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Why Aging Glaze Is Easier Than Finishing Wax

Why Aging Glaze Is Easier Than Finishing Wax | The Chelsea Project Blog | #glaze #wax #aging #antiquing

This is one of my favorite pieces.

But, no matter where I try to display it,

the color and detail just blend into the surroundings.


Since the piece has such good curves, loads of detail,

and overall…

…a great personality…

I decided to change it up with a new look.


To make this happen, I concentrated on highlighting the texture and adding a little color.

First up,

a base coat of chalk paint.


Oh….. sweet.

Because it is cast iron….

there’s an unexpected little chemical reaction with the paint.


But, even with the rust and interesting paint composition,

the piece was still…..well…. flat.


A little creamy-white was added to brighten, but didn’t really work with the piece.


Honestly, it just made it look cheap.


Proof positive that more paint may help define features…

…but doesn’t always make a piece look better.

The problem is…

that it’s veering away from its roots…

and without an intervention…

is likely to be in worse shape than before the makeover started.



any piece would be a candidate for sanding and finishing wax.


that could still work.


this is highly textured cast iron.

How about making it super easy?

IMG_1906If you’ve never used aging glaze….let me just say that it’s amazing.

I promise.

It’s similar to regular wall paint, but thinner and dries much more transparent.

The piece on the left has a light coat of glaze, but the piece on the right does not.  To make the color darker using this particular color of glaze, I’ll just brush on another coat.


The trick to working with glaze is patience.

It looks very transparent when wet, but darkens as it dries.

So it’s really important to use a light hand when applying and waiting until it completely dries before adding another layer.


This picture illustrates how the product looks wet after glaze was purposefully and unevenly applied.

It’s muddy and murky.


Am I right?

I applied this coat using a dampened wet sponge brush that allowed for diluted glaze in some areas and full strength glaze in others.

Strange as it may sound…

…this was the plan.

Lots of diluted wet glaze in the crevices will dry to a beautiful sheen.


This piece of furniture See here. was painted with chalk paint

and then sealed with three coats of glaze.

Personally, I love the finish and was thrilled that I didn’t have to wax and buff that huge chest.

The look and finish is closer to a poly rather than a wax finish, but it is still so smooth.

For this particular piece, it was a good choice.

It was also a good choice for this accessory.


Just brush it on and let it dry….


…to get an aged look without waxing and buffing.

For some pieces, this is sooooo much easier.


I used #RalphLauren glaze in Tobacco.


And, please don’t forget to PIN…….


Until next time,

Happy decorating,



#diy #glaze #refinish #repurpose #chalkpaint


  • Reply Maggie Kimble-Bernard March 11, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Suz, I name pieces I refurbish and you talk to yours!

    • Reply thechelseaprojectblog March 11, 2015 at 9:06 pm

      Yep….my official literary tool…personification….but also my backend way of explaining to young girls about the power of make-up… 🙂

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    Thank you so much for sharing your epic battles with chalkpaint. We learn the most from our mistakes!!

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