Last Updated on February 26, 2013 by Kristi Linauer
If you’re going to DIY, then you must be prepared. Yes, that means putting some money into tools. But tools can be expensive, and if you’re a DIYer, chances are you’re needing to do things as cheaply as possible for one reason or another. So, there’s no extra money to throw away on tools that will seldom be used.
Trust me…I understand that completely.
So here are my picks for my top ten must-have tools for any DIYer. And in most cases, there’s no need to purchase the top-of-the-line. Leave those for the professional contractors. For the DIYer, generally a medium-range tool is just fine.
This is the exact one I have. It’s a Ryobi 3/8 inch drill, WITH a power cord. The cost is just under $30.
A power drill is an absolute must, along with a good set of screwdriver bits and drill bits. And while I’ve seen most other women recommend a cordless drill, I much prefer a corded drill. That way I never get caught unprepared with a dead battery, and corded drills simply have more power. I started out using a cordless drill, but since purchasing this corded drill, I’ll never go back to cordless.
I actually don’t think I could live without my miter saw!! Well, okay…that’s a bit dramatic. But in reality, it’s probably the tool that I use the most frequently. The one I have is a Ryobi 10-inch miter saw with a laser, which set me back $119.
And let me tell you, that laser is worth its weight in gold!! Wait…that wouldn’t be very much. Well, you know what I mean. Now that I’ve used a miter saw with a laser, I’ll never go back!
While most of my tools are simply necessity, my orbital sander is just pure FUN! I have this Ryobi 5-inch Orbit Sander, which runs just under $40.
I guess it would be more accurate to say that this is the sander that I HAD. Yes, I’ve burned right through another one. Perhaps this is the one tool that I should consider purchasing in the “professional contractor” category.
Most people are shocked to find out that I have one of the most basic, inexpensive sewing machines money can buy. Heck…the only thing cheaper would be one of those tiny things made for children to teach them how to sew! But my machine is quite the powerhorse, powering right through several layers of fabric at a time. I have the earlier model of this Kenmore machine, and I paid around $120 for it.
I know a lot of people are scared to sew, but really…this is the least intimidating tool I’ve listed yet! Sewing a straight line is one of the easiest things in the world. AND…sewing a straight line is all you need to know how to do in order to sew pillows, draperies, tablecloths, and so much more for you home. This little machine will save you a BUNDLE of money!
PURDY PAINT BRUSH
Are you surprised that the final “top five” tool is a paint brush?! I actually am a little surprised myself. I thought through some others…some pretty important ones…electric staple gun, circular saw, jigsaw. Yes, those are all important, and if I were making a longer list, I’m sure those tools would find their way onto the list. But my Purdy paintbrush and I…we’re inseparable. And notice, this is the only one listed where the BRAND NAME made it into the title. That’s because the brand makes all the difference in the world. I would never use another!
My brush of choice is this Purdy XL Dale 2 1/2 inch angled sash brush, which can be used with latex AND oil-based paints. It runs just under $12. And if you take care of your brushes, these things will last forever!!
So those are my top five choices. Did any of them surprise you? Are you surprised that something else didn’t make the list? It really was close on some of them, but I know that when it comes to DIY, these are the ones I personally find the most useful.
So you other DIYers…what tools would be on YOUR list?
Addicted 2 Decorating is where I share my DIY and decorating journey as I remodel and decorate the 1948 fixer upper that my husband, Matt, and I bought in 2013. Matt has M.S. and is unable to do physical work, so I do the majority of the work on the house by myself. You can learn more about me here.
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