Paint Brush Holder Tutorial

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.

{Texas Craft House} DIY Paint brush holder, could also use this as a make up brush holder!

I purchased an 8ft 4×4 of pine wood from Home Depot for $14.00

{Texas Craft House} DIY Paint brush holder, could also use this as a make up brush holder!

Then I measured out blocks of wood by 10 inches each…

{Texas Craft House} DIY Paint brush holder, could also use this as a make up brush holder!

… and cut it with a miter saw.

{Texas Craft House} DIY Paint brush holder, could also use this as a make up brush holder!

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.

{Texas Craft House} DIY Paint brush holder, could also use this as a make up brush holder!

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.

{Texas Craft House} DIY Paint brush holder, could also use this as a make up brush holder!

Then I used 4 different sizes of forestner bits. The bottom row I used 1/4 inch bit for the small paint brushes.

{Texas Craft House} DIY Paint brush holder, could also use this as a make up brush holder!

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!

{Texas Craft House} DIY Paint brush holder, could also use this as a make up brush holder!

{Texas Craft House} DIY Paint brush holder, could also use this as a make up brush holder!

The second row I used 3/8 inch bit for the medium sized brushes.

{Texas Craft House} DIY Paint brush holder, could also use this as a make up brush holder!

{Texas Craft House} DIY Paint brush holder, could also use this as a make up brush holder!

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.

{Texas Craft House} DIY Paint brush holder, could also use this as a make up brush holder!

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.

{Texas Craft House} DIY Paint brush holder, could also use this as a make up brush holder!

I smoothed out the edges with a simple sander.

{Texas Craft House} DIY Paint brush holder, could also use this as a make up brush holder!

Then used some cherry colored wood stain I had leftover to finish the project.

{Texas Craft House} DIY Paint brush holder, could also use this as a make up brush holder!

Here is the paint brush holder all finished.

{Texas Craft House} DIY Paint brush holder, could also use this as a make up brush holder!

I cannot wait to give this to my mom… she is going to be so surprised!

{Texas Craft House} DIY Paint brush holder, could also use this as a make up brush holder!

I’m going to add a handwritten note to the very bottom for a final touch.

{Texas Craft House} DIY Paint brush holder, could also use this as a make up brush holder!

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.

{Texas Craft House} Cassie

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