Glazing mediums used on walls and furniture create faux textures and decorative effects, such as antiquing. Glaze is used to thin the paint to give it a translucent quality, and also extends the amount of time you have to work with the paint before it starts to dry. Glazing an orange wall will give you the look of warm Venetian plaster, with a rich, marbled effect. The method you use to apply the glaze affects the final results.
Prepare the wall by taping edges, window and door trim, and outlet coverings with painter’s tape. Lay dropcloths over flooring and furniture.
Mix 4 parts glaze to 1 part paint in a plastic bowl. Stir thoroughly with the mixing stick.
Dip a soft rag into the glaze mixture. Apply the glaze to the wall using a circular wiping motion, as if you were washing the wall. Vary the direction to keep a random look.
Continue applying the glaze with random circular wiping motions until the entire surface is covered. Work in small areas of about 4 feet by 4 feet. Step back from the wall often to assess your work. Fill in areas that appear too light, and continue to work the glaze in areas that appear too concentrated. Do not overwork the glaze, because some lighter and darker areas help provide the desired effect.