The Difference It Makes Using Annie Sloan Brushes

Annie Sloan Brushes
Bottom: Annie Sloan Paint Brush
Top: Annie Sloan Wax Brush

I’ve painted a few pieces of furniture at home using Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint but I did not use her brushes right away. When I took the beginner workshop, although we used her brushes, it was not encouraged to buy it. It kind of makes sense to me in a way as it is quite an investment, so I just bought the paint and the wax.  I wanted to write this not to sell you the product but to let you know the difference it makes.  In Annie’s video tutorials and in her books, she recommends to always use an artist’s brush and not just an ordinary brush for reasons like achieving the effect you are aiming for as well as making sure the bristles don’t come off.

But as a beginner painter, I did the normal, I bought a regular brush at a $1 each for my first project, the red mantel clock. I did get the look I wanted to but man o man did the bristles come off? Oh yeah! Ouch! I had to take it off, repaint the area, came off again, repaint and so on.. It was bad! But luckily, this is just a small piece and more of a test piece.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Mantel clock
The red mantel clock in Emperor’s Silk with dark Wax

The First Time I tried Annie Sloan Brush

Annie Sloan Brushes
Up close.. Its got very compact bristles that holds a lot of paint

I was going to paint a rocking chair and this was my first big project so I decided to buy and get a medium pure bristle brush. I was amazed! I am no painter.  This is the first time I’ve painted furniture and using the Annie Sloan brush made it easier and I could not believe that I only had to use so little paint to cover it up.  In fact, I used almost less than half a tester pot! It made me wish I used this brush before.

painted Rocking chair with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
The rocking chair

Annie Sloan Brushes are made up of pure bristles. They are great brushes for painting, particularly to achieve texture. This type of brush allows you to paint expressively as the bristle is strong and firm but pliable. I also use it for applying wax

Annie Sloan Brush
See the texture it creates on my newly upholstered French Bench. I applied Dark Wax on this piece making it more visible.

On Using the Wax Brush

Annie Sloan Wax Brush
Wax Brush with Pointed End

I got the wax brush with a tapered end to review.  And I am glad I got it!  You’re not going to believe it, I was just using cloth or a cut brush to apply wax before.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Mantel clock
I applied dark wax with a brush whose bristles are cut in half to make it shorter

Just like the paint brush, it allowed me to control the amount of wax I need to apply.  This is also very helpful especially when you are using dark wax and you only want to use a little bit of it. You can see how I painted the French Bench with dark wax and using these brushes here.

Annie Sloan Wax Brush
The pointed end of the brush allows me to get into the corners and carvings.

Another fact, I’ve done the rocking chair, a table, our dining table and plenty of trays and a bench and I still have quite a lot left in the can! About a quarter still left of the Clear Soft Wax! Thanks to my brushes! I felt like I’ve wasted so much using cloth and the old brush. But not anymore with my wax brush.

My Conclusion

If you are serious and are planning to paint more furnitures (which I believe you will once you tried the paint!) I’d say give it a go! Think of it as an investment for your painting career 🙂 save yourself from headaches and some paint. Painting with Annie Sloan’s Decorative Paint, Chalk Paint® is easy and even easier with her brushes. It is still cheaper than buying new furniture. And it should last you a long time!

Where to get them

You can find more info about the brushes on Annie Sloan’s website or at Unfolded (US and Canada distributor).  You can also check out and buy them at a local stockist near you.

Happy Painting!

With Love



Lastly, you can also read my review of Annie Sloan’s book, Quick and Easy paint Transformations , 50 Step-by-Step Ways To Makeover Your Home For Next to Nothing.

Annie Sloan Quick and Easy Paint Transformations book





3 Comments Add yours

  1.' elinor Hanschke says:

    What a great article. I love Annie’s paint brush, glad you tried it. Happy painting!

    1. anneshetty says:

      Thanks Elinor! I love it! And I can’t beleive how little paint I need when doing my projects because of the brush!

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