A bunch of us furniture painters decided to get together and share the tools we use when we transform furniture pieces.
We all have our own "things" that are a must in our Paint Bag.
My basket is full of goodies, but not beauties!
I always have funtrintre wax:
I use several different clear waxes (Annie Sloane and Miss Mustard Seed). I love this clear Carnuba wax for a few reasons. It smells good-kind of like Eucalyptus and Tea Tree, it is soft and easy to use, and it is reasonably priced online.
I love Annie Sloane dark wax and use it for most of my pieces since I like the patina and character it gives.
I use a lot of oil ( Miss Mustard Seed's Hemp Oil is one of my favs., but I was out of it for this post). I can buy this Linseed oil at my local paint store and it is reasonably priced and lasts a long time. I mix it with my waxes to stain wood and to give a painted piece of furniture patina.
Let's talk paint brushes-a good one is a MUST!
My two favorite brushes are by Purdy and Parsons West
(Miss Mustards Seed's paint brush)
|Paint brushes and a container for paint|
(Mason Jars or Yogurt containers are what I mix my paints in)
I like to have a brush that is thicker, has an angled edge and a shorter handle.
I also buy the cheap brushes for my wax/oil concoction. When they get worn and too sticky I just throw them away.
I use my scraper ALL the time! This is my favorite distressing tool. I scrape the edges of furniture and I use it to scrape the flakes off when I use milk paint.
I always have screw drivers, a tape measure and sand paper around. I also like to keep needle nose pliers available for help with old furniture.
I use MANY different kinds of chalk and milk paints, but I often make my own chalk paint and I use Plater of Paris for this. I love to mix up my own personal colors for a piece.
I like to keep wood glue in my basket-alway using it for old pieces!
I use cotton clothes ( white socks that have lost their mates, old tee-shirts) to wipe on and off my wax and oils.
Sand paper is a must, but I rarely use it to distress, I usually use it to make things smooth.
I also like to keep a well built rasp around since it seems that most drawers stick on old dressers.
I hope you will go visit the other ladies and see what they keep in Their Paint Bags: