Once the paint on the chairs had dried, it was time to glaze! I LOVE glaze. I love the antiquey look it gives and I love how it covers imperfections that you might not love about your piece or the paint job. I also love how easy it is to do!
This is the glaze I used. I chose it because that was the only glaze I could find in any store remotely close to my house. Luckily I really, really like it. I will definitely buy it again if/when I need to purchase glaze. (Another nice thing about glaze? It lasts a long time.)
How to glaze? Wipe on, wipe off! Simple, no? I’ve used glaze in the past that you wiped first with a wet rag and then went over it with a dry rag. This glaze didn’t require that. The instructions read to just wipe off with dry cheesecloth. They also advised that if you didn’t like how it looked, you could use a wet rag to wipe it completely clean and start over from there. Luckily I ended up not needing to do that.
Brush on the glaze using a paint brush. I like to really slather it on. Make sure to get in all those nooks and crannies!
Then, wipe it off. And this picture shows a mistake I made. Remember the instructions to use cheesecloth? I used cheesecloth when I was working on the table but for whatever reason I decided to just use a plain rag. Big mistake! I’m not sure why, but the glaze didn’t dry well with the solid rag.
See how you the glaze looks kind of gray? That wasn’t the look I was going for and it certainly didn’t match the way the table looked. Luckily I discovered this problem right away and I only had to re-do one chair.
So I re-glazed it and used cheesecloth to wipe it. It turned out much better!
When you brush the glaze on, it’s best to do it over a small to medium area. You don’t want it to get too dry before you wipe it off. You don’t need to worry about the brush strokes when you brush it on, but you do when you wipe it. I wanted the glaze to dry in a primarily horizontal direction so that’s how I wiped it. You can wipe it as much or as little as you want—it’s just a matter of personal taste.
This is an example of how glaze can cover up imperfections. The first picture shows a spot that had a heavy streak of primer that didn’t get covered super-well by the paint. I just made sure to glaze it extra-heavy in that spot and voila! The spot is no longer noticeable!
Once you’re satisfied with the overall look of the glaze, you just let it dry and you’re done! With these chairs, there were a couple of spots that I missed or I wasn’t happy with, so I ended up doing a few touch-ups. Luckily I avoided mishaps like the one I had with the table.
After I gave the chairs a few days to dry, my hubby and I re-did the seat covers. We discovered the old seat covers had a huge piece of foam on top so we took that off, re-covered the original seat in new fabric and covered that in clear vinyl. Before I had kids, I never dreamed I would be covering stuff in vinyl but I’ve since had my eyes opened! Dining chairs are my only furniture pieces with vinyl, though. My couch is at the mercy of tiny shoes, markers, leaky diapers, and puke. But I can take the covers off the couch cushions and wash them, thank heaven. If you do decide to cover something in vinyl, here’s an important tip: use thick, heavy-duty vinyl. I covered some dining chair seats a few years back using lightweight vinyl, and currently the vinyl is ripped to shreds and the seats are all dirty. Re-doing those is on my to-do list for sure!
Ta-da! I’m very pleased with the end result. Definitely better than how it looked before, don’t you think?