glaze Q&A's

March 2, 2008
Fresh white baseboards accentuate the colour in this traditional, welcoming hall
Fresh white baseboards accentuate the colour in this traditional, welcoming hall setting.

Dear Debbie;

We are moving into a new house and the walls will be stark white flat paint and the woodwork semi-gloss white paint. I hope to paint the walls in earth tones (soft clays and greens). Is there any way to stain or glaze over all the white trim and doors to remove the “new” look of the house. Thank you.

Dear Carole;

    It sounds like you want to create a warmer, more lived in atmosphere in your new home. You will experience an instant mood change by painting the walls as you are planning to do, and once this is done, the white trim might look just fine. However, there is a technique called dragging or strie, that is well suited to baseboards, trim and doors. A dry brush is pulled through a coloured glaze, revealing the base coat in fine lines.  First check to see if the builders used oil-based or water-based paint as you can’t apply water-based over oil.  Mix a glaze with the same type of paint. Water-based, coloured glaze recipe: 2 parts latex paint, 2 parts water-based glazing liquid, 1 part water. Apply the coloured glaze in three-foot lengths. Starting at one end, pull a long-bristled paintbrush straight through the wet glaze. Repeat several times until you get the desired striated effect. Clean the dragging brush on a rag and repeat on the next section. For durability, apply a coat of varnish over woodwork and trim.
    Dragging is easiest done over a semi-gloss base coat, as you need a slippery surface for the technique. If you are working on a door frame, mask off the angle where the side and the top frames meet. Drag the adjoining area when the first dragged section is dry. This will give you a clean angle.