How to use American Paint Company Glazes to Create a Wood Stain Look

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How to use American Paint Company Glazes to Create a Wood Stain Look

How to use American Paint Company Glazes to Create a Wood Stain Look

Karen from Bay Avenue Antiques in Barnegat, NJ shares a great tutorial on how to use American Paint Company glazes to create a stained look on wood.

American Paint Company glazes can be used to create a beautiful aged look on painted furniture. Did you know the glazes may also be used to stain untreated wood? APC glaze is a great alternative to traditional wood stains—especially in the wintertime—because APC products are ZERO VOC. That means you can safely use the product indoors without worrying about stinky fumes or toxic chemicals.

How to use American Paint Company Glazes to Create a Wood Stain Look

I started with this plain untreated pine mantle.
How to use American Paint Company Glazes to Create a Wood Stain Look
Next, I mixed American Paint Company’s Brown Glaze with APC Top Coat in a 2:1 ratio. The mixture went a long way. I used approximately 1/2 cup of the mixture on this project and had plenty of both products leftover for my next project.

How to use American Paint Company Glazes to Create a Wood Stain Look
Coat the wood completely with the Glaze/Top Coat mixture.
How to use American Paint Company Glazes to Create a Wood Stain Look
You can go darker by applying a few coats of the mixture or by adding a touch of APC Black Glaze until you achieve your desired shade.
How to use American Paint Company Glazes to Create a Wood Stain Look
Experiment and test your formula until you are satisfied with the look. Be sure to take notes so you can mix more if needed.
How to use American Paint Company Glazes to Create a Wood Stain Look
Let the entire piece dry. Then apply a coat of APC Hard Coat for a nice sheen.

And there you are with a beautifully stained piece.

How to use American Paint Company Glazes to Create a Wood Stain Look

You can stop at this step and enjoy the look of a brand-new stained wood mantle. Or you can go a few steps further like I did to make the mantle look old and weathered.

I dry brushed several American Paint Company colors. I used Limoges, Lace Doily and a little Navajo White.
How to use American Paint Company Glazes to Create a Wood Stain Look
Then I wet distressed with a damp cloth to really add texture and age to this board! I distressed until the piece looked perfect to me. Then I applied APC Top Coat over everything to protect my finished work.

How to use American Paint Company Glazes to Create a Wood Stain Look
I repeated all of these steps on a couple of corbels, assembled the mantle and it was ready to hang.
How to use American Paint Company Glazes to Create a Wood Stain Look
Voila! A fireplace mantle that looks like it’s been there for ages.
How to use American Paint Company Glazes to Create a Wood Stain Look
Thank you Karen for this awesome tuturial.

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Comments

  1. Karleen Mauldin says:

    Thanks for this post! Gave me some great new ideas to think over for my kitchen table & chairs! And I could do this in the house, if I had to, when the weather doesn’t permit outdoor work.

    • American Paint Company says:

      You can use any of American Paint Company products inside without smelly fumes and they are so easy and versatile to use!

  2. Sandra Bowman says:

    This is a great post! My question is….I am guessing you could also use this in the same way on a piece of furniture that has already been stained?… Thank you

  3. Similar question to Sandra – how will this do covering a piece that is already stained? I’m hoping to over up an orangey color stain, or at least tone it down.

    • American Paint Company says:

      The orange colored stain may continue to cast orange undertones however using black or brown glaze should help to diminish the previous stain color. You can add American Paint Company paint to our clear glaze and create a custom color of your choice or use paint as a dry brush technique to more fully hide the orange stain. Let us know how it turns out and enjoy your painting!

  4. Very nice website. Would appreciate more info via e-mail.

    Cordially…….Ken Osbon

    • American Paint Company says:

      Thank you for stopping by, please contact the retailer listed in this blog for more information.

  5. Morgan Harris says:

    I used the gunmetal color hoping it get a toned down black, well it’s toned done but it looks more blue gray. I was planning on putting a clear top coat on the piece, what would happen if I used the black glaze on top of the gunmetal panted piece? Thanks for your help! Morgan

    • American Paint Company says:

      Using Black Glaze over Gun Powder will deepen and darken the color and it will be beautiful!

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