For a really long time I heard people referencing glaze when distressing painted furniture. After a ridiculous amount of time and a few clueless hardware reps, I finally found out that glaze runs about $15 a pint and can be found in the decorative painting section with the crackle mediums and stuff. So, how do you use it? Well, it’s super easy! First, do the primary layer of your finish. I stained the top of this piece by brushing on Minwax stain in Gunstock. On the lower half, I painted two coats Behr’s latex paint in Mermaid Treasure.
Next you need to make your glaze. I use Valspar Tintable Glazing Medium, with a ratio of 4:1. If I want it darker I use 3:1, always with glaze in the higher amount. You don’t need a lot of stain to make the glaze dark.
See how it’s a bit less intense? You’ve got a good window to work with the glaze and get the finish you want. Let it dry, then you can leave it as-is so it distresses more with use or give it a coat or two of polycrylic to protect it. I use spray polycrylic so it gets into all the little nooks and crannies.