altered paint brushes.

For a while there I was searching out old gunky paint brushes at garage sales.  They are harder to find than you would think.  Possibly because most people who have these old brushes think they should be destined for the trash heap, not sold at a garage sale.  But every once in a while you find those really frugal people who are selling every last thing, including old paint brushes.

So over the course of a year or so I accumulated a few old paint brushes.


I wanted to hang them on the wall in the Q Branch (a.k.a. my study), and I did do that with some of them.


But I had a few left over and for a while the extras resided in the blue Structo truck.


But I decided to sell the Structo truck at my recent sale.  Gasp!  I know, right?  I actually had a few vintage trucks and I can’t keep them all or I would technically qualify as a hoarder.  I have to admit, it was a little hard parting with this one.  That blue was the perfect color.  But in the end I loved my aqua truck more, so the blue one went.

And the extra paint brushes had to go as well.

But first I decided to doctor them up with a few rub-on’s.

This one was my favorite.


But really they all turned out pretty fab.


They ended up at the Carriage House sale.


And from there they all went to new homes!

altered-paint-brushesIf you happen to be someone who purchased one of my altered brushes I’d love to know what you did with it.  Did you hang it on the wall?

11 thoughts on “altered paint brushes.

  1. These are so cute! I love them hanging in the Q Branch too…they are perfectly at home. The decals are a nice touch…


    1. The numbers are Tim Holtz rub-ons. I have found them at Hobby Lobby and Michaels. They are usually near the scrapbook supplies, but not quite with them. In fact, at my Hobby Lobby they are tucked way back in the farthest corner of the store. You can also order them from Amazon (linked for your convenience, but I am not affiliated in any way). If you’ve never used a rub-on before, I suggest practicing a couple first just on paper to get a feel for it. The trick is to peel away the backing slowly making sure your image is adhered to your surface as you go. Once you have the knack, they are super easy to use. Let me know if you try them and how it goes!


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