Day two of experiments. Today I put a black glaze over the red paint. I mixed black paint with glazing medium. I used a 1:4 ratio. If I were going to do it again though, I would use a 5 or 6 to 1 ration. One to four was a little thick. The process was quick and easy. You can slop the glaze on the cabinet. The trick with glaze is to really work it into the cracks and crevices. You have to work fast – the glaze dries really quickly. If you haven’t glazed before, I suggest you practice on the back of a drawer or door until you are confident you can achieve the look you want. I like a lot of glaze so I didn’t wipe any off. If you want a lighter look, brush on the glaze really working it in, then quickly wipe off the flat surfaces, leaving the glaze in the crevices.
The glaze is worth the extra effort. It adds an extra depth and richness to the base color without changing it. I would finish this project up with at least two coats of a polyurethane. Here’s a link to a video I made if you are interested in a tutorial on glazing techniques.