Green to Gorgeous with Glacage

Green to Gorgeous with Glacage

Recently, Michelle completed a piece that even I had serious doubts about (and I have seen her work her magic, trust me).  This project is a perfect example of “believing in the bones”.  A customer whom we love (and who has impeccable taste) was in the store and said “Kim, I have a cabinet I want to get rid of, do you ever buy pieces from people?”  Knowing said customer, and said customer’s taste I said, without pause, “Yes, of course.”  Then, said customer went home and sent me this picture:

Said customer's daughter's pre-teen project.

Said customer’s daughter’s pre-teen project.

Below, Michelle describes the transformation step-by-step.  She used Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture Paint and finishing products like Glacage to completely change the look and feel.  Stay tuned on our social media channels for Laurel Grove classes on each of the products.

Step 1

Remove knobs and clean piece.  We recommend a simple solution of baking soda and vinegar, or chemical-free cleaning products.

Step 2

Using a good-quality synthetic bristle brush (I used my go-to Maison Blanche 2” flat brush which retails for only $15.95), give your piece a base coat of Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture Paint in Mushroom. Allow paint to completely dry. This is an essential step as the Glacage needs a base coat of chalk paint in order to bond properly.

Step 3

Using an inexpensive chip brush, stipple or pounce on Maison Blanche Glacage in Walnut onto the cabinet doors. It should have varying levels of texture. Let it dry overnight.

Step 4

Time to stencil on the raised design! I used a Maison Blanche Parisian Scroll Corner Stencil. Tape down your stencil with painters tape. Apply Glacage to an old hotel key card or gift card. Starting in the center of the stencil, drag the Glacage over the stencil. Apply more Glacage to the card if needed. Try not to go over an area more than a couple time or you may get bleed-through under the stencil. Once all areas are covered, remove stencil and leave to dry overnight.

Step 5

Give the entire piece a second coat of Mushroom paint. I did a third coat in some areas due to the bright paint color underneath.

Step 6

Using a sanding block, apply light pressure to areas on the cabinet doors to reveal the brown Glacage color under the paint. This makes the design and texture really pop.

Step 7

When you are happy with the amount of distressing, wipe off any loose dust and get ready to wax.

Step 8

Using a cheap chip brush ( I cut mine down a little so that the bristles are shorter and stiff) apply clear wax to the entire piece.  Allow wax to dry.


Another option is to use a dark brown wax (right).

Step 9

Buff your piece and add some new hardware.

Step 10

Stand back and admire your work!

And here’s the after…the “pay day” if you will!


  • Nikki

    April 25, 2017 at 1:13 pm Reply

    Amazing Job Kim! So happy to know someone else is getting use and storage out of this piece!

    • Kim

      April 25, 2017 at 3:55 pm Reply

      Aww thank you, Nikki! (and thanks for reading our blog!).

      I miss you, hope to see you soon! <3

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