My mom recently made some life changes to pursue her dream of becoming a professional artist. This past weekend she participated in her first art show – out of 400 applicants she was 1 of the 60 chosen to be show cased. It was so much fun to see her beaming while listening to the comments from the judges and potential buyers. I am so proud of her and all that she has accomplished already that I wanted to make her something special. After visiting her the other day I noticed her paint brushes were sprawled out on the table without their own spot. That’s when I decided she needed a paint brush holder. My husband helped me find the right tools to make it myself and I can’t wait to share the tutorial with you.
I purchased an 8ft 4×4 of pine wood from Home Depot for $14.00
Then I measured out blocks of wood by 10 inches each…
… and cut it with a miter saw.
I was able to get 9 blocks cut from this one piece. I’m considering making one for myself and a couple friends who also paint with the extra pieces.
Then I measured out paint brush hole spots with a pencil. I made them 1 inch apart … 3 down and 9 across. My husband suggested using a ruler to make a line all the way across the pencil marks just to make sure everything was straight when it came to drilling time. If a mark was off I just made sure to drill on the line.
Then I used 4 different sizes of forestner bits. The bottom row I used 1/4 inch bit for the small paint brushes.
This was my first time using a drill press. I can’t wait to find more projects to make with it. It was so easy to use!
The second row I used 3/8 inch bit for the medium sized brushes.
And the last row I used a 1/2 inch bit and a 5/8 inch bit for the large and extra large paint brushes.
Here is the block of wood all drilled… you can see the rough parts along the edges. I apologize for these next couple pictures, they look blue, I’m still learning how to use my new fancy camera my husband surprised me with.
I smoothed out the edges with a simple sander.
Then used some cherry colored wood stain I had leftover to finish the project.
Here is the paint brush holder all finished.
I cannot wait to give this to my mom… she is going to be so surprised!
I’m going to add a handwritten note to the very bottom for a final touch.
I think this will look so nice beside her large easel, and will keep her paint brushes all organized instead of having them laying on a table.