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Ways to Glaze: A Cost-Effective Way to Restyle Your Kitchen Cabinets

by Melissa Bullard
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Looking for an inexpensive way to revamp your kitchen style? Consider glazing your kitchen cabinets. Like refacing and refinishing, glazing your kitchen cabinets can change the look and feel of your kitchen at a fraction of the cost of remodeling. If you like your kitchen's layout, and your cabinet boxes, doors, and drawer fronts are in good shape, glazing can feel like a refacing job without requiring you to replace cabinet doors and drawer fronts. So how do you use glaze on your kitchen cabinets?

Working with Glaze

Glaze is basically a thin layer of translucent color that you can apply over your wood or painted cabinets. Glaze is often used in faux painting techniques and can create a rich, textured look for your cabinets. Consider the following ideas for glazing your kitchen cabinets:

  • Create an antique look. White kitchen cabinets are currently extremely popular, and many people use a medium to dark glaze color to create an antique look over their white cabinets. To achieve this, paint a very thin layer of glaze over a cabinet's flat surfaces, then wipe it off to leave just a little. Paint the glaze in cracks, crevices, and corners to add depth and an older look to the cabinet door.
  • Create a distressed look. If you're trying to create Old World charm in your kitchen, glaze can help you distress your kitchen cabinets. While distressing is similar to antiquing, the major difference is that distressing creates a chic, very well-worn look, instead of that gently-aged look. To create the illusion of time, distressing often involves sanding painted cabinets or using a tool to create holes or scratches in the wood, then applying glaze unevenly over various places to achieve a long-used effect.
  • Change the shade of your wood cabinets. Adding glaze to cabinets that are unpainted can also create a beautiful effect. Because glaze tends to settle in the irregularities in the cabinet door and wood grain, it accentuates the individuality of each piece of wood. If you love your maple cabinets but wish they were just a shade darker, consider adding a mocha or coffee glaze. It gives them depth and changes the color just a bit. If you have oak cabinets that you wish were lighter, mix white paint with clear glaze, paint the cabinets, then wipe off the excess. Your cabinets come out just a bit lighter, with a slight change in shade.

You can achieve a variety of looks with glaze, so it may be just what your cabinets need!



About the Author
Melissa Bullard earned a Bachelor's degree in English Literature, then a Master's Degree in Spanish Language and Literatures from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has taught writing, literature, and Spanish classes, and is currently working as a fre

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