Monday, March 23, 2015

Tools for Your Toolkit

We've been house-hunting in Austin, and it has been rare that we've seen something that we love as-is. Any place we move into is going to need some cosmetic tweaks, so I'm packing up our toolkit and making sure that we're ready!

The Essentials
  1. Putty Knife: As you redecorate, you'll find little nicks and dings. Make sure you're prepared to fill in little holes and repair your walls. This is definitely a tool that every renter needs, but it's helpful for homeowners too.
  2. Level: I'm a little bit of a perfectionist, so a level is a must-have in my toolkit. Uneven edges are a nightmare and you'd hate to stare at a crooked shelf all day!
  3. Small Drill: You could pack a handy screwdriver in your toolkit, but if you upgrade to a small drill you'll be able to accomplish so much more and with greater precision. 
  4. Hammer: This is a multi-purpose tool, but you don't want to get one that's too heavy or awkward to hold. Try out a few at your local hardware store before you commit. 
  5. Measuring Tape: I carry a tiny measuring tape in my tote, and it has come in handy more often than you'd think! A longer version is a must-have for any toolkit so that you can ensure that your DIY fixes will actually fit!
  • Paper Clips: You might have some in your home office, but stash a few in your toolkit. They'll be useful when you need to scrape something out of a tiny spot (like dried paint caught between the crevice of some tiles). 
  • Red Lipstick: A tip I read in Real Simple Magazine suggested putting a bit of red lipstick on the hardware of a painting or mirror. Then, when you press it up against the wall, you'll be able to see where the nails/screws need to go.
  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser: This is one of my favorite inventions, so I always have a few on hand. It will get the red lipstick (see above) off of your walls, help you get scum and dirt off of bathroom tiles, and will erase the pesky marks that your movers left on your wall as they were hauling your dresser up the stairs. 
Don't forget a great tool bag for storing it all! I like this Custom LeatherCraft version, sold on, because it has plenty of pockets for keeping things organized. 

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