Essential DIY Tools

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If you are looking to start working on a few DIY projects around the house, then I suggest you pick up these 20 essential DIY tools for building, painting, repairing projects around the home. 

ESSENTIAL DIY TOOLS

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1 – a measuring tape – I swear by keeping two measuring  tapes, one that you leave in the house, and the other you leave in your car or purse so that whenever you are shopping you can make sure that perfect piece of furniture or long piece of lumber will fit in your car and in your home. If you do landscaping or have very large rooms, it would be best to have one measuring tape that is longer than 25 feet.

2 – drill bits – the partner in crime to see below. While a small set might work for most people consider what you will be drilling into, such as you might need masonry or metal drill bits depending on your project.

3 – cordless drill – I LOOOOOOOVE my Ryobi drill, amazing product aside I have to say the neon colour helps me easily spot it when I leave it on the ground in the middle of a project (such as building the garden trellis).

4 – allen keys in various sizes – if you have ever assembled something from Ikea chances are you got a free allen key to screw the hexagonal bolts or screws. It is a good idea to have various sizes, but often they are included with assemble it yourself furniture, so either slowly collect various sizes, or you can pick up a set of allen keys for just a few dollars.

5 – screwdriver socket set – instead of buying multiple screwdrivers you can buy one screwdriver with interchangeable tips. Also depending on your set it might include ends that could work for hexagonal bolts and screws, but if you are working with tights spaces you’ll still need your allen key as the screwdriver simply might not fit.

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6 – glue gun – with high and low temperature switch.

7 – utility knife – chances are at some point you’ll need to cut something with some precession such as scoring an edge, cutting out a stencil, or to cut your window film to size.

8 – staple gun – this is a must have if you plan on upholstering anything, but I suggest investing in a the slightly more expensive staple guns that also work as a nail gun. My beloved staple gun has been used in replacement of a traditional hammer and nail for several projects such as the huge Instagram photo frame, and I hope to use it one day to hang more mouldings on my walls.

9 – hammer – because banging in nails with your hand isn’t fun

10 – rubber mallet – this soft hammer will help when you need to lightly tap something in without damaging a product, such as fitting in shelves, or plastic caps over screws.

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11 – orbital sander – if you want to smooth a surface to give an even finish this sander as it will not damage the wood grain nor leave marks from sanding on the surface. When working on updating my painted dresser set, I just attached the fine sandpaper disk and turned the sander on, which is so much easier than sanding by hand.

12 – stud finder – (insert necessary stud finder joke here) if you will be hanging anything heavier than a picture frame on the wall it is best if you put the nail or screw into a stud, and the easiest way to find one is a stud finder which you put against the wall and it will beep when it is placed against where a stud is.

13 – level – if you want to hang anything, or build a frame and check the posts are straight you’ll need a level to check everything goes up straight.

14 – angled paint brush – make sure not to get the cheap brushes as they will often shed tons of bristles which will get stuck in your paint, varnish, stain etc..

15 – foam paint brush – unlike a typical brush a foam brush will not leave brush marks, so it is good idea to have one of these if you don’t have a paint sprayer to give an even smoother finish. A form brush is also useful when applying things like mod podge or other sealants.

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16 – miter saw – most of the wood projects done so far have been cut using the miter saw which allows you to make cuts on whatever angle you might need.

17 – jigsaw – this saw will allow you to cut curves or any other shape as the jigsaw is essentially a vertical knife that will keep cutting while you move it forward. Straight cuts are much more difficult with a jigsaw, so it would be best to use another saw for this purpose.

18 – palate knife – use it to put putty into wall holes, scrape off popcorn finish from ceilings, or even as a painting tool as shown in this DIY abstract artwork. It is an affordable tool that has many applications.

19 – set of pliers – if you need to grip, cut or bend something such as a wire pliers will help you easily do so, smaller pliers sets are especially useful if you are going to make jewelry.

20 –  paint roller  – essential for painting walls, look for one that allows you to attach a pole at the bottom and with a comfortable handle if you will be painting a large area.

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18 Comments

  1. Melanie
    March 31, 2014 / 1:31 pm

    I love a nice hot glue gun! I have a few that I use often. Great list!

  2. Melanie
    March 31, 2014 / 1:31 pm

    I love a nice hot glue gun! I have a few that I use often. Great list!

  3. Jeannie Clemens
    March 31, 2014 / 6:59 pm

    I love #9. Although I haven’t tried to bang in nails with my hand, I have banged my hand while hammering nails.

  4. Jeannie Clemens
    March 31, 2014 / 6:59 pm

    I love #9. Although I haven’t tried to bang in nails with my hand, I have banged my hand while hammering nails.

  5. Klougas
    March 31, 2014 / 7:23 pm

    Great list! A circular saw is definitely top 25 – those long cuts come out a lot more smoothly than with the jig 🙂

  6. Klougas
    March 31, 2014 / 7:23 pm

    Great list! A circular saw is definitely top 25 – those long cuts come out a lot more smoothly than with the jig 🙂

  7. March 31, 2014 / 7:29 pm

    Somehow I haven’t used a circular saw yet, but I’m sure I will this summer once I start building larger projects outdoors again.

  8. March 31, 2014 / 7:29 pm

    Somehow I haven’t used a circular saw yet, but I’m sure I will this summer once I start building larger projects outdoors again.

  9. Heather in Heels
    March 31, 2014 / 8:37 pm

    great list Stephanie! I would love to get my mitts on an orbital sander! and a miter saw too!

  10. Heather in Heels
    March 31, 2014 / 8:37 pm

    great list Stephanie! I would love to get my mitts on an orbital sander! and a miter saw too!

  11. March 31, 2014 / 9:14 pm

    I got mine for $30 on sale at Home Depot, and love it.

  12. April 5, 2014 / 5:03 pm

    I’m a sucker for tools. One day I want to get a nice big shiny red cabinet, and then I’ll feel really tool-competent!

  13. April 5, 2014 / 5:03 pm

    I’m a sucker for tools. One day I want to get a nice big shiny red cabinet, and then I’ll feel really tool-competent!

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