Good Paint Guide: Find The Best Paint Brushes For DIY Jobs

A little home maintenance can be the perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon – fixing the garden fence, up-cycling some scrappy furniture you found at the tip or doing up the kid’s rooms are good ways to keep yourself busy. Lucky for you, I’ve had plenty of experience when it comes to painting and found the best paint brush for every type of DIY you’ll ever attempt.

Painting alone can be a glorious, meditative-like way to soothe the mind (could be the fumes, though, so crack open a window), but painting with loved ones or the kids can also be a fun experience. I've compiled my top five brushes for every DIY paint-job around the home...

Best Paint Brush For Fences

PURDY 144152330 3-Inch Glide Angle Brush X-Large

‘Good fences make good neighbors’. Well, with this lovely little number, you’ll be the best neighbor around! This brush is a steal at just over $10 and is perfect for use both indoors and outdoors.

Rest assured that you’ll be safe painting outside, as this angled brush is specifically-manufactured to hold its own during hot, humid weather.

For use with a variety of different paint types, this Purdy paint brush is ideal for wooden fences and garden sheds alike.

We recommend going for this size (the ‘XL’) if you’re giving the fence a new lease of life – maximum coverage without all the wrist-ache!

Best Paint Brush For Cabinets

Brossum 2-in-1 Round Chalk Paint and Wax Brush for Furniture, Natural Bristles

Now, I’m a huge fan of ‘up-cycling’ – the art of giving old furniture a new life! This is a great way to save money and give character to your home.

Painting cabinets, old or new, requires the right kind of brush, which is why I love this one from Brossum. Not only does it look fancy, it works hard, as should all good paint brushes.

Perfect for furniture maintenance due to its no-shedding quality, this brush can be used on pretty much ever cabinet type – worry not if your wood is waxed, so to speak, this brush can glaze over a whole variety of textures without a problem.

Best Paint Brush For Houses

Stanley PTST03508 Premium Paint Kit, 8-Piece

Whether you’ve just moved into a new home or are re-decorating, painting your house can seem like a daunting task. So many walls, so little time! This roller set from Stanley (pictured left) is here to make all that stress go away.

Fully-equipped with its own roller tray, this brush set is perfect for painting the walls in your home. The roller brushes are super secure, meaning that you don’t have to worry when you’re painting the ceiling!

Roller brushes are a great way to paint large areas of walls, especially when they come with a long handle, as you get even coverage and no drips! If you're attacking your whole home with new colors, these are the best paint brushes for the job.

Wooster Brush Q3108-3 Softip Paintbrush, 3-Inch

If you’d rather buy just the one brush, make it this one from Wooster. Wide enough to give you the coverage you need whilst painting walls, this brush is designed to hold on to its bristles and will leave your walls with a lovely, smooth finish.

Handles are more important than you’d initially think, which is why I love this brush – it’s easy to grip and gives you ultimate control, whatever angle you’re painting at.

This product is long-lasting and easy to clean, meaning you can keep it in your DIY kit for years.. At just over $5, this brush is my favorite bargain buy!

Best Paint Brush For Furniture

I’m a sucker for a set, which is why this little kit from Presa made it to my top five! These brushes have been engineered to hold more paint that your standard paint brush, meaning that you’re wasting less and painting more.

The variety of brushes you’re offered in this set means that you can paint pretty much any furniture around the home.

Big, thick brushes are great for larger pieces, while the angled brush is perfect for cutting in on smaller, finer pieces of furniture. These brushes work well with any paint type and hold their bristles even while painting more abrasive textures.

And Finally...

Well, that’s pretty much your lot! Finding the best paint brushes for whatever DIY job you’re working on can be pretty tricky – huge aisles of brushes in every hardware store often leave me feeling intimidated and uninspired. Oh, and remember to look after your brushes with a paint brush cover.

The internet is rapidly becoming my favourite way to check out the competition and find the best product for whatever project I'm working on. My guide to the best paint brushes shows you that it’s not that hard to find what you need, despite the pressure you may feel when you ask for help in a store! Enjoy your home-maintenance projects, just remember to leave something chilling in the fridge – we all know that DIY can rapidly turn into ‘Drink It (all) Yourself’!

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