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How Much Does It Cost To Glaze Kitchen Cabinets?

When homeowners desire a new look for kitchen cabinets, many turn to glaze. A transparent or semi-transparent veneer applied to cabinets after painting or staining, glaze offers a look of timeless beauty. A wide variety of glaze styles and colors provide many options for kitchen enhancement. This cost guide offers valuable information for completing such a project including costs for glazing, pros and cons of glazing and step-by-step instructions and tips for the process.

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Table of Contents

  1. Glazed Cabinets Cost
  2. Why Glaze Kitchen Cabinets?
  3. Advantages Of Glazing Kitchen Cabinets
  4. Disadvantages Of Glazing Kitchen Cabinets
  5. Cabinet Glazing Colors
  6. DIY Or Hire A Pro?
  7. How To Glaze Kitchen Cabinets
  8. Additional Tips For Glazing Kitchen Cabinets
  9. Find A Pro

Glazed Cabinets Cost

Homeowners considering any kitchen improvement project always benefit from a breakdown of costs. The table below shows the average price range for glazing materials, additional project materials and labor for glazing 100 square feet of cabinet space.

Basic labor involves project planning and materials purchase, sanding, masking, glaze application and cleanup. An additional category shows labor costs for finish removal, which includes application of finish remover, sanding and scraping. To determine the costs for a DIY project, simply subtract the labor costs.


Low Price per 100 Sq. Ft.

High Price per 100 Sq. Ft.

Glaze and additional supplies



Basic labor



Finish removal



Debris disposal costs



Total cost



Cost per sq. ft.



The costs listed in the chart above do not include sales tax on materials, permit or inspection fees, removal of HVAC, plumbing or electrical systems or hazardous material testing or remediation. If a general contractor is involved with the project, then homeowners should add 15% to 23% of the total cost for an estimation of the final cost.

Why Glaze Kitchen Cabinets

Why Glaze Kitchen Cabinets?

Glazing adds interesting depth and color to ordinary kitchen cabinets and offers a pretty vintage-style appearance. Glazing also offers homeowners a less expensive alternative to installing new kitchen cabinets.

Advantages Of Glazing Kitchen Cabinets

The technique enhances the cabinet's base color and draws the eye to special design features like carved details or wainscoting. Glazing works well in homes with traditional, country, rustic or Old World decor. With a little glazing, a tall kitchen cabinet becomes the focal point of the room.

Disadvantages Of Glazing Kitchen Cabinets

For an attractive result, glazing requires a certain amount of handwork and adherence to instructions. Because of the special finish, glazing products may cost more than traditional paints and stains. As with any design technique, glazing suits the tastes of some people but may appear dated or old-fashioned to others. Although glazing complements certain types of decor, it looks out of place in modern or contemporary homes or apartments. Once glazed, cabinets must be refinished or replaced if homeowners desire a change.

Advantages Of Glazing Kitchen Cabinets

Cabinet Glazing Colors

Glazing gives cabinets a custom finish, and a variety of colors provide many decorative options. Some homeowners apply shades like cream or vanilla over white paint, but a darker glaze over white cabinets offers a more antiqued appearance. Some darker glaze colors include mocha, bronze, coffee, caramel, eggplant, grey and black. A dark glaze atop a stained cabinet also provides a beautiful presentation.

DIY Or Hire A Pro?

Although some homeowners opt to tackle the job of glazing themselves, others prefer hiring a professional for the project. The advantage of hiring a pro is a high-quality, attractive result. With a DIY project, homeowners must invest a lot more time and do not receive a refund if you’re dissatisfied with the result.

How To Glaze Kitchen Cabinets

Glazing cabinets does take some time, but the process is fairly straightforward. Enjoy beautiful glazed cabinets by following these steps:

  1. Use a damp rag and a de-greasing cleaner if needed to remove dirt and grime from the surface of cabinets. Allow the cabinets to dry completely.
  2. Remove the cabinet doors, drawers and hardware.
  3. Use painter’s tape for protecting kitchen walls. Apply to walls all the way around cabinets.
  4. Wrap a sanding block in 80-grit sandpaper and sand all corners and edges of cabinets and cabinet doors to bare wood.
  5. Beginning with the doors and then moving to the cabinet frames, apply a small amount of glaze with a clean rag. Use small, circular motions until an entire section is covered.
  6. Using a clean rag, smooth out the glaze lightly, going from side to side or up and down. When the desired appearance is achieved, add a generous amount of glaze to the sanded parts of the cabinets and doors with a small brush.
  7. Using your index finger and a clean rag, wipe off any extra glaze that has accumulated in cracks and crevices.
  8. Continue working on sections of the cabinets until all surfaces have been glazed. Allow a minimum drying time of 24 hours before sealing the cabinets.
  9. To protect the finish from damage, apply a clear, non-yellowing spray sealer. Spray on a light coat and let dry. Apply a second coat of sealer for a complete finish, and allow cabinets to dry thoroughly before use.

The video below offers easy, visual instruction for updating kitchen cabinets with an attractive pinstripe glaze:

Additional Tips For Glazing Kitchen Cabinets

When applying glaze to cabinets, remember that a little goes a long way. Always start with a small amount and add more if needed. Make sure to take a moment to check progress when moving from one section to another — upper cabinets to base cabinets, for example — to ensure consistency in the overall appearance. Because regular polyurethane can turn yellow when dried, make sure the sealer is non-yellowing. Apply it in a light, back-and-forth motion for a nice, even finish.

Find A Pro

Kitchens with a traditional, country or rustic aesthetic often benefit from glazed cabinets. Glaze provides a distinctive Old World feel, and it makes an affordable alternative to cabinet replacement. If you are ready to update your kitchen cabinets with a new look, use our free lead generator to connect with a kitchen professional in your area.

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Last updated on Nov 8, 2018

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