Glazing Furniture

by Roberta
7 Materials
3 Hours

I recently found a beautiful bed with so many details. Unfortunately it was so dark they were unnoticeable. A little paint and glaze was the trick to making it one of a kind!

Cleaning is the first and most important!

Because this bed was so dark you did not notice all the dust hidden in the grooves. For ultimate results.. it's important to clean thoroughly with TSP. I then wipe clean any residue with a rag and clean water.


Since this bed had a very shiny surface I went ahead and used Sherwin-Williams extreme Bond primer. It's almost like glue for paint. Even though I planned on using a chalk style paint...I didn't want to distress so I wanted to make sure the paint stuck really well.


I used two different colors of paint. One being my favorite called Dove Gray Retique It brand by Renaissance. And the other was Old White by Annie Sloan that I had left over from another project. I didn't worry about being too neat because I knew once I glazed it would all blend and you wouldn't see the lines between the colors.

Seal the paint.

This is very important when glazing. Make sure you seal after you paint.That way you can wipe off the extra glaze and it won't stain your original paint.

I find it really easy to use a sponge when applying polyacrylic. I'm able to get it into all the nooks and crannies without putting on too much.

(Note: my example is on a different piece so I could show close up)

Making Glaze

There are many ways to make glaze. You can buy a glaze medium and add your own paint, or even use a water based stain.this time I went ahead and used some black paint I had on hand and added a little bit of floetrol. It works perfect because it doesn't dry too fast. Also you can make any amount that you need. I probably used a quarter cup of paint to about 2 tablespoons of floetrol. Your consistency is personal preference.

Applying glaze

With a small brush I went ahead and brushed on the glaze getting into all the's easier if you do small sections at a time.

Wipe off the extra glaze

After you apply the glaze have a damp rag or maybe even a baby wipe ready. Wipe off any extra glaze until you are happy with the look, leaving some behind in all of the crevices.


After your glaze dries you can go ahead and apply another coat of sealer if you want.

I love the way this looks! Where it was once dark and dated... It is now a one-of-a-kind bed.

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  • Patti harris Patti harris on Jan 04, 2021

    Love this!! Very helpful. So floetrol is a glaze? This would save $$ for sure. Also, Amazon says it’s oil based. Can you mix oil based with water based paint? I’m still learning here so this is great info. Thank you for sharing 🥰

  • Marnidarr Marnidarr on Mar 28, 2021

    That's gorgeous! If you decide not to seal it after the glazing, do you find that the glaze comes off easily? Or, does it stay put pretty well and off of your sheets? Again, beautiful bed!

  • Nancy Nancy on May 27, 2021

    Stunning transformation! What colors did you use?

    I didn't see any colors mentioned - sorry if I missed it.

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  • Teresa Teresa on May 27, 2021

    A beautiful transformationicon

  • Mary Russell Mary Russell on May 28, 2021

    If you are going to paint,then DO it right,just like this EXAMPLE !!Wow,just beautiful! At first I was afraid you were going to turn that beauty into a 'stupid bench'.I say 'stupid' because most of the ones that have been done out of beds have been so uncomfortable that people refuse to sit on them more than once,ha!