For about $25 you can transform any cabinetry in your house whether it be bathroom or kitchen cabinets or built-ins in your living room. It’s called glazing. And it gives you a warm, vintage look! Here are the steps to get it done:

  1. Clean the cabinet doors and boxes. If the existing paint is glossy, wipe it down with deglosser or liquid sandpaper first.
  2. Apply the glaze generously with a brush to one door or drawer at a time, being sure to cover every surface that will be seen.
  3. While it is still wet, begin rubbing the glaze off with a soft cotton rag. The amount of pressure you apply as you wipe will determine how “thick” or “thin” the glaze effect appears.
  4. If the glaze seems to pool in a crevice you can remove some excess with a cotton swab.
  5. Leave the cabinets to dry overnight
  6. Apply a clear polyurethane sealer to protect the finish. We recommend a water-based one.

Other Tips for Glazing

  • Experiment a little with the first door to get it the way you want. If you remove too much you can always re-apply the glaze and start over with the wipe-off process.
  • The lines you create as you wipe off the glaze should follow the grain of the wood as you would if you were painting. For raised panel doors (like the ones in this video) that means you wipe the horizontal rails first before the vertical rails. This creates a clean beginning and ending point for the horizontal lines because the vertical lines extend to the top and bottom edges of the door.
  • The glaze will be thickest and darkest where two panels come together or where details are carved out of the wood. This adds character that makes all the difference to the plain painted surface.

Watch the video above to find out more.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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