Glazing is a classical finish that adds a beautiful aged look to furniture. This finish is an excellent way to age furniture for a more rustic decor. This technique can be used in combination with antiquing and distressing. Glazes permit the slow and gradual build up of color, which enables the creation of great depth so typical of faux finishes.
Simply defined, glazes are translucent films of colored media that are manipulated, while wet, over dried undercoats. This rather sparse definition gives no hint of the often magical colors and patterns that can be developed. By using diverse tools in novel ways, you can create patterns that vary from abstract, all-over designs through ordered, elegant graphics to simulations of nature, such as marbling and graining.
Faux Finishing can update a older piece of furniture, and add unique elegance or an old world feel to columns or mantels. The infinite combinations of pattern and color made possible by the use of glazes open a world of design choices.