Hello Friends! Welcome to my resource page filled with a few of my favorite things. Every item recommended on this page has been personally used by myself otherwise I would not be recommending it.
Tools are a must-have for any DIYer! I understand budgetary restraints and you may choose to stick with more hand tools vs power tools in the beginning. But I have found through my personal journey that power tools, once learned, not only make your projects more efficient, they also make them more enjoyable and successful.
Here are my favorite tools I use and love.
In this section of Beginner Skill Level Tools, these are the basic hand and power tools I recommend everyone from beginner to pro to have on hand. All of these are tools I personally own, use, and would recommend to you as you start your journey.
Drill + Impact Driver Combo
A Drill and Impact Driver are probably the most utilized tools in my home and furniture restoration projects. Without a doubt a wise investment for any DIYer from Beginner to Pro.
There is a time and place for hand sanding on every piece of furniture. However, the majority of projects allow for at least some power sanding. Another tool I could not imagine living without.
Orbital Jig Saw Combo Kit
As far as the level of intimidation and power saws the Jigsaw is probably the easiest saw to get your feet wet. This was the first power saw I purchased and it was the perfect introduction to saws and helped me get a lot of introductory projects finished.
A staple gun is definitely multi-purpose when it comes to construction projects as well as furniture refinishing. I use my hand stapler a lot when upholstering. However, if you're going to be doing a lot of it you might consider just investing in an electronic or pneumatic staple gun as those are much easier on the hands!
There are some basic tools every DIYer, homeowner, or literally, every adult should have on hand. This is a great starter kit by a good solid brand.
If you're looking for accuracy, straight lines, and a clear line to ensure both of those things this is the tool! Honestly, though this tool can do a lot more than just that including helping you with angles. It's one of those must-have tools every DIYer needs to have on hand.
Stud Finder | Magnetic
When you're installing literally anything on a wall be it trim, shiplap (or other wall treatment), or simply wanting to properly hang a heavy mirror or picture frame you will need a stud finder. This is a simple version that finds them with a strong magnet. I use it and love it, but there are others that utilize other means and may be more accurate for other purposes.
25' Measuring Tape | Locking
While the basic tool kit includes a tape measure it only goes up to 12'. When you're doing DIY work you very often have to measure much longer things, like the length of a whole room. I keep a small tape measure in my purse but utilize my 25' measuring tape the most in DIY projects.
This is the part in your power tool journey where you're starting to feel competent and you have basically gone from small fixes and easy builds to wanting to create more and do more complicated projects. Or, you may have just started a project that requires more. I always recommend challenging ourselves to learn new skills. These tools make a wider range of projects possible. Also, better quality results.
Some might argue with me about putting a miter saw above a circular saw, but all I have is my own anxiety and experience. The nice thing about a miter saw vs a circular saw is this has a base, clamps, slides to accommodate 10" wide wood, and a laser for accurate cuts. A circular saw has no base and nothing to help you maintain a straight line for accurate cuts. In other words, this saw is safer to use, especially if you also purchase the miter saw stand.
Kreg Jig Pocket Hole + Clamp
Did you ever see a piece of furniture and wonder to yourself "I wonder if I could make that"? If you learn how to use this little nifty tool you can answer yes to yourself. But it isn't just for building furniture. A Kreg Jig will help you join any two pieces of wood together. Build your own cabinets, doors, shelving brackets, bed frames, bathroom vanities, etc. The list is endless.
Cordless Nail Gun | Brad Nailer
There are about a million projects I've completed in my home which would not have been possible if not for this handy tool. From furniture refinishing or repairs to building farmhouse trim, or installing a wall treatment this cordless nail gun helps you accomplish it all. Bonus, it doesn't require a compressor like their traditional pneumatic counterparts.
This doesn't necessarily mean you are a professional, but you have definitely got confidence in your abilities and are looking to diversify your skills and abilities. Maybe you would like to learn to tile? (I haven't so I don't have any tools listed for that!) Or, maybe you want to learn how to replace all of your builder-grade trim with something a bit more charming? These are the tools I consider to be a level-up.
This saw, while intimidating at first, allows you to create straight lines down long pieces of wood. I utilize this saw for creating crisp clean edges on common lumber as well as ripping down 4' wide plywood when creating my shiplap walls. There are many other uses and it has easily paid for itself by making projects possible that otherwise would not have been.
Circular Saw | Corded
While this is one of the least expensive saw options you can purchase as a power tool, it is one of the scariest and riskiest ones to operate in my opinion. But it does have the benefit of being extremely portable. When I wanted to continue working on my closet transformation I was able to work at night without disturbing neighbors by using this tool. Also, I prefer corded because cordless versions suck batteries like crazy and often lock up from lack of power.
If you're looking to add personality and charm to a space or do a furniture makeover, these supplies can be the difference between a beautiful successful project and total and utter failure. The quality of the supplies you use when you're painting is very important. And the best part is, quality doesn't have to break the bank! Here are the painting supplies I own, use, and love!
2" Angled Brush
When it comes to versatility this little shortcut brush is the King. I use this paintbrush for all of my furniture restoration projects, painting trim, or cutting in for a wall. It has become my favorite paintbrush.
Such a simple thing, but makes a huge difference when painting the perimeter of an entire room. It has a magnet where your little 2" brush can sit. This way, when you're up on a ladder cutting in next to a ceiling you won't need to carry a whole can of paint.
4" Roller Kit
This little baby roller has come in so handy for me! I used it to effortlessly (almost) paint all of the doors in my house in one day. Plus, it's a great tool when you need to paint large flat surfaces on a piece of furniture.
9" Roller Kit
You definitely don't want to roll an entire room or wall with a 4" roller, so using this 9" will get that entire room done in literally less than an hour! It might also be useful to save your back by investing in an extension pole for this roller as well.
Homemaking is another great passion in my life. Creating a home that is comfortable, organized, clean, and suits the needs of my family is very important. Maybe the most important job I will ever do in life is to care for my family and the home we share. Here are my favorite organization, cleaning solutions, and resources I use and love.
Cleaning Tools + Supplies
If you're delving into the realm of creating healthier cleaning alternatives than the mainstream, we're on the same page! I started researching and creating my own cleaning products a decade ago when I started to realize all of the icky chemicals those popular brands had in their formulas. These are the supplies I use and love.
Amber Glass Spray Bottles
I love to make all of our own home cleaners. And because I tend to use a lot of essential oils for fragrance the best thing to use is Amber Glass Spray Bottles. It keeps the potency of the essential oils last longer!
I typically like a really simplified approach to the kitchen, but I have found as my interest in different types of cooking, baking, fermenting, food preservation, and extracting the number of tools grows exponentially! And they're all equally as important for each lovely adventure. Here are my favorite kitchen tools and resources I use and love.
My KitchenAid was a generous gift from my sister at a point in my minimizing journey when I just wanted one tool to rule them all. And though they're quite an investment, they're totally worth it if you can afford them. I personally own the KitchenAid 6 qt. Professional Series as linked in the photo to the left. However, there are less expensive versions that are just as good.
If you're looking into fermenting foods as a form of food preservation, this Fermentation Kit includes Airlock Tops, Glass Weights, Acacia Packer, and Bonus Printed Recipe Book is a lifesaver!
There are so many amazing health benefits with fermentation as well as being a type of food preservation. I personally started researching because of a desire to improve my gut health.