How to Use Chocolate Glaze for Furniture

Use a variety of faux finish tools to apply chocolate glaze.
Use a variety of faux finish tools to apply chocolate glaze. (Image: Gary Houlder/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Dark brown paint mixed with a clear translucent glaze creates a chocolate, espresso-colored glazed. When added to furniture, the glaze adds a stained and aged look. Apply the glaze with a variety of tools. When painted onto furniture and manipulated, the glaze falls into crevices of furniture, giving a distressed appearance. Choose from a variety of brown latex paints to create the proper glaze color for your project.

Things You'll Need

  • Painter’s tarp
  • Screwdriver
  • Rag
  • Fine-grit sanding block
  • Sponge
  • Clear glaze
  • Dark brown latex paint
  • Bucket
  • Stir stick
  • Paintbrush
  • Chip brush
  • Sea sponge
  • Plastic wrap
  • Tissue paper
  • Water-based polyurethane

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Set the furniture on a painter’s tarp. Remove all knobs, pulls and hinges from the furniture with a screwdriver. Wipe off all dust and dirt buildup with a damp rag. Sand the furniture lightly with a fine-grit sanding block. Remove all dust with a damp sponge.

Mix together one part glaze and one part paint in a bucket. Stir with a paint stick until one solid color forms. Add additional glaze to the mixture for a more translucent look or additional paint for a more opaque appearance.

Brush on the glaze onto the furniture, using a paintbrush or chip brush. Immediately manipulate the glaze with a sea sponge, crumpled plastic wrap or even wrinkled tissue paper. Blot and wipe at the glaze until it falls into the crevices of the furniture. Each tool will give a different glazed look. Remove as much of the glaze as you like, while leaving the remaining glaze in the crevices of the furniture. The glaze must be manipulated while still wet. Allow to dry 24 hours.

Brush on a clear coat of water-based polyurethane to protect the chocolate glaze treatment. Always brush on with the grain of the wood. Add on a second or third coat for additional protection.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always wear latex or nitrile gloves to protect your skin from chemicals in the paint or glaze. Wear old clothing to avoid dripping paint onto new clothes.
  • Practice this technique first on an old piece of furniture or scrap of wood. The technique is moderately difficult. Once you begin to glaze a piece of furniture, it is difficult to remove the glaze if you make mistakes.
  • Remember, all colors of paint can be added to clear glaze, including metallic colors, for a multitude of effects.


  • “It’s Faux Easy”; Gary Lord; 2004.
  • "Priscilla Hauser's Painted Furniture"; Priscilla Hauser; 2005
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