My Attempt at Glazing

Monday’s post on how to remove wood veneer was on this dresser I thrifted a few months ago which I wanted to make into some kind of metallic, industrial looking piece for the foyer.

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Since it was in rough shape I had to get the veneer off the top specifically before I could work my magic on it. And I didn’t really fix any of the other parts that were missing wood since I wanted it to look a little not-so-perfect.

I definitely wanted to go the metal route so I picked up a quart of Martha’s Precious Metals from The Big Orange {Home Depot}.

Photo via Home Depot

I read about this product on the web and saw reviewers claimed it does not give a solid color, but a streaky effect instead. While some people didn’t expect this, it was exactly what I wanted, so on the dresser it went. After testing it out on a drawer first, {a good idea with new paints you use}, I realized it was semi-transparent and I should put on two coats of primer to make the dresser as solid white as I could. {I use Kilz oil based primer}. On went coat number two, then I let it dry over night. As soon as the piece was dry, I painted on the metallic paint.

I chose the tin color, which is a very light silver/grey. When you buy this paint it does need to be tinted, just like any other. Martha offers a variety of colors in the Precious Metals collection, I could definitely find uses for some of the others as well.

Photo via Martha Stewart

Here is the color I had after two coats.

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Very light silver and exactly what I was looking for. I did find this paint to be streaky, it does not give a solid color. See the streak across the top of this side panel? That is just a brush stroke in the opposite direction.

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This is a view of the other side after the first coat of tin precious metal paint.

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My idea for this dresser was to glaze it. I have never glazed a piece of furniture before and definitely wanted to try out something new. I followed the guidance of Jami at Freckled Laundry who did a faux zinc finish on a piece.

I couldn’t find the exact same metallic paint, which is why I got the Martha brand, but the others I picked up at Michael’s.

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I combined a lot of glaze to a smaller amount of paint, first in black.

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My idea was to swipe some on and then off with a different rag. It worked for the most part.

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Just like the Karate Kid, glaze on, glaze off.

Glazing is an art, there is no right or wrong way to do it. Even though I wasn’t 100% on this look, I kept going and worked on the other parts of the dresser and drawers.

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I repeated the same technique with the white paint and glaze and this is what I ended up with.

A tiger for a dresser.

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Not at all the look I’m going for. I even let it dry and came back the next morning to see if it had magically transformed to the metal look I wanted.

Nope. Still a tiger.

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That was my attempt at glazing. Key word = attempt. Maybe I didn’t put enough on, maybe I mixed it wrong? I realize I could have concentrated the glaze/paint in certain areas but was kind of trying it out. That didn’t work as I expected.

Take two up next!

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P.S. I love when I see other bloggers find the same furniture as me, like this one at The Modern Cottage.
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Comments

  1. I wish I had some DIY glazing tips for you, but I’ve never tried it either. Eager to see what ‘take 2′ looks like! I admire your fearlessness – very inspiring :-)

  2. Sometimes it takes a few tries to get it right. That happens to me all the time. Can’t wait to see what you do with this piece!

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