I will start with my paint brushes since most of my work is painted. I am fussy about my brushes. I love Purdy paint brushes, which are available at most hardware stores. I will admit that I am slight obsessive about them. My husband even gave me a short handled model for Christmas and I wanted to cry I was so happy. Sick right? When Purdy’s are on sale (they are expensive I know) I buy them. Amazon has a 3 pack in the 1″, 1.5″, and 2″ for under $20 which is not bad though and to be honest if I needed bigger than a 2″ brush I would use a roller so these are all you’d need. Take care of these brushes and they will last for a very long time. I would say forever but I haven’t been alive that long . . . YET!
Then there’s spray paint. Some things just have to be spray painted. Like anything with an intricate pattern or twists and turns – HELLO baskets! I’m looking at you. Don’t pretend like you’re not a total pain to paint. I love spray paint and my favorite is 2X by Rustoleum. It’s the best. It covers so well. And when my local Menards has it on sale I can get it for $2 a can! Love it! I dare you to grab a can of yellow of any other brand and a can of the 2x and paint the same frames with them. I did this because I was in a hurry and my hardware store didn’t have any 2x yellow so I bought the next leading brand. What I was able to cover in 2 coats of 2X took me a WHOLE can of the other brand. I am not kidding. I was so frustrated with the coverage that I will never use anything else.
Unless of course you’re Krylon chalky finish spray paint. That I will use on occasion. You can get the same texture with matte spray but if I can’t find the matte in 2x (sometimes it’s a challenge) then I will break down and buy the Krylon which is soooo expensive that I cringe when I do.
If you’re curious about other products I might use please post in the comments below. I’m happy to share.