Wonderfully bright: wood glaze white


White glazed wooden furniture is in demand above all in the country house style but also in the Scandinavian room ambience. They help to lighten the room without losing the living structure of the grain. For this it needs a thin, translucent paint application, which colors the ground uniformly white, without completely covering it. How exactly does the glazing of wood work?

Which wood can be glazed white?

Particularly often one sees white varnished conifers, the generous grain of these woods stands out pleasantly by the white glaze. In addition, pine and spruce suit well with the Scandinavian style, but they also look really nice in maritime spaces.

If your wood to be varnished still has an old paint, it should be removed. Especially on old oil and wax layers there is no glaze, but even colorless lacquers with incompatible binders are unsuitable as substrates for glazing.

Veneers are also usually not glaze, better use solid wood. So you make sure that the color revision really succeeds.

The underground preparation

Make a completely clean and dry surface. Old paint should be removed, as auxiliaries hot air blower, sandpaper, planes and chemical substances are available.

Even dark stains are not very suitable as a substrate for a white glaze - but these stains are not so easy to remove. A good preparation for the white glazing is the lightening of the wood surface, for example with a bleach.

For very dark colored wood, it is advisable not to switch completely to a light shade, except with a covering varnish. Excessive bleaching can damage the wood and cause staining. How about an anthracite-colored glaze?

Glaze wood white: a quick guide

Glazing is a relatively simple job that even a layman can easily perform. Apply your glaze on the sanded, clean surface.

  • Use a wide surface brush or a high-quality ring brush.
  • Corners are best cut with the ring brush or a drawstring.
  • Frame the surface first, then quickly fill it with long brushstrokes.
  • Always work from one edge to the next, so as not to get any projections on the surface.
  • Apply the paint in a thin layer.
  • If you like, the varnish is intentionally unevenly applied to achieve a used effect.
  • Leave to dry greenish after glazing.
  • If the surface is still too translucent: repeat the procedure again.

Tips & Tricks

Even rattan can be glazed white or painted. However, there is the challenge to reach the depths with the brush: Who dares to such a project, is usually not disappointed!


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