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Glazing with a Stain

I have always loved glazing with a stain. I love how it really antiques the piece without creating an orange tint. The only draw back is working time is VERY VERY short, but I have a solution! Take a look below at my DIY projects for glazing with a  stain.

DIY: Glazing with a Stain

My bar stools were my first project glazing with a stain on furniture. I was so pleased with how they turned out that I had to try it on a few accessories too and of course, share!
How to glaze with a stain
See that gorgeous brown tint that gives the distressed appearance? And not a hint of orange!
How to glaze with a stain
Glazing with Stain

Glazing Instructions

  1. Mix 1 part Minwax’s Dark Walnut stain with 2 parts Valspar’s Clear Mixing Glaze.
  2. Paint your furniture piece with desired color.
  3. I wanted white to show through so I first primed it and then painted the pink over the top.
  4. Allow paint to dry.
  5. Brush your stain mixture all over your piece. While adding the mixing glaze does increase your working time, it still dries faster than a regular glaze. Have wet wipes on hand to wipe off quickly. If you are completing a bigger piece, for example my stools, pick an area and paint on the stain glaze mixture then wipe it off before moving to another area.
Glazing with Stain


And there you go!

DIY: Glazing with Stain


Here is another piece where I used the same technique. I painted it all white before applying the stain mixture.


DIY: Glazing with Stain


And look at the difference, instant antiquing!

DIY: Glazing with a Stain on Furniture
It’s amazing what a little paint and stain can do when you want to create a vintage look. I just love how this shelf turned out.
Happy DIYing!

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  • Suzan Sweatman

    Everything looks beautiful Brooke – but I just love how the glaze worked on the pink mirror!!!

  • Shabby chic Sandy

    Your instant antiquing looks really good! Love all the sweet pastel colors around the shelf. So pretty!

  • Crystal

    Love the antique look!! Thanks for sharing an easier way to achieve this look.

  • dani marie krum

    I am in LOVE with that pink frame! I love the texture of it and all the nooks and crannys!

  • basilthecat

    Thanks so much for this amazing tip! I used it on my dining room chairs and they turned out fantastic!

  • Bonita

    I have never made my own glazing mixture so I have a question. Isn't Valspar glazing mix a water based product? How does it mix with an oil based stain? Thank you!

  • Tammy

    I love your stool! Can you tell me what color it is? Thanks!

  • daniel linney

    Love this effect but can't seem to get the mixing glaze in the UK, can I add a water based varnish to the stain instead? Thanks x

  • daniel linney

    I'm unable to find the mixing glaze in the UK, can I use a water based varnish instead? Also what finish does it leave on the item, satin or matt? Thanks

  • aubrey carey

    I know this is old, but I've just been bitten by the diy furniture bug:) and just found your site.
    I'm doing my first project now, our oak dining table. The legs are white and top and chairs are a shiny natural oak. I've stripped and sanded the top, and actually have Dark Walnut for the top;)
    I played around with my new random orbital sander and sanded the legs a bit. I like how it looks distressed. My plan has been to paint the chairs a blue and green and distress them( do I really have to sand ALL those little spindles!!?). I planned to spray paint them..but I realized today that if I do this the wood showing through on legs and chairs will be the light oak color, and not match the dark walnut top?
    I was thinking I'd maybe do a dark brown primer on these before I painted them? But I like this idea better. So basically everywhere I've distressed, the natural oak will be stained the dark walnut?
    I'm sorry this is so long- I've not seen this done. I'm off to pinterest it now but thought I'd ask!;)

  • Samantha

    I’m thinking of refinishing our hand-me-down bedroom set, how long do you leave the glaze on before you wipe it off? Thank you! Love your stuff!

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