I have an easy painting project today.
I’ve wanted to try adding glaze to something painted – because I like trying different painting techniques – but I hadn’t really had anything that needed glazing.
Then we decided last minute to have some neighbors over after the Fourth of July parade, and I obviously started worrying that I didn’t have enough patriotic decor! Because you can’t have a holiday party without holiday decor, right?! I knew you’d understand.
Kalen, of course, handled the beer and food for the party.
I found this “land that I love” free printable from My Fabuless Life and knew I could put it in an old frame I had in the basement. The frame started black, and here it is now:
The frame had plenty of texture and ridges to it, so I knew it would be a great first glazing project. I’ve heard glazing is easy, and seriously, it is. It’s basically just like painting.
The frame started like this:
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- Picture frame (or furniture piece, whatever you want to paint and glaze)
- Drop cloth
- Paint stir stick
- Paintbrush (2: one for paint, one for glaze)
- Glaze (I used Country Chic Paint’s Graphite Glaze.)
- Clean cloth
How to add glaze to painted pieces:
1. Paint your piece.
Prep and paint your piece. I used some painter’s tape to mark off the back of the frame since it was attached to the frame.
I did one coat of paint and let it dry.
2. Prep your glaze.
Shake it and then stir it. Glaze is a bit of a weird consistency. It’s somehow both thick and runny. Be sure to stir it before using it.
3. Use a paintbrush to add the glaze to your piece.
Be sure to work the glaze into all the nooks and crevices of the piece.
4. Wipe down the piece.
Use a clean, damp cloth and wipe the piece down to remove some of the glaze.
I’m glad I tried glazing, because it was so easy. And I really like how the frame looks now! Have you added glaze to any painted pieces?
And, for another cheap, easy Fourth of Jul decorating idea, I cleaned out a Summer Shandy bottle and added some red flowers. Looks like my loves for beer and decorating have finally come together!
I’m taking next week off to enjoy some family time this summer. Enjoy your week!
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