Painting a tired cabinet facade in the kitchen is the hands-down easiest way to update in a weekend. Glazing takes your new and improved surfaces to another level by adding paint or wood stains to the surface once the first coat of paint or primer is dry.
Glazes are available to purchase pre-mixed or you can make your own using a four part water to one part paint or stain mixture. They’re sometimes refered to as a “wash” effect and can lend an antiqued look to cabinets.
Here’s how to get the look.
As with painting, put down drop cloths and tape off areas that won’t need to be glazed. Or, take down the cabinet doors that are receiving the treatment.
Once you’re covered, start applying the stain, going with the grain of the cabinets. Unlike paint, glaze is easy to wipe off with a damp cloth if you don’t like how it’s being applied. Each cabinet surface might look a little different, adding a bit of character to each surface.
Wipe over the stain as soon as it’s applied with a cloth. If you wait too long, the stain will start drying and it will be harder to rub in the glaze.
Take your time and move cabinet to cabinet, repeating these steps as you go. You’ll end up with cabinets that look more custom than I-did-this-in-a-weekend.
Tips adapted from DIY Network