Friday, March 14, 2014

Glazing Kitchen Cabinets

Glazing the cabinets wasn't hard, just time consuming. VERY time consuming. The glaze I used was given to me, but its Valspar antiquing glaze in 'Asphaltum.' It was a little dark for me so I just added some brown acrylic paint until I got the color I wanted. To do ALL of the cabinets took very little glaze. I put it in a little styrofoam cup and it was maybe halfway full, thats it.

I do have to say that I'm pretty sure you could do the same thing with just acrylic craft paint watered down a bit.

I ended up painting it on the spots I wanted, and going over it with a damp rag, I had two rags that I switched back and forth with so I didn't have to rinse out a rag as often.

This is what it looked like when I was painting the glaze on:
I just used a small craft paint brush. By the time I got done adding the glaze it was dry enough to wipe off. If I didn't let it dry for a minute or so, it would just wipe completely off. Which was frustrating.

Here's a comparison of glazed vs. unglazed:
After I went over all of them and added to or messed with it until it was where I wanted it, I did go back over some of the cabinet with the original white, just to tone it down or to make some of it look smoother.

I also very lightly did some glazing to the red, it doesn't show up as well, but it does make a difference in person.

In the pictures it looks a lot more... dirty? than it does in person. It also picks up the colors weirdly in pictures, it almost looks like the top cabinets are kind of pinkish, which they're obviously not. But I actually really like the glaze and how much depth it adds to the cabinets and the bead board.

So what do you think? Have you used glaze before? Would you paint your cabinets?

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