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Monday, April 15, 2013

My 5 Must Haves for DIY Projects

Once I find something I like, I tend to stick with it, whether it's a meal at a restaurant or a brand of clothing, and DIY tools are no different.  Here's a list of my top 5 tools that I use when I'm working on a project.

3M Scotch Blue Painter's Tape -

I use the blue painter's tape to help me with difficult painting projects like the striped walls in Luke's room and the painted rug.

Purdy Paint Brushes

I've been buying purdy brushes since I was in high school. The angled brush is hands down the best for cutting in along trim, like when I painted the living room....twice.  Plus, I've never had a problem with stray bristles finding their way into my project.  If taken care of, they'll last forever.

Dewalt Electric Orbital Sander

I absolutely hate sanding.  It's my least favorite of project tasks, but its oftentimes one of the most important. Rather than wear out my warm with a regular ol' hand sander, I opt for the electric version which came in very handy when I took this cabinet from trash to treasure.

Porter Cable Finish Nailer

While we don't own a nail gun, my dad does and we use it every chance we get - like when I added trim to our open shelving.  It sure cuts a project's time using a pneumatic nail gun rather than the old hammer and nail.

E6000 Adhesive

This adhesive is super strong and I love it.  I used it most recently to make the faux hand bookends.

So there you have it - 5 things I couldn't live without.  Now, what items are your must-haves?


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