Applying glaze to furniture and wiping it off with a rag simulates the look of wax accumulation and paint fading over time. Shabby chic-style fans can turn an unfinished hardwood chair right into a piece that looks like a family heirloom in no more time than it takes the paint and glaze to dry.
Wash the furniture if you’re working on a slice that is not newly painted. Wipe it down with a damp cloth or sponge to remove dirt. If the furniture is very dirty, squeeze a drop of dishwashing liquid onto the cloth or sponge before wringing it out.
Ventilate your work area. Expand the glaze thoroughly with a paint stirrer to mix in all the pigment. After stirring, pour a small amount into a plastic cup or small paint tray.
Dip a synthetic or foam paintbrush to the glaze and begin painting the glaze onto the furniture generously, one small part at a time. Allow the glaze to build up in crevices and cracks.
Wipe off the excess glaze with a paper towel. Continue applying glaze over the spot and wiping it off until you attain the desired level of accumulation.
Allow the furniture to dry overnight before use.