How to Glaze Painted Cabinets


A painted cabinet can enhance its appearance by being glazed. The glaze, once applied to the cabinet, will provide for an aged and worn (i.e., "antique") look. To glaze a painted cabinet, acquire supplies from a hardware store. Tools that most households already have on hand will be needed -- these can be purchased at the hardware store if needed. Protective clothing and gloves are a necessity as well, especially if the person doing the glazing is susceptible to skin allergies.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Plastic tarp
  • Masking tape
  • Wooden stir sticks
  • Gray paint, 1 gallon
  • Wood blocks
  • Measuring cup
  • Glazing liquid, 1 gallon
  • Mixing bowl, 1/2 gallon
  • Soft cloths
  • Open the painted cabinet's door. Remove any contents from inside. Remove the screws from the hinges on the cabinet door and on the inside of the cabinet, using a Phillips screwdriver. Place the hinges aside. Place the screws in a paper cup to keep them from getting lost.

  • Place a plastic tarp on the countertop, beneath the cabinet and along the length of the countertop. Tape the sides of the tarp to the countertop with strips of masking tape.

  • Dip a wooden stir stick in the can of paint. Stir the contents of the can for two minutes, using the wooden stir stick. with slow clockwise motions. Remove the wooden stir stick and dispose of it in the trash. Repeat this procedure with the can of glazing liquid, only using another wooden stir stick and only stirring the glaze for one minute.

  • Place two wood blocks on the tarp each a foot from the other. Place the door horizontally on the wood blocks with the front facing up.

  • Pour 6 ounces of paint into a measuring cup. Add the contents of the cup to the mixing bowl. Pour 18 ounces of glaze into the measuring cup. Add the contents of the cup to the mixing bowl.Stir the contents of the bowl with a wooden stir stick for a half minute. Remove the stick and dispose of it in the trash.

  • Dip the edge of a soft cloth into the mixture. Rub the edge of the cloth onto the cabinet, using slow circular strokes. Continue this procedure, reapplying the mixture in the bowl to the edge of the cloth, until you have coated the entire door.

  • Wipe the excess glaze off the cabinet with a clean edge of another cloth, using long strokes. Keep shifting the cloth so that you are using different edges to remove the excess glaze.

  • Repeat this entire procedure with the edges of the cabinet that are covered by the door. Let the glaze on the door and on the edges of the cabinet set for the amount of time specified in the the instructions that accompany the glaze. Reattach the hinges to the door, using the screws from the cup. Place the door back on the cabinet and reattach the hinges to the inside of the cabinet, using the screws from the cup.

  • Repeat this entire procedure with both sides of the cabinet. Repeat this entire procedure with the other door on the cabinet, if there is one. Remove the tape from the tarp once the glaze has set. Place the tarp and blocks away.

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