After posting this Beckley Coal Coffee Table a few months ago I have received a mountain of emails asking me what the heck kind of paint brush I was using to paint with. Now it’s time for me to fess up and tell you all about my favorite paint brush.
My first love of paint brushes was a Purdy CUB XL 2″ Angled Brush ; And after reading my friend Mandie’s furniture painting E-books I found out I was not alone in my love for Purdys. I owned over 20 of them and used them exclusively in my workshops.
But this past spring, at our local Home & Garden Show, I browsed a Tomboy Tools booth and snagged one of their 2” angled brushes, thinking I would give it a whirl. Well, after one use I was hooked. I had used my Purdy’s for almost 2 years in my workshops and the time had come to replace many of them. So I called our local rep for Tomboy Tools and ordered 20 of their 2” angled brushes to use in my workshops.
The feature I liked most about the Tomboy brushes was it did not have a copper ferrule (A ferrule is the part of a paint brush that holds the hairs onto the handle) which tends to rust over time. I also liked the synthetic bristles, making for easy peasy cleaning, and the ergonomic handle made especially for a woman’s hand. I hand paint all of my furniture (and have not converted to a paint sprayer) so my wrist cramped so much less while painting all day. And the plastic handle makes it a breeze to clean crusty paint off of.
Let me clarify, this is not a post to say anything negative about Purdy brushes. I still love them, use them, and own some. They are a great brush. Many of my Purdys lasted me over 2 years and I taught many people how to paint furniture with them. I just found something different that fit my needs better and I loved shopping local with a local representative from Tomboy Tools.
Purdy, I still love you. You are like an ex-boyfriend I still think about fondly but love my marriage with Tomboy even more than you. That’s all. Don’t take it personal. We just grew apart.
After using the brushes in my workshops for months, students kept asking me where to get them, and I would refer them to the gal I originally bought the brushes from. And then she suddenly quit selling Tomboy Tools for some reason (I assumed I was making her a bazillion dollars with all of the paint brush sales I was referring her. Ha.)
So I felt so rude saying to my workshop students “Aren’t these brushes aaaaaaamazing and life altering? Don’t you want one? Too bad. I don’t know where you can get one. (Insert me blowing a raspberry with my tongue sticking out: Phbhbhbhblrrrrlrlrlrlrlrphhhh)”
So I signed up to sell Tomboy Tools. I don’t do parties (if you want to do a tool party I can refer you to someone) and I have only mentioned it to my workshop students so they can leave the class and purchase them. But it’s not fair that I hold out on ya’ll and keep this awesome-this-brush-is-da-bomb secret from you anymore.
I do sell them on my website here or you can find your local consultant here. I sell them because I think they are the best. I feel totally awkward blogging about stuff I sell which you can read more about here. But it’s also rude not to share.
What is your favorite paint brush? Leave a comment and tell us what we have been missing out on! And if you have a paint brush that is so glorious it will clean my house and cook dinner then tell me about that too!
Disclosure: I was not paid my Tomboy Tools to write this post. I am a consultant but there are no affiliate links to Tomboy Tools. All opinions are always 100% my own.