We’re sharing two different techniques on how to glaze kitchen cabinets for the perfect antique look!
Redoing the kitchen cabinets was one of the first items on my to-do list once we moved into the house. I hated the dark cabinets, have a love for Fixer Upper and decided we needed to go light. However, I didn’t want to go plain, jane white. I wanted a little more character.
So, naturally I turned to Pinterest and found this idea of glazing kitchen cabinets for an antique look. I read several DIY blogs and thought it didn’t look too hard. In hindsight, I may have been a little ambitious. Not only had I never painted kitchen cabinets before, I also had never used any kind of ‘technique’ either. Up until that point, my idea of technique was managing to not get any paint on my clothes.
Anyways, after the whole paint sprayer debacle, I finally got the kitchen island cabinets painted and was ready to start glazing.
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How to Glaze Kitchen Cabinets: Technique #1
This is glazing technique number one. If you haven’t read my post on the painting problems I experienced, you can check that out here before you continue. If you have, you know why I used two different styles of glazing and also know that I will always read the directions and do a little more research on types of paint and their compatibility.
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Step one. Dip the sponge in the glaze, and draw a line along the edge of the drawer. I went a little heavier on the glaze, because I liked that style. You can use less glaze, which means the detailing won’t be as dark.
Step two. Dip the cloth in water
Step three. Run the wet cloth just below the edge, wiping away most of the glaze. There should be a small amount defining the edge of the drawer.
Step four. Repeat on all other edges.
What We Learned
It helps if you start from the inside and work your way out.
It is tedious.
It is sometimes hard to keep the line straight, but I think that adds to the character.
Water is your friend.
How to Glaze Kitchen Cabinets: Technique #2
Now for glazing technique number two. I didn’t start with this one because I didn’t want the cabinets to be that dark and I just wanted the edges of the drawers and doors to be defined. That being said, I wish I would have done this on the island, too. Not only was it a million times easier, I think it looks a lot better.
Step two. Wait one to two minutes.
Step three. Use the cloth to wipe away the glaze. Start in the middle and work your way to the edges.
What We Learned
You will need a lot of cloth. Brett was kind enough to let me use some of his old white t-shirts and they worked magnificently.
Go with the grain of the wood.
Every piece is going to look different, but that’s what makes it yours.
Do not glaze the edges. I tried this and the glaze leaked through to the other side.
Start with the front of the cabinet door. If any of the glaze does run off to the back, it will be on the inside and not as noticeable.
Overall, I think it was worth it to try them both. Now we know what we like and don’t like. And I can say that my painting technique has expanded to more than just keeping it off my clothes!
How about you, which do you like? If you give either a try, let us know how it goes!
All our best,