Let’s talk about glaze

Anthony Mills


Botanics translucent glaze is not only a protective sealer, it looks fabulous on a finished furniture piece when applied correctly. This is one of my personal go to products if I am wanting an authentic, high end finish on a furniture piece.

Imagine a beautiful furniture piece with beautiful carvings, at times if you were to use a dark antiquing wax you could end up with residue build up and your result could look dirty and grungy. On a beautiful piece this could be a very unfortunate look.

Translucent glaze will give you full control of where and how you want to build up your colour. The glaze is a full protective coating, it contains tannin blocker and it gives a beautiful authentic sheen, perfect for French provincial furniture.

To use glaze, you will need;

Translucent glaze in your choice of colour.

A brush to apply the glaze

A soft damp cloth or baby wipes


Assume you want to glaze in Dark antiquing glaze.

Apply the Dark antiquing glaze liberally over the area you want to glaze, with your brush. Work in sections if it is easier for you.

Keep in mind Dark antiquing glaze is best applied in layers. Antiquing glaze dries darker than you think it may. When it is freshly applied and still wet, the colour is quite translucent.

Once applied with your brush in all of the carvings of your piece, gently wipe back the excess glaze with your damp cloth.

Sometimes glazing feels like you are wiping off more glaze than you are applying. This is ok, it gives you the most control of colour depth.

Once this layer of glaze dries, you have the opportunity to either add more depth with another coat of glaze or you may decide you have enough colour.

If you decide you haven’t wiped back enough and the glaze feels and looks too heavy once dry, it is simple, dry brush back over your area with the colour you painted with. If you don’t like the glaze at all, paint directly over it and cover it.

There are no mistakes with glaze and it really is almost foolproof.  You can blend the glaze colours to customise colour also.

You can confidently seal your piece with any BOTANICS glaze, our clear glaze is a favourite topcoat of ours.

Our Translucent glaze comes in a clear, white, dark antiquing and charcoal. The clear translucent glaze will be an asset to your painting kit as it has so many uses.

Some of these are:

Tannin blocking for mild stains, it can be used as a transfer medium, decoupage medium/glue, use as a topcoat or tint with any of our paint colours for your own custom glaze colour. You could also use tinted glaze as you would use a stain, just use a little more paint or tint for a deeper more opaque colour.

Botanics glaze is water based, so keep this in mind. Oil based tints can not be mixed with this product and it is always water wash up.

Not all glazes are the same and not all glazes can be used as a sealer. Keep this in mind when purchasing. You will find our glazes here

Happy glazing.

Please feel free to ask us any questions in the comments section below.

For your reference, the photo with this blog post is a table completed by us at L'essentiel. The table was painted in BOTANICS furniture paint "Greige" (this colour is more a mauve based greige) If you wanted a colour that looks more like how this table has photographed I would suggest French beige. Charcoal Translucent glaze was applied and BOTANICS furniture paint " White Clay" was used to dry brush and highlight. The table was then finished with a single coat of Clear Translucent glaze for added protection.

The beautiful sideboard pictured was upstyled by Chic n' Shabby

French provincial table with BOTANICS Translucent glazeBOTANICS furniture paint in "Grey Goose" with BOTANICS clear Translucent glaze by Chic n' Shabby

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