What’s the difference between glaze and accent?

Finishes like a top coat, glaze, or accent can complete the look of your cabinet doors. When it comes to finishes, the terms “accent” and “glaze” have the tendency to be used as interchangeable terms for the same process. Although they are similar, they aren’t the same but have two different processes for two different looks. How is this so? Let’s take a look and see how distinctive is each process.

Glaze Finishes

A glazed cabinet finish is a semi-transparent color applied by hand in a thin cover on top of cabinet doors previously stained, painted, or lacquered. The glaze is then wiped off leaving a residue of excess color along the edges, in corners, moldings, and engraved designs, and in any imperfections of the woodgrain. This tints the entire door color of the lacquered, stained, or painted cabinet door a lighter or darker hue while adding more highlights, depth, and texture to the wood.

Kitchens with a rustic, country, traditional, or antique aesthetic can easily use glaze finishes as they create highlights and depth for the worn and constantly used look. Certain kitchen appliance finishes also pair well with glazed cabinet doors.

Cabinet Cures is set apart for our 100% water-based custom glazes and the process. Lacquered or stained cabinet doors are applied wet with a custom glaze, allowed to dry, and then wiped off by hand as a powder. The striking and uniquely textured cabinet doors are inspected individually to guarantee a consistent and custom look. To protect this look from damage in the future, the glazed door is covered in a crystal clear top coat.

Accent Finishes

Accent finishes are a bit different than the glaze. While the glaze finish is brushed across the entire cabinet door, an accent glaze is applied only to the edges, corners, profiles, molding design, and grooves with a pen or brush and then wiped off. The original stained or lacquered color remains untinted while allowing the details, woodgrain textures, highlights, and depth to stand out.

This finish pairs well in vintage and rustic style kitchens as it beautifully draws out the intricate features on the kitchen cabinet doors. Some appliances and stone countertops look amazing with the accent finished cabinetry. This finish is a great and simple addition to the aesthetic and feel of your kitchen while still keeping the original stained or lacquered color of your wood cabinet doors.

pecan black glaze rustic alder
Caramel (with Black Glaze)

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