Glazed Kitchen Cabinets

See the before and after glazed kitchen cabinets from a client project.

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Glazed Kitchen Cabinets: Client Project

I had the pleasure of adding some beautiful detail to this freshly painted kitchen by adding the extra detail with glaze.

My client and friend recently had a complete kitchen makeover and asked me to come in and finish it out.

They turned out so beautifully, I am very pleased.

You may have seen this beautiful before shot on Instagram I posted.  So many of you commented on how much you loved this kitchen, and I totally agree.  It has some beautiful detail starting from the ceiling, to the lighting, all the way to the sink.

That copper sink is so gorgeous and it looks perfect with the Sherwin Williams Retreat paint color.

Glazed Kitchen Cabinets-Instagram Pic

Love the shelving on the end and the butcher block counter top.

The wood tone and the paint color are wonderful contrasts that go great together.

Glazed Kitchen Cabinets-Sherwin Williams Retreat

You see, I told you that copper sink was gorgeous!

Glazed Kitchen Cabinets-Copper Sink


For this paint job I had to custom mix my glaze.  I have mostly used Valspar Raw Umber in the past BUT they no longer make it…gasp, I know!

I searched everywhere…ok, my husband searched for me but NO luck.  We ended up calling Valspar and that said they would make it for me but I would have to go to my local paint store and have the specialist call them and they would give them the “secret” formula.

By this time I had already hit my local Ace Hardware, bought a small can of paint in the color I thought was the closest match to raw umber.  The color was Brazilian Brown (VR098A) in Valspar Perfect Sample.  I then mixed it equal parts with clear glaze to make my own custom glaze.  I already had the clear glaze on hand so I knew this would be the easiest step for me.

I can no longer find clear glaze in the stores but you can order online from my affiliate link.

Glazed Kitchen Cabinets-Pantry details

Glazed Kitchen Cabinets-Pantry Doors

Glazed Kitchen Cabinets

Here is a quick shot of the before and after together for you to see the comparison.

This is why I love to glaze cabinets…the details of the cabinetry pop!

Glazed Kitchen Cabinets-Before-After detail

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  1. Hello there, I would like to know the color of the cabinets? Is it turquoise? Grayish? Brand name of the paint.?

  2. Very pretty. I am forever puzzled by the brands of paint used for this type of project. Can you please share why you selected this paint brand? Thanks

  3. I would suggest mixing a glaze with color like Sherwin Williams Black Fox. It has a grey undertone which is what I think would be best over a creamy color. I don’t think valspar has the glaze anymore so you may have to mix your own by using the paint and clear glaze.

  4. I’m painting my kitchen cabinets sherwin-willams creamy and painting the walls cascade green. What color would you suggest for glazing? Probably valspar.

  5. I’m having a horrible time finding where I can buy accent glaze. Ace told me they don’t sell it, any recommendations?

  6. You are so sweet, thank you! Just remember with the glaze, always start in a place that is not front and center until you get the hang of it. Also, it takes hours to cure so if it looks crazy you can totally wipe it off with a wet rag and start over.

  7. Thank you so much for your blog. I am really hoping this turns out. So love the look. Sandra

  8. I am trying to glaze my cabinets. They have been painted with the color raven wing by sherwin Williams. What color would you suggest I add to the glaze? Thanks

  9. The glaze is a much thinner consistency than paint allowing you time to work with it to get it how you like before it dries. Depending on how you apply it, you will need to wipe away any extra with a damp cloth. No need to seal.

  10. So, do you wipe with glaze and get it how you want it and that’s it? Let it dry? Do you have to seal afterwards?

  11. Hi-

    These cabinets look beautiful. So much that my wife wants me to transform our kitchen to look like these :). I was wondering if you could tell me how you did the glazing? Did you glaze the entire cabinet or did you just glaze the panel edges? What tools did you use to apply? Great job!


  12. I can’t promise your cabinets will look just like mine because the application process is like art, no 2 are alike. As far as sealing I never use poly, I just don’t like it. I have never sealed any of my glazed cabinets. The glaze will harden as stay on just like the paint.

  13. Hi Sonya, you did a beautiful job! I am a DIYer and am trying to get this look in my kitchen. I have a base coat of polished pearl and now I need to do my glaze. So if I get the Brazil Ian brown and do equal parts with floetrol glaze I will get this look? Also then what would you recommend to protect the cabinets, like a coat of polyurethane? Do you have a specific brand/type? Thanks so much!

  14. I wood love to show pics if my project to you. Where can I send them?
    Happy Fresh New Year!

  15. I did use a sponge roller on the base coat. No I did not mix any glaze with it, only do that for the detailing. Good Luck with hubby!!

  16. Hi did you use sponge brushes on base coat? Also was base coat paint antique mixed w/clear glaze? Tring to persuade hubby to refresh the cabs! He likes the wood grain.

  17. Hello,
    I am going to either chalk paint my oak cabinet s or glaze them. What color paint did you use on the oak project? Thank you.

  18. I have some basic cabinets that I bought from lowes for my laundry room that are white, can I just use the glaze on them to add a little more to them or will that not work?

  19. Oh, and one more question….did you add a poly top coat after you glazed? Thanks!

  20. What a fabulous job! I was so excited to see this on Hometalk because I was having a hard time describing to my husband what I wanted our cabinets to look like. We are moving next week, and the cabinets in our new home are so dated. I bought the Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations kit and had the bond coat tinted Linen. My hope is to achieve this look! Do you know if the cabinets were hand brushed or spray painted? Since I want that smooth look, should I try to fill in the grain of the wood after I’ve deglossed it?

  21. The Valspar glaze has apparently been hard to find for many…Ask the paint counter if they can order the clear glaze. If not check with Home Depot (Behr brand) or Sherwin Williams. Then you will mix it with the grey latex paint of your choice. A great color is by sherwin williams called black fox. It is a warm grey brown. It takes very little glaze so you only need the sample can. Good Luck ~Sonya

  22. Can you please suggest what product to buy to glaze my daughters kitchen cabinets. They are painted MDF raised panel very similar to your post. They are snowbound by sherwin Williams. I want to glaze them with a glaze tinted with a gray. I would greatly appreciate any help , advice, color choice etc. I do not see the Valspar glaze in my Lowes! Help pls, she cannot afford to have them professionally glazed. And by the way, your post of the great look of your cabinets is what sold her on glazing hers.

  23. Can you share the off-white color that the cabinets were painted? I’m going to have mine done and this looks like a color I would like. Thank you!

  24. Hi: I love your posts about your glazing projects, and I adore the way they come out with only the accents done. Will you share the technique you use to apply the glaze only in those areas? Fingers crossed that you will!

  25. Do you happen to know the paint color on the walls? I love the blue/green!

  26. It’s an easy fix…on the next email you from the comments here (this one I suppose) there will be a place to leave the conversation there.

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  28. Looks great! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams starts on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

  29. The cabinets look awesome! Thanks for linking up to the party! #InspirationMonday!
    Happy Memorial Day,

  30. Very pretty! My kitchen cabinets are glazed and I just love them. When we were house shopping I kept finding house after house with dark wood cabinets. As soon as I saw these, white with glaze, I was hooked!

  31. They look fantastic and the color is fab. I love your ceiling – did y’all do that – super look?

  32. Wow, it really gives a depth to them afterwards. I love it! I love white and cream colored cabinets, anyhow. This just makes them that much nicer 🙂 Great job!

    Serena @ Thrift Diving

  33. Sonja, You should be pleased…the cabinets are beautiful! Wow you are very talented 🙂

  34. Oh my…I totally left that out…that’s what happens when you are writing too late at night. I’m going to add it to the post but I picked up a Perfect Sample by Valspar in Brazilian Brown.

  35. I love the result! Would you mind sharing the paint/color you to create something like Raw Umber color? I have an older oak project I am going to attempt and your glaze looks like the perfect color! Thank you for sharing this project.

  36. Wow Sonya! It looks beautiful! The addition of the glaze gives it a finished look. I also love how she kept the ceiling natural. I want to add the planks to my kitchen ceiling, but thinking of painting them white. Now I’m rethinking and may just leave them natural!

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