Thursday, November 10

glazing baseboards, part 1

i know some of you have been chomping at the bit to see part 2 of the house painting saga! [missed part 1? read it here.] unfortunately, it's been cloudy & rainy here in lafayette, so i'm waiting for a sunny day to take a good picture. i'm hoping tomorrow will be such a day. in the meantime, i've been working inside, & i thought i'd share my latest INSIDE painting project.

shaun & i love the wood work & warmth from the cherry paneling & wood floors throughout the casa. however, it can be a bit MUCH sometimes. we especially find this true in the downstairs which has paneling halfway up the wall & wood floors. there seems to have been an attempt to match the floors to the paneling, but they really don't. the paneled walls do match nicely with all of the baseboards, trim, window mullions, & doors. but it's alot of BROWN... we don't want to paint the paneling or trim or floors, but we desire some distinction & freshening up of these casa attributes.

[the floors, paneling, & trim in the entryway] 

eventually, we'd like to refinish the downstairs wood floors for the sake of needed maintenance, & we'd like to stain them slightly darker than they are now to make a noticeable distinction between the walls & floor. we'd like something more in the family of the dark walnut pegs used [seen in the above picture].

we also have several baseboards & window mullions that need some tlc. we know we would never be able to refinish them & match the stain so well, so we decided to glaze them a darker shade. the idea of a glaze is that there is tint but still some transparency. we thought this would allow the original color & warmth of the wood to come through, but still let us "stain" them darker to create some delineation.

i really want to move into the master bedroom, like yesterday! since this is a currently unused room & an out-of-the-way area, i figured i could test glazing tints & techniques up there. i've detailed my process here.

[the "dressing room" in the master bedroom]

[the baseboards BEFORE]

obviously, i couldn't just slap on some paint. i had to prepare the baseboards to optimally receive the glaze.

[one] vacuum all the cobwebs & dust!

[two] sand them down to remove the glossy finish. i used a good medium 220 grit sandpaper. i have an old sanding block from my design school days, so i cut the sandpaper to the correct width & attach it to the spikes. it makes the job go much smoother.

[three] wipe down the baseboards to remove sawdust. i used my daily household cleanser made from 2 tablespoons of dawn plus 2 cups of water. make sure to let the wood dry before applying any treatments!

you can buy "faux glaze" by the gallon at home improvement store. to tint it, you add 1 quart of paint in your desired color/shade. [directions may vary by brand.] you can mix the two in a 2-gallon bucket, also available at home improvement stores. i'm pretty particular about my trim brush, & this one is my favorite. it's a 2" brush with a stubby rubber handle -- very convenient for sticking in my mouth when climbing up & down the step stool! i usually buy it at home depot. 

we want to match the dark walnut pegs in our downstairs floors for all of our baseboards & trim, so we chose a dark chocolate brown -- behr's "bear rug" in a satin finish.


[the wet glaze on the left compared to the original finish on the right]

like most paint, the glaze dries darker than it looks when wet. my favorite thing about this technique is how the brush strokes look like additional wood grain when dry. before the reveal of the first coat, here's another look at the before:

[the baseboards BEFORE]

[the baseboards AFTER, coat 1]

it's not drastic, but i love how the original warmth shines through the slightly darker shade. we plan to add at least one more coat of glaze, maybe two. i also might look into a darker brown, moving towards black, shade to tint the glaze. that's why this is merely "part 1." 

as if you didn't already have one cliffhanger make you hold your breath, 

to be continued...