16+ Handy Home Improvement and DIY Apps

16+ Home Improvement DIY Apps - Tipsaholic

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What kind of tools do you have in your toolbox? Does your collection include your smartphone? It should, since your phone can be turned into a wide array of useful tools with the help of these awesome DIY apps! For those of you who are interested in home improvement, carpentry, and other DIY projects, check out these DIY apps to see how they can make your life much easier.

Level Apps

If you’ve ever hung up a picture frame or a shelf, you know how important it is to have a good quality level in your toolbox. Make it easy to make sure everything in your home is not crooked by having a level app on your phone so you can whip it out of your pocket at any time.

Multi-Measures (iOS, Android) has both a surface level and a spirit/bubble level, but this DIY app also includes many other tools that you might find useful, such as a plumb bob, compass, and decibel.

iHandy Carpenter (iOS, Android) is similar to the previous app; it includes a level, surface level, plumb bob, and a few more tools. It’s nice-looking and pretty popular with DIYers. However, if all you need is a level, you can just download the iHandy Level Free (iOS, Android).

Measuring Apps

Home improvement includes lots of measurements, unless you like cabinets that don’t fit or furniture that’s too big for your space. A measuring tape always works, but why not use your phone instead so you don’t have to bring your tape to every store you go to?

Dimensions (iOS) is a great DIY app that measures many distances in your home and your yard and saves all of your measurements for you. You can measure your walls, your garden, and even tiny objects! The app also comes with several other features.

There are so many measuring apps that it’s impossible to mention them all, but some notables are Smart Measure Pro (Android), Dot Measure Pro (iOS), and Easy Measure (iOS, Android).

If you need to send over a whole list of measurements to your carpenter or your interior designer, or if you’re shopping for furniture and need to bring a lot of measurements of your home with you to find the perfect fit, you can save all of your measurements and put them around your pictures. You’ll be able to do this with the Photo Measures Lite (iOS, Android) app.

Painting Apps

You’re probably doing (or planning on doing) a lot of painting if you’re a serious DIYer or even just a homeowner. A good painting app will make this task a lot easier to plan for and complete.

Several paint companies have their own apps, but a well-liked one is ColorSmart by BEHR (iOS, Android). You can perform color-matching with your phone, as well as finding paint color schemes and testing out your paint colors in various photos of rooms and styles in the app.

Prefer to test out paint colors of actual photos of your rooms? Get the Paint My Place App (iOS) and do just that. It uses several paint brands so you can choose your favorite one. Change the paint colors of a room or the exterior of your home and narrow down your selections before heading over to the paint store.

If you just need to know how much paint you need to complete your project, the Paint Calculator Pro (iOS, Android) will help you find out. The app also will inform you how much your painting project will cost you and quotes from pros if you’re considering hiring help instead of doing it yourself.

Gardening Apps

Have a garden or a yard you’d like to add a garden to? Or maybe you just need help with increasing your curb appeal with landscaping? Check out these gardening apps and see how your phone can make your outdoor space more beautiful and functional.

Garden Plan Pro (iOS) is an all-comprehensive app that will help you design your garden, know when to plan certain corps, know where to plant your seeds depending on sun/shade, and set reminders that help you maintain your garden throughout the year.

The Garden Compass Plant/Disease Identifier (iOS) app is great for beginning gardeners and landscapers. You can use the app to identify plants that are already around your home by taking a picture of them. It also identifies diseases and pests.

New to gardening? The When to Plant (iOS) app will tell you exactly when to plant whatever you want to grow. You’ll put in your zip code and get all the information you need to begin gardening. For those of you who don’t have an iPhone or iPad, you can also download this app onto your laptop or computer.

Carpentry Apps

Whether you like to make or refinish furniture, you’ll benefit from adding a few carpentry apps to your smartphone.

Woodcraft (iOS) is a handy DIY app to have if you like to build. It develops 3D models of your creations and helps you come up with a list of measurements of wood to buy so nothing gets wasted. This app will be very useful whether you’re looking to build simple shelves to fit a weird space in your garage or to adjust measurements on a DIY furniture plan to better fit your home.

I.D. Wood (iOS) helps you identify the various types of wood so you can select the best type for your project. If you’re refinishing an existing piece of furniture, you can use the app to find out what wood it is and how to best refinish it.

This list only barely scratches the surface of the world of DIY apps. There are sewing apps, floor plan apps, decor and furniture shopping apps, and even garage sale and flea market apps! Whip out your smartphone and find out just how useful it can be. And who knows what our phones can do for us in the future, even just a year from now.

What other DIY apps do you love? This list needs more android-compatible apps, so feel free to add your favorite DIY apps in the comments!

 

“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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16 Best Garage Organization Tools

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The garage is often a problem area for even the most organized homeowners. Luckily, there’s a lot of great garage organization tools out there that can help you whip your garage into shape and make it possible to use the space for whatever you need it for: a workroom, a gym, or even just a place to park the car.

Naturally, you’ll probably need some shelves, some cabinets, and lots of storage bins in all sizes and shapes to pack up and organize a lot of stuff that you keep in the garage. But let’s move beyond that and see what other garage organization tools are out there and which ones will fit your needs.

6 best garage organization tools

Overhead Garage Storage Rack

Is your garage overflowing with storage bins? Clear some space by putting your storage bins up on an overhead storage rack. This rack can hold up to 600 pounds — that’s a lot of Christmas decor that you can put away!

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Bike Rack

There are so many different garage organization solutions for bikes that the best product for you depends on how many bikes you have and how you want to store your bikes.

If you’re short on space in your garage, this freestanding bike rack will hold two bikes without anything having to be mounted on the wall or ceiling. However, you can still mount it to the wall if you want to thanks to an optional mounting bolt that’s included.

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Have several bikes to store in your garage? Try this bike storage rack that can hold six bikes.

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Want to get your bikes up to the ceiling? Consider this ceiling mount bike rack that has a sliding design that allows you to hold up to four bikes. You can slide the bikes around when it’s time to take one out for a ride and then push them together when they’re all hung up to save on space.

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Portable Tool Tower Rack

Do you have a lot of long tools, like rakes, brooms, and shovels? This portable tool tower rack can hold over 40 tools in a compact space. It’s easy to assemble and can be moved around on casters. Instead of taking up prime wall space in your garage with a mounted tool tower rack, this portable garage organization tool gives you some flexibility in your garage space planning.

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Recycling Bin Cart

Depending on where you live, you might have one large recycling bin that holds everything from plastic jugs to newspapers, or you might have separate recycling bins for sorting recycling items. If you have the latter, this recycling bin cart will help get all of your bins off the floor. Best of all, it’s on wheels, so you can move it around as needed and easily haul it off to the curb when it’s trash pick-up time. recycle bin cart

Wall-Mounted Garage Utility Vacuum

A utility vacuum or a shopvac is a good addition to a garage, especially one that’s used as a workroom. A good vacuum will suck up all the dust and debris that a garage can accumulate over time. But here’s a garage organizing idea: buy a wall-mounted utility vacuum to save floor space. This garage utility vac has a thirty feet hose that can reach every spot in your garage and comes with a pouch to hold all the tools that come with the vacuum. You can hang up the pouch next to the vacuum, all nice and organized.

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Small Storage Cabinet

Every garage has tiny items that need to be organized: bolts, screws, hooks, nails, and the like. Or maybe you’ve got crafting items in your garage that need a home: ribbons, beads, etc. Get a storage cabinet that comes with many small compartments so you can organize it all. This 39-compartment storage cabinet will do the job, as well as this 44-drawer cabinet that comes in black or red. Determine how many drawers you need and grab the right cabinet for your garage!

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Mesh Triple Storage Bin

This mesh storage bin is divided into three compartments, resistant to mold and mildew, and is portable thanks to its caster wheels, making this a great garage organization tool. Use it to hold your family’s sporting equipment and simply wheel it out of the garage when you or the kids are ready to play.

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Magnetic Tool Holder

Many small tools are metal, making this magnetic tool holder a really easy way to organize your tools in your garage. Simply mount it on a garage wall and put up your most used tools. They’ll be easy to find and equally as easy to put away.

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Jumbo Storage Dispenser

Do you have giant bags of dog food, bird feed, charcoal, or rock salt piled up in your garage? Organize it all in this jumbo storage dispenser. Get rid of the bags and put it all in the dispenser and simply pull the level to let out what you need into a smaller container, like a bowl for your dog. Buy several for different items and line them up nicely on a wall in your garage.

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Pegboard Tool Organizer

Pegboards are popular in garages, and this great pegboard kit takes the extra step of providing you all that you need to make your peg board functional. The steel pegboard is very strong, making it capable to hold more tools than conventional pegboards. It comes with a shelf, three plastic bins, 15 hooks and brackets, a hammer holder, and a screwdriver holder.

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Mobile Sliding Tool Box

There are so many tool boxes for you to choose from to use as a garage organization tool, but if you wanted one that’s mobile so you can take it wherever you’re working on your next DIY project, this sliding tool box will be perfect for your needs. It can hold large hand tools in the bottom compartment, smaller tools in the sliding compartments, and tiny bits and pieces in the smaller bins at the very top. It’s on wheels so you can move it to different areas in your garage with ease.

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Multipurpose Wheelbarrow

While this wheelbarrow won’t exactly organize your garage for you, buying multipurpose tools like this one will reduce the number of tools you have in the garage, making it easier to keep clean and organized. Instead of buying and storing a wheelbarrow, a dolly, and a bag holder, this multipurpose wheelbarrow does it all in one nice package. It’s a wheelbarrow that feels light even when you’re hauling 200 pounds of landscape materials, a dolly that can carry up to 300 pounds, and an extended dolly that helps you lug bulky items. It’ll also help you move plant pots, rocks, buckets, water tanks, and even hold your plastic bags open as you clean up your lawn of leaves or trash. When you’re done, it folds up nicely and you can hang it up on hooks on a garage wall.

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Cord and Hose Hugger

You can hang up your cords and hoses on hooks on the walls, but sometimes they come undone and become a tangled mess. Organize all of your long cords and hoses with this heavy-duty hugger. There’s a handle at top for you to easily carry it around and hang it on a hook.

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Hanging Shoe Organizer

The versatile hanging shoe rack isn’t only good for organizing shoes. It’s an economical solution to organize some of the odds and ends in your garage, from spray paint cans to electrical cords.

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Label Machine

Puzzled to see this tool on this list? Well, a well-organized garage has lots of bins packed away. Make it easy to find what you need when you need it by labeling every bin and basket with a label maker. This label machine can print out labels in 14 different fonts and in different sizes, making it a great buy.

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Precision Parking Guides

Afraid that you might bump into your new garage organization tools when parking your car in the garage? These nifty parking guides will help you put your car in the right spot every time. So, go ahead and add more shelves, you won’t crash into them when you have these parking guides.

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These garage organization tools will help you finally organize your garage and all of your stuff. What other garage organization tools do you have your eye on?

 

“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!

 

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

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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.

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  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.