Thursday, March 13, 2014

Waxing and Glazing the Kitchen Cabinets

After the cabinet door were re-hung, I waxed them with ASCP's clear wax. I actually completed this in stages, just as I completed the painting in stages. I tried several application methods and what worked best for me was applying the wax with a brush and then buffing with an old t-shirt. Caveat: this is a lot of work! My muscles were worn out. I had to do the waxing in stages, too.

And then I thought I was finished. Finally. But the more I looked at them, the more I wanted to try glazing, especially after reading Kim's post about glazing some of her kitchen cabinets over at Savvy Southern Style. (One of my favorite home decor blogs, by the way.)

I used the same glaze that Kim specifies, Valspar in Mocha. I tried to order it online, but had a hard time finding it. I finally found a bottle at Lowe's, but they only had one. It turns out that the already tinted glaze is becoming a thing of the past. The new thing is clear glaze tinted to your specifications. I guess that's why I had a hard time finding it.

I glazed one door to start. Then I posted on Facebook a photo of two cabinet doors side by side, one glazed and the other not. I asked for some opinions. Everyone went for the glazed.

Facebook comparison photo. Glazed on right.
Here's my method:

  • Poured a bit of glaze onto a small styrofoam plate.
  • Quickly brushed on glaze with a smallish paint brush.
Brushed-on glaze (before wiping excess) on the left.

  • Wiped off excess with a damp rag. If I wiped off too much, I simply brushed more on.
  • Stepped back to see if I liked the effect and made changes if necessary.

After wiping.

A finished look after a bit more wiping.

Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. Which is just the kind of project I like.

Now all I need to do is protect everything. Kim used ASCP Lacquer; I may opt for regular old poly. Or more wax. But I'm not sure how the wax will react with the glaze. That'll take some experimenting.


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I'm linking up with:
That DIY Party at DIY Showoff
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings -- The Heart of Your Home
Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage
The Scoop at StoneGable
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
What We Accomplished at Green Willow Pond


  1. Your cabinets look awesome! The glaze adds a beautiful depth and aged look. I have found paint doesn't stick to previously waxed furniture; just a thought before deciding what to use as a sealant. Can't wait to see everything!

  2. My arms are tired just reading about all your work! The results are beautiful.

  3. First, thanks for the shout out and compliment. I didn't use any wax on my cabinets only the lacquer so not sure how it will do over the wax. I painted mine over a year ago and they still look like new. I hope you can figure out which route to go.

  4. Kim, I'll probably just mess around with it and see what works. Won't be the first time I've done that with these cabinets! Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  5. Oh your cabinets look fabulous. I love how pretty they look with the wax. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  6. Thank you, Marty! I'll be glad when this project's FINALLY complete!

  7. Your cabinets look wonderful! So much work but will be well worth it! Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday...

  8. Your cabinets turned out great, Ellen! Love the hardware, too. I wish we could change the hardware on our cabinets but they are very long pulls and holes would have to be filled.


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