Welcome back to the Indigo Lane blog! I don’t know that I properly introduced myself, I’m Destiny!
I love all things old & unwanted- breathing new life into pieces is what brings me pure joy! If you have ever wanted to try your hand at refinishing furniture you have come to the right place! I will do my best to guide you step-by-step through many different techniques and finishes on a weekly basis. On that note- let’s dive right in!
Let’s meet our piece, shall we? This tiny, cute table was given to me by my sweet neighbor. She knows the way to this girl’s heart- free furniture!!! (Thanks Michele!!) so its been used as a our guest bedroom side table but I knew it would be the perfect piece to experiment with new paint & glaze! The table was in good shape overall, it had some bubbling on the top- likely due to my sweet children leaving cold drinks on the top- here in MS it doesn’t take long for a glass to sweat! So a light sanding & cleaning was all it needed and I was on my way! Easy peasy.
My next step was to use two coats of General Finishes “Persian Blue” Milk paint on the base of the table. Let dry 2-4 hours between coats & then I let dry overnight. Next was one coat of General Finishes High Performance top coat in Flat. For the top I used two coats of General Finishes infamous “Java” Gel Stain letting each coat dry overnight. I will then seal the top with General Finishes Gel top coat. Don’t worry- there will be future posts on how to use all of those amazing products!
Today I’m working with a fabulous new (to me) product by General Finishes. I am using their product: Glaze Effect in the color “Winter White”. From General Finishes Website:
“Glaze Effects are translucent water based colors used to create beautiful decorative finishes such as distressing, marble, shabby chic, burnishing, color washing, rag rolling and wood graining. Use over Water Based Wood Stains, Milk Paints, Chalk Style Paints and Pearl Effects.Glaze Effects can be inter-mixed or layered to create custom colors. They may also be layered over one another to create deeper, richer looks.”
So there you have it- its an all around awesome product! Let’s see what you’ll need:
You don’t need much for this project:
-Shop Towels (or as I used, an old cotton t-shirt)
So, to catch us up to speed: The paint is dry, and free of debris.
You will want to open your can of glaze effects and give it a good stir. It is not recommended that you shake the product but you’ll want to make sure all parts are thoroughly mixed. Next step is to liberally apply the glaze effects with your applicator sponge- making sure to get in all the nooks and crannies. Its best to do this in small sections as it tends to dry quickly. After all of your hard work, perfectly painting your piece, this part can be scary! But don’t worry- most of it will wipe right off!
Here is an example of the size of section I applied before wiping.
Next, take your cloth and wipe away the excess glaze. As you’ll see here there is still glaze in the crevices (right where we want it!) but most of the glaze has been wiped away. This is where you can really get creative! If you’d prefer a more weathered or rustic look- leave more on! This is where there is no right answer, just what appeals to you!
Here’s another section size for reference. Don’t rush this process, take your time!
And there you have it! It is really that simple! You’ll of course want to let it dry and then apply 1-2 additional coats of high performance top coat to seal & protect.
But what if you make a mistake and its drying but you want to remove more glaze? You have three options!
1) go back over the section you want to remove and apply more glaze- yes apply more to the area! This will “reactivate” the product making it workable again.
2) This second option works best if its dried a little longer than the previous method will allow. Grab a rag and dampen it with some water. Try to use it to gently remove the glaze that way.
3) If ALL else fails- start over and try again! Once dried 2-4 hours you may paint over the glaze with your milk paint or other water based paint.
And here is what it looked like when I was finished and let it dry. Keep scrolling all the way to the bottom for the final pics!!
I let it dry overnight and here are the staged photos:
Doesn’t it just make you want to find a spot in your home for this adorable table! This piece will be available Tuesday at Market Reneaux!
I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial! Still have questions or comments? Leave me a comment below!
Thanks for stopping by!