one brush. change things.

Marian ParsonsPainting & Refinishing, Secret Weapons441 Comments

I’ve been sharing little sneak peeks on my Instagram feed and now it’s time for the official announcement…

If you didn’t/can’t watch the video, the big announcement is that Shaunna West of Perfectly Imperfect and I have teamed up to create a brand – Parsons West AND our first product is a brush we developed just for paint-loving ladies like ourselves.

This all started almost two years ago.  We kicked around the idea of partnering on the development of some products.  Shaunna and her son actually came up to PA to stay with us for a few days as we worked on some ideas.

Love this girl @pishaunna

A photo posted by Marian aka Miss Mustard Seed (@missmustardseed) on

We had a pretty massive snow storm and she was stuck with us a bit longer than expected!  It was time well spent, though.

And you know what can happen to ideas.  I have a graveyard full of good ideas that just never got the attention they deserved (ahem…mustard seed pages, cough.)  Shaunna and I got busy and our ideas were buried under the weight of everything else we had to do.  The girl has two shops AND just made a TV pilot, so it’s understandable.

The thing is, I kept using the brush we had designed over a year ago.  Kriste and I would silently fight over it.  I’d pick through all of my other brushes to find that one.  I was nervous about letting other people use it at workshops, because it was my only one!  After a year of heavy use, it’s still shapely and still my favorite brush.

That told me this was an idea that needs follow up.  It deserves some attention to make it happen.

So, Shaunna and I picked it back up again and a couple of weeks ago, we each received our first order of our very own brush with our PW branding on it.  (By they way, Reni of Bliss & Tell Branding Company did our branding, which was quite a process with two people giving her input!)  Here’s our final branding sheet…

Parsons West Style Sheet | Bliss & Tell Branding Co.

When we initially were working on brushes, we knew we wanted a really awesome, versatile paint brush to be the flagship product.  We both favor a 2″ angled sash brush, so that’s where we started.

Parsons West Paint Brush

We wanted synthetic bristles, for a smooth finish and so it would hold its shape well.  The bristles are also tapered, so there is better contact with the surface.  They’re shaped perfectly for cutting in and getting a nice, clean edge.

The handle is natural wood in a shape that allows you to wrap your hand around the base of the brush…just how Shaunna and I both hold our brushes.  I’ve found holding a brush this way minimizes cramping when I’m on a painting marathon.

Parsons West Paint Brush

This brush can be used for any paint projects (furniture, walls, cabinetry, etc.) and any water-based paint (latex, milk paint, acrylic, chalk-type paint, waterborne enamel, etc.)  It’s such a beautiful, quality brush and I almost don’t mind if no one wants to buy one, because then I have a lifetime supply!

Parsons West Paint Brush

We will be selling the brush to retailers, but for now, Shaunna and I will be selling them to you, the customer, directly.  You can buy the brush in my online shop, HERE.

I’m sold out right now, but you can buy a brush from Shaunna’s shop HERE.

AND I would like to giveaway ten brushes to ten of my paint-loving readers!

parsons west | one brush. change things.

Our tagline is “one brush. change things.”

To enter the giveaway, just tell me what you would change with this brush.  (If you buy a brush and win, I will give you a full refund.)

Entries are valid through Friday, July 31, 2015, at midnight PST.  You must be over the age of 18 to win.  International entries will be accepted.  Ten winners will be chosen and announced on Monday, August 3, 2015.

By the way, did you like our little “commercial”?  Jen from Eight Hundred, someone we met at Lucketts, was visiting the day we filmed the video and she caught some behind-the-scenes pictures of Kriste and I making it…

“Can you brush horizontally?  And, hold the brush like that…no, like this…yep.  Now, slow down a bit.  Okay, too slow…”  I was a picky director and Kriste was a trooper!

brush commercial

one brush. change things.

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441 Comments on “one brush. change things.”

  1. This is fantastic! I was in bed last night thinking of some upcoming projects and wishing there was an angled brush. Voila! Here it is! We have never purchased any nice furniture for our mater bedroom. My mother in law gave us her old Henrendon French Provincial nightstands a few years ago. Once I finish my projects for other people, they’re first on my list to do – this brush would be perfect. Thanks for offering the giveaway and congratulations on your new product!

  2. A brush to change a heirloom bottom hutch dresser. I’ve wanted to change it for years! We live in a new city, state and and a new home and I can’t think of a better way to change something than to paint a piece I love! To give it new life would make me very happy! I love the idea of you creating a new brush! Congratulations!

  3. I would use it to paint the bench in my front hall and the beadboard that will be installed in my kitchen very soon! I bet your new paintbrush would get into all the grooves of the beadboard really well!

  4. I would be able to stop being known as the paint brush collector! With the right brush I can finally tackel the outdated wood kitchen cabinets.

  5. I’ve just received my first batch of Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint, ordered here in Australia. What better way to apply it than by using a brush co-designed by Miss Mustard Seed herself! No better recommendation xx

  6. I would use it to paint the dresser that I first painted when expecting my now 29 year old son. I have been deciding what color to use and it would be great to have a good brush to use.

  7. I just bought an old French chair badly in need of paint and fabric. It would be wonderful to paint it with your new brush and and milk paint.

  8. The question would not be what would I paint but what would I paint first 🙂
    I would paint the MCM buffet that serves as my coffee bar so that it “blends” with the rest of my painted kitchen or maybe the 5 panel door that I want to use on my ceiling in the kitchen as a backdrop for a custom light fixture or the crown molding I installed that needs a color change…I love to paint, it is the easiest way to transform and brighten a space… which is probably why I love your site and products…just wish I lived closer so I could take a class…maybe some day I will make this a “girls weekend” trip 🙂

  9. This looks like a great brush! I would paint the linen cupboard in my hallway that is totally unfinished and has been for some time. 🙁 Waiting for the right brush evidently!

  10. I began intentionally living small years ago before it was popular. Since then I’ve had a family. The temptation to go big is always there. I would use the brush to change our furniture – to help keep us satisfied in our home and to continue our goals.

  11. I would change a small unpainted standing cabinet in my bedroom that holds sweaters and a hand painted egg carton “jewelry box” my young granddaughter made for me.

  12. I was use it to paint a french provincial dining room set that I’m finally going to be brave enough to buy!

  13. Oh my gosh, I would finish painting my dining room! This is terrible, but last July as I was walking down my front steps to go to Lowe’s and get paint, I fell off my own porch and broke my wrist, which afterwards involved surgery, physical therapy, etc. About two feet of the room has been painted. I kid you not, it’s been a YEAR now, and my wrist is all healed up and has been for a while. It needs to get finished, and I feel like I’ve got a mental block or something. A new brush might be just the trick to get me moving.

  14. With this awesome brush I would attack the furniture that currently occupies a bay in my garage that has been waiting for me to find the inspiration to do so…most are finds from thrift stores…some old family pieces.

  15. I would change just about everything in my house….empty nesters moving on and want a whole new look.

  16. This brush is so pretty! Never thought I’d say that about a paint brush! It almost has a French look to it, if that makes sense. My first paint project would be dining chair that need refinishing for my son and his bride.

  17. I would change out all the other brushes I keep buying trying to find one I like. Next big project is a buffet turned media center.

  18. This one brush would change furniture that I have painted many times in my mind to furniture being painted in reality. I have the paint (never opened), now all I need is a great brush!!!

  19. Ever since I discovered miss mustard seed milk paint a few weeks ago, I’ve been going through each room transforming pieces. So far, a coffee table and end tables, currently working on a hutch… next a set of nightstands, my daughter’s dresser, the new baby’s dresser/changing table, and a dresser for my son (yet to be found since the new baby will inherit his old one). I love painting and making old things new. It’s like therapy. Love your site. Love your line.

  20. I would change back to my painting days of about 18 months ago! I had a serious health intermission but am now ready to start painting again. I would start with an old MCM dresser currently in my workroom that I want to be our new TV stand. Thanks for the chance to win a new brush.

  21. Hello from across the pond. I have reading your blog and your design sense has re-awakened a need to work with my hands and get back to a life with colour in it!

  22. What would I change?The procrastinating in redoing an old dresser.If your brush is as you say and keeps your hands from cramping ,….It would be a keeper and a new start,a reason to move forward with many things.Because of problems with my hands,some of the doors had closed for me.But I would love a chance to try again!Thank you for the opportunity in the giveaway!Dresser here I come!

  23. I would use it to paint every piece of furniture in my bedroom-white!! I have been dreaming of turning my bedroom into my own ” beach retreat” but haven’t gotten around to doing it. Now that fall is right around the corner, I’ve decided to keep BRING the beach look in for the entire year. This brush will be perfect to add all of the blue accent and trim paint to my white beachy furniture!!

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