Glazed over


BLOG UPDATE!  When I originally wrote this post, back in March of 2011, the only glaze on the market I truly loved was Modern Masters.  Since then Cece Caldwell’s has come out with the only glaze that is 100% green.  Glaze can be a smelly product to work with, but not this product.  It works as beautifully, if not better than Modern Master’s Glaze, and it is 100% Green, so you don’t have to worry about the chemicals you are breathing while you use it.  To find the retailer nearest you, check CeCe Caldwell’s website.

Hi there, I am thrilled to be guest posting today at Restore Interiors.  Kelli and I “met” in an interesting way…..I was on my way to visit family in Utah and I sat down next to the nicest couple from Birmingham, Alabama. I got chatting with Kelli’s sweet mother- in-law and we discovered that Kelli and I were both in the same line of work, with little kids under foot, and a passion for giving new life to “old things”.

We exchanged emails, and “Mary” gave me the blog address of Kelli’s sight.  I was just getting my blog underway and was hesitant to reach out to Kelli until I had “spruced” my sight a bit.  I checked out Kelli’s blog and I felt like I was looking at the Southern equivalent of me!  Lo and behold, Kelli emailed me first, and a great friendship was born online. One of these days I will make my way to Birmingham, or Kelli will make her way to San Francisco, but until then, she is one cute girl that I am thrilled to call my friend and feel honored to be posting today:
I love to Glaze furniture and cabinetry!
Let me begin by telling you, I have never met a surface I couldn’t glaze.
The piece I am using in this tutorial is a White Laminate Cabinet Door I purchased from the “scratch and dent” section of Ikea.
With a good bonding primer, you can paint and glaze any surface you desire, don’t believe me? Check my link for a white laminate bathroom at the end of this tutorial.
I have had a lot of requests for the glaze formulas I use. I mix all my own glazes, and use only Modern Masters products in my glazes.
There are many available Glaze Mediums for purchase in Paint Stores. Glaze can be tricky, and can dry too fast on you sometimes before you get the “look” you want.Modern Masters Glaze Cream has a very long “open” time,which allows you plenty of time to work with it until you get it right.You can even add more as you go, which most glaze mediums do not like to do. There are many fantastic products on the market,I just prefer to mix my own because that allows me control over
how dark or light, warm or dark brown, red toned, or gold toned, etc.  I want my glaze to be.
I typically use a one part colorant to four parts glaze recipe.
You could also try this by using a good acrylic paint brand such as this one, which is available at most craft stores, if you use a paint, not a colorant or pigment, then you may have to use a little more paint to “tint” the glaze.  I recommend you test it a little at a time until you get the color you desire.  Then write down what you did, so you can duplicate it!
I would recommend using a warm brown or a sepia tone (for a redder glaze)
The list is endless, and the possibilities are endless.  Glaze is a fun product to try out.  Just be patient.It can take a bit of practice to get it right.There are as many ways to apply and wipe off Glaze as there are products.I do A LOT of glazing, and have found this method to be my favorite:
Here goes:
Supply List
Modern Masters Furniture and Cabinetry Glazing Cream and Colorant (Tobacco Brown used in this tutorial)
(Order info at the end of this tutorial)
Cheese Cloth (which is easily purchased from the “wood stain” section of any home improvement store)
Chip Brushes, large and small
Latex Gloves (Glaze can make a mess of your hands and looks like icky dirty fingernails if you get it under your nails, yuk!)
 This is what my stuff looks like that I used today:
Begin by using a chip brush and apply the glaze liberally over one surface at a time.(i.e., if you are doing a dresser, I would start at the top and work my way to the sides,then do the drawers, other pieces separately, etc.)
I recommend starting in the middle and working your way outward,
this way, you don’t get uneven application of glaze
Completely cover one surface with glaze before you start “subtracting” it
Take your Cheese Cloth, and scrunch it up to look like “pom pom”.
You will use the big fluffy part to wipe off your glaze
Begin by wiping in the middle. I like to go up and down in long,
even strokes, and work my way to the outside.


If your “pom pom” cheese cloth gets too much glaze on it,
just keep rotating it until it is all full of glaze.
(old cheesecloth “pom pom” style)
(Note: you can reuse your Cheesecloth’s many times, just throw them in the wash on a gentle cycle and hang them up to dry, good as new! )After you have achieved the level of Glaze you want to have remain, put the pom pom aside and switch to a “softening” brush to blend the glaze to perfection.  You don’t want to see streaks and such, and you have better control if you lightly “feather” brush over the areas you want to blend.This is a great tip I picked up from Barb at Knack Studios
You can also “add” more glaze at this point if you find you have taken too much off,
then simply go back over it again with the softening brush
When you are satisfied, step back and admire your work!
Now you have a perfectly “aged” piece of furniture. Now for that White Laminate bathroom, turned Glazed Wood, click Here
To order Modern Masters, you can check your local Kelly Moore, or  you can email order it from my favorite supply person, Annette Sheppard at Artistic Accent Walls
Happy Glazing!


  1. Hilary

    Karen, You mentioned at the beginning of this glazing lesson a strong bonding primer. Did you put that on before the glazing medium? Or would chalk paint be ok without a primer? Thanks, Hilary

  2. Leila

    Dearie, while your work is truly lovely, (really!), I sincerely suggest you lay off the quotes. Just write the words, using other words to communicate the emphasis. Quotation marks are not the way to emphasize or write jargon, their use just makes the writer appear quote-happy while devaluing the writing. It’s not a style, it’s misuse.

    Otherwise, keep up your lovely projects!


  3. Marie

    I hate it when people criticize! No one was asking for an English lesson. Just saying…..

  4. Cindy

    Leila, “Dearie,” people who criticize others publicly are… hmm, how shall I put it? “Tacky,” and “Rude.”

  5. Bridget

    What do you use as a sealer after you’ve finished glazing?

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