Glazing Your Kitchen Island with Jennifer Farrell, Lifestyle and Design Expert


  • - Paint roller brush
  • Paint tray
  • Base color, latex paint, flat finish (We'll be using Sage Green)
  • Faux glaze
  • Latex paint for glaze color, flat finish
  • Paint brush (2" or 3")
  • Stirrer sticks
  • Sponge brushes ( 1 1/2" or 2")
  • Paper towels
  • Latex gloves
  • Small dish for water
  • Polycrylic (optional)

paint cabinet with desired base color. Let dry.
2. mix one part glaze paint color with three parts faux glaze.

3. apply glaze mix with a sponge brush, heavily coating all detailing in cabinetry woodwork.

4. immediately wipe off excess glaze with paper towel, leaving the glaze only in the grooves of the wood detail.

5. allow glaze to dry overnight, then seal with a water based polycrylic top coat (optional).

* Put on a coat of sealer to help resist future damage. Jennifer recommends polycrylic sealer (water based so it's non toxic, doesn't yellow or impart any of the slight discoloration that oil based sealers do)

* Good rule of thumb with sealers: apply oil based topcoats to oil based subcoats, and water based topcoats to water based subcoats.

* Try to match your glaze to your hardware. For example, if you have brushed nickel knobs on your cabinets, try a "dove gray" glaze. For our new house, Jennifer chose a chocolate glaze color to tie in our cabinets with our oil rubbed bronze hardware.

* There are lots of faux finish techniques for cabinetry, but these "distressing" or "aging" techniques are really more appropriate for traditional-styled kitchens, i.e. country, rustic, French, Tuscan, or other more traditional styles. If you're looking for a more modern kitchen, skip the faux finishes and keep your cabinets clean-lined without too much detailing.

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