My best ever tip if you're going to go DIY rather than call in a professional, is to spend the money on the right tools. For example, in my furniture painting class I always always always advise people to invest in a Purdy's paintbrush, if possible to get 3 - a 1 inch, 2 inch and 3 inch. It's good to have options! We use them in our workshop because they are, in my opinion, the best brushes on the market. Yes, there are expensive, but it's true that you get what you pay for.
|Purdy Brushes, now proudly stocked at West Egg Interiors, Blunham, Bedfordshire|
If you spend £5 on a pack of 3 brushes, don't be surprised with the hairs fall out and your piece of furniture or wall has that tell-tale amateur sign stuck in there, permanently. I only use water-based paints for my projects so the brushes always rinse out really well. Another good tip actually, when you're washing your paint is to rinse it in warm soapy water, and then once all the paint is out, rinse it in cold. Give it a squeeze, straighten out the hairs and then leave it to dry on a tea towel overnight.
But my favourite thing about Purdy brushes is that each one is made by hand, by a real human, and it has a little yellow sticker with the maker's name on it. No other paint brush manufacturer can say that!