Hey friends! This has been quite the week! My guest post at The Weathered Fox is alive and kicking, have you checked out our dated dresser turned TV console yet? As I was working on that project, I had a thought…this is where the engineer’s eyes fly open and he flinches a little…I thought to myself, “self, this project is going so well, and the tools you are using are perfect for the job and the budget, so why not share your favorite DIY tools with your friends?”
Whew. That’s a lot of thoughts.
Let’s talk Favorite DIY Tools
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So, you all know that I’m kinda lazy, definitely not fancy, and mostly broke, right? ;) Shoot, THAT’S what I should have titled this post. “The kinda lazy and definitely not fancy tools for mostly broke people.” Rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?
- Chip Brushes. These cheapies (under $6 for a DOZEN!) are perfect for adding layers of paint with a dry brush technique. (using a small amount of paint and then wiping most of it off so the brush is almost dry). Chip brushes have uneven bristles that don’t lay down a uniform coat of paint, perfect for an antique or aged look. You can also use them for waxing over chalky type paint.
2. DecoArt’s Americana Decor paint. The more I use this paint, the more I love it. I used the satin finish and a metallic paint on our dated dresser turned TV console, and the chalky finish on my son’s modern industrial desk makeover. The coverage is good, the finish is beautiful, and the price couldn’t be better; under $10 for 8 ounces; easily enough for a large piece of furniture.
3. Purdy Brushes are my hands down favorite. They aren’t exactly cheap, but for smooth coverage they can’t be beat, satisfying my lazy and unfancy expectations.
4. An electric sander. I can tell you that this baby will pay for itself over time. Save time by prepping pieces faster. Save money with the freedom to choose cheaper cuts of wood, or a “rougher” project piece, knowing that your friend can smooth away all your troubles.
5. A paint brush cover. This baby checks all of the boxes. It’s under $7, very functional, and perfect for lazy girls working on a multi-day project that don’t want to clean brushes every day.
Alrighty, friends, that’s my list of favorite budget DIY tools. What would you add?
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