Our today’s post will cover the topic of furniture glazing and provide you with the full list of the ins and outs for this process. We want you to be able to glaze your furniture right away and have all the required supplies to glaze your piece and give it a great look.

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Why Glaze Your Furniture?

There are several reasons why people decide to glaze their furniture. If you have found our guide, you must have already found your own idea, but we’d like to let you know what makes glazing so good. So why should you do the glazing? What’s so magical about it?

First of all, when you have furniture with lots of details and recesses, the glaze will give it a more luxurious look and add more depth. Moreover, this provides the furniture with a more of a vintage look and antique vibe.

Sometimes, when we buy a new furniture piece, we tend not to like the idea of having a regularly looking interior element. The one that you may find at home of your friend or a friend of a friend. To make sure your furniture piece stands out, you can distress your furniture or glaze it.

We have already explained how you can distress your furniture on the FurnitureCap website. But what is the difference between these two processes?

Glazing means adding another color applied to the already painted piece of furniture. Usually, people tend to use white color and apply it to dark furniture pieces. This helps highlight the details of the furniture piece.

Distressing is about removing the base color of the furniture to make the wood visible and highlight the details of this furniture piece.

As you can see, while these two processes are about the opposite approaches, the idea of highlighting the details is the same for both.

What About Supplies for Furniture Glazing?

To make your glazed furniture a reality, we’re going to need some tools and materials. These supplies can be found in any home-supplies store:

  • Gloves
  • Paintbrush
  • Mixing cup
  • Paint
  • Water-based glaze
  • Water
  • Painters tape

The supplies are similar to the distressing process, so make sure you take a look at our distressing guide for more details on safety and supplies.

How to Apply Glaze: Techniques Explained

1. Prepare the work surface

First of all, make sure you put your furniture on a plastic sheet to make sure you won’t stain the floor. This process can get a bit messy.

2. Prepare the furniture piece

Remove all the handles and other small hardware. Use the painter’s tape to cover the elements that you don’t want to glaze. You can also just tape over the drawer pulls if you’re not ready to remove them.

3. Safety first

Put on a mask so that you wouldn’t breathe in the paint fumes. Use the gloves to keep your hands away from the paint and dirt.

4. Mix the glaze

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Now you’re ready to start the work with the glaze. Mix your paint and glaze. You can use a spoon or stick to do that. You can use white paint to glaze your dark furniture and vice versa.

The idea of glazing is playing with contrast and paint differences.

5. Glaze it!

Now you can start painting. Make sure you do not glaze it too much, it won’t look right. Try to apply the same amount of glaze to every inch of your furniture. Then let the furniture piece dry and see the results yourself. If you are not completely satisfied, you can apply a bit more glaze as a second layer, but that’s not mandatory at all.

How to Protect The Surface of Your Glazed Furniture Piece

You can smooth the finish with a bit of sandpaper if you want. This may help you get a balanced amount of paint on every part of your furniture.

To protect your furniture surface, you can seal it with the poly, wax, or anything like that. This way, the surface will never chip or scratch. That’s the best way to ensure that your furniture glaze looks the same for a reasonable amount of time.


If you want to glaze your furniture, you’ve got to understand that it’s easy, but only when you’ve done your research. You shouldn’t paint or sand your furniture without the step-by-step guide for glazing. This is how people tend to spoil the surface of their furniture pieces.

We have good news. Now you know precisely how to glaze furniture. Feel free to use our guide as a cheat sheet when you glaze your next piece. We genuinely believe that vintage-looking furniture will be great for your home interior design!