Selecting The Best Brush For Your Furniture Painting Project

Selecting The Best Brush For Your Furniture Painting Project

Using the right tool for the job can make or break your project. With so many options of paintbrush types out there, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Today, I will share a few essential things to keep in mind while choosing the best paintbrush for furniture painting projects, plus some of the ways I use my favorites!

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Dixie Belle Paint Company offers a variety of brushes, from different sizes to materials. How do you determine the best brush for your job?

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Set Your Budget

The first choice you make when looking to purchase brushes is usually budget based. As with most things, you get what you pay for with brushes. Why make the investment in good quality brushes? The biggest differences I notice are:

1. Quality of finishes

With inexpensive hardware store brands, the bristles can be of lower quality, leaving you with more brush strokes in your finish, a source of endless frustration.

2. The Lifespan of the brush

I find that lower quality bristles don’t clean as well. This shortens the lifespan of a brush and requires more frequent replacement. For a few projects, this may not be a problem, but avid painters want to have reliable tools.

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Natural vs. Synthetic Bristles

I prefer natural bristles for textured looks and waxing. The bristles tend to have more rigidity and be more coarse. For antique finishes with lots of brush strokes, old farmhouse looks, this may be ideal.

Waxing requires elbow grease, a firm hand, and a rigid brush, natural bristles are all that.

A chip brush is an inexpensive and practical option but usually considered disposable and will not give you a smooth finish. They are great for oil-based finishes, gumming up with stuff like Sea Spray texture additive, or generally beating up, then throwing away.

Chip Brush Selecting The Best Brush For Your Furniture Painting Project

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Synthetic bristles are made of materials like nylon and polyester. They can be easier to clean, have a smoother, softer feel, and provide a cleaner finish. Opt for these to lay on a flawless paint finish.

Mini Angled Brush Selecting The Best Brush For Your Furniture Painting Project

Selecting The Right Shape & Size

So you’ve set a budget, decided on bristles, what about brush shape? Oval vs. Flat? Angled vs. Straight? So many options. Let’s go through the options offered by Dixie Belle.

Synthetic Brushes Selecting The Best Brush For Your Furniture Painting Project

The Dixie Belle Mini and Oval Medium are my go-to brushes, the staples of my collection. I like an angled brush for a clean edge and angled corners. I like the Flat Small, Oval Small, and Round Brushes for detail work, these are good to have in the toolbox to make life easier.

Sometimes a full-sized brush can be harder in small areas or on small pieces.

The Mini paintbrush lays on a smooth, even coat like no other, and the Oval Medium is my full and fluffy blending friend.

Selecting The Best Brush For Your Furniture Painting Project

Consider The Handle

A longer handle, like the French Tip Brush, will get you to the back corner of a bookshelf or nightstand like no other. It gets hard to reach places effortlessly.

French Tip Brush Selecting The Best Brush For Your Furniture Painting Project

A daily use brush like the Mini has a handle shape that seats in your grip without causing any cramping.

The longer handled brushes, like the Flat Medium, are versatile and can serve double duty, hard to reach, or a palm hold. I even handle them like a feather duster on occasion.

My best tips in choosing brushes are

1. Invest in quality brushes if you enjoy painting, the right tool for the job makes your life easier.

Textured Paint Finish Selecting The Best Brush For Your Furniture Painting Project

2. Consider what you will be painting. Does it have nooks, crannies, angles, and edges?

Smooth Finish Selecting The Best Brush For Your Furniture Painting Project

3. Consider your desired finish. Are you going for clean and smooth or textured and distressed?

Blended Paint Finish Selecting The Best Brush For Your Furniture Painting Project

4. Consider your finishing touches. Are you using a wax or clear coat?

Painting Furniture Selecting The Best Brush For Your Furniture Painting Project

5.What feels best in your hand and allows the most natural movement?

An important part of having the right tools is keeping them in their best shape! In this video, I show you everything you need to know to care for your favorite paintbrushes.

Have you tried any of these brushes? I would love to know which one is your go-to brush.

Brandy K.

Bio: I wanted to take a chance to introduce myself, I am Brandy Kollenborn, a furniture painter from Sacramento, CA and owner and artisan behind  “Brushed By Brandy”. I'm a stay at home mom of 3 boys, Noah 11, Ashton 8, and Logan 5, married for 16 years to my favorite furniture cameraman, repairman and delivery person, Sean. I have a degree in finance and left my career with The State of CA to stay home when my youngest son was born, with no clue what my next step would be, it was a leap of faith! The first pieces I did were a bedroom set in 2016 that tenants left behind in our rental, it was beat up, but solid wood, and I had nothing to lose, it was either going to the curb or I could make something of it. I've always been on the crafty/artistic side so this was a great way to express that on huge canvases. My hobby has turned into a booming little business, most of my pieces are sold before I create them and designed alongside my customer. My style is blended, smooth, colorful statement pieces for any room. I'm proud to partner with The Dixie Belle Paint company and Prima Marketing group creating sample pieces, lives, and blogging tutorials at We are in the process of building our forever home on 5 acres for our boys, it will be my biggest custom project to date :) and I love sharing that journey on my page and in a blog as well. We are project people through and through, don't know how to sit still.  I'm so appreciative of the support, my confidence wavers all the time, I love answering questions and connecting with other creatives, this community has been so welcoming to me and I hope I can return that! I’m so grateful for this opportunity, I never imagined there would be interest in me painting furniture in my garage! 

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Jerri

    Thank you for sharing this information.

  2. RuthAnn

    Thanks for the information. I have just started painting and love to learn the best way to get the look I am going for.

    1. Brandy K.

      Lots of info on my YouTube channel as well

  3. Stephanie

    What brush would you use for a “cross hatch” finish?

    1. Brandy K.

      Either a premium chip brush or the dixie belle mini

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