Using black paint, a glazing medium and a few drops of water, you can create a dark, antiqued glaze. This creates an effect in the cracks and corners of your piece giving your furniture character and depth.  You will be surprised at how simple antiquing can be.  The results, beautiful!

Learn from other DIYers how to get a beautiful antique finish on your projects.

Supplies & The Recipe

The first step is to mix your antique glaze solution.  I use equal parts of glazing medium and black paint.  Then, I add just a few drops of water.


How to Apply It

For the next step you have a couple of options.  You can either apply the glaze with a paint brush and wipe it off with a dry cloth or apply it with one cloth and wipe it off with another.  I do it the second way. But you can experiment and see what you like best.

rub glaze on furniture

Keep in Mind, Glaze Sets up FAST

Just keep in mind that once you apply the glaze, you don’t have much time before it starts to dry and set up.  You probably have about 30 seconds or a minute. Once it has dried, you would need to sand it to remove it any start over.  So, it’s best to move quickly and wipe to early than to wipe too late.  Work in small sections at a time.

Make sure you get the glaze on thick in the little cracks and corners and then wipe away quickly so that you leave the dark in the recesses of the piece to really make the color contrast stand out.

glaze chest

Wiping the Glaze Off

I try to work in straight lines, some people like to work in circle motions with the cloth.  It depends on the look you are going for.  You can also use a sponge to get even straighter lines, as I explain in this article: How to Get Cleaner Lines When Glazing Furniture

glaze nightstand table
If you are glazing for the first time, you may want to add a little more glazing medium than paint in your mixture, so it’s not as dark.   This makes the antique glaze a little more forgiving.

Revive in Style did such a beautiful job on her Buffet table.  I love how glaze brings out the ornate details of furniture.  If you have any questions please comment below!

How to Do an Antique Glaze on Painted Furniture

Learn how to antique glaze correctly with these easy steps.