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!)
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.