If you are looking to give your kitchen an antique look, glass kitchen cabinets may be the right solution for you. In addition, it is a very cost-effective solution to redo your kitchen. However, people glaze their kitchen cabinets for some other reasons as well – to make the stain appear darker and to create depth (the depth effect).
What does “glass kitchen cabinets” mean?
“Glass kitchen cabinets” is a simple process that involves using a watered down (or diluted) version of paint on the surface of your kitchen cabinets to create a semi-transparent layer that makes the cabinets look darker in some places and lighter in others. places. This gives an aged or worn look to your kitchen cabinets. That’s how you give your kitchen an old look.
In general, glass kitchen cabinets involve the same amount of work as painting kitchen cabinets. It projects a look that you have updated your kitchen. The antique look of the kitchen cabinets can be especially useful for you if you already have antique furniture in your kitchen or are planning to get antique furniture. Sometimes, glass is made on the corners of the cabinet doors and emphasizes the wood in specific areas.
Preparing to glaze kitchen cabinets
Preparations for glass kitchen cabinets include the following:
- Buy the right glaze (glazing liquid) from the market or prepare your own glaze. Since the glaze has no color of its own, it is mixed with the paint. In case you are making your own glaze, you can control the thinning to any degree you want for lighter or darker shades.
- Since the glazing mixture is prepared using glaze and paint, you will need to choose the right color of paint that will be the best for your kitchen. People generally use grey, brown and black paint for glazing kitchen cabinets (based on what kind of look they want eg black helps to achieve an elegant look, brown for an earthy look, gray for a chic look, other colors to match the furniture in the kitchen).
- In addition to the paint and glaze, you will also need old rags, clean pieces of fabric, a natural bristle brush, a bowl and a mixing stick to prepare the mixture. And don’t forget to take some drop cloths to make sure you don’t dirty the kitchen with the mixture that falls on the floor. Gloves are essential if you want to protect your hands.
- Different level of dilutions can be used based on what you want eg. if you need to make the wood grain visible, you should use a higher level of dilution (ie more glaze and less paint).
How to glaze kitchen cabinets
1. Before you start glazing the kitchen cabinets, you need to remove the cabinets and remove any doors and knobs, etc. Glazing kitchen cabinets with cabinets in place would be a bad idea as you would not be able to get a uniform finish on them.
2. You need to clean your cabinets thoroughly before the glazing process. It is recommended to use a commercial cleaner to get a better finish on your glass. But you can leave this out if you have just painted your kitchen cabinets before glazing.
3. Now you can prepare your glazing mix based on how dark you want the glaze to be eg. using 3 parts paint and 1 part glaze makes it really dark and as you change the ratio it gets lighter. Mix them well to get an even color and to make sure the mixture is correct.
4. Now you can start applying the glaze using the cloths. The general preference is to go with the wood strain but you may have a different preference. You just glaze a small part of one of your cabinets and see if you like it. If not, you can remove it with a clean cloth while it is still wet. In fact, to ensure a uniform look, you should go piece by piece and make adjustments as you go rather than waiting to finish it all at once. You can use the natural bristle brush for the edges.
5. And once you’re done, let it dry for 8-9 hours.
Pretty simple, isn’t it!