How to Glaze Your Bathroom Cabinets?

how to glaze bathroom cabinets

Do your bathroom cabinets look dull and boring? Is it time to give their surface appearance an upgrade?

If so, then you need to consider painting and glazing your cabinets a new color.

A new coat of paint is a much cheaper way to enhance the beauty of your bathroom cabinets.

You won’t need to replace your cabinets or any of their parts. Instead, you’re merely changing the color on the outside in a few easy steps.

After you’re done applying the paint to your bathroom cabinets, you can finish off the project by glazing the cabinets.

What Does it Mean to Glaze a Cabinet?

The glaze is a much thinner paint film that goes over the base paint color to give it more contrast and richness.

Wait until the base paint dries first before applying the glaze film.

It is best to use glaze on wooden fixtures and furniture pieces, such as bathroom cabinets.

Glaze is like a mixture of dark paint and water. The water is used to thin out the darker paint so that it is easier to apply to a surface.

If you want to make your wooden bathroom cabinets look older and more vintage, then adding glaze to it is a good idea.

Since the process is easy, it is not necessary to hire a professional painter to glaze your bathroom cabinets.

The Steps for Glazing Your Bathroom Cabinets

The glazing process is an easy enough process to do on your own. The most challenging part is to choose a glaze that is the right color shade.

But if you select a glaze with a darker shade than your base paint color, then you will be fine.

After that, the application of the glaze on the wooden surface will be just as easy as it was to apply the base paint.

Step 1)

Gather all the necessary tools and materials first.

This glazing project will require a screwdriver, premixed glazing solution, plastic bag (resealable), two dry and soft cotton cloths, and one small paint roller made of foam.

Alternatively, you can use a China paintbrush instead of a roller if preferred.

Step 2)

Use the screwdriver to remove the screws from the handles of the bathroom cabinets.

You may want to remove the hinges and doors of the cabinets, but it is not required. Save the screws by placing them into the plastic bag.

Step 3)

Remove the seal from the premixed glaze container.

Add the glaze to the foam portion of the paint roller or the bristles of the paintbrush. You don’t need to add a lot of glaze to get the effect.

Step 4)

Now apply the glaze to the surface of the cabinets. Move your roller or brush in one direction only.

Focus on one small area of the cabinets at a time. The glaze on the cabinets will dry quickly. For this reason, it is better to focus on sections as you work.

Step 5)

You can use the soft clean cloth to remove glaze if it has not dried yet.

Glaze can easily build up in layers on your roller or brush, so removing some glaze is recommended when that happens.

Step 6)

Let the glaze on the cabinets dry altogether.

After they have dried, reattach all the handles, hinges and doors that you had removed previously.

Precautionary Tip:

Glazes tend to dry darker. So in between applying the layers, take a step back and look for the finish you get.

Do not wipe away the glaze too much as this can cause a dirty look which is not impressive.

Leaving too much of glaze on the surface will also not help as it can make the effect less visible.

While glazing painted cabinets you should be creating a balance between the both and wipe gently if you really feel.

3 Reasons Why You Should Glaze Your Cabinets

Glazing is a process that should be done by hand.  

This way you can achieve a customized look, by giving your distressed cabinets in the bathroom a specialty treatment as per your requirements.

Few reasons why I like this technique are:

1- Brings out details

If you desired to have a sheen like that of custom cabinets that comes with some exciting gorgeous details, you should try glazing them.

When painting, staining or spraying the cabinets with your favorite color, the details and the natural element of the wood are often lost.

Glazing your stained cabinets, on the other hand, gives your details a subtle boost up so that nobody misses these designs out while looking.

2- Great for customized look

Glazed cabinets can help add that traditional customized antique look to your kitchen or bathroom.

These not only look to be warmer but also feel to be less modern and more antique. Its therefore a best to have for those who want to add a bit of vintage touch to their bathroom.

3- Adds an antique look and dramatic element

While the cabinets painted flat can give your bathroom a colder modern feel, having the cabinets glazed actually does the opposite.

While creating an antique look, it also adds a dramatic element to your bathroom which makes it feel warmer and homier.

The darker or more layers of glaze you put, the more dramatic effect it creates in your room.

Think of the affect when you are in your bath tub and enjoying the scented aroma of a nearby bathroom diffuser along with an antique and dramatic element.


To glaze or not to glaze your bathroom cabinets will generally depend on the overall design, look and feel of your space.

Make sure the surface of the cabinets is clean and dry before glazing it. A smooth paint coat should have already been applied to the surface.

If you used oil paint as the base paint, then it’ll need 24 hours to dry. There can be no cracks or splinters in the wood either.

If everything checks out, then you can go ahead and apply the glaze.

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