What Is Cabinet Glazing? A Complete Guide

What Is Cabinet Glazing? A Complete Guide

While you likely take your cupboards and drawers for granted, the American market for kitchen cabinets is a whopping $9.5 billion industry.

Because you likely have many cabinets in pretty much every part of your kitchen, it's important to pause and give them a bit of thought. These cupboards are an essential part of your decor scheme, so you want to ensure that they look as professional and classy as possible. Cabinet glazing is a process that ensures that the natural beauty of your cabinets is brought to the forefront of your decor so that your kitchen can have a traditional and rustic look.

Here, we're going to talk about cabinet glazing and how it works. Read on for some information on how you can make your kitchen as homelike as possible!

What to Know About Cabinet Glazing

What Is Cabinet Glazing?

Glaze is a transparent lacquer coating that's applied after a cabinet in your home has already been painted or stained. Whether this cabinet is homemade or store-bought, applying glaze to a cabinet helps to bring out its color and makes the finish look shinier and more traditional.

Cabinet glazing refers to the process of coating your cabinet in this material with a roller or brush. While you can purchase pre-glazed cabinets, this generally is much more expensive than glazing a cabinet on your own or having a professional do it for you later.

Why Is This a Good Idea?

There are a lot of reasons that glazing a cabinet is a good idea. First, it brings out the colors and patterns featured on the cabinet more. One of the primary purposes of glaze is to make the underlying base color pop against all of the surface details on the cabinet, which provides greater color contrast and brings out varying hues.

If you're trying to create a cohesive color scheme in your kitchen or make certain hues stand out, lacquer glazing is a great way to do this!

Any room that you're trying to give an antique or vintage feel to benefits from glazing. By making ornate accent patterns pop out from a white or wooden backdrop, you give your furniture a rustic look. Since glaze also can bring the grain of wooden cabinets to the forefront, it also helps in making your decor scheme look more natural. This is especially the case if you also are using hardwood flooring in your space.

Cabinet glazing also serves to protect the surface of your fixtures. Because lacquer provides an extra layer between the cabinet and the world, it will prevent the actual surface of your cabinet from becoming scratched, dented, or otherwise blemished. You can always re-glaze your cabinets later if a problem arises, which is much cheaper than purchasing a whole new unit!

How Does the Process Work?

There are a few materials that professional cabinet finishers will bring to your home when glazing your surfaces. Lacquer glaze, foam brushes, rags, a drop cloth, and cleaning supplies are all required for the process.

The first thing that your hired expert will do is clean your cabinets thoroughly. It might be a nice idea to leave an unobstructed path to the cabinet so that our professionals have a place to walk and sit while they work on your surface. They will thoroughly wipe it down with cleaning supplies to ensure that nothing gets stuck beneath the lacquer.

After that, they will apply their professionally-made glaze with a sponge brush. It will be slathered liberally on all of the areas that you want to be glazed. Whether that's the entire surface of your cabinet or simply the fronts of certain drawers is totally up to you! Keep in mind that only a few doors or drawers will be done at once, though, since working in sections is more precise and efficient.

Finally, a damp cloth will be used to remove the lacquer in areas where too much of it was applied. This will make your cabinet appear clean and precise.

Glazing Variations

Cabinet glazing is an all-around simple process, but there are a couple of variations.

The most common option is to apply glaze to the entire surface of your cabinet before wiping the excess lacquer away. This makes your entire cabinet evenly rustic and makes the grain on the wood and the colors of the paint stand out. The glaze will be applied the same on every surface of the cabinet, from doors to drawers.

However, pinstripe glazing is becoming more and more popular as of late. To accentuate the details of cabinets, a darker color of glaze is applied to specific surfaces. Rather than being put everywhere, it's solely worked into the groves of the cabinets to accentuate them. This serves to make the details in the design pop and appear bolder to the viewer.

Speaking of colors, you can choose between a variety of translucent colors when it comes to glazing. Light blues, transparent whites, and faded yellows are just some of the options that you have to choose from.

Unlike colored paint or stain, this colored lacquer is quite thin. It's perfect for using over a plain white cabinet or something in unpainted wood. While it adds a bit of color to your cabinet, it still brings out and accentuates the natural pattern of the wood. You don't need to sacrifice an organic design to get the perfect hue to match the rest of your decor!

Get Started

There are many different ways to give your home a professional shine and a modern feel. However, glazing your cabinets is one of the easiest and most basic ways to make your house look as amazing as possible.

Now that you know all about cabinet glazing and how it's done, it's time to get started. Get an estimate as to how much your project will cost and ask us any lingering questions that you may have. Once you schedule your online consultation and get a quote for your project, our professionals will be more than happy to help with your home project.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!