How to Make a Homemade Glaze for Staining and Aging Furniture Projects!
Last week when I shared the new (old) chairs in the dining room, I told you that I would share the quick and easy way that we re-stained the cane backs on them.
This was a very simple makeover using my homemade glaze and some beautiful old hemp linen from France.
I get so many questions about my “homemade glaze”, and there’s really not a lot to it.
- Acrylic Artist’s Paint in Color Burnt Umber
See, I told you! It’s very simple! Acrylic artist’s paint in the color Burnt Umber, thinned with water. The size brush I use all depends on what kind of project I’m working with.
You can find it at any craft store like Hobby Lobby or Michael’s, or you can order it from my Amazon affiliate link HERE.
I love using this glaze for giving a piece of furniture an aged appearance, and it’s so much easier to work with than dark wax. I always hated trying to work with dark wax to age a piece of furniture, because it was a little challenging to use, it had a stickiness to it that I didn’t like, and it was hard to remove if you used too much….at least this is the case for me. This homemade glaze is a wonderful, easy to use, substitute!
I’ve even used this glaze to cover up a few scratches in our hardwood floors.
If you recall, I had purchased two french cane back chairs a couple of years ago and I had stored them in the attic until I could find time update them. I actually forgot that I had them until I was looking through the attic for something else and re-discovered them.
These chairs were very similar in shape to the other four that I had, all I needed to do was re-stain the cane and add new upholstery to the seat.
They were already painted in a distressed white (including the cane) when I bought them, and the fabric had already been removed from the seats, leaving the “undergarment” of upholstery linen.
I began by cutting out and stapling the french hemp linen onto the seat. It was nice to not have to strip any old fabric off, and the padding and springs were in good condition, so the upholstery didn’t take long.
The finish was just gluing the braid trim on with a hot glue gun. Next was re-staining the cane back.
Now I will say, I should have stained the cane FIRST, before upholstering, just in case I was to get a little sloppy with the stain…..but I didn’t, and thankfully, I didn’t drip any paint!
I poured some of the Burnt Umber paint into a bowl, and added just a little bit of water to thin it.
How much water you use will depend on the consistency of the paint that you are using. Some brands are thicker than others.
I usually try and thin it to the consistency of milk.
Using a small 1 1/2″ brush, I quickly and easily brushed the glaze on and worked it all throughout the caning, front and back. If you want the stain darker, a second coat can be added after the first one dries.
I wanted the caning to have a timeworn finish so that it would work well with the other chairs, so I only did one coat.
The glaze dries very quickly, making this project very easy! And it’s water soluble so it’s easy clean up!
The two chairs work beautifully with the other four french chairs in the dining room now!
There are some subtle differences between them, but that’s a look that I love.
See, I told you my homemade glaze was super easy!
This week we’re working on completing some projects around the house……renovating the guest bedroom, and I’m still finishing up an upholstery project for the master bedroom refresh. I will update you on those two projects soon!