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 accommodate 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:

night stand nightstand to endtable upcycle

Ignoring the super dark color (ahem and the blur), 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 these videos on how to spray paint furniture and how to glaze furniture.

Here’s the supply list:

  • Spray paint primer and silver spray paint
  •  Furniture glaze and tint color (1 pint of each is enough for about 900 projects)
  • Foam brush, rag, and mixing container

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).

rustoleum silver spray paint kilz primer sherwin williams glaze

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 (and have since decided they are my go-to, the spray nozzle works great and doesn’t clog). The glaze and paint were shockingly more expensive then I thought, but I’ve already used them on about a dozen projects so it was a solid investment.

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 and drill your new hole wherever you need it.

AND THEN THE FUN BEGAN! I spread out a hugeeee tarp in my yard because over spray will happen, and I primed the whole thing:

spraypaint furniture spray paint how to

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, starting and ending off the furniture. 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:

silver and black funiture glazed

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 (kind of like Elmer’s glue in color and consistency) 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:

metallic furniture update upcycled silver painted

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 spray paint and glazing days aren’t over.

Before it looked like this in its’ little home:

Totally doesn’t match, but works shape-wise. And oh, what a sad looking living room.

Now it looks like this:

silver spraypainted and glazed furniture

metallic glazed furniture

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!

diy metallic spraypaint and glazed furniture

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


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

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  3. Hi! Your project looks great. I was searching for silver furniture paint and stumbled across your project. I am looking for a more polished look, no glaze for a smaller desk I want to turn into a vanity of sorts. I was originally thinking about silver leaf but (shudder), I am a little anxious about what that will entail. What would your spray painted table have looked like if you didn’t glaze over it? More silver? Grayish? Thanks!

  4. This is brilliant! I do have 2 questions:
    1) The finished product almost looks like a rustic gray, not metallic looking. Does it look more metallic in person or rustic gray as in the picture (which is the look I’m going for)? If it looks more metallic in person, maybe I should try a gray spray paint instead. Thoughts?
    2) what was the name of the “blackest black” you got to mix with the glaze?
    Thanks for writing this. It’s encouraged me to do more with my furniture 🙂

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  6. very chic looking, did you have to use spray primer? I have a gallon of kilz primer tineted a blue gray and I been using it for almost two years and I still have plenty left. I think it cost $12. I really like it. I had it tinted that color because it has been proved that a gray primer makes your paint colors look tru and rich.

  7. Hi,
    Was the spray paint oil based?– Was it a latex?acrylic glaze you used? — I used Rustoleum spray paint and have now been told that it is an oil base spray paint… worried about using the glaze now 😦

      • Hi Stephanie, — Thnks for responding 🙂 — so latex on top of oil is okay then… I used the same Rustoleum painter’s touch spray paint… Is a clear coat need after the glazing??? Thnk-U

        • I really didn’t look at whether what I was using was latex or oil or not, but the combo I did use worked well (the Rustoleum spray and the Sherwin Williams brand glaze and paint). I didn’t clear coat it because this isn’t a piece that gets a lot of heavy use, but if yours will be I’d recommend 2-3 coats of polycrylic to seal it up. I use miniwax brand in the blue-ish can (the one in the brown can is polyAcrylic and can yellow when dried).

  8. I like what you guys are up too. Such clever work and exposure!
    Keep up the very good works guys I’ve added you guys to my blogroll.

  9. 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!).

  10. 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.

      • Great idea about the spray paint. I’m going to try it! I’ll post a picture when it’s done. Thanks for your idea!!

  11. 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!

  12. 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

  13. 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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  17. 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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