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31 Days of Decorating with Junk: Making a Custom Glaze with Floetrol

custom glaze 

Floetrol is a pretty cool product.  It is a paint conditioner, normally used with a sprayer, or if you want a really smooth finish.  I rarely use it for that, though.  Instead, I like to use Floetrol to create my own custom glazes.

For example, I used my Floetrol glaze to transform this table.

2012-08-05_11-06-57_848 First, I painted the base of the table and stained the top DARK.

two-toned table

But the bright white legs were just too harsh against that espresso top, so I began by distressing the white paint with my sander.

stained and painted

Then, I mixed some dark brown paint with Floetrol and rubbed it on slathered it all over like cream cheese on a bagel.

paint glaze 

Working with one section at a time, I continued to slather it on and then wipe off the excess.

applying glaze 

There is no exact recipe for creating the glaze…the “thicker” you want your glaze, the more paint you use.  If you want it thinner or lighter, use less paint and more Floetrol.  Here, I used 2 parts Floetrol to 1 part paint.

The finished project!
stained and painted table

You can see that my custom glaze added a subtle depth to the finish, darkening both the white paint and the raw wood beneath.

two toned table
By the way, the last two photos are from my booth at Antiques Iowa, the BEST antique mall in central Iowa!  The table is no longer for sale, however.)

Flood 610 QT 1 Quart Floetrol Paint Conditioner is available on Amazon.  What color glaze would you make? Deep turquoise on a light aqua painted piece?  Pewter on a lighter gray paint?  Or maybe just white and brown like I did?

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This post is part of 31 Days of Decorating with Junk: Vintage, Antique and Unique for your Home and Garden.

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31 Days of Decorating with Junk Posts:

31 Days of Decorating with Junk Introduction
Farmhouse Style Front Porch 
Modern Farmhouse Design 
Repurposed Upright Piano 
Our Exterior Makeover Reveal
Adjustable Game Table Makeover (In a Ballard Designs Whitewashed Style) 
The HomeShed's September Sale & Fall Decor Inspiration 
Proof that I'm a HardCore Junker
My Gallery Wall
HomeShed Sale Preview and Christmas Inspiration
Cute Green Dresser with Chalkboard Labels
My Favorite Paint for Antique Furniture
Kris's Cabin Tour
Essential Tools for Repurposing
Making a Custom Glaze
Fixing a Stripped Out Screw Hole
How to Make Your Home Your Own
Spray or Brush?
Five from the Archives
Owning a Junky Business Part 1
Owning a Junky Business Part 2
1840 House
Simple Vintage Halloween
Five (More) from the Archives
Crib Spring Repurpose
Owning a Junky Business Part 3
Quick Chair-Do
Pallet Wall Art
Not So Junky Basement
Owning a Junky Business Part 4
31 Days Wrap Up

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