How to Redo Kitchen by Painting Cream Colored Cabinets With Glaze

In order to do an inexpensive redo on your kitchen is by painting some of your cream colored cabinets with glaze that can definitely create a look of simple elegance with a little bit of a worn-in charm. Cream colored cabinet’s works wonders just with a light range of a glaze. If you can create glazing kitchen cabinets, you simply can add depth and definition to your cabinetry drawers and doors. Using glaze will also help you patch up any cracks and grooves because glaze can settle in nicely into the affected area of your cabinetry’s molding. You can even find black, burnt umber and also copper type of glazes used often on antique wood cabinetry. Usually glazed cabinets are found in France where most of the cabinets are traditionally crafted with old world interior design styles. Glaze finish done by a professional painter or artisan can be quite expensive. Even though glazing your cabinets is not easy to do but if you managed to do it properly you might even achieve the result quite similar to the one done by a professional.

To paint your cream colored cabinets with glaze, you need:

  • Acrylic matte medium
  • Acrylic paints
  • Container for glaze
  • 2-inch paint brush
  • Steel wool
  • Sandpaper (220-grit) or sanding block
  • Screwdriver
  • Plastic bag
  • Clean sponge
  • Soft towel
  • Drop cloths
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Rags
  • Latex gloves
  • Mini roller
  • Glaze
  • Warm soapy water
  • Water-based polyurethane

Painting Cream Colored Kitchen Cabinets with Glaze

How to Redo Kitchen by Painting Cream Colored Cabinets with Glaze

  • First thing that you need to do is to remove all hardware like doorknobs and pulls by using a screwdriver. Make sure that you place all the hardware and its screws into a plastic bag so that you can avoid misplacing any of hardware pieces.

You should prepare you work area for the painting task in a well ventilated garage or basement. Make sure to use a spread drop clothes to protect your floor from paint drops and then cover the area with plastic sheeting. The plastic sheeting must be laid down as flat as possible.

  • Then, you need to wash all the cabinetry with warm soapy water. Use a clean sponge and dip it into the soapy water and wipe off all grease, cooking residue and stains that you find on the cabinets. Dry the cabinet thoroughly by using a soft towel.


  • Before you can paint your cream colored cabinets with glaze, you have to sand the cabinets with fine-grit sandpaper.
    • You do not need to make it smooth, just sand the cabinet by creating a slightly rough surface in order to take away the shine and also making a coarse tooth for your glaze to be able to stick onto the cabinets.
    • The sanding option is important especially if your cabinets come with a slick finish.
    • Once finished doing the sanding process, make sure that you wipe all the surfaces using a clean damp sponge. This is to remove all the sand dust because the dust can result to the topcoat to not adhere well enough onto the surface of your cabinet.


  • The next step is to mix the glaze by using at least 1 pt. of acrylic matte medium.
    • Then, add the acrylic color a dab at a time before you start to mix it well enough.
    • Make sure to keep on adding color right until you notice that the glaze is almost opaque.
    • Before you start doing any painting, you should test the glaze by painting a light swatch on the cabinet. If you notice the color well enough while the cream colored cabinet beneath it can be slightly seen, the glaze mixture is ready to do its job.
    • If you feel that you have add too much color, you need to counter it by adding in a little of your acrylic matte medium.

You would be able to purchase acrylic matte medium at your local art shops.

  • After that, you can use a brush on the glaze. If you have grain, you just need to follow it.
    • If you do not have one, you can simply use loose vertical strokes of the brush.
    • You should worry on doing full coverage because the original surface of your cabinets should be able to show through a bit.
    • Once you have finished, you need to allow the glaze to dry thoroughly for at least an hour. If you have a damp surrounding, it could delay the process of drying it.
  • In order to rough-up the glaze, you can use steel wool. Use it to rub it into the dried glaze on the surface of your cabinet.
    • It is recommended that you take off the glaze to the original surface especially at corners and edges of the cabinets. This is to create a worn look if the cabinets might be incurring the most impact.
  • Next, you can add a topcoat of clear, water-based polyurethane by brushing or rolling on the sealer to all your cabinet areas.
    • You need to allow the cabinets to dry thoroughly for at least 24 hours.
    • After that, if it is necessary you can add a second layer for better and long lasting protection.
  • Finally, you need to re-assemble back all the doors and drawers back into its original position and also attach back all the hardware onto your cabinets.

    Always remember that whenever you want to paint your cream colored kitchen cabinets using glaze, you should make a sample and do some experiment with your base color and the glaze.

    • The testing can be done by using a piece of molding or trim that you can easily buy from your nearby local hardware store or lumber yard.
    • Always make sure that you take off all doors from the base of your cabinets using a screwdriver. Then pull out all the drawers and place them at the paint area that you have chosen.
    • When you sand you cabinet, you must sand the entire surface including the edges of your drawers, doors and the base cabinetry.
    • You should skip the painting step and instead proceed with the glazing step if your cabinets already have a base coated with cream colored.

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