Tools To Get you Started with DIY

I’ve been getting this question more and more – “I’m thinking of getting into DIY. What tools do you think I need?” It a perfectly reasonable question when you’re looking to start some at-home projects.

It’s also an overwhelming question to be asking yourself if you haven’t done many projects yet. Luckily, I am here to be that resource for you. I am still in the process of collecting tools and recognize there is a financial constraint and a space constraint that comes along with owning your own tools. This guide is intended to help make sure you’re using your money and space wisely but giving you all the tools you need to customize your home to be your own.

Before you get started, as you’re looking at these tools, you’ll notice that I try to stick within one brand. This is because many tools require a battery. If you keep it to one brand, you are saving on not needing to constantly purchase new batteries for different brands. We stuck with Dewalt for no other reason than we were gifted the drill set and have since continued with this brand.

Tools for Starting to DIY

A drill/impact driver – a drill is a critical tool that every household should have regardless as to whether or not you’re interested in DIY projects. This is used in almost every project and all around the house (I used it to make Sloane’s stool, to hang my extension cord under my desk, to hang curtain rods, sometimes I’ll even use it to hang pictures)
A mitre saw – this was a necessary purchase as I just kept borrowing a mitre saw from friends! You could almost get away with this being the only saw you own – it just won’t do longer cuts. But if you’re board and battening a wall or shiplaping, this is what you need. You will also need a surface for this to go onto – I use a sawhorse set and a piece of plywood.
A nail gun – well, truth be told, I’m not very far into my DIY journey, and I grossly underestimated how useful a nail gun would be. It’s used on all moulding, wall treatments, trim – all easy projects you can start today! You can even get battery-powered ones to save on space. I opted for the compressor version as the compressor will now allow us to blow out our sprinkler lines in preparation for the fall and fill up our tires if they are low on air, etc.
Clamps – also one of my most-used items as you never know when you’ll need an extra set of hands to steady something or hold something together.
A power sander – okay, this one is honestly next on my list… I’ve been sanding by hand, and it’s ridiculous. I will probably opt for an orbital sander as a belt sander is intended for larger-scale pieces, which I haven’t ventured towards yet.
Enjoy your projects! You’re going to LOVE it!



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  • Massiel Heffner

    I have always been intimidated by the idea of DIYing things. I’m the type who tends to overpay a professional to get something done instead of buying materials and making it myself. I think part of me feeling so intimidated by it, it’s the fact I don’t know where to start or what tools to get. Now I know so thank you for sharing! I want to join in on the fun!! 😃

    • Samantha

      Massiel, I was you before I started. Everything I thought of I wondered which contractor I would need to pay to do it. I truly believe you can tackle it all yourself. I’m glad you found this post helpful!

  • Stephanie

    This was such a helpful read! My husband and I are home hunting right now and I know that once we settle in, we’ll want to do some serious DIYing. It’s great to know which tools to have in advance!

    • Samantha

      YES! It’s is so encouraging to do it on your own. I hope you find your dream home where you can put your touch in every space. XO

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