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Musings on Paint Brushes

I’ve painted many a piece of furniture in my day. Everyone has their favorite methods and painting supplies, but I thought you’d like to hear about what I use when I’m painting a piece of furniture like this one?



  • High Density Foam Mini Rollers 1 of 11
    High Density Foam Mini Rollers
    I almost always use foam rollers for all the big flat surfaces of furniture I'm painting with latex paint. I use brushes for all the edging and detailing and for oil-based paint projects. I like the Shur Line brand of roller best, but ACE also makes a good 4" foam roller. Make sure you get the high density foam!!!
  • Refill Pack!! 2 of 11
    Refill Pack!!
    The foam rollers are tricky to clean. Not impossible, but a bit tricky. I usually save my wet roller in a plastic bag for the day or two that I'm adding coats of paint to a piece and then often I'll just toss the used roller. These refill packs are so helpful to have around.
  • Shur Line Edger 3 of 11
    Shur Line Edger
    This thing makes flat surface jobs FLY by. I already shared how it is my favorite too for painting bookshelves and cabinets.
  • 3M Extra Large Sanding block for prepping 4 of 11
    3M Extra Large Sanding block for prepping
    These 9" long sanding sponges are about $3 each, but they last FOREVER. I always have one in each grit (heavy, medium and fine).
  • A GOOD brush – the Wooster Shortcut 5 of 11
    A GOOD brush - the Wooster Shortcut
    On to brushes! I always buy the short-handled, angled 2" brush. It just always works well for me and the way I like to brush on paint I guess. This Wooster brush is less than $6 and has nice bristles. It's a quality, yet cost-effective choice.
  • A BETTER brush – the Zibra Cut-In 6 of 11
    A BETTER brush - the Zibra Cut-In
    Zibra is a really great brand. They are always $2 or $3 cheaper than the most expensive brand, but their bristles feel very similar. My favorite brush for the past year or two finally bit the dust last week and it was a Zibra Cut-In. A super solid choice.
  • The BEST brush – Purdy Cub XL 7 of 11
    The BEST brush - Purdy Cub XL
    You know I'm feeling fancy if there's a Purdy brush in my cart. They are amazing brushes, but at $12 or $13 for this cub brush, the price tag can be a little tough to swallow sometimes. I have to say though, every time I buy a Purdy I never regret spending the extra few dollars. These brushes last and last if you take care of them! (keep clicking for care tips!)
  • Foam brushes 8 of 11
    Foam brushes
    I don't quite know what I use these foam brushes on, but I fly through them with my projects. They're just so handy to use for quick touch ups! I always grab an extra one or two when I'm buying new nice brushes. They're great for glue application and crafting.
  • Cheapie bristle brushes 9 of 11
    Cheapie bristle brushes
    I always buy a couple of these too! They are such bad quality, but somehow these little guys are really great at getting into grooves. Like, if you're painting something with elaborate carving, sometimes fancy brushes are too thick to really get in the grooves. These brushes are thin and sort of wispy and can really do the trick! I like to use them for stain application too.
  • Goof Off 2 10 of 11
    Goof Off 2
    My Grandpa Russell was the ultimate handy man. Every time I paint something, I remember a conversation he had with me where he explained how very seriously important it is to thoroughly clean a paint brush with hot soapy water after each use. I thought it was a pretty silly conversation at the time, but thinking back, all his paint brushes were old but super high quality, and absolutely pristine. If you forget to wash your brushes though, Goof Off 2 will loosen even dried up latex paint!
  • Vinegar! 11 of 11
    Vinegar!
    If you don't have paint thinner or cleaner around, hot vinegar will loosen up dried paint on brushes too. Stinks like nothing else though. bleck.

What are your favorite painting supplies? I’d LOVE to hear!!

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