Vintage Horse Hair Brush {waxing video}


If you have ever waxed a piece of furniture before, most likely you have noticed as you rub your hands across it, it still has a “sticky” feeling. Those with serious arm muscles may be able to buff that out, but if you are like me, lacking in the “buff” department, you may have a hard time getting a smooth, soft finish. I have discovered that using a vintage horse hair brush, used for polishing shoes, will give you an unbelievable, smooth silky feel. I don’t know why vintage works better than the new ones, all I can assume is that it has something to do with quality. They don’t make anything as good as they used to. You have to apply as much pressure as you possibly can to achieve optimal smoothness. Buffing is only done after the wax has dried on your piece. To see a demonstration on how to wax, you can see my waxing video here. (No laughing….the video is old, unprofessional and unedited but it gets the job done!)

Vintage horse hair brushes

I am going to try and pick these brushes up, as I see them, and offer them to you alongside the milk paint at Homewood Antiques and Marketplace. Have you used a vintage horse hair brush on furniture before? I would love to hear about your experience with them as well.


  1. I’ve never used the horsehair but willing to try now! I normally use an old white sock for my final buffing! LOL…thanks for sharing!

  2. I’ve been using old shoe brushes for waxing for quite some time now and I love them! I pick up every one I see so it’s a good thing we are in different parts of the country or there would be a definite shortage-lol!

  3. Hey there Kelli. Thank you for your video tutorial — great tips. And yes, I have always had a thing for old shoe brushes and I have picked them up over the years. I think I have at least 5. I have been painting and waxing furniture for at least 20 years… I started with Homestead milk paint (which makes Miss Mustard’s) on a couple of adirondack chairs. They were red and then mustard on top and they were fantastic. Alas they rotted due to leaving them out during the winter, but I’ll never forget the beautiful finish — lots of wax (bees) and plenty of rubbing with my horsehair brushes. Keep up the blog… I love all your tips and tutorials.

    PS… I’m in Ontario so you don’t have to worry about me scooping up all the brushes in your neighbourhood. 😉

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