One of my biggest tips for any DIY project is that you’ve got to have the right tools. I’ve shared my favorite DIY projects that we have completed around our house and I realize sometimes projects like that can be a little intimidating if you have never done it before or don’t have the right tools. So, I’m sharing 10 must have tools for a DIYer.
Nowadays, there is tons and tons of DIY videos and tutorial on YouTube, blogs, Instagram, etc. Anytime I am intimidated by a project or don’t know how to do something, I google it. After living in our home the last five years, I feel like I can tackle any project and I have ten of my favorite tools that I use to DIY almost anything. (post contains affiliate links, see disclosure)
10 MUST HAVE TOOLS FOR A DIYer
one | two | three | four | five | six | seven | eight | nine | ten | To be honest, Joe and I had never done a lot of DIY before owning our home. I had always been interested in interior design and decorating, but DIY and building, not so much. I grew up around DIY, watching my Dad build playhouses in the backyard, decks, and saw him using a lot of tools. So I guess the DIY life has always been in me, I just hadn’t used it yet. And I just keep adding to my tool collection.
A must-have tool for a DIYer and great for so many different projects. My sander did most of the work on my reclaimed bench and is still one of my favorites projects.
I also like having this tool starter kit that includes all of the random things like a hammer, screwdriver, level, tape measure, etc. Our builders gave us one when we moved into our home and it has become something we couldn’t live without.
A great tool for cutting corners and awkward angles. I just recently used my jigsaw when cutting the laminate tabletop for my new office project.
You can literally build anything with a Kreg Jig. I’ve recently used it to build a frame for our upcoming fireplace project and would really like to build an outdoor dining table.
One of the first tools I bought and one that gets used the most. I have used my nailgun for all of my molding and board and batten wall projects, including the large paneled wall in our great room.
Seems like an obvious tool to have, but it is probably the tool I use the most. Painting, touch up paint, paint projects, etc. This paintbrush is my absolute favorite and the only one I ever buy or use.
One of my favorite tools is my impact driver. It’s great for me because I don’t need Joe’s strength and the impact driver does all the work for me.
Another must during our flooring installation and my DIY built-ins. I used the table saw to rip down some of the trim molding and Ikea bookcases.
drill and drillbits
A must-have for basically anything. Even for putting together store-bought furniture, hanging anything heavy like our laundry room barn doors, or even installing cabinet hardware a battery-powered drill is a must. I also used spade bits for my DIY candle holder.
This was one of the last tools I ever bought, but it should have been the first. A miter saw or chop saw as it’s sometimes called, makes building and DIY projects so much quicker and easier. It was especially useful when installing the flooring in our home, baseboards, and door trim.
The first time we installed our Pergo floors, we only had a jigsaw. The second time we installed them, the tool list had grown and we had a miter saw. It made things so much easier and the process was 10x quicker. Again, you’ve got to have the right tools for any DIY project and these 10 must have tools for a DIYer!
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