How to Spraypaint and Glaze Furniture !!!

We’ve been living in our house for almost a year now and I’ve done some pretty crafty projects, like my kitchen art and living room shutters (here and here), but nothing super crazy- nothing where I had no idea what I was doing- UNTIL NOW!

We shifted some living room furniture around to accomodate the fact that we actually have furniture now and in doing so I needed an accent piece for our entryway. I immediately knew that whatever we got I wanted it to be a DIY project, so I went looking around at the Salvation Army but I didn’t find anything. Then we went to the Restore (a store that sells Habitat for Humanity project remnants) and we struck gold:

Ignoring the super dark color, the height and width were perfect and I really liked the extra little molding detail on the top.

Before doing anything I thoroughly read the info and watched the videos on how to spray paint furniture and how to glaze furniture. Even if you’re not planning to do either and you’re just looking for inspiration, All Things Thrifty is an awesome blog.

Ok now that I’ve given thanks where thanks is due…. yesterday morning I went out and got my supplies. Spray paint primer and silver spray paint at Home Depot and furniture glaze and tint at Sherwin Williams. Home Depot did not, and does not, sell furniture glaze- wtf – but a chain paint store will AND Sherwin Williams was awesome. They gave me 10% off for being a first time customer and another 20% off because there was a sale going on (even though I didn’t have the coupon).

Every blog I read swears by Kilz spray primer so I made sure to get that. I went with Rust-oleum spray paint because they had metallic silver. The glaze and paint were shockingly more expensive then I thought, but I have enough for about 500 future projects so no harm no foul.

did not sand down the piece before painting it because with glazing you want to have all the nooks and knicks you can get. I did however have to drill a new hole for bottom draw hardware because I couldn’t find anything that matched up with the drill holes that already existed:

I had the wood filler on hand from another project, and it didn’t matter what color it was because it was going to be painted anyway. Basically you just squeeze it in the holes you need filled, let it dry, then sand it smooth. A friend then drilled a new hole in the middle for me because I didn’t have a drill bit on hand.

AND THEN THE FUN BEGAN! I spread out a hugeeee tarp in my yard because spray paint scares me and I primed the whole thing:

SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE that can of primer because if not it’ll leave a very gritty texture on your furniture. Then spray light thin coats from left to right until it’s done. The whole thing was primed AND dried in under 10 minutes. I love you, spray primer.

It took me a little over a one can of primer for the whole thing, but that is absolutely because I used too much. It should have taken less then one can. I know this because by the time I got to the second coat I had calmed down with the laying-it-on thick and had much better, smoother results:

Ba-zam! Look at that shine! NOTE: Clearly metallic furniture isn’t for everyone. You can use any color one the furniture and any color for the glaze (black and brown are most common). So if you wanted an antique looking dresser, you could paint it a nice cream and glaze it with brown.

Again, slow, thin even coats from left to right. And again, under 10 minutes to dry! However, I suggest leaving it for an hour just to let it cure up a little before you get to the fun part: THE WONDERFUL GLAZE. The glaze itself is white and then I got the blackest black paint I could. Use three parts glaze to one part paint: for this piece I used one cup of glaze and 1/3 cup of paint and it was plenty for me to go over it twice.

I don’t have pictures of the glazing step because I was horrified to stop and take a picture and risk it drying, but basically you paint it on there thick with a foam brush taking care to work it into the nooks and edges then you wipe it off with a wrung out damp rag and wipe again with a dry rag. Pay particular attention to leave some around edges, grooves, and dents. Remember you can always do more layers if you want to be conservative the first time around (I did).

After the glazing was done it was time for new hardware:

I bought the hardware at Home Depot. Because this was such an old piece of furniture the wood was really thick and I had to use the screws from the previous knobs because the new ones were too short- always save your old hardware, people! Also, note how I let the glaze settle in edges and cracks.

And now, VOILA!

I love this thing. The pictures don’t do it justice- it really looks distressed and beat up (in a good way!) and I’m super proud of it. My glazing days aren’t over.

Before it looked like this in its’ little home:

Totally doesn’t match, but works shape-wise.

Now it looks like this:

Hello, Gorgeous!

Overall thoughts:

  • I would only spray prime projects  if I was in a hurry or if it was a bigger piece, like this one or larger, because spray primer add$ up fast.
  • I will absolutely, on the other hand, continue to do the top coat in spray paint because it gives you a much more even, professional look.
  • Glazing is so super easy! Don’t be afraid of it!

So what do you think? Thoughts or suggestions? Have you ever glazed furniture before?!

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33 thoughts on “How to Spraypaint and Glaze Furniture !!!

  1. I’m in the process of refinishing my bedroom furniture. The furniture is oak. I have painted it with a white bonded primer , could have probably saved myself this step, now plan to use the metallic silver finished with black glaze. Wanting a kind of Retro/ Glam look. I’ve purchased drawer pulls , Crackled Mercury glass. I’ve painted the walls a silver slate. One wall of lace curtains over wooden blinds, white. Bed is high with Pearl color tufted upholstered headboard. Have a white chandelier above bed and a toile, black on ivory bed quilt. Plan to use violet or French yellow accents…….I’m open to suggestions. Thank you

    • I love the idea of violet accents!! It sounds like it’s all going to look really great! I never think it’s a bad idea to prime first, especially with furniture that’s going to take a lot of use. Once you’ve painted and glazed, absolutely follow up with 2-3 coats of polycrylic (not polyAcrylic because that will yellow over time). Feel free to let me know if you have any questions along the way (and send pics when it’s done!). SandpaperAndGlue@gmail.com

  2. Hi Stephanie… you did an awesome, amazing job on this piece of furniture! Beautiful! I have a question… I painted a small entry table with a satin black paint (it’s oak). I would like to give it a gold glaze over it without distressing it because I think the natural oak should pick up the gold and give it a rich look. Your thoughts? Thanks for your help.

    • Oh I think that would look really need- a little bit Hollywood regency style. Sherwin Williams sells a faux finishes line of paint and you can get gold in that… it’s a little pricey though. My other thought is you could get a gold spray paint (way cheaper and easier to find) and spray it into a tupperware container, then brush it on and wipe it off in small sections.

  3. I love the finished look of this. I was thinking of this finish for a vanity and reading your method has inspired me try it. Fingers crossed it looks as good as yours!

  4. That turned out pretty dang awesome! I was kind of doubtful at first but it looks fantastic! When you glaze it do you need to add pastewax or some other kind of finisher or does the glaze have that built in?

    • it came with a piece of glass for the top & it doesn’t get a lot of use so I didn’t seal it with anything… but if it was something like a bureau or a table I definitely would have used polycrylic to seal it up

  5. Eeeek! I was holding my breath on this one! I have never used metalic paints and I AM a silver girl, furniture, eh, not so much. But this turned out pretty cool!! I was surprised!!! I love those knobs you have on it. Our house is an old 1842 one room school house converted into a house [so it is freakin small!!!] and the bedroom door knob is that clear glass handle!! It is going when we move! LOL..way to go…great job!!

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  9. Very Nice! Just wanted to add a note….( I do not know what the hardware cost at Home Depot) However, at Hobby Lobby they have LOT’sa different Varieties of old style, vintage, rod Iron, glass knobs, handles,door -drawer pulls in great colors that go on 50% off pretty regularly..just FYI in the future-:)

    • thank you! :)Our nearest hobby lobby is a little over an hour away, which is a real bummer because I feel like I would love it there. However, the Restore by my house usually has pulls for like $1 each- I got a bunch when I redid a built in cabinet a few months ago.

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