I’m on a road trip to Philly to visit my sister… so no opportunity for any DIY/ fixer upper projects… but I am finally getting around to sharing some of the other ideas I’ve had percolating around in the blog corner of my brain! (It wasn’t until I had kids that I realized what a gear freak I was…stay tuned for a post down the road on all my favorite baby gear!)
Back to the post… tools. Gadgets. Things I use the most for my DIY projects. I still haven’t graduated to major home projects like installing wood floors or bead and batten siding or retiling, so these are JV tools, but they get a lot of use in our house. I probably should start by saying that I’m not an expert. None of these manufacturers know I exist (call me, maybe?) and all I can tell you about is my own experience. For most of these items I did a little research which is how I ended up buying what I bought… but again, just take this as my humble little blogger opinion.
1. Staple Gun
I’ve just graduated to a compressor, so hopefully staple gunning will become easier and easier, but this hand held has taken me through all my upholstery projects to date. In anticipation of my headboard project, I bought an electric staple gun and it wasn’t half as powerful… so lesson learned electric is not necessarily better.
2. Cordless (Battery Powered) Screwdriver
This is worth it’s meager price in gold. I think it runs about $12 and I use it for everything from replacing batteries in the kids’ toys to unscrewing upholstered seats on furniture to hanging paintings.
3. Jig Saw
I know I’ve mentioned, but this might just be my favorite little tool in the tool box. We have a bigger miter saw, but this is so easy and handy that I find myself using this for the simple cuts of wood that I needed to make for projects like this, this, and this.
I’ve had two different kinds of sanders… this one below and another one with a square head. I didn’t think I’d like the one below because you have to buy the specialized sand paper that fits the sander whereas our first one works with a plain sheet of sandpaper cut in quarters. This said, the advantage of the one below is the shape: the point allows me to get into grooves and corners better than the square head did. Since most of the sanding I’m doing is on furniture, I’m reaching for this one more often. And it’s small enough for me to navigate with one hand pretty easily.
5. Edging/ Angle Brush
These brushes are everywhere and the small size makes them perfect for not just cutting in and edging, but also the quick touch up jobs. The brush holds paint well and is well worth the $6 ish investment.
6. Upholstery Hammer
This is my newest DIY baby. I’m stretching my upholstery muscles so this will come in handy for nailing upholstery tacks for webbing and heavy fabric, but I’m also loving it for those rogue staples that don’t quite go in far enough. It’s heavy enough to hammer, but small enough to the tight corners on most upholstery projects.
7. Needle Nose Pliers
No specific brand in mind here, this just happens to be a tool I reach for all the time. Whether pulling out staples, removing a stripped screw or holding something in place for gluing… these are handy to have in your junk drawer!
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