You add character to the
furniture by using decorative painting techniques, to
add sheen to your home. This painting technique can be
used for a decorative finish for walls, furniture,
trims, doors and windows. Eggshell luster is best for
any surface on which decorative painting techniques
are being used. This can be done at home without much
trouble. Read and follow the steps given below for a
glazed decorative look.
Things you need:
Eggshell sheen that is oil based.
Cloth to cover furniture
Oil glaze coat
Oil Varnish or polyurethane
The method described here creates a normal striee
effect, where a dark shade glazes over a lighter base coat.
Prepare surface by removing nails and
repairing cracks, use primer if required.
Separate doors, windows, trims etc, by taping
off the area around using painter's tape.
Remove all light fixtures including cover
plates of switches and cover furniture and floor with old
For base coat choose off white or eggshell
color. Apply latex paint of this color and allow it to dry for
In a bucket mix the glaze coat of your
choice. Mix it as a concentrate and then dilute it. Mix more
color than required, as it will be difficult to remix and get
the exact color. Using universal tinters add color till you
get the color of your choice. Add mineral spirit to help
mixing and give the right consistency. Add varnish to ensure
longevity of the coat. To test the color, apply this color on
an area of the door or trim that is not visible. By checking
the color you can change the color if you do not like it.
Wear disposable gloves and a respirator while
preparing the glaze. Work in a room that has good ventilation.
Do not smoke while working, as many of the materials are
inflammable. And do not work near a heat source.
Giving doors and windows the striee treatment
will give it a grained wood effect. There the direction in
which the glaze is applied is very important for the best
While glazing a door with inset panels, begin
with the middle panel; use vertical or horizontal strokes. Use
wet cloth of clean area between panels. While glazing work
from the inner most part working your way outside till the
whole door is done.
Before applying glaze dampen the surface with
water so that the glaze can be applied easily and has a smooth
Dip a brush in glaze and paint over wet area.
Work as fast as you can and carefully applying glaze in
sections. Leave the edge of a section wet with glaze so that
there is smooth transition from one area to the next.
Take a dry brush and drag it smoothly over
the glazed area from one end to the other. This will remove
the newly applied glaze exposing the base coat and thus
creating the striee texture. Keep wiping the brush dry of the
extra glaze to make sure that the striee pattern is repeated.
While moving to the next area ensure that the
glaze does not overlap the striee previously created. When
creating a new striee begin from the point where the previous
striee ended. For framed doors and windows make striee that
are at an angle of 90-degrees, till you complete the door or
After the striee surface has dried completely
then apply varnish to protect it. It is better to use
low-sheen finish for doors, windows and trims.
Store some of the glaze mixture in an
airtight container for touch ups later on.