5 Small Tools That Will Make Your DIY Projects Much Easier

Love to get your hands dirty and do your own projects? Tools are a plus when doing it yourself. Especially these 5 small tools that are essential for all DIYers from tipsaholic.com #tools #diy5 Small Tools That will Make your DIY Projects Much Easier Tipsaholic.com

Do you like to tackle DIY projects around your home? You might have built a nice collection in your tool box, but there are certain small tools that many homeowners might not know about and will make your DIY projects much easier to complete.

 

1. Paint Can Pour Lid

Painting a room or a piece of furniture are two of the most common DIY projects and they are usually done with a can of paint. These cans can get messy, especially when you’re trying to pour the paint into a paint tray. The paint spreads all around the top, making it hard for you to hammer the lid back on. Over time, the paint can lid will start to rust and become distorted, dirtying up your paint and drying it up in the process. Ugh.

Try using these paint can pour lids, which cost only a little more than $2 each. They will seal the paint can completely with much less mess. And you can wash them and reuse them for more painting projects in the future!

2. 5-in-1 Tool

Multi-tasking tools are always better than several separate tools that only have one purpose each and take up more space in your toolbox. This 5-in-1 tool is so useful for many different DIY projects, from painting to repairing drywall.

It can scrape paint and wallpaper, spread drywall compound and wall putty, and open paint cans. Use this small tool to remove things from small spaces, such as old caulk from windows, old wood filler from furniture, and more. There’s also a half round cut-out on the tool that will remove paint off your paint roller.

Put it in your tool belt and you’ll be amazed at how often you’ll use it for all kinds of things!

3. Cabinet and Drawer Template

If you’ve ever installed hardware on brand new (or freshly painted) cabinet doors or drawers, you know how nerve-wracking it can be. You have to measure everything, make sure all of your holes line up so your hardware won’t look crooked, and actually drill into your precious cabinets.

These cabinet and drawer templates will give you a peace of mind and more confidence that you’re doing the job right. These handy small tools will do most of the measuring for you so that all of your pulls and knobs look perfect. See how Russet Street Reno added her beautiful new hardware to her cabinets and drawers using this small tool here!

4. Spray Paint Grip

Everybody loves how a can of spray paint can instantly make over anything, but it can make your trigger finger tired after long bouts of spraying. And when you get tired, your paint can start to come out in spurts, causing splatter and dripping. Not good. Give your finger a break and get a smoother finish with a spray paint grip.

5. Damaged Screw Extractor

Is there anything more annoying than a damaged and stripped screw that you can’t remove with your drill? The answer is no. A stripped screw can completely derail a project… unless you have a damaged screw extractor. This small tool makes it easy to remove damaged screws from your latest DIY project or from an older piece of furniture.

The best part about all these small tools is that they’re not expensive at all. Most of them cost under $20 (some way under that amount), but they will feel like they’re worth hundreds when they instantly solve a DIY problem you’re struggling with.

What other small tools do you think that every DIYer should have in their toolbox?

For a list of power tools that a new DIYer should consider getting, check out 10 Starter Tools for the New DIYer.

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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5 Fabulous (and FREE) Fonts for Halloween

There’s certainly no shortage of Halloween fonts out there but we’ve scoured the internet to find the BEST selection that are fabulous and FREE.

Create Halloween fun using fonts perfect for all Halloween projects. Check out these 5 fabulous and free halloween fonts via @tipsaholic #fonts #halloweenFree Fonts for Halloween

To download Dracula click here.

To download Sleepy Hollow click here.

To download Monster Freak click here.

To download Cobwebbed click here.

To download Bone Chilling click here.

Do you love the bats too?  They’re from Picmonkey – a free and super fun photo editing website. Check it out!

Which one is your favorite? Is there one you think we missed?

Author: Jennifer Faris is a photographer, writer, mom of 3 littles and wife to a rock star (at least in her eyes). You can see more of her work at www.jenniferfaris.com and follow her on FacebookPinterest,Instagram.

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15 Tips for Organizing Your Garage

15 Tips for Organizing Your Garage | Tipsaholic.com #home #organization #garage #storage #solutions #cleaning

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Most garage designs offer around 500 square feet of space. Not unlike many homeowners, you have most likely faced obstacles when it comes to keeping this large storage space under control and organized.

You may not be able to work a professional organizer into your budget, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experience a garage with complete organization systems. Here are 15 tips to organize your garage from the ground up!

 

1. Create a showroom-style garage, starting with new garage flooring.

If you aren’t completely confident that you can do the installation yourself or you are too busy to complete new flooring yourself, hiring a professional is the route to go!

New innovative garage floor materials are much more maintainable than traditional concrete flooring and easier to clean.

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2. Use your lids!

Keep your nuts, bolts, screws and other small objects organized and within easy reach. Install plastic lids to the bottom of a shelf, then just screw the jars on and off for easy access.

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3. Clear view makes it easy for you.

What!? You don’t have x-ray vision?! Clear labeled tubs (like those below, from Frazzled Joy) can solve your searching problem quick! Use this calculator to check your garage measurements.

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4. Stretch, hook and voila! Instant storage!

Stretch bungee cords from the floor to 2x4s attached to the wall to make a frame and store all your sports equipment!

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5. Upcycle your gutters for garage organization!

Old gutters can be recycled into a garage storage solution! Install them up high in the garage to hold spray paint and cleaning products to keep out of reach of the kids. (Here are more tips to organize a house if you have kids.)

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6. Closed doors can keep your belongings safe and out of sight!

Custom garage companies can install floating garage cabinets that are easy to clean underneath and protect your belongings from pests and water damage. If you decide to install the cabinets yourself, remember to provide a strong anchor, so you can protect from a possible fall!

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7. Pegboards can hold a plethora of items!

Utilize a pegboard to store your hand tools on the wall and off the garage floor! You can install a single pegboard or you can get innovative and make pegboard pages for multiple storage solutions! What a great use of space! Find more cool pegboard ideas here!

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8. Don’t walk under an open ladder or prop it against the wall.

A ladder propped up against a wall is not safe storage. The ladder can fall and cause injury or property damage. As an alternative way to store your ladder, suspend it on sturdy hooks that are part of a wall attachment system or hang it from your ceiling!

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9.Off the floor and on the wall seating.

Okay, so you can’t actually sit on the wall, but you can hang up your folding chairs, lawn chairs, etc. on the wall! You most likely have extra chairs stuffed in the corner of your garage. With a magnetic strip you can attach to the wall, chairs are easy to hang up and pull down when you need them!

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10. Hang a magnetic strip.

Keep tiny items in place with a magnetic wall strip. You can hang it horizontally or vertically, depending on your storage needs.

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11. Everything has a place and there is a place for everything!

Find the exact place you want your tools and trace around the outer edges. This will help keep you and anyone working in the garage organized by reminding you where to put tools away.

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12. Are you a biker? You need a bike rack!

Overhead bike racks are stylish, functional and sturdy so you can keep your bike hanging high and off the garage floor! Utilizing a bike storage rack is a fantastic way to remind yourself to hop on and cruise!
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13. Keep your chin up.

Overhead storage is another great way to make the most of your garage’s available space. Take a look at this system for attaching bins to the ceiling.

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14. Get on a roll with this unique trick.

Put up a simple paper towel holder, and your bags will be where you need them every time.

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15. Get it all off the floor.

Don’t risk ruining your pristine chip flooring. Get your items off the floor with garage wall racks!

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Don’t set limits upon your garage storage. From floor to ceiling, you have plenty of options to achieve complete organization. Just get creative! Check out some more DIY ideas for the garage here.

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Special thanks to Arizona Garage Design for submitting this article. 

Featured image courtesy of Arizona Garage Design

 

Introduction to Basic Woodworking Tools Infographic

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I thought this infographic about basic woodworking tools was interesting and very helpful! It has some great tips for beginning woodworkers!

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10 Starter Tools for the New DIYer

10 Must-Have Tools For A New DIYer via Tipsaholic.com

Okay: so you’ve decided to start tackling some DIY renovation, redecorating or fix-it projects around your house. Congrats – welcome to our world! Now, you know what you’re going to need? A set of basic starter tools to ensure that you can handle all those projects and repairs like a pro. Don’t worry: with the proven experience of the Remodelaholic team behind us, we’ve got you covered with this starter tool shopping list.

10 Must-Have Starter Tools For Every New DIYer via Tipsaholic

  1. Safety Glasses: Think safety first and protect your eyes, especially if you’re working with power tools or around lots of sawdust.
  2. Hammer: Be sure to get a claw-style hammer, which is just as handing for pulling nails out as it is for driving them in.
  3. Screwdrivers: You’ll need both flat head and Phillips head – and a couple of different sizes will prove helpful. An all-in-one tool can also cover all the bases until you get more experienced.
  4. Adjustable Wrench: From plumbing projects to furniture assembly, you’ll be surprised how often this wrench will come in handy.
  5. Locking Tape Measure: Probably the most important “tool” in your toolbox. Remember: measure twice, cut once! And a 25-footer is large enough to handle even the biggest measuring jobs you’ll encounter.
  6. Toolbox: Speaking of toolboxes, make sure you have one to keep all your tools organized and portable.
  7. Level: You don’t want your photo frame collage to be crooked or your new coffee table to slope, so be sure to employ your level.
  8. Staple Gun: A must-have for simple tacking as well as upholstery projects.
  9. Hacksaw: Undoubtedly you’ll have to cut some pieces of wood to size — a general purpose hack saw with blades that can change angles will get the job done.
  10. Rechargeable Cordless Drill / Driver: A little bit more of an investment but perhaps the handiest tool you’ll ever own. Invest in a better-quality drill and you won’t “outgrow” it as your DIY skills improve.

Bonus tip: All of these starter tools would make a great gift for someone moving into his/her first apartment!

 

Julianne Puckett is the creator of Yankee Kitchen Ninja, a blog about what she calls “stealthy homemaking” — healthy recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, DIY gardening tips and the occasional craft project. A designer, writer and former suburban-dwelling IT professional, she lives in rural Vermont, where she struggles to balance the siren call of her inner farmer with her love of cute shoes and cocktails.

5 Simple Sanding Tips

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5 Simple Sanding Tips!

1. When you are building projects that needs sanding, one of the biggest mistakes a beginner might make is putting too much pressure on the sander.  Allow the sander to do the work.
2. On flat surfaces, always sand with the grain of the wood, meaning sand parallel with the basic direction of the lines of the wood grain, don’t sand perpendicular to those lines.
3. Start out with a heavy grit (which is actually the lower number like 60 or 80)  Then jump up and work your way into the larger numbers and finer grits as you go til you get to the desired smoothness.
4. For painted you need to sand to at least 120 grit.  For staining minimum 220 grit.
5. When spray painting furniture etc to get a glossy professional finish be sure to lightly sand between coats with a 320 grit sanding pad.   Do not sand after the final coat if you want to keep the finish even.  If you want a burnished effect on a piece of furniture, spray paint with flat paint, then sand after the final coat (being sure not to remove excess paint)  It is a unique smooth finish that is worth giving a try.