How to Paint and Glaze Wood Furniture


Painting and glazing wood furniture can give your pieces an entirely new look -- be it polished or antiqued. Using any color paint you want, and either a clear or tinted glaze, you can turn functional pieces into statement pieces in just a few easy steps.

Things You'll Need

  • Sandpaper
  • Latex paint
  • Roller brush
  • Paintbrush
  • Wood glaze
  • Foam pad
  • Paper towels
  • Polyurethane top coat
  • Remove any knobs or other hardware from the furniture. If this is not possible, carefully tape off the hardware with painter's tape to protect it.

  • Sand the entire piece of furniture thoroughly using 220-grit sandpaper. Wipe the piece down with a damp, lint-free towel to remove any dust or dirt and let it dry.

  • Apply a wood primer to the entire piece of furniture. You can use a spray-on primer, which can save time, or paint the primer on with a small roller brush. Use a detailing paintbrush to get into crevices that the roller cannot reach. Let the primer dry for one to two hours.

  • Paint the wood furniture with a latex paint in your color of choice. As with the primer, use a small roller to cover large areas and a small paintbrush to get into the corners of the piece. Let the first coat dry for two to three hours, and then apply a second coat. Let this dry for two to three hours, as well. If you are using a light color, you may need additional coats to completely cover the wood.

  • Sand the furniture lightly to smooth the surface. If you are going for a distressed look, sand more roughly in certain areas, removing the paint in some places. Use a hammer to create dents or crevices in the wood. Once you are finished, lightly wipe the furniture down with a damp, lint-free cloth and allow it to dry.

  • Apply wood glaze in small sections using a foam brush or pad, making sure to saturate the wood fully. Let the glaze dry for at least four hours.

  • Wipe off the excess with paper towels. The manner in which you wipe off the glaze will produce different effects. Play around with your technique to achieve the desired look.

  • Apply a polyurethane topcoat with a small roller brush and paintbrush to seal the wood, protecting its new painted and glazed finish. Let this dry for two to four hours, or overnight.

  • Replace any removed hardware once the piece is dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Work in a well-ventilated area at all times.

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