Adding Brown Glaze to Enhance Cabinets

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What You'll Need
Drop cloth
Mild detergent
Warm water
Soft cloth
Fine-grit sandpaper
Base coat with satin finish
Glazing liquid
Brown tint
2 small buckets
Stir stick
Chip brush
Terry cloth

Brown glaze can help you enhance the appearance of your kitchen cabinets. Glaze is also referred to as color wash. Paint and a translucent medium are used to prepare the glaze. When properly applied, the glaze creates a warm and elegant appearance for your kitchen.

Installation of new cabinets can be costly. Glaze helps to transform the look of your kitchen at a much lower cost, which is helpful if you’re on a tight budget. Use the guide below to apply brown color wash to your cabinetry.

Step 1 - Remove Doors and Drawers

Use a screwdriver to remove the cabinet doors and pull out the drawers. Spread a drop cloth or plastic sheeting on a level work surface. Remove the handles and knobs from the doors and drawers. Place them in a safe place for easy retrieval later.

Step 2 - Clean the Doors and Drawers

Wipe dust and dirt from the doors and drawers with a damp sponge. A clean surface facilitates proper attachment of glaze when it is applied. Use mild detergent and warm water to remove stubborn dirt and grime. Follow with a sponge dampened with clean water to remove the dirt and soap. Use a toothpick to remove grime from corners. Dry the cabinetry with a clean, soft cloth. Allow 24 hours for the cabinetry to air-dry.

Step 3 - Sanding

Use fine-grit sandpaper to sand the doors and drawers. Doing so facilitates proper adhesion of the glaze. Be sure to sand in the direction of the wood grain so as to maintain the natural pattern on the wood surface. Wipe away fine dust and debris with a damp sponge. Allow the doors and drawers to air-dry for 3 hours.

Step 4 - Apply Base Coat

Obtain a base coat that is similar in color to the brown glaze you intend to apply. The base coat helps to provide a good foundation for the glaze to attach. It also gives the cabinetry higher resistance to moisture. Pour some base coat onto a tray and apply it to the doors and drawers with a roller. Use a brush to apply more effectively along the edges and awkward spots. Allow the required time for the base coat to dry completely.

Step 5 - Apply Brown Glaze

Place the required amount of glazing liquid and brown tint in a small bucket. Use a stir stick to mix the contents. Be sure to create a mixture that is close in color to your base coat. Use a chip brush to apply the glaze over the doors and drawers, one piece at a time. Once you complete one item, use a terry cloth to wipe off the glaze. Allow 24 hours for the glaze to dry properly.

Step 6 - Reattach Doors and Drawers

Use your screwdriver to attach the handles and knobs. It is best not to clean the cabinetry for 1 month. The wait time will give the paint and glaze adequate time to cure properly.