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I had a blast playing with Winter White Glaze Effects by General Finishes on my Antique Cabinet the other day. While I was working on the piece, I shared a video of how I apply the glaze on my Insta-stories. Like an idiot, I didn’t save that story. Oopsies. I’ll never learn! In case you missed the vid or had questions, I thought I’d write up a quick post with my best tips & tricks for applying glaze.
Next time I glaze a piece, I’ll make another video and do a whole step by step, in-depth feast but for now I offer you a snack.
I think applying glaze can be intimidating to a lot of furniture newbies, and I totally get it!
There is definitely a learning curve. I have some dining chairs I smothered in brown glaze about 8 years ago, and they make me laugh when I look at them. I was WAY too heavy handed and was obviously just winging it! The look old and dirty, which wasn’t the exact look I was going for! Just like most things, proficiency comes with trial and error. You’ve got to really get into it and play with a product or technique before it’s going to look the way you want. It’s a learning process. You’re probably going to step back from your first couple tries and want to burn it to the ground. That’s normal, y’all. Totally normal. Don’t give up! Evaluate what went right and what went wrong, then move forward from there.
*If you’ve never applied glaze before, I’d suggest first trying it out on a sample board, old cabinet door, or piece of furniture you don’t give a hoot about. If you hate it, paint over and try again until you get in your groove. When you feel like you’ve finally got the hang of things, then move on to Aunt Eileen’s prized buffet. Practice, practice, practice… just like your grumpy old piano teacher always said. I’m not kidding, you’ll be beyond glad that you did.
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Now back to the post…
I know this isn’t an in-depth how to, but hopefully, I’ve answered some questions and given you a little more confidence to try out this type of product. Glaze is really fun to play with and can give a piece such a cool vibe.
If you have any other questions, feel free to drop me a line in the comment section below and I’ll walk you through!