Hannah from The Cozy Hearth used Confetti, Smoky Quartz Glaze, and Tough Coat to create a subtle, faux dry brushed effect on this this beautiful side table!

Once upon a time, I came across a cute little black nightstand. From afar, it didn’t look so bad, but up close, it had seen some better days. The finish was a mess. All kinds of weird stains were left on it. Before it was black, it was red in its previous life. You could see the red paint peeking through the cracks and I wasn’t a fan.

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I decided to give the nightstand a makeover with my favorite shade of the moment, Confetti! It’s an All-in-One Decor Paint, so I knew it’d be perfect for the job.

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I did about 2 coats of paint all over the nightstand to give it an ultra smooth, chalky appearance. I let it dry overnight and it looked a little something like this!

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Cute color, but too….matte and simple. I wanted some complexity to my finish, so I applied a layer of Smoky Quartz Furniture Glaze.

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I used a sponge brush to apply the Glaze in small sections, and used a rag to spread it thin in the direction of the grain. This stuff dries quickly once thin, so you have to work fast! Here’s a sample block with paint+glaze so you can see the difference versus just paint alone. The resulting color is a little more antique, in a way. Just how I like it!

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I let the glaze dry for a couple hours, and then used 120-grit sandpaper to roughly sand it all down. Why? Because I realized that where the sandpaper made contact with the surface, it created white streaks that looked like a really fine dry brush.

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Lastly, I applied a layer of Tough Coat to seal the deal!

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Here is the finished product! I like the faux dry brush look because it was a really simple way to achieve a delicate, subtle dry brush — one that would’ve been really tricky to do by hand!

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Hannah {The Cozy Hearth}

I’m Hannah, owner of the Cozy Hearth. I started out on Instagram as a blogger for fun, and enjoyed it so much that I turned the hobby into a small business. Our catchphrase is, “where DIY meets chic decor,” and it’s all about sharing projects and products that help transform your living space into home sweet home. My favorite projects involve restoring and refinishing furniture into beautiful items that embody the life of your home. You’d be surprised by the potential you can find in someone else’s junk!

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