What is the Difference Between an Accent and a Glaze Cabinet Finish?

One of the most important decisions that you'll make in your remodeling project is selecting the cabinet finish that will best complement your design.  When shopping for cabinetry there are many different cabinet finish options to choose from – everything from stained and painted cabinet finishes to artisan finish collections like Dura Supreme Cabinetry's Weathered and Heritage Paint collections. When discussing finish options, one of the most asked questions is "What is the difference between an accent and a glaze finish?"

Dura Supreme Cabinetry shown in a "White" paint with a "Platinum" Glaze. Design by Jenny Rausch of Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath, Photography by Studio 10Seven.

Accent Glaze Cabinet Finishes

An accent glaze cabinet finish is hand applied over the already stained or painted finish with a small brush to the profiles, corners and edges of the door.  It is designed to accentuate the details of the cabinet door but without affecting the primary base stain or paint color of the door.

The difference in an accent glaze finish on a stain verses a painted finish.

Dura Supreme Cabinetry shown in a "White" paint with a "Platinum" Glaze. Design by Jenny Rausch of Karr Bick Kitchen & Bath, Photography by Studio 10Seven.

Glazed Cabinet Finishes

A glazed cabinet finish is crafted by applying a semi-transparent color over the already stained or painted finish for added depth and dimension.  The glaze is then hand wiped off all flat surfaces but

it creates a darkened highlight along profiles and corners to accentuate the detail of the cabinet door style.  The glaze adds a subtle wash of color to the base stain color, darkening the overall color slightly and creating a subtle brush-stroked appearance.

Glaze finishes can be both stained and painted finishes. The left image features the "Caraway" stain on Cherry wood with a "Charcoal" glaze. The image on the right features the "Cashmere" paint with an "Espresso" glaze.

An off-white painted cabinetry with an antiqued artisan finish from Dura Supreme Cabinetry.

Accent Glaze VS. Glazed Finishes

Both Dura Supreme Cabinetry's accent glaze and glaze finishes are artistic, hand-applied cabinet finish techniques that will exhibit subtle and unique variations. The Accent Glaze finishes are crisp and purely accentuate the details of the cabinet door while not effecting the original color of the stain or paint. A glaze slightly changes the original color of the stain or paint to create an subtle antiqued look.

Comparing a standard painted finish with a paint accent glaze finish and a paint glaze finish.

Comparing Dura Supreme's standard "Mission" stained finish on cherry with "Mission" with a "Black" accent glaze, and "Mission" with a "Charcoal" glaze.

I always recommend viewing a sample door in person to verify how the selected finish will look on the actual door style as these finishes will create different effects on different door styles.

Examples of Dura Supreme Cabinetry doors styles with different accent glaze and glaze finishes.

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