applying your glaze.
Glazing is a 2-part process: applying the glaze and brushing the excess off. Amy shows us how to use an application brush and a “negative” chip brush to quickly brush on the glaze and then make sure it’s in all the nooks and crannies. She also gives a little tip: use cheesecloth before your negative brushing to help remove clumps or runny glaze.
Once your glazed piece is fully dry, you don’t have to seal or wax it! You can, of course, for a brighter finish and stronger aging effects, but the Glazed Over product was formulated to seal itself.
Which Pieces to Glaze?
Knowing when to glaze can be overwhelming, but Amy gives us countless examples and even answers a few viewer questions. For example, did you know that you can use this glaze on wicker? One of the biggest questions she gets, though, is how to repaint old oak cabinets. The Glazed Over and One Step Paint are a match made in heaven for this type of kitchen renovation project. You can even use the glaze on polyurethane-stained cabinets!
In the video, Amy gives a few tips for finding the right formulation of glaze for your cabinets but she stresses the need to always test your paint before committing! You want to make sure it’s the right texture and finish for your specific piece.
Want to do a malachite or tiger’s eye marbling piece? Glazed Over is perfect for creating these statement finishes! Simply use a sponge brush with your Glazed Over and One Step Paint mix to get a thick, clean coat of glazed paint. Amy also shows us a fun hack with a magic eraser you can use you to make Glazed Over tiger eye or malachite projects simple and fun.
Tune In to Learn How to Glaze
Glaze is one of the most versatile, fun products you can use in your rescuing and refinishing adventures. After watching today’s Finish Friday, you’ll hopefully have the confidence to go out and try a new glaze project that will wow your family and friends.
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