Michael Dresdner

straight talk about wood finishing

Metalic glaze

Q: I recently installed some cabinets from Woodmode/Brookhaven that were finished with a “pewter glaze” over cherry. Kind of cool looking with a very slight metallic sheen over a medium dark cherry. Would have any idea of a concoction that could be used to mimic that?
A: Several companies, including Olympic and Valspar, sell ready to use metallic glazes to the public in a variety of metal tones and in both oil and water bases. You can find them at paint and home stores. About two years ago they were the hot thing, and companies rushed to make them available to hoi polloi. My guess is that they are still out there.