When considering glazed cabinets, be aware that “Glaze” is a buzz word. Glaze is actually the name of a product and not a technique.

Having said that, there are many interpretations of the term glazed cabinets. Lets look at them:

  1. Pin-point glaze- a thin even line (usually applied with a glazing gun) that catches in all the profile changes. A modern and contemporary look.
  2. over-all wipe on glaze – a thin glazing medium is applied over already finished (usually painted) cabinets to antique the color and collect in the recessed areas of the profile. – an old world, antiqued and muddied look.

This is all then clear coated to seal in the glazing medium.  Depending on the glaze color and how it is applied, different looks can be achieved.

A common method of this over-all glaze is to cover the entire door front with a glaze using a pad or brush (depending on amount of stroke marks desired), wait till sticky, and then rub off, being careful to follow any grain of the wood. This is  time consuming but produces the antique look. It can be varied by how much glaze medium is removed in the wiping process.

Keep in mind that since this is a hand applied process, there will be variations from door to door and streaks and swirls will be present.