Do you use the same paint brush for everything? I used to! Then I realized that painting projects become so much easier when I use the right paint brush.
Some paint brushes are created specifically for making really straight, crisp lines. Other paint brushes are made specifically for leaving really smooth finishes. The list goes on!
I’ll give you a quick guide to the best paint brushes to use for each type of project. Also, I’ll tell you just a bit about rollers as an added bonus!
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Best Paint Brush for a Smooth Finish
The best paint brush for a smooth finish is the Purdy Nylox Glide brush. It has super soft bristles that do not leave brush marks. It’s perfect to use with latex paint. Projects that are perfect for this paint brush include painting cabinets, trim, furniture and doors.
I recently painted a console table using this brush. I completed the entire project in about 2 hours of work time and 5 total hours including dry times!
- Purdy 2 1/2” Nylox Glide Brush
- Krylon Chalky Finish Paint
- Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish – Clear Matte
Step by Step Tutorial for Painting a Console Table
Here’s what I started with. It’s a typical piece of furniture that you might see at Goodwill or a rummage sale. It doesn’t match most people’s current style. It looks a bit outdated. I got it for free from my mother-in-law. I knew I could revive it with a quick coat of paint!
STEP 1: Clean it with TSP.
First remove any dust, dirt and grime using a mixture of water and TSP. Allow the table to fully dry.
As I mentioned before, the Purdy Nylox brush is perfect for leaving an ultra smooth finish, which is exactly what I wanted for this console table! I chose a 2 1/2″ brush to make the painting go quickly. Since it is an angled brush, I could easily get into all the crevices.
Can you tell from all the paint on the handle that this is one of my most-used and most-loved brushes?! It definitely is!
Depending on the piece of furniture you are painting, you could also choose to use a mini roller, like the Purdy White Dove Roller. This roller will leave a smooth, lint-free finish. I didn’t grab one since there wasn’t that much flat surface area to cover. If you are painting a larger table, like a kitchen table, this roller would be perfect!
I only applied one coat since it covered really well.
STEP 3: Apply Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish – Clear Matte to the table once the paint is fully dry.
I chose a matte finish but polycrylic is available in many different sheens. Feel free to choose whichever one best fits your style preferences! I applied one coat.
The updated console table!
Doesn’t this table look SO much better now?! I love it! It has a soft, warm feel to it. Also, it only took a few hours to complete!
Here is a close-up so that you can better see the really smooth finish that this paint brush left behind. I love it and highly recommend the Purdy Nylox Glide brush for furniture painting projects!
Best Paint Brush for Clean Crisp Lines
One of the hardest parts of painting is getting really clean, crisp lines. When you are painting a wall, it can be a struggle to make a perfect line along the trim and ceiling. I’ll tell you a secret: The paint brush that you use makes a HUGE difference!
The Secret to Perfect Cut-In Lines
The magic tool is the Purdy Clearcut Elite Paint Brush. Why is it so amazing? It has stiff bristles that help you create really crisp lines. It will help you easily navigate around trim, corners, ceilings and more. This is my second favorite Purdy paint brush (after the Nylox of course :)).
I recently used it in my daughter’s room to create a fun color block wall. Head here for all the details on how I created this!
Most Versatile Paint Brush
Are you looking for a paint brush that you can use for a ton of your projects? If so, the Purdy XL Sprig brush is perfect!
It can be used with all paints and stains. It can be used for both interior and exterior projects. The bristle ends are tipped and flagged to help create crisp cut-in lines but also leave a smooth finish. It’s a wonderful brush to start with when building your collection!
I recently used it to apply stain to a modern stool I made for my daughter.
For more details on this stool, head here!
Best Paint Brush for Every Project
What if I’m painting a rough surface? What if I’m painting exterior patio furniture? What if I’m using a really thin oil-based stain? Purdy has an amazing Tool Selector that will help you find the right products for your project!
But wait….what is the best roller to use?
The Purdy Tool Selector will also help you choose the right roller!
However, I’ll give you a quick basic overview now.
The standard size for a roller is 9″. However, there are mini-rollers and really large rollers! It all depends on the surface area. If you are painting a wall, you will probably use a 9″ roller. If you are painting a really big wall or ceiling, you might want to use a roller larger than 9″ – like 14″ or even 18″. Small areas will probably require a mini roller.
One of the most commonly used roller covers is the Purdy White Dove Roller Cover. It leaves a smooth, lint-free finish. It works well on smooth surfaces and is commonly used for painting walls.
If you plan to paint rough surfaces like bricks, stone or concrete, the Purdy Marathon Roller Cover is perfect. It’s durable and will help you fill in all the nooks on rough surfaces.
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