Glaze a piece of furniture adding light color to the recessed areas?

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  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY 6 days ago

    Hi Gayle, everything I can find (and know about) furniture glazing is its always a darker color to create depth to the piece. If you want to do it in a lighter color I would suggest mixing your own white wash.

    • Gayle Gayle 4 days ago

      I totally agree about glazing usually being a darker color over a lighter one to highlight indentations or ornamentation. However, a professional painter did the reverse technique (designed by an interior designer) on a lovely china blue cabinet. The lighter off-white glazing settled into the lower areas and looked so gorgeous - plus the overall affect gave it kind of a satiny look. So, I thought I would give it a "go" to try to reproduce that effect.

      But - I so appreciate all of the replies. Each one contributes to helping me.

      Thank you.

  • William William 6 days ago

    I agree. A darker glaze generally over light to highlight accent areas. You can use a mix of water and light color paint in the recessed areas similar to white wash.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law 6 days ago

    When I apply glaze, I rub off quickly and reapply until I achieve the color I want.

  • Glaze is usually used for adding darker stain to recessed areas. Paint it or white-wash it for a lighter look.

  • Mogie Mogie 6 days ago

    Yeap glazing is usually will darken something but there are alternatives. Like William said you could try to white wash the area you want to lighten. Here is some info on that process.!

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor 5 days ago

    Hello heres a link regarding whitewasing furniture for your consideration.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H 4 days ago

    Hi!! Is the piece dark or light? Usually, as mentioned, you use a dark glaze or wax. But, I have used light colors with other light colors. Another possibility is using a metallic to give added dimension. One thing I have done is lighten some of the original paint to get the look you are going for. Mix a little at a time to get the shade you want. Keep track of the ratio or you won't be able to duplicate it if you run out before you're done (something I have done once or twice). Remember you can do thin coats until you get the look you want!

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer Yesterday

    I would paint the light colors were you want them to. E light then glaze it