Make furniture details instantly stand out with this simple furniture glaze tutorial. If you've got an old piece of furniture with intricate moldings and trim, it's practically begging for a fresh glazed look.
No project is truly complete until you've added a finishing touch: a cherry on top, wrapped with a bow, or spritzed with hairspray! In the case of wood furniture, though, we're talking about material finish. Glaze is a second treatment applied to wood that has already been painted and finished. The technique highlights the crevices and corners of a painted piece, giving it an antiquated, distressed finish.
For this living room end table, we accentuated the furniture details by adding a colored, water-based glaze. You can buy premade furniture glaze colors, but mixing your own gives you more control over the shade, so we'll demonstrate that method. Glazes can also be oil-based or water-based. Keep in mind that an oil-based glaze will not wipe off with a wet rag as shown here.
Glazing works best to bring out textured surfaces. Attempting it on a flat surface might emphasize the wood grain, but it won't be as dramatic of an impact. Look for crests, wood scrolls, columns, and other unique molding and millwork. Pieces that might be good candidates for glazing include intricate wood photo frames, chair or table legs, kitchen cabinets, antique desks, and hutches.