There are so many brilliant tips out there on ways to paint furniture, walls, everything, faster and more efficiently. Also, it so helpful to learn ways to avoid drips, streaking, showing brushstrokes and more. Here are some of our top favorite paint brush tutorials!
Using the right type of brush- Using the correct brush will make your job so much easier. Use the photo below as a reference to the following:
Round– small detailed crevices, Flat-flat surfaces, Bright, Filbert & Fan – Artistic paint brushes NOT ideal for painted furniture projects. Angled– cutting the edge of your walls- 2” wide is my favorite Mop– dry brushing, Rigger– thin lines to detailed art work.
Stubby Brush – I didn’t know about this until a few years ago. As an oil artist the longer the better, but when painting up close to a project, you want a short bristle. This eliminates the handle leaning on you hand, and lets you paint back and forth easier. I love my stubby brush! My favorite brand is Wooster.
Floetrol- Meet my friend, Floetrol! I love him and never do a project without him. Either small side tables, or main walls, I always use floetrol to eliminate brush marks and get a smooth finish. This is every painters secret! Floetrol does lighten your color EVER so slightly, I learned this when I was painting a table jet black. For a true black I had to add additional dye to the color. For all my other colors I haven’t ever noticed a difference.
Loading your Brush– To maintain good brushes, you need to load it with paint correctly. Paint should never reach the metal of your brush. Dip your brush in so half of the bristles are in the paint, never more. You may want a lot of paint to hurry the project, but more paint just ruins your brush and make you prone to more drips. Slow down and fill it half full.
Clean lid- Avoid filling the crevices of your paint can with paint, by using a rubber band vertically over the entire can. This way when you are done, you can store the can with an nice seal.
Easy Clean up: Use tinfoil lined trays for an easy clean up on your tray. If you are using a brush and not a roller, use a sturdy plastic cup that you can just toss when you are done.
Eliminate painters Tape- It took me years to buy into this one. However last week when I painted my laundry room, I didn’t use tape. Painter tape can be expensive when you tape everything! Several spots, paint seeps through anyway. Avoid the headache. Go slow and “cut” your walls with a 2” angled brush first, then roll out the paint for your walls. Once the walls have dried thoroughly you should be able to paint your trim with no tape, just slow and steady, leaning your hand against the wall as you drag your brush along. I still tape my window seals, because of their smooth surface and usually detailed edge.
Pour spouts- Hardware stores sell pour spouts for large and small cans. These are helpful to keep the rim of your paint can clean, and eliminate spills. They also have a easy to close cap. They are about $3 each, reuseable and so worth it!
Cleaning: This Old House suggest a quick fix for cleaning, to soak your brushes in hot vinegar for 30 minutes. The paint will come off much easier around the metal. Another option is to use fabric softener.
Mom 4 Real uses 2 TBSP of fabric softener to one cup warm water: http://www.mom4real.com/how-to-clean-paint-brushes-tip-of-the-day/
Bag Your Brushes: Between coats, or even overnight, don’t clean out your brush! Waiting for all the moisture to dry takes several hours in warm temperature. Simply save your brushes and rollers in baggies or saran wrap. Leftover paint in a tray can also be covered with saran wrap and stored for a few hours.
Photo courtesy of uglyduckinghouse.com
Drying your brushes holder- Leaving brushes to dry on your counter leaves a mess. If you are using several brushes consider getting a pool noodle at the dollar store, and cut slits in it to hold your brushes.