I got my first set of tools as a high school graduation gift. It was a little set from IKEA that included a hammer, flat head and phillips screwdrivers, a wrench, and pliers. It served me well all through college and into my first year living on my own. But then I got the decorating and DIY bug and I moved up to bigger and better things, and that is when I bought a toolbox. I felt like such a man (not male, but like a responsible adult citizen) buying one, that is until I quickly filled it with girly crap like 3M hooks and a stapler with flowers on it 🙂
This last year I’ve really honed in on what tools I actually use and need often. I live alone (sometimes) and I’m not really into a lot of major construction projects so these are the necessary tools for the amateur or just a regular old homeowner. These are the things you will need to hang a picture, repair a hole in the drywall or plaster, or paint a room.
So if you are just starting out or trying to clean up your tool kit, here is what I use, starting with paint supplies…
I just recently threw out my 2″ angle paint brush because it had seen better days. But this is my go to paint brush (not this one in particular, I’m not brand loyal about this kind of stuff). I use this for trimming out rooms instead of taping the whole room up. It works great and it’s much faster than it sounds.
|via Bed Bath & Beyond|
While not technically a “tool”, I have this step ladder and I love it! I forgot to take a picture of mine, but this is the one I have. Of course, using a step ladder to paint is optional, but I really recommend it. I used to just stand on a dining room chair but a few paint splatters later I figured it was time to get something a little more appropriate for the task. While I use this every time I paint, I also use it to reach the top of closets, etc. It’s nice to have around!
Those are my go to paint tools. I paint a lot but even if you are only planning on painting one or two rooms I would still recommend all of these things. Thankfully, all of these ‘tools’ are really inexpensive and they are mostly reusable.
What are your go to paint tools?
PS I’ll be back on Wednesday with a round up of what other tools I use and love!