Update Your Kitchen Cabinets With Glazing

If you want to update the look of your kitchen cabinets, glazing is an inexpensive way to do it. Glazing will darken your current stain, give them an antique look, and create depth in the finish. It is an easy job, and can be done in a weekend.

Follow the steps below to have great looking cabinets in your home:


Take everything out of cabinets that you are glazing, and then unscrew the hinges to remove the face off the cabinets. Remove all hardware, such as the cabinet door handles.

If there are any cracks or holes in your cabinets, fill them in with wood putty and finish. After you apply the putty, let it completely dry, and then sand it smooth with 120 grit sandpaper. Cover the floors, walls, and kitchen counters with canvas tarps or plastic drop cloths.

Wash all cabinets and then let them completely dry. It is common for kitchen cabinets to be coated with grease, smoke, etc. You can use a de-greaser cleanser to clean this off.

Apply Lacquer

Before you glaze your cabinets, you need to purchase a lacquer to spray on them first. This will seal the paint to stop the glazing from penetrating into it. Follow the directions on the lacquer before you apply it, and then let it completely dry.

Purchasing the Glaze

You can find glaze in a variety of colors so choose one that goes best with your kitchen. It is much easier to purchase pre-mixed glaze. An oil-based glaze typically works better for cabinets, because it does not dry as fast as a water-based glaze. This gives you more time to work.

Applying the Glaze

Use either a paintbrush or a sponge brush to apply the glaze. Mix it thoroughly with a paint stick, and then dip the brush or sponge into the glaze. Brush it onto the cabinet in a circular motion. Glaze in small sections at a time, because the longer it stays on the darker the finish will be.

Wiping the Glaze

Wipe the glaze using soft absorbent towel if you want it to be lighter. Absorbent towels will wipe more of it off. If you want the glaze to be darker, use brown paper towels, as this will not wipe off as much. When you are finished wiping the glaze, let it dry for 24 hours.

Add a Finish

When the glaze is completely dry, you can add a clear topcoat to help the glaze last longer. This also prevents it from being scratched. Purchase a urethane topcoat at a home supply store. Follow the directions on the packaging on how best to apply it.

When the glaze is drying, some of it will seep into the cracks. This is normal, and it adds beauty to your cabinets. For more help with any questions that you have, contact a company like Adams Fine Furniture & Cabinetry to learn more.