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Hi everyone, I am so excited to be here guest blogging for Jessi while she is on maternity leave! How exciting for her and her family! I am Kellie from Design Asylum Blog and I am an interior designer and the creator of Velvet Finishes furniture paint. I get asked a lot of questions about glazing and our glazing products, so I thought I would share a few tips on painting with Velvet Finishes and using the Enhance Glaze products.
Tips for Painting and Glazing with Velvet Finishes
It is so easy you are not going to believe it!! Here we go!
We all know how popular painting furniture is these days. I think it is fantastic to see the new lives these pieces are given. Instead of sending them to the dumpster, we are actually dumpster diving, right?? And think of all the money we are saving!
Velvet Finishes is a fabulous paint line that is a little different than others on the market. VF is a latex water-based paint with a proprietary blend of ingredients that makes it feel like a chalk paint that has been waxed. But you do not wax Velvet Finishes!! Amazing I know!!
And it’s so easy to paint with even I can do it!!
You can check out this blog post about painting with Velvet Finishes…Painting Furniture with Velvet Finishes is so Easy!
After reading that post you know about the easy prep product, Ready, and how all you usually have to do to prepare a furniture piece for painting is to spray on the Ready, let it sit for about a minute, then wipe away…and now all you have to do is literally slap the paint on…
Let’s talk about glazing!!
First, why do we even want to glaze? Several reasons….
– Glazing a piece of furniture adds dimension to the finish.
– It creates depth through color layering.
– It can tone down bold or strong colors.
– Glazing, in the case of Velvet Finishes, adds a protective top coat.
– And, honestly, it’s just fun.
Glazing can be intimidating, I know. I was scared to glaze at one point. It sounds hard. It sounds like you need to be a professional painter to glaze properly. I’m here to tell you otherwise. Glazing is actually very easy if you know the technique. And by technique, I mean the fact that you paint it on and wipe it off. That is really all there is to glazing.
OK, so check it out…
Velvet Finishes has two glazes, one dark and one clear. I am using the clear glaze and mixing my own colors for this post. I have a piece of trim painted in the VF dark gray color, Timeless.
I mixed Enhance Clear Glaze with VF paint in Rococo, a cream color. I have never been one to measure, I just pour a little glaze and pour a little paint. If it’s more saturated with color than you like, add more glaze; if it’s not enough paint color, add more paint. The only time I ever measure is if I am doing a big piece and I may need more custom mixed glaze. Then I want to know my ratios, but other than that, I wing it, I’ll admit I’m a little lazy.
These next two steps are what it’s all about. Paint the glaze over your painted surface.
Just apply evenly as possible. It doesn’t have to be perfect, you are going to pull it back off.
If you are doing a large piece, work in sections. Try to find a good beginning and ending spot so that you don’t have to do too much overlapping when you begin your next section.
With a lint-free rag, begin to wipe away the glaze, allowing the glaze to settle into any architectural details your furniture piece has.
You can always glaze again, if you feel like you took too much off. It’s easier to add more, rather than to take away more, after the glaze has dried. I just keep pulling the glaze off until I am happy with what is left.
It’s that easy!!
Here is the finished trim piece. I left the glaze on pretty heavy and I love it!!
What a difference right??
This gorgeous piece was painted with Luxurious (black) and glazed in Soulful (tan). I also painted the inside of this piece in the Soulful. This is a little more of a subtle glazing, rather than the heavier version, like above.
I love the detailing the glaze process gives this piece.
And what about the Enhance Dark Glaze over a lighter color? Just as gorgeous.
This is Enhance Dark Glaze over the lavender color, Eloquent.
I hope you guys are inspired to get out your paintbrushes!
And I also hope, if you were a little worried that glazing furniture might be hard, that I have convinced you to give it a try. You can check out all of the Velvet Finishes products through my blog, Design Asylum Blog.
Thanks so much for letting me share a painting tip or two with you all! I’ve sure enjoyed being here at Practically Functional!
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