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Merillat Glaze and Highlight Finishes


A base paint or stain is applied to the wood for consistent color coverage. A flood coat of glaze is then applied and hand-wiped, leaving behind soft tones in the corners and recesses of the door. Next, a highlight glaze is brushed into the corners and recesses by hand to emphasize the subtle variations in color.

Glazing is a finish process that involves two hand-detailed techniques, so no two doors look exactly alike.

The initial flood coat of glaze softens the original base color. The highlight glaze increases visual depth and interest in the corners and recesses.

A veneer center panel absorbs more of the glaze resulting in a slightly darker color than on the solid wood components of the door frame.


When comparing a non-glazed cabinet door to a glazed cabinet door, notice that the color of the glaze will have less overall impact on paint than you see with a stain. Glaze flood coat doesn’t penetrate the wood because it’s already absorbed paint—so the glaze sits on top of the paint as our craftsman handwipes it off the door, and darkens the overall look far less.

Still, some of the glaze puddles in the recesses of the door, so the color impact is noticeable when the craftsman uses a brush to detail by hand the grooves and raised profiles.



Actual colors may vary slightly due to printing limitations. For full color accuracy, please visit your Merillat Cabinetry professional.