Don’t be intimidated by this list. I know it looks like a lot, but most of these things will get you through multiple painting projects and you might already have some of them on hand! I’ve used affiliated links to link you to the exact projects I use for painting furniture.
FOR CLEAR COATING:
Chip brush (I would use this to apply primer so you can throw away, you can also use this to apply glaze or a stain)
Foam roller (you can achieve a decent finish with just a paint brush if desired)