One of the biggest mistakes people make when painting with Chalk Paint, Mineral or Clay based paints is choosing the wrong type of brush, or more accurately, thinking that the type of brush you use does not matter.
I'm here to tell you, after doing it the wrong way for many years and thinking that using cheap chip brushes to save money, IT MATTERS!
Not only does the finished result pale in comparison and durability over time, it actually ends up COSTING YOU MORE to use cheaper brushes and take up more of your time (costing you money if it's your business, like mine!).
The best brushes for chalk paint have all natural, sculpted bristles that hold more paint and provide a smoother finish. By holding more paint, you spend less time dipping into paint and going back to your piece and can go further with each stroke of your brush for a more uniform finish.
When I switched from chip brushes to a premium chalk paint brush, I was amazed at how much less paint was used and how much faster I was able to finish even large dressers. Instead of stopping mid-stroke to dip back into my paint, I could work on an entire area versus a partial stroke. The finished look and the time difference absolutely amazed me. I had been doing it for so many years with dollar brushes and no clue!
I thought I was saving money by not spending the extra bucks on a better brush. I upgraded to a specialty brush and with proper care & cleaning (which I will post tips on soon!) I average using one chalk paint brush for more than 6 months, over which I'm sure I would have used just as many dollars worth of cheap brushes, wasted paint and time.
If you're planning to paint more than 1 piece with chalk paint, it is definately worth the money to purchase the best brushes for chalk paint, mineral or clay based paints. Here are a few of my favorites that I've found to cost less online than in specialty stores:
Chalk Pro Products Large Paint & Wax Brush (The one I use most!)
Chalk Pro Medium Paint & Wax Brush
***Huge list of Chalk Paint Brushes***
I'll be uploading some videos soon to show the difference in these brushes and also the best way to clean & preserve your brushes to make them last longer!
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