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A huge component of how I have been able to jump into home decor is by doing a lot of projects myself. Not only does it save money, but it is also SATISFYING to totally transform old, outdated, or fugly pieces, walls etc.
In order to keep the process super streamlined, I have created a list for you of my 11 must-have tools for DIY’ers
A simple toolkit with a hammer, screwdriver, different screw heads, tape measure, level, and a box cutter, These simple tools are a MUST have in every apartment or home!
An electric screwdriver is a step below a drill and a very handy tool to have, Wether you’re simply putting together a lot of furniture or even anchoring something in the wall, an electric screwdriver makes it a lot easier than a manual screwdriver.
OK a drill is a life changer if you
are going to do anything from hang curtains, mount a TV, or even change hardware placement. That being said, before you get into purchasing power tools select which brand you want to go with. I only mention this because sometimes they have interchangeable batteries and if you get complimentary products you could switch your batteries between devices and save yourself some money! I currently have a Black and Decker, but I know Ryobi is also a great product.
Random Orbital Sander:
This is probably my favorite tool of all time! Maybe because it was my first introduction to power tools, or maybe because it allowed me to refinish my first set of furniture (which I still use!) The random orbital sander is not only incredibly useful but also a very easy learning curve!
This is the exact sander I use and it has been sturdy for over a decade and is relatively inexpensive.
This is a little bit of a “duh” product, but having extra paintbrushes on hand at all times is imperative for a DIY’er. If you have a last-minute wall touch-up, furniture to paint, or even abstract art you want to make, you need brushes! I advise you keep a high-quality stock on hand.
Again, “duh,” but using rollers when possible over brushes gives you a smoother finish and moves faster. I can’t tell you how many times I have wanted to paint and had to run to the store for more roller heads… DIY’er problems!
Having one high-quality paint tray that you can use disposable liners in makes frequent painting and clean-up so much easier.
The same concept as the paint tray and liners, a paint cup and liner allows for frequent painting and easy clean-up.
Ya girl is used to making a mess! I have ruined many a floor with my messy DIY’ing. Investing in tarps to protect the space and floor around you is a lesson I have learned the hard way… many times over!
I spray paint everything! Having back stock of your favorite colors or home color scheme is smart. As you know, I often find myself purchasing items at HomeGoods or Good Will and bringing them home to get a coat of spray paint. Personally I always keep black and white on hand.
Trial and error is at the epitome of any DIY’ers heart. Due to this “give it a try!” attitude, spackling a wall is no unfamiliar territory. I am constantly hanging art, moving things, testing the height of something. Knowing I have wall spackle on hand, gives me all the permission I need to try out all of my ideas.
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