Hey Everyone! We have a fun and very simple tutorial for you today all about how to use some of the other products in the Fusion Mineral Paint line – for this project that product is glaze!
Glaze is a great option to add depth, an antique look, or just a special finish. It goes over the fusion mineral paint to give the paint a different look. We really like to glaze when there are beautiful details on a piece that we wish to enhance by leaving the glaze in the crevices.
A glaze is a product that has a long “open” time which essentially means it gives you time to work with it. That way you can put it on, stiple it into the grooves or detail and still be able to work with it to get the exact look you want without drying too quickly. Fusion has two different glazes, “antiquing glaze” which has a brown tint to it already and the “clear glaze” which you can mix any of the Fusion colors into the glaze to create a custom color! Isn’t that fun! There are literally so many different color options you could come up with.
Now that you know a little more information on the product itself here is how you can glaze a piece of furniture:
- Pre-painted furniture that has dried for at least 24 hours.
- Paint color of your choice
- Mixing bowl or jar (We use a plastic cup)
- Something to stir (we use plastic spoons)
- Multiple lint-free rags
The first step is to make sure your painted furniture piece is completely dry. You don’t want to be wiping back the glaze and accidentally wipe your paint off. We wait at least 24 hours. For this piece below we used two coats of the beautiful deep green color “Pressed Fern”.
Then you want to mix up your glaze. The glaze goes pretty far so you will only need a couple scoops. For this small table I used just a couple spoonfuls. You can then take your paint color of choice and drop it right into your plastic cup of glaze. The mix ratio is approximately 3:1 glaze to paint color. More glaze to paint. For this table we dropped in a little bit of Fusion’s “Ash” into the clear glaze to deepen the green and add depth to the crevices of those spindle legs.
Then stir, stir, stir! Make sure you get the glaze mixture nicely stirred together so the two are completely blended.
Once blended, you can grab your brush and begin brushing it onto your painted piece. Make sure it really gets into the details of the piece. Once a bit is brushed on to your liking you can take your rag and wipe back the glaze. Make sure you leave the glaze in any crevices or details you want to enhance.
If you have a very large furniture item you may want to think about glazing in sections. For example for table or dresser tops you may want to brush that on and then wipe back immediately and wipe from one end to the other in a straight line. That will leave a nice uniform look and won’t give you funny patterns in your glaze.
And that’s all there is to it! Very simple addition to give your painted piece some extra pizzazz! You do want to make sure your glaze dries for probably another 24 hours after applying and if your piece will be cleaned often or highly used you will want to seal it. The glaze can sometimes reactivate if wiped with water often. You can use Tough Coat for high traffic surfaces.
We did a Facebook live on glazing this lovely coffee table we created so if you would like to see this tutorial in action just pop on over to our Facebook page via the link HERE.
We hope you ‘Paint it Beautiful’ with Fusion Mineral Paint!