For over 4 years, I’ve been refinishing furniture with paint, glaze and distressing. My trusted collection of quality paint brushes have been with me most of that time.
Here’s what I’ve done to make them last. By following these steps, you can keep your paint brushes handy for multiple projects too:
Moisten the brush with water before applying paint. This will prevent paint from drying on the brush while it’s in use.
Between coats, apply a little water over the paint on the brush and wrap the brush tight in a plastic shopping bag. I’ve stored brushes up to a week this way. I also do this when taking a break from painting for more than 5 minutes. Any longer, and the paint can start to dry on the brush.
When done using the brush, soak in water with a little dish soap. Of course, you could go to the next step and wash your brush, but soaking in water works great if you’re not able to wash right away.
Wash the brush in water with dish soap, rinsing repeated until water that rings out is mostly clear.
Hang or lay flat to dry and then store in a spot you’ll remember for your next project.
When refinishing furniture with a painted, glazed, and distressed look, your paintbrush is your most important tool. To make it last the entire project, the paint on it must be kept from drying out between coats.
The most effective way I’ve found to do this is to wrap it in a plastic shopping bag. Whether between coats or when I must step away from applying paint for more than a few minutes, I wrap the brush in the plastic shopping bag, twist it around the base, and then lie it flat and ready to go for the next time I apply paint on a piece.
And before wrapping the brush up in the plastic bag, I typically run a little bit of water over the wet end of the brush as an added precaution to keep any of the paint on the brush from drying. I’ve even stored brushed up to a week this way, and found them ready to go when needed again.
Using this approach has also extended the life of my brushes over multiple projects and several years.