Testing out Rust-Oleum Aged Glaze
So a few weeks ago I was browsing for random things on Amazon, like I do on most of my Friday nights, when I stumbled on the Rust-Oleum Aged Glaze for the first time ever. I think it’s actually been out for a while now, but somehow I’ve never seen it. Apparently I’ve been living under a rock or something, I don’t know. But I was really interested to try it out, so I promptly ordered myself a can and I just used it to antique an old wooden chair. I was actually pleasantly surprised by this glaze and thought several of my chalk-painting buddies in the group would be interested to learn about it as well. So today I’m sharing a little review/tutorial with you lovely folks!
The purpose of this glaze is to basically give an antique/ vintage look to any chalk painted piece. Apparently it works on lots of different surfaces and there is even a Smoked Glaze option available too. The directions say to brush it on, then wipe off with a clean rag. Sounds easy enough, right?
I started with this vintage chair that I found recently for just a few bucks. I painted it with two coats of the Magnolia Home Chalk Paint in white and let it sit overnight so the paint had a chance to cure. Then I distressed the edges and legs with a low grit sandpaper. Here’s how the chair looked before I started with the glaze:
I simply used an old paint brush to apply the glaze to this chair. I worked in sections and found that it went on pretty quickly. This glaze actually reminded me a lot of using stain, but only a thicker version. The consistency is not nearly as watery as a stain, but it’s also not thick like a paint.
I was a little nervous at this point because I thought the glaze was going to make the chair super dark, but I wiped off the excess with an old dish rag and it lightened up significantly.
Here’s how the completed chair looks now:
Pretty cool, right?! I have to say, I was really impressed with this stuff. It reminded me of using a wax product, like the Annie Sloan dark wax, but this was MUCH easier to work with. And since it’s not as heavy as wax, it was easier to move around for even coverage. It’s semi-transparent too, which is great because it didn’t drastically darken the color of my chair. And a little went a LONG way. Once I got the hang of it I realized that I only need a little glaze to get the look I was going for.
I can’t believe I haven’t tried this antique glaze before. Have you?? It’s definitely going to be something I keep in my paint cabinet and reach for all the time. I love how easy it was to use and I think the chair looks pretty darn great now. The wood definitely has an antique, aged finish and I love that it isn’t too dark, which usually happens when I use any type of dark wax. I was also able to get even coverage, with no blotchy areas. The only thing I don’t completely love is that the chair seemed to yellow slightly after the glaze had dried for several hours. It was just a slight yellow tint, so nothing super noticeable. But overall, this stuff gets an A from me!
Thanks for hanging out on the blog today. I hope you enjoyed this little review of the Rust-Oleum Aged Glaze. Here are a few other chalk painting posts you might want to check out:
Review of the Krylon Chalky Spray Paint & Wax
Hi sweet Sarah Joy, just love you’re name! I will have to try this. The chair turned out so good. Love how easy it looks too. Have a good day!
Ah thank you Becky, I love it too!! xo
Looks great!! I LOVE old chairs too! Just wondering how you would paint an old high chair? What you would use for products? Especially on the tray…that my grandbaby will be using. Tks!!
That’s a good question! I actually think most chalk paints are safe, but you’d probably want to do some research on what is best to seal it with. We used a clear poly on our dining table and it’s held up really well!
Hi Sarah! Have you tried Heritage all in one paint with glaze? Give that one a go it’s even better product in my opinion! Thanks for sharing with us!
Great blog! Very informative and detailed …. I didn’t even know there was a chalk paint spray! I plan on trying it. I plan on saving your blog so I don’t have to do any more research … you’ve covered it all (no pun intended)! Thanks again.
Thanks for the review and photos. Would you say that using this product would seal the paint and therefore protect it in the way wax or lacquer would?
Hmmm that’s a great question. I don’t think this glaze would be very protective. If you want to be safe it would probably be best to do a coat of poly.
I must try this…thanks for sharing and the reviews of. Chalk Painting..so Informative. Love the glaze
Have a great day Sarah
Sure! Thanks for dropping by Candy. xo
I have just watched a video on Rust Oleum’s website and they recommend sealing with Chalked Matte Top Coat after using the glaze.
You’re right, they do recommend that. It’s probably a good idea, I just skipped that step 🙂
The chair turned out beautiful! I love old chairs and you can never have too many.
I totally agree Nancy, I am a huge fan of vintage wooden chairs.
I love the way your chair turned out, looks so old, perfect. I have not tried this product but I will now. Thanks for sharing, I love your blogs, you always have such great ideas. Thanks Sarah
Aw thank you so much Teresa, I appreciate that!
I love that look! I can’t wait to try it myself on some pieces I have in my garage to work on.
Sarah> Ashley Robinson
Oh awesome, I hope you like it Ashley!
I’ve never tried this, I’ll have to give it a try! I love the way it turned out! Thanks for always sharing 😊
Sarah> Melissa Filson
Give it a try Melissa, you will love it if you’re into the dark wax look! Thanks for stopping by. xo
Love how natural this looks and You did a great job. I will have to try this.
Sarah> Teri Humphries
Give it a try Teri, it’s a pretty cool product!
It looks like a easier technique to use versus using the dark wax that I used to antique a piece that I had painted with chalk paint.
Sarah> Carol Holtorf
Yes definitely, I think it was much easier to use than wax and more forgiving.
Sorry, I think it looks dirty now. Is that the goal? I preferred the pre-glaze version!
You’re right Deb, it does look a little dirty. I guess that’s the “aged” look coming through!
Not at all. I have seen a lot of pieces that look dirty not this piece!
It looks GREAT!
Thank you so much for sharing this little gem! Rustoleum is my brand of choice. I use chalk paint for my home projects but I also sell and take furniture commissions. I’ll definitely be giving this a go! The new blog looks great too x
I have put poly on a distressed table — I want it a little darker — do you think I could use this over poly?
Sarah> Mary Alise
possibly…You could definitely try. It might no adhere to the poly, but worth a shot!
Hi Sarah! I also have seen this aged glaze and wondered about it. I tried to read the reviews on Home Depot but they were all for the chalk paint and the clear matte cover, not the aged glaze. Have you tried the smoked glaze or could you post a demo of that one? It appears to be more gray than brown and I would be so interested to see how that one looks on furntiture!
I haven’t tried the smoke glaze option yet but I will soon!
Came across this site by accident whilst looking foe inspiration to get back into my painting. It’s perfect, easy to read, pretty and inspiring x
Oh wow, thank you Andrea!! I really appreciate that.
I was reading on the directions on the can of rustoleum glaze I purchased tonight, and it says to wait 3-4 days for the Rustoleum chalk paint to completely cure before glazing. I’ve already had the experience of a desk turning yellow within a day from not priming before using their white chalk paint. I read online that certain woods may do this without priming first.
I think I’m going to wait and do what it says!
I just love the Rustoleum products. I just did my first project using linen white over country grey. Love it after sanding. Can’t wait to apply the Smoked Glaze on top. Love the chair
You have got me sold..will definitely try this..Thank you!
Michele F Messenger
Thank you for this tutorial. I have used the aged glaze on a cream colored chest and it turned out great. I was tentative about putting it over a white chest that I just painted since it says on can that it compliments warm colors. It turned out well over the white chair. I will just use sparingly.
Hi, this is My first time viewing one your blogs I stopped in stuck on a farm table I was searching ideas green chair’s n how. To used glaze by rustoleum I’ve used the age gray before in fact I almost painted with it on top of a gray chalked paint and an oak entertainment stand it turned out absolutely awesome and then I dry brushed over the painted aged Gray someday I’ll have to send you a picture it’s kind of like my signature series color. But anyhow I’m going to try the glaze that you just used with the chair I do have it never used it before
I have been wanting to try this Rustoleum antiquing glaze fo awhile now. Have you tried it over any other colors besides white? I used a chalk paint in an Heirloom blue, and it has just bit more periwinkle, lavender, than I would like, so I wanted to tone that down a bit to be a more aged blueish gray color. What are your thoughts on this?
Thanks so much for the post, I know this is an older post but it is exactly what I was looking for. I purchased a sleigh bed that was chalk painted and it’s just too white for my likening. I think this technique is just what I need to give the bed frame an antique look and tone down the white to a nicer yellow-beige hue.
great, glad it was helpful!
Hi. Stumbled upon this post as I was looking for instructions on this very Aging Glaze. I am using it over Rustoleum Serenity Blue. This is a b small box miniature scene that I’m building for my sister-in-law. Very small finishing project. I love the look of your chair and can’t wait to see how it looks over the blue. Thanks posting the trial and review — exactly what I needed!