The Essentials Inside a DIYer's Toolbox

Every DIY'er needs to have a toolbox stocked full of all the things one needs when inspiration hits. There's nothing worse than when you get really excited to do something, and you don't have the basic things you need to get it going.



Not having supplies on hand can make that exciting project slip right into the 'someday' category. So here is a list of basic tools and supplies you should have on hand whether you find yourself making a banner and table setting for a party, re-upholstering a chair, stenciling a rug or just wanting to slowly fill out your supplies:

Basic Tool Set: Hammer, Screwdrivers (philips head and flat), Cordless Drill, Adjustable Crescent Wrench, Scissors, Staple Gun, Pliers, Jigsaw, Miter Saw, Crosscut Saw, Level, Putty Knife, Tape Measure, Safety Glasses, Rubber Gloves, Mask, Heat Gun, Work Bench

Adhesives: Glue, Glue Stick, Glue Gun, Tape, Masking Tape(s), Duct Tape, Electrical Tape, Epoxy, Spray Glue

Upholstery and Sewing Items: Assortment of Fabric, Pillow Forms, Needles and Thread, Bobbins, Pins, Tack Hammer, Heavy Duty Scissors, Seam Ripper, Safety Pins, Measuring Tape, Marking Tools, Staple Remover, Ripping Chisel, Rotary Cutter, Sewing Machine, Curved Needles, Fabric Glue, Carving Knife for Foam, Poly Fiber Fill, Buttons, Zippers, Trims, Pins and Cushion, Fabric Paint Pens, Fabric Glue

Art & Craft Supplies: Assortments of Paper and Carstocks, Stencils, Paints, Ruler, Circle Cutter, Brushes, Sponges, Assortment of Ribbons, String and Yarn, Markers, Pencils, Switch Blade, X-acto Knife, Stamps and Ink, Washi Tape, Pencils, Bone Folder, Paper Scorer, Framing Supplies, Self-Healing Cutting Mat, A Good Printer, Inspirational Books, Sketch Book, Fabric Paint

Fasteners: Assortment of Nails and Screws, Finishing Nails, Nuts, Bolts and Washers

Paint Supplies: White, Black, Spray Paint, Chalk Paint, Paint Rollers, Plastic, Pan, Brushes, Stain, Polyurethane, Paint Stripper, Work Clothes

What special DIY essentials can you not live without?

(Image: Printable Paper Carpenter Kit by Etsy seller Neskita)

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Alysha is a photographer and designer living in Seattle who loves dark chocolate, tea, and all things furry. In her spare time you'll find her with paint in her hair renovating her 1919 Craftsman and sharing the process on her blog Old House New Tricks.