How to Use an Antiquing Glaze

By Jewell Briscoe

You can turn an average looking piece of furniture into a beautiful antique replica simply by coating it with an antiquing wood glaze. Using specific supplies will enable you to produce the desired antique look. You will need a quality palm sander to sand between coating applications and 150 or 180 grit sandpaper. Wear a good pair of gloves to protect your hands from the chemicals and use a rag to wipe the antiquing wood glaze on and off the furniture.

Apply a semi-paste to strip the furniture color, or keep the color that is already on the furniture. If you keep the current color, start by sanding the furniture. Give it a good, smooth sanded finish.

Apply a coat of primer to the sanded finish. Antique white primer is a great choice. Allow that coat to dry, then sand it. After sanding it, apply a second coat of primer and allow it to dry. Be sure to sand between primer applications.

Wipe on a wood stain antiquing glaze. You can wipe it on with a brush, rag or cheesecloth. A cheesecloth will produce a smoother finish, while a rag will produce a wiping effect. Rub or dab the glaze in different spots until you get the look you want. Put more antiquing glaze on areas such as corners and crevices to make them look more distressed and to give a darker finish. Wiping more of the wood glaze off will bring out the antique white primer underneath it.

Use a badger brush to soften the look. If you prefer highlighted edges, you can highlight the edges of the furniture by using a paint brush with a little glaze on the tip. Run the glaze along the edges at a 45-degree angle, leaving a line of glaze.

Let it dry for one to six hours. Seal it with a lacquer or polyurethane top coat using a foam brush so you do not leave brush marks. Allow the sealant to dry. If it does not look the way you want, you can strip it again and start over following the same steps.

About the Author

Jewell Briscoe has been writing health-related, beauty, business and training and development articles since 1990. Her articles have appeared in “Coping” magazine and various online publications. She is a management learning and development consultant and holds a Bachelor of Science in communications from Middle Tennessee State University.