…broken wood brushes

Oh, you guys. I heart a beautiful, wood paintbrush but I have found out from years of painting that I sadly cannot rely on them. I so wish I could tell you that they pretty ones are the best, but won’t lie to you.

Have you all experience what I have?

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This is a regular wood brush that you can find at the shops where you buy you Milk Paint and Chalk Paint and such. Mine lost its head after about 2 months worth of painting. It also did a bit of shedding and eventually, literally the inside bristles came out in one big chunk. So not good.

I hate to continue to be a bit critical sounding, but I also find that that more that I use these brushes the stiffer they get. Without flexibility in the bristles, painting becomes more labored and inconsistent.

I realize that if you are starting out and you want to buy the paint with the brush together in one shop it can be less daunting. Go ahead and do it (of course the brushes are not cheap, however). But, if you plan to do many projects, jump on Amazon or go to your hardware store and pick on one of these. My fav brush ever.

The Wooster shortcut with nylon bristles. They are about 5 bucks and it will give you years of happy painting. Eventually all brushes will ware, but this is the best I've found.

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I want to help eliminate your frustration if painting does not come naturally so get what works. xo.

 

 

…brushes

The right tools will make your life easier and will make you want to paint. True. I also know that if you just want to chalk paint a table here and there, you really don't want to spend a ton of money if you don't have to.

Annie Sloan makes some beautiful, thick paint brushes in all sizes. They are an investment around $40 a brush from a stockist. If you don't want to spend the money then go to your hardware store and find a 2 inch bristle brush. I actually like the plastic handled ones because I find they do not shed like the wooden-handled kind. If you plan on doing alot of painting then make your life easier and get at least two. You will thank me later when you carve out a day of painting and you don't have to run to wash a brush in every time you switch colors or take a coffee break

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Here are some of Annie's brushes. They are fantastic.

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And the wax brushes. Make sure you wash them at least every few wax applications so the bristles don't get hard and stuck together. Lye soap works great. I actually soak mine overnight and then scrub.

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To be honest, I am starting to find that a piece of cheesecloth or a rag can sometimes makes the clear wax application a bit easier if you have detail to wax. The brushes can get a bit stiff. I actually just cut up a J.Crew shirt that had some holes in it (because that vintage cotton never seems to last long) and it worked perfectly.

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This is my handy dry brush that I use after sanding. It's large and does a great job. Reserve it just for this purpose.

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I heart my small wax brush because it does let me control the application. As you know, I also love using a pad of find steel wool behind it to wipe off excess. Yes, you may get steel wool shedding, but just wipe it off with your dry brush.

Here are some other useful tools.

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Love my can opener even though I always seem to misplace it.

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A scraper for those really old pieces or if you get a dried paint clump on a surface.

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Wood filler for obvious reason. Those old pieces sometimes need a bit of TLC.

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A must for scrapping mirrors and glass.

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I usually do not offer stripping when refinishing a piece, but if need be to get off excess peeling on an old piece I will.

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There's that J.Crew shirt for the clear wax!

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Upholstery.

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Blue tape for taping off pretty metal bits that I want to keep as is.

These tools will make your life a bit easier if you plan on doing alot of work. You may find, as I have, that keeping these items organized is a bit more tricky. If you've seen my working garage, you know what I'm talking about:)