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What to Pack in Your DIY Decorating Toolkit

Love DIY projects? Make sure you have these essential tools and supplies to accomplish every project with ease.

 

What to Pack in Your DIY Decorating Toolkit

As a DIYer, you know how important it is to have the right tools available. Farmhouse Style and Country Sampler designers/stylists Nancy Borsodi and Rene Haines always keep a well-stocked toolkit (or in Rene’s case, a tool cabinet) on hand so they have everything they need when the creative desire hits. Be prepared for your own success by stocking your kit with these essential tools and supplies recommended by Nancy and Rene.

“As a DIYer and project designer, these items are pretty much permanent residents in my toolbox,” Nancy says. Here are her top tools and supplies:

Tools:
Cordless drill/screwdriver with bits designed for a variety of materials, including metal, wood and ceramics
Hammer
Craft knife
Utility knife
Cutting mat
Scissors (one pair for cutting fabric and ribbon and another for paper)
Needle-nose and regular pliers
Wire cutters
Metal or metal-edge ruler
Tape measure
Craft saw

Supplies:
An assortment of screws, nails, nuts and bolts in a variety of sizes
Writing tools, including pencil, chalk and fine-tip marker
Small sewing kit (or an assortment of different-size needles and basic colors of thread)
Wire, including annealed wire and lightweight or floral wire
Straight and safety pins
Decoupage medium
Dual-temp glue gun and multi-temp glue sticks
All-purpose school glue sticks
Extension cord
Painter’s tape
Duct tape
Foam and bristle paintbrushes in a variety of sizes
Natural sea sponge (for painting mottled effects)
Sandpaper or sanding blocks
Twine, rope and string
Protective gloves
Safety glasses or goggles

Nancy’s Tips and Tricks:
1. If you don’t have a cutting mat, try a flexible kitchen cutting mat as an inexpensive option that can easily be rolled and stored.
2. Tuck an emery board or nail file in with your sandpaper to use in small or hard-to-reach areas.
3. Use decoupage medium as an emergency adhesive.

“My projects involve a lot of painting, so I have more of a cabinet,” says Rene, who stocks her DIY space with the following:

Tools:
Battery-powered drill and assorted bits, plus backup second battery
Power sander and a variety of sanding disks, plus an extension cord for the sander
Hammer
Needle-nose pliers
Wire cutters
Flathead screwdriver
Phillips-head screwdriver
Tape measure
Small level
Paint can opener
Staple gun and assorted staples
Utility knife
Small pry bar

Supplies:
Painter’s tape
Angled-edge 2-inch paintbrush
Small and large paint trays
Small foam paint roller and extra roller covers
Standard-size paint roller and roller covers
Package of small nails
Marking pencil
Soft rags
Jute string
Floral wire

Of course, those are just Nancy and Rene’s go-to items. You may have your own favorites that you always like to keep on hand. Because as any DIYer knows, it helps to have the right tools!

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