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How to get the Holiday Red / Pitch Black Glaze look using General Finishes Products

                This is probably one of my most popular refinished furniture looks on the internet. General Finishes was nice enough to share it on their social media and on their designs.generalfinishes.com page! It also found its way to Pinterest and became popular that way as well. I have received so many messages asking me how to achieve this look.

Products You Will Need:


Products You Will Need:


#220 Grit Sandpaper or Sanding Pad
General Finishes Holiday Red
General Finishes Pitch Black Glaze
General Finishes Topcoat (in your choice of sheen)
A Wet Rag and a Dry Rag
2 Paintbrushes (my favorite are Purdy brand and Wooster brand)
Cleaning Products to Prep your Piece


              The first step is to make sure the piece you are going to be painting is clean. First, prep your piece by cleaning it with soap and water to remove any dirt, grime, etc. Once its dry, lightly sand with 220 grit sanding paper or a sanding pad just to ensure the paint will stick. (However, if your piece’s finish is currently peeling or flaking – you will have to sand it down until it is no longer peeling or flaking. This could mean to the bare wood / original finish underneath. Painting over finishes that peel and flake means any layers you add will also peel and flake.) Wipe off any sanding dust and clean your piece well and then allow it to dry.

             Once your piece is clean and ready to go apply General Finishes Holiday Red in a minimum of 2 solid coats. My favorite brush is the rubber handle Wooster brush from Home Depot for about $5. (im sure theres tons of others brushes that will work as well). It doesnt leave streaks and the rubber handle allows for painting with ease. If your piece has a solid red coverage you are ready for the next step. If you feel like your piece doesnt have enough coverage and you can see the old or original finish through the red, add additional coats until you are satisfied. Remember once you add glaze it will darken your red. If your additional coat was white or light and you can see it through the Holiday Red, I would suggest another coat or two to allow full coverage. If your piece was dark wood or black previously, you will most likely only need 1 to 2 coats to achieve a coverage you are satisfied with.

         After your paint has completely dried (which depending on the tempature where you are painting, will be different for everyone). You now must decide if you want a muddy dark glaze or a light and/or detailed glaze. I think both look well with the red/black combo so this is pretty much a personal preference. If you prefer an all over glaze and to really darken your Holiday Red – you are ready to glaze. If you would like a more detailed glaze, you must apply a coat of topcoat after your 2 coats of Holiday Red. THEN you glaze. 

MUDDY GLAZE:
   After painting 2 coats of Holiday Red and making sure your coats are COMPLETELY DRY – apply your Pitch Black Glaze effects with a rag or brush. My favorite brush is Purdy or Wooster brands.  Apply to the areas you would like to glaze (either hitting the detailed areas or the entire piece) and use your wet rag to remove the excess glaze. You can also use your dry wag to remove excess glaze and play with the glaze to get the look you’d like. I like to start with the wet rag because it allows more give. To allow even MORE give, you can use an Extender product from General Finishes. 
After removing your excess glaze to get the look youd like to achieve – you can now finish with another layer of Topcoat. 


DETAILED GLAZE:
        After painting 2 coats of Holiday Red and making sure your coats are COMPLETELY DRY – apply one coat of Topcoat (I love General Finishes Flat Out Flat or High Performance Topcoat in Flat or Stain). Once your topcoat is COMPLETELY DRY then you apply your Pitch Black Glaze effects with a rag or brush.  My favorite brush is Purdy or Wooster brands.  Apply to the areas you would like to glaze (either hitting the detailed areas or the entire piece) and use your wet rag to remove the excess glaze. You can also use your dry wag to remove excess glaze and play with the glaze to get the look you’d like. I like to start with the wet rag because it allows more give. To allow even MORE give, you can use an Extender product from General Finishes. After removing your excess glaze to get the look youd like to achieve – you can now finish with another layer of Topcoat. 

Painting furniture with General Finishes Holiday Red
Paris Themed Buffet – Before and After

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