1. a quality paint
2. a quality paint brush
I never understood the importance of a good paint brush until I painted with a Purdy. These are brushes that will last you a lifetime if you take care of them and simply clean them when you're finished painting.
First and foremost, brush strokes and lap marks are a rarity. With a light sand between coats, you can produce a perfect finish with these brushes. Also, the quality of Purdy brushes is amazing and the bristles don't fall out!! The last thing I want to do is to stick my fingers into my hard work, or sand out a bristle that dried into my paint. Thankfully, I can't remember the last time I had to do that =)
I always keep an angled 2" cub on hand for tight spaces and cutting in, but for this project, I chose the Purdy XL Elite. This particular brush is 2.5" wide which covers more surface and is flat, since I had a lot of large, flat surface to cover. However, you can get them angled, too.
Another thing to keep in mind when you're buying your brushes is when painting furniture with latex paint, it's best to use a medium stiff to stiff polyester brush. Latex and that soft stuff don't get along =)
Here's everything you'll need to get started: