I replenished a few color samples and discovered a new paint brush on a display shelf that I hadn’t noticed on previous visits. It’s a smaller brush (1 inch) and a cheaper solution at $14.
The large Annie Sloan brushes are $35 and are too heavy and bulky for my somewhat arthritic hands. This one is small, nimble and light weight.
The price is a little of a stretch since you can buy good quality 2″ brushes at home improvement stores for around $14. I considered it worth the test, though, and I’ve enjoyed using this size brush.
For my supply of paint colors, I keep basics like Pure White, Graphite, and Arles in the quart size.
I buy mostly primary colors in the sample size. This old color chart is very helpful, but they have a newer one now with some additional colors.
Did you know you can mix colors together to achieve others on their shelf? For example, I would never buy Duck Egg Blue, since I can mix my own. Annie Sloan has written entire books about the color-mixing process. This is a good one available at Amazon*.
When I needed Old White for the new light-switch plate in our kitchen, I mixed a little Arles with Pure White. Our trim is softer than a stark white, so Old White worked much better. Simple enough.
For waxing, I was using soft cloths for application. Annie Sloan demonstrates loading a lot of wax on your piece with her large brush, working it in, then wiping most of it off. Her way seemed so wasteful, but my cloth solution didn’t work perfectly, either.
I noticed this brush in the project studio and decided to give it a try. Remember this picture from the post about my step stool? This looks like a huge amount of wax, but just a small dab on the brush tips went a long way.
I was amazed at how far the wax spread…farther than with a cloth. And the stiff bristles push the wax into the surface very well.
You can find this brush at Hobby Lobby on the stencil aisle. Notice the price – $2.99 – right up my alley! (Annie Sloan wax brushes are around $35.)
The brush works well for stenciling, too. The first time I used it was for my Monogrammed Shower Curtain, which was with regular craft paint, not chalk paint.
When cleaning up from my stool project, I was a little concerned about the wax that was deep into the bristles. You may have discovered this already, but in case you didn’t know, Murphy’s Oil Soap is wonderful for cleaning brushes. (Also, warm water is key.)
It works great on the wax brushes, too!
Do you have paint and brush recommendations to share? How about cleaning tips…anything new the rest of us should know about?
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