Steps and Techniques: How To Glaze Walls


Glazing is a creative and interesting technique that can be used to add interest, dimensionality, or color to your walls. It is often used to give a distressed or aged appearance, but can also be used to form a smooth, glossy, and texture finish. Glazing is relatively simple that anyone can do, and the results can be truly stunning.

Tools Required

Glazing is not an easy task to take on. Before starting, make sure that you have everything ready for what may come next in order to glaze, you will need:


You will need different-sized brushes in order to achieve the desired finish. A good rule of thumb is to have a small brush for getting into tight spaces and a larger brush for covering more surface area. A dry brush is also useful for applying paint evenly over a dry surface.


Old t-shirts or cloth diapers make great rags for glazing as they are soft, absorbent, and won’t leave any lint behind.

Paint tray:

This is optional but can come in handy if you are going to be doing a lot of glazing as it will help keep your brushes and hands clean.

Plastic drop cloth:

If you are using a darker color over a light-colored base coat, it is important to protect the surrounding areas from drips and splatters with a plastic drop cloth.


In order for your glaze to adhere properly, it is necessary to roughen up the surface of the paint with sandpaper before applying the glaze. 120 grit sandpaper should do the trick.


There are two types of glaze that can be used for this project: water-based or oil-based. Water-based are easier to work with and clean up, but oil-based tend to give a more durable finish.

Wall Glazing Techniques 

Wall glazing is a popular medium for displaying artwork, and there are many techniques to accomplish this task. 

Using Sponge

To use this technique, dip a sea sponge into the glaze mixture and dab it lightly on the wall in a circular motion. Be sure to avoid applying too much pressure, as this can cause streaks or blotches.

Using Rag

To create the best finish for your project use this technique by dipping your cloth in the mixture and then wiping away from the center outwards until the entire surface has been covered evenly with no excess left behind on any part of the canvas side facing upwards so that you can avoid drips when applying next coat. This will help you avoid rag marks and achieve an even coat that looks great.

Rag Rolling

To achieve a ragged effect, first dip the cloth in the liquid mixture. Then apply it circularly against your desired background until you get an even distribution of color across both surfaces. 

Faux Finish Marbleizing

This glazing technique allows you to apply a variety of colors for a lovely finish and also works well for color washing. First, apply a base coat of paint on the wall using any type you prefer – roller or brush! Next mix together water until the desired outcome is achieved; be careful not to overdo it because too much will cause dripping spots where it is applied.


Stippling is a glazing technique that uses small dots of paint to create a textured effect. This technique is often used to add dimension. When glazing, be sure to start at the top of the wall and work your way down. Once the glaze is dry, you can add additional layers or paint over it with a base coat of paint.


One of the most popular glazing techniques is smooshing. To glaze a wall using the smooshing technique, you will need a glaze, glazing tools, and a drop cloth. Remove excess glaze with a damp cloth. The smooshing technique is a great way to add depth and dimension. It is also relatively easy to learn and can be used on both new and existing.


One glazing technique that can be used to create interesting effects on walls is dragging. To drag the glaze, you will need a glaze mixer and a glazing brush. Load the glaze mixer with the glaze of your choice. Then, wet the brush in the glaze and drag it across the surface. You can experiment with different speeds and amounts of pressure to create different effects.

Using Dry Brushing

It’s a technique that has been used by painters for centuries to create a range of different effects. Dry brushing is one such good technique that can be used to glaze walls. For a light glaze, only a small amount of glaze should be used. Dry brushing can be used to create a variety of different effects, from subtle shading to more pronounced texture.

Creating The Base

They are super versatile and can be used on a variety of surfaces to achieve different effects. Creating a base before we can start glazing is important and involves the following steps:

Protect Floors

Floors are an often overlooked but important part of any home. Not only do they add aesthetic value, but they also play a crucial role in protecting the structure of a house. One way to help protect floors is to regularly glaze them. They create a protective barrier that helps to repel water and dirt, making it easier to keep floors clean and free of damage.

Base Coat

After protecting your floors, the next step is to apply a base coat of paint to the entire wall. This will help to create a smooth surface for the glaze to adhere to. For a more natural look, choose lighter-colored paint. For a more dramatic look, choose dark-colored paint. Once you have decided on a color, apply the paint to the walls in thin, even layers. Allow the paint to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Applying Wall Paint

Now that you have chosen your paint colors and have prepared your surfaces, it is time to apply the paint to the walls. When selecting a glaze color, be sure to consider the paint colors you will be using. Mix one part latex paint with two parts glaze then apply to the surface with a brush or roller.

Drying The Base

After you’ve glazed your walls, you’ll need to let the base coat dry for at least 24 hours before applying the glaze. If you’re using a water-based glaze, you can speed up the drying by using a hairdryer set on the cool setting. Once the glaze is dry, you can apply a second coat if necessary.

Glaze Coating

Glazing is a technique used on walls to make it more appealing. A glaze is composed of a semi-transparent paint mixture. It is applied on top of painted walls and by using different techniques. With just a few easy steps, you can glaze your walls and achieve a beautiful, finished look:

Choose The Right Colors

When glazing, you apply a thin layer of color over a base coat. You can find glazes at your local paint store. They are usually made from latex paint mixed with a glazing medium. Latex paint with a slight sheen is the best. Choose paint with an eggshell, satin, or pearl finish, which has just a hint of gloss. It is advised to use paint with a satin or semi-gloss finish rather than eggshell or matte since it provides you more time to work with while applying the glaze.

Mixing Glaze

Glazes are a great way to add texture and interest to your paint project. By mixing a glaze with your paint, you can create a variety of color combinations. If you want to add a light touch to your project, you can use a lighter color glaze. Or, if you want to create a color wash effect, you can use a glaze that is slightly darker than your paint color.

Apply the Glaze

Applying glaze to a wall is a simple but important process in the overall decoration of the room. Glazes come in a variety of colors and can be applied in multiple coats to create a unique look. To apply the glaze, start in one corner of the room and work your way across. Use a brush, sponge, or rag to apply the glaze in thin layers. Once the glaze is dry, you can add additional two coats to create the desired effect.

Let The Glaze Dry

It’s important to allow the glaze to dry completely before moving on to the next step. This typically takes 24-48 hours, depending on the type of glaze used and the weather conditions. If you try to apply a second coat before the first one is dry, you risk marring the finish or causing bubbling.

Seal The Glaze

Once the glaze is dry, it’s important to seal it with a clear finish such as polyurethane or lacquer. This will help protect the finish and keep it looking fresh for years to come. In addition, glazes can be used to create a variety of textures and finishes, from distressed to high-gloss.

Final Thoughts

Estate Painting is a professional painting company that provides top-quality services to homeowners and businesses in the area. We offer a wide range of services, including interior and exterior painting, wall glazing, and more. Our team of experienced professionals uses the latest techniques and tools to get the job done right, on time, and within budget. Contact us today to learn more about our services or schedule a free consultation.