Finding the best paint brushes for chalk painting furniture can be a bit of a challenge with so many options out there. Today, I want to share a few of my favorite quality paintbrushes to help you take the guesswork out of choosing.
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5 Things I Learned About Paintbrushes Over The Years
It’s no secret that chalk type paints are my favorite water-based paints for my DIY projects. They’re easy to use, dry fast, and are available in almost any color you can dream up. I personally think that latex paint belongs on a wall, not furniture. That goes for oil-based paints as well but I have used both.
But over the years I have discovered that not all paintbrushes are not equal and here’s where all my research will pay off BIG time for you. Here’s what I learned.
- Using the right paintbrush with the right type of paint will give you the best results and a smooth surface on your furniture pieces.
- Don’t skimp on your brushes. Invest in good-quality paintbrushes.
- DO NOT store your paintbrushes in a plastic bag in the fridge with paint on them. Take the time and wash them in warm water with a mild soap even if you’re going to paint a second coat in a few hours.
- Always dry (hang) your brushes with the bristles pointing down that way the hub doesn’t rust and get all gunky. With proper care, your brushes should last you many years.
- Everyone has their own opinion of the best paintbrushes, including me. I’m simply giving you this information to help you find a good brush that works for you and your painting project needs.
Let’s start off with some of my favorite synthetic brushes. Dixie Belle has some amazing SYNTHETIC BRISTLE BRUSHES in different sizes and shapes. Perfect to use with your favorite CHALK MINERAL PAINT.
CLICK HERE to learn the technique I use to get a smoother finish and eliminate brush strokes on a piece of furniture using water in a spray mist bottle while painting with chalk paint. The results will surprise you!
Why I Use Synthetic Brushes The Most With Chalk Paint
In my honest opinion, soft bristles distribute chalk paint the best with fewer brush marks and the brushes are easier to clean after use.
With that said, there’s no reason you can’t use a natural bristle brush when applying chalk paint it’s strictly a preference. I know a lot of furniture painters that love their natural brushes. Again, find what works for you.
The MINI ANGLE BRUSH is perfect for furniture painting projects (my favorite) when you need those short-handled paintbrushes so you can get inside those difficult places. This one right here does the job! And for me, I prefer the short handle, especially when I have a big job. If you have ever held one of these long-handled brushes for an extended time, you know how sore your hand can get. I do know that having a comfortable brush makes painting furniture even more fun. Try a few different ones until you find the one that fits your hand best. Besides, who owns just one brush??? Not me!
Another brush I use a lot is the FS (FLAT SMALL) Paintbrush. This one is a gem! Let’s say I hate painting cubby holes. The long thin handle with its narrow 1-inch brush makes getting into tiny spaces easier. Such a shame! All that wasted paint on my hand, LOL. Want to see the desk now??? CLICK HERE to see the desk and how it looks today.
Zibra Synthetic Paint Brushes
I was introduced to this high-quality brush a while ago, and all I can say is… WOW! The bristles on these oval brushes are perfect for a smooth paint finish. Zibra Paint brushes come in many shapes and sizes that are specific to different jobs. The Trim Brushes are great for cutting in those problematic areas. Check out that cool handle on the PALM PRO BRUSH! That’s a brush that will fit in your hand! I like the ergonomic handle.
I used this ROUND DETAIL ZIBRA BRUSH on my vintage washstand, which resulted in a super smooth finish. It’s also great for bending paint colors. CLICK HERE to see why this brush was a great choice.
Natural Bristle Chip Brushes
The best thing ever since paper towels! This sturdy little flat brush has been labeled for a long time as disposable—one-time use. I have a different opinion.
Be sure to watch carefully when using them. Natural bristle brushes tend to shed more than synthetic and they hold a lot of paint. Maybe that’s why they’re a “cheap brush”. Not the best brushes in my opinion but still a great little tool for when I use a CHALK PAINT ADDITIVE to create texture when I create. These paintbrushes are the perfect choice for this finish. Want to see what this dresser looks like now??? CLICK HERE to see the old world finish using this brush.
There’s a huge difference between the regular china chip brushes and these PREMIUM CHIP BRUSHES. They’re premium because they are beefier than the ones you get at the local hardware store. They can be used over and over with CHALK MINERAL PAINT. Just give them a good rinse, and you’re ready to go. They’re an excellent choice if you hold furniture painting workshops instead of using the more expensive brushes.
My Top Picks For Wax Brushes
Let’s talk, WAX BRUSHES! I’m pretty picky about the wax brushes I use and I find that a natural bristle brush is the way to go if you’re wanting to wax larger projects. This one is made by US ART SUPPLY BRUSH and is a multi-purpose paintbrush made in the United States. Its broad base and natural bristles make it perfect for large flat surfaces. It can also be used to apply chalk paint, but I prefer it for the wax applications on my chalk painted furniture makeovers. I waxed this whole piece with this brush! Want to see how it turned out??? CLICK HERE to see how I added wax over a decor transfer. It turned out amazing if I say so myself.
The natural bristles on this brush are a bit unusual with its oval rounded shape which makes it perfect for applying decorative waxes in the corners of chalk-painted furniture. It’s just a good wax brush in general and can even be used to apply wax on bare wood.
CLICK HERE to see how beautiful wax looks when applied over bare wood.
See! I told you I had more than one paintbrush! I use a lot of different brushes when I work and in my defense, I do a lot of different projects. *wink
So, what’s your favorite go-to paintbrush for your painted furniture projects? I’d love to hear your opinion on paintbrushes in the comment section below. I could always use a few more to add to my stash! 🙂
Until the next project, happy painting! xo, Do