It can be difficult to see the intricate detail work in a piece of furniture, especially if it has been painted with chalk paint. If you want to make carved details stand out even more or if you want to give your item an antique appearance, glaze is the perfect solution for you! In comparison to wax, glaze is semi-transparent and allows you to have more control over the style. It is also very simple to apply. You can also give your project an aged or distressed appearance by using a dark glaze or by sanding away some of the chalk paint from the edges.
Part 1 Preparation
1. Allow for complete drying of your chalk-painted project. Read the label on your chalk paint to find out how long it should be allowed to dry. Generally, most manufacturers recommend allowing your project to dry for at least 24 hours between each coat, but it’s a good idea to wait 3 to 5 days before applying a glaze to give it time to cure completely.
It’s possible to get away with just one coat of chalk paint if you’re going for a faded shabby chic look. If you want a richer, deeper colour, you should paint your project with at least two coats of paint.
2. If you want to give it a distressed appearance, sandpaper can be used on the surface. Do you want to go for a worn-in, rough look? By rubbing a block of 60- to 100-grit (medium-grit) sandpaper over the surface of the chalk-paint, you can give your project an instant aged appearance. Sandpaper should be rubbed back and forth to remove some of the chalk paint so that the original paint or wood can be seen underneath. Hand sandpaper areas that would be subjected to daily wear and tear, such as corners or edges that are particularly prominent.
If you don’t have a sanding block, you can use a piece of sandpaper instead, but it will be a little more difficult to control. Fold the piece of sandpaper a few times to make it easier to hold in your hand.
3. If you distressed the wood, use a damp sponge to remove any dust that has accumulated. Fill a sponge halfway with cold water and squeeze to remove the excess water. Then, using a clean, dry cloth, wipe it over the entire piece you’re glazing. This gets rid of the sawdust and paint that you removed from the project when you distressed it earlier in the process.
It is possible to skip this step and proceed directly to sealing or glazing the item if you did not distress it first.
4. To seal the chalk paint, apply a topcoat such as polycrylic with a paintbrush. Chalk paint absorbs a lot of glaze, which can make it difficult to get rid of it completely. In order to have greater control over how much glaze you leave on the project, use a topcoat such as polycrylic, which is a protective sealer, on top of your project. Apply a thin layer to the entire surface with a synthetic paintbrush dipped in the topcoat before wiping away any excess. After that, allow it to dry completely before proceeding to glaze the project.
Most topcoat products are dry to the touch within an hour, though you may need to wait overnight for the product to be completely dry before applying another coat.
Due to the fact that polycrylic dries clear, you won’t have to be concerned about the finished appearance of your project being altered.
5. Look for a water-based glaze to use over the chalk paint to finish the project. Because chalk paint is water-based, look for a glaze that is also water-based to get the best finish. When using a water-based glaze, you’ll have an easier time applying it and it will dry faster than when using an oil-based glaze.
6. If you want to give your project a dramatic, antiqued appearance, invest in a dark glaze. For projects that require darker details and shadows, look for glazes that are dark brown, black, or antique in appearance. If a glaze is labelled “antique,” it usually means that the glaze is dark enough to give the project an aged appearance.
Dark glazes can be applied over dark chalk paint to give the project a deep, rustic appearance, or dark glaze can be applied over light colours to make the details stand out even more.
7. Use a light-colored glaze to create a faded, rustic appearance. Sometimes you want a chalk paint project to have a slightly worn appearance, and a light glaze is ideal for achieving this look. Look for a glaze that is white or pearl in colour. You can use it to lighten dark chalk paint if you want to make it appear lighter, or you can use it over light-colored chalk paint to give it a distressed or country appearance.
Keep in mind that a light-colored glaze applied over a light-colored chalk paint will not bring out the carved details in your project as effectively.
8. Open the can of glaze and thoroughly stir it with a paint stirrer or a chopstick until it is thoroughly mixed. Because the pigment in the glaze settles as it is stored, stir the glaze vigorously for at least 30 seconds with a wooden paint stirrer or a clean chopstick.
Some people believe that vigorous stirring causes air bubbles to form, but this shouldn’t be a problem because you’ll be wiping the glaze off with a cloth later on in the process.
Part 2 Application
1. To apply the glaze, dip a 2 in (5.1 cm) paintbrush into the glaze and brush it onto the project. If you don’t have a synthetic paintbrush, a small foam brush will suffice in this situation as well. Make an effort to apply a thin, even layer of the glaze, working the brush in the same direction as the paint is being applied. Make certain to incorporate the glaze into the carved details and trim work.
Concentrate on small sections at a time to avoid feeling rushed, which is especially important if you’re glazing a large project like a dresser or large cabinet. For example, instead of glazing all of the drawers in a cabinet, glaze only one drawer at a time so that you are not rushed to finish them all at the same time.
2. Remove any excess glaze from the surface by wiping it with a dry cloth. Take a dry cotton cloth and wipe the glaze away in the same direction that you applied it. Try to avoid using a paper towel or any other material that has fibres in it. If you want to remove a thin layer of glaze, rub the cloth lightly over the surface; if you want to leave glaze only in the carved details, press firmly and evenly.
Keep in mind that the more you wipe, the more chalk paint will show up on the surface. It’s possible that you won’t need to remove much glaze if you’re going for a dark, antiqued appearance.
To ensure that your project has a consistent appearance, wipe off the glaze in the same direction that it was applied.
3. If you want to remove even more of the glaze from the project, wipe it down with a damp cloth. If you used a heavy hand when applying the glaze, or if you simply want to remove a large amount of it, run a clean cloth under cold water and squeeze the excess water out. Then, wipe the project in the same direction as you applied the glaze to ensure a smooth finish.
The project appears more natural and even when the glaze is removed in the same direction as the glaze was applied.
4. Allow for complete drying of the glaze overnight. Some glazes dry quickly, whereas others dry more slowly, allowing you more time to incorporate the product into your project design. Check the label of the product you’re using to find out how long it should be allowed to dry. In general, you should allow the glaze to dry overnight.
5. To finish your project, apply a final coat of polycrylic with a brush. You’ve just spent a lot of time working on a beautiful project; make sure it doesn’t get damaged! Polycrylic should be applied using a clean synthetic paintbrush. Apply a thin layer to the entire piece with the brush. After that, allow it to dry completely.
Not interested in having your work sealed? In the event that you do not believe your project will be subjected to wear and tear, and you want it to retain its matte sheen, you can completely avoid sealing it.
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