So I have my own tools. They're pink. I know, I know! But the reason that I like them this color is because I know where my tools are. I can find my hammer very easily. And I certainly see when someone else is using my flat head screwdriver. I do not walk around the garage muttering that "I can't find anything around here." I know where my pink stuff is.
I haven't done any big carpentry projects. And as of right now, I don't really have a desire to do so. I love repurposing and upcycling things and bringing new life to them. I love taking the slightly broken or no longer wanted and doing something creative with it. There are some tools that I use over and over again in my projects. I thought it might be useful for someone that is thinking about actually making one of those great Pinterest projects, to have a few things on hand that they might need. So here is my list! Enjoy!
A good staple gun.We had a staple gun. But it was the cheapest, most basic model that they make. And if that works for you, use it. But as often as I use a staple gun, which is very often, I upgraded to a nicer one that wasn't going to bruise my hand as badly.
This is the staple gun that I have. I love it. It makes me happy.
Two screwdrivers - a Flat Head and a Phillips.
You obviously need these for removing and inserting screws. But you'll use them for a million other things. For example, a flat head screwdriver is a must when removing staples from the bottom of a chair or the back of a picture frame.
Oddly, I don't use the hammer a lot for hammering nails into projects. Can you believe it? But I do end up using it as a tool. I use it a lot to remove nails, or to hang something on the wall.
It doesn't matter to me what kind. I end up using them a lot when taking something apart. If nails or staples get stuck, the pliers are your go-to tool.
Measuring tape, stick, wand, ruler
Basically, something to measure with. I have a metal 24" ruler that I bought years ago for my drafting class in college. I love it because I can cut against it with a box cutter or Xacto knife. I also use a traditional measuring tape.
All of those things can be found in a kit just like this. If you're a guy reading this, ignore the pink.
Now here are the random other things that I have just found myself using. A lot.
- High Temp Hot Glue and Gun
- Elmer's Glue
- Clear Strong Craft Glue
- Wire Cutters
- Masking Tape
- Scrapbooking Cutter, Box Cutter, or Xacto knife
- Basic Painting Supplies