Glaze is simply a thin, translucent film of color that’s painted over a base coat. Many faux and decorative paint techniques require glaze; it’s essential to create rich, dimensional paint treatments. It’s basically paint without the tint added.
I once met a European girl who said to me, “You Americans are so funny, you buy new things and make them look old” and we throw away old things and buy new. I love antiques and vintage things, but the reality is it’s hard to find decor items that are aged and vintage. If you want that farmhouse, weathered or rust finish look you have to make them yourself, unless you live near junk yards or go pick-in’.
The secret to achieving a smooth finish is using the right paint brush. If you skimp on your tools it will show up in your end results. Saving a couple of dollars on your paint brush will cost you in the long run. I’ve been guilty of this myself.