Tackling Home Remodel Projects in Style

Tackling Home Remodel Projects in Style

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Marcia Prentice
Feb 1, 2011

Sometimes there is just nothing glamourous about getting down and dirty with updating your space. My philosophy in life is no matter what situation I am in there is always an opportunity to be stylish. Yes, I hate to admit it, but I am the girl wearing the heels at the construction site even with the disapproving looks of the other workers. There is just something about using a hammer with a custom handle or a small broom with a green dust pan that gives me the extra motivation to pitch in and get my hands dirty.

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  • Estwing Claw Hammer: Kaufmann Mercantile $38: A hammer is essential to just about any home project. The Estwing hammer has a designer flair, yet its craftsmanship has been perfected for the last century.
  • Pullman Apron: Winter Session $48: Demolition and cleaning can really do a number on your clothes. The pullman apron has two pockets to store smaller tools, a tape measure, pencils, etc. The railroad stripes are one of my favorite design elements of the Pullman apron.
  • Dustpan and Brush: Plastica $30: There is always a need to clean up scraps and dirt when tackling a home project. Even though the featured dustpan has a great aesthetic appeal, its function is what really turned me on to it. I have had many frustrating moments when trying to sweep up every last piece of dirt. As many know, not everything makes it past the lip of the dust pan and sometimes it is easier to resort to sweeping onto a piece of paper. The dustpan from Plastica doesn't have the typical lip problem.
  • Blomus Tape Measure: AllModern $26: The tape measure is small enough to fit in your pocket and won't get confused with the other tape measures lying around. I always like to have my own personal tape measure on hand. The Blomus tape measure has a sleek and modern finish, which makes it one of my favorite tools.
  • Best Made All-Purpose First Aid Kit: Best Made $89: Sometimes things don't go as planned and someone ends up with a cut finger or another injury. First aid kits can be forgotten about, but in a time of need they sure are handy. To me, first aid kits always looked very sterile and gave me the same eerie feeling of being in a hospital. The Best Made kit still has all the essentials, but I find the design of the metal box a little more fun and welcoming.

Do you have any suggestions for designer tools that you can add to the list?

Images: Kaufmann Mercantile, Winter Session, Plastica, AllModern, Best Made

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