How to Apply Glaze to Darken Wood Cabinets

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Renovating a kitchen is an expensive endeavor. One way to save money on the project is to redo the cabinetry by applying a glaze to darken their color. You can purchase pre-made glaze or make it at home by mixing the glaze with a darker paint color, which will allow you to customize a deeper hue. A darker glaze on wooden cabinetry will give the entire kitchen an aged, antique look and feel and will keep your renovation budget low.

Things You'll Need

  • Glaze
  • Brown or black paint
  • Newspaper
  • Sticky notes
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Clean cloths
  • Prepare a dark glaze by mixing one part glaze with three parts brown or black paint. Mix the two ingredients together until they are well-incorporated.

  • Remove the kitchen cabinet doors by loosening the screws that attach the hinges and pull them carefully down. Lay several sheets of newspaper on the floor and set the cabinet doors on top. Place sticky notes on the backs of the cabinet doors to remind you where each of them goes.

  • Wash off the surface of the cabinet doors with an all-purpose cleaner. This will remove any grime, dust and dirt that will prevent the glaze from adhering to the wood surface. Let the cabinet doors dry completely.

  • Dip a clean cloth into the glaze. Hold the cloth over the paint can to allow any excess glaze to drip off the cloth into the can.

  • Apply the glaze to the surface of the first cabinet door using a back and forth motion. The application does not need to be uniform. This will add to the natural, antiqued appearance. Work in small sections to ensure the glaze does not dry completely before it is wiped off.

  • Wipe off any excess glaze from the cabinet door immediately with a clean cloth. This will remove any excess glaze build-up, which causes an unattractive, streaked appearance.

  • Repeat rubbing the glaze and immediately wiping it off until all of the cabinet doors are covered.

  • Let the glazed cabinet doors dry completely. Depending on the brand of glaze and the environmental conditions, such as humidity and air temperature, this process will take anywhere from 8 to 12 hours.

  • Hang the kitchen cabinets doors and replace the hardware, if desired. Using a fresh set of hardware that matches the newly glazed cabinets will give the kitchen a more antique appearance.

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