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When you start to select paint colors, you will find seemingly endless choices covering every color of the rainbow and many neutral choices as well for basic application to your walls. If you are looking to give an extra level of style to a space, consider glazing as an option for feature walls or rooms in your home. Whether you have been considering faux finishes for a while, or are starting to explore design options for the paint in your Tulsa area home, learning more about glazing can provide options.

FAQ's about Glazing

What is glazing?

Years ago, wallpaper was a common theme in homes, providing an option beyond solid color walls. That trend shifted back to solids colors, and then to the introduction of textures and faux finishes. Glazing is achieved by applying a translucent coat to a solid coat of paint using many techniques creating a variety of looks. These are often reffered to by specific design terms.

Which materials are used in the process?

There are specialized glazes on the market, dependent on the final desired outcome. There are glazes for metallic effects, and antique look as well as subtle options.

Is glazing difficult?

Glazing a large area can be a labor intensive project to create a consistent look. While some homeowners may think of this as a fun project, getting a professional outcome requires proper timing and technique. Hiring a team of professionals who have experience can help get a uniform outcome.

Where can glazing be done?

Both cabinets and walls can be glazed. Cabinet glazing is often used to create an antique look, even on the most modern cabinets. On walls, there are numerous types of glazing offered.

Can glaze be applied on textured walls?

Yes, and some glazes can positively emphasize the texture and create depth on the wall. With textured wall it is best to ask for recommendations on the color palette from a professional with experience on similar walls.

What are some basic glaze applications?

If you are new to faux finishes and glazes, one place to start is deciding on negative application or a positive application. For positive applications the tool is dipped into the colored glaze, then lightly applied to the wall or cabinet. The colored glaze is applied over top of the base coat with a paintbrush or sponge brush for negative application.

Glazing creates many desired effects for homeowners to consider beyond traditional paint choices. While the design aspect can be the enjoyable part, the installation can be tedious. Before you hire any painting contractor for a glaze project, ask about their experience on jobs like yours. This can let you know they are prepared to work on the task the way you want, to provide the desired outcome.

Tulsa based AB’s Custom Painting has over 15 year of experience in providing homeowners high quality paint services. Our team wants to help you create the vision you have for your home using today’s current painting techniques. Call today or contact us for a free estimate on any projects you are considering.


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