DIY Painting: Homemade Martha Stewart Black Coffee Metallic Glaze


Old furniture is the best medium to try your DIY painting skills. However, if you’re not yet sure how to do it, you may want to start with some old wood scraps first!

If you have done some DIY painting in the past, you probably remember Martha Stewart Black Coffee Metallic Glaze.

This particular paint gives an antique, weathered look to a furniture’s surface. All due to the paint’s black-ish, oil-like stain when it dries.

You may be thinking now, “oh my gosh, thanks for reminding me. I need to head to the store!” I hate to break it to you, but this product has been discontinued for sometime now. And when it was, it broke the hearts of many.

Fortunately, The Baking Fairy has made her own version of that paint. And the best part is that you can also make your own homemade Marta Stewart Black Coffee Metallic Glaze.

Here’s what you’re going to need:
  • 1 quart clear glaze
  • DecoArt Elegant Finish Metallic Paint in Rich Expresso
  • Sample size of Glidden’s Bittersweet Chocolate in Eggshell finish
  • Rust-Oleum Wood Stain in Matte Ebony
  • Water
  • Container
  • Wooden stick for mixing


Note: Make sure to work in a well-ventilated area when mixing paint.

Pour the clear glaze in the container until half is filled. Add some of the metallic paint and mix well. You will have a slightly golden mixture.

The next thing you need to do is put a bit of the matte ebony wood stain to darken the mixture. Add the Glidden’s Bittersweet Chocolate in Eggshell finish to neutralize the gold color. (Make sure you have the eggshell finish.)

Add a bit of the chocolate paint and wood stain until you’re satisfied with the color of your mixture. When it’s as dark as you want it to be, add water little by little.

Remember to not water down the formula, as it’s supposed to look like a thick paste.

No specific measurements for the formula, but it should look somewhat like this:

This recipe makes a lot of homemade glaze which you can use for all your DIY painting needs.

You can even re-package your leftovers in small jars and gift it to friends who love DIY painting!

Here is the a comparison of the Martha Stewart black Coffee Metallic Glaze and the homemade stuff. The headboard was painted with the real thing, while the dresser was applied with the recipe.

It’s a bit lighter than the original so I guess it will be okay to apply a couple of coats.

DIY Painting: How to Apply the Homemade Glaze

First of all, if you’re doing this with a newly-painted piece, make sure that the paint is already completely dry. Clean the surface with a piece of cotton cloth to remove dust and debris.

Remove all hardware before starting to glaze.

Apply your DIY painting glaze generously on the furniture surface as if you are painting with regular paint. After this, remove the applied glaze with a piece of cotton cloth by wiping it on the surface in straight even strokes.