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Essential Tools You Will Need When You Buy Your First Home

Essential Tools You Will Need When You Buy Your First Home

Living in rented accommodation we had a handful of tools for around the house – mostly to build all the furniture my IKEA obsession was responsible for bringing into the house, but anything further than that we didn’t need to worry about. The luxury of renting! When we bought our own house we had to vastly improve our tool collection, much to the disappointment of our bank balance – I want to spend my money on pretty things!

Here’s my essential tools you will need when you buy your first home:

// Now we actually own the walls, we can fix things to them like bookcases and heavy guitars, maximising our floor space – woohoo! For heavy stuff you’ll need to use wall plugs. We picked up a set of them with different sizes for pretty cheap, meaning we don’t have to think twice next time we want to hang something on the wall. Make sure you choose the right ones for what your walls are made of!

// Even if you’re not planning any renovations, you’ll need some simple tools. We were caught short a few months ago when we needed to turn the water off in the house – because it’s a fairly old house and hasn’t been particularly well looked after, the water taps wouldn’t budge just by using your hands. We had to get ourselves a hefty wrench and plyers to turn on and off that rusty old tap!

// There are so many different drills, oh my God! We had no clue what we were doing, so in the end we popped into ScrewFix and the guys there gave us some pretty solid advice. I was pleasantly surprised that they didn’t just try to sell us the most expensive one. He recommended a brushless drill which was pricer, but will last longer over time (read more about brushless drills, here!). A random customer gave us some advice when we were looking lost in front of the drills in another popular DIY store. He kindly told us to choose a Makita or a DeWalt over a ‘hobby drill’ and that the deals are often better at ScrewFix.

// No matter how nice your new place is, you’re likely to want to put your own stamp on it so if you’ve got any wallpaper to strip off buy yourself a wallpaper stripper or borrow one from a friend. I definitely wouldn’t bother hiring one as they’re so cheap to buy and they make the job like 100 times easier! Watch for the steam dripping out though – it can really burn if it gets you!

// Engelbert Strauss asked me to share their website with you guys and they have a wide range of tools, workwear and office supplies all in one place… plus their slogan is “enjoy work” which I am definitely a fan of – I’m a live to work kind of gal, not work to live! We were lucky that someone offered to help us pick out all our new tools and supplies and drove us round all the local DIY shops! If you can’t drive either, it’s really hard to manage all the big tools on your own! Instead you could pop over and have a look at the Engelbert Strauss tools from the comfort of your own sofa and get everything you need delivered to your door!

What would you recommend adding to my tool collection? Loves x xx

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Easy DIY Chalkboard Wardrobe with Chalkboard Paint

Easy DIY Chalkboard Wardrobe with Chalkboard Paint

You will need:
Chalkboard paint (I use Wilko’s own)
A selection of paintbrushes (a thin one for edges and a chunky one for large spaces)
A clean, dry cloth
Sticks of chalk
Chalk pen (optional)

A few weeks ago I shared a peek into my workspace and today I have another part of my studio to show you. The room is an odd shape, with a built in wardrobe almost splitting the space in half. The plan is to remove the wardrobe eventually, but as a quick fix for now Boyfriend suggested I painted the side of the wardrobe to create a chalkboard to do list as I’m always complaining I have a million things in my head! It was really easy to do and apart from the drying time, it was super quick.

Easy DIY Chalkboard Wardrobe with Chalkboard Paint

The surface was previously painted with a glossy paint, which we then painted over with a basic matt white emulsion before we decided to create the chalkboard. The glossy paint was hard to cover so I think it was a wise choice to add this layer. Sanding down the surface or using a primer could be a good alternative.

Apply two thick coats of chalkboard paint to your surface, leaving plenty of time for each coat to dry. As an impatient soul I tried to apply the second coat too soon and the paint just ended up moving around instead of layering on top so you really do need to let it dry.

Easy DIY Chalkboard Wardrobe with Chalkboard Paint

Easy DIY Chalkboard Wardrobe with Chalkboard Paint

Easy DIY Chalkboard Wardrobe with Chalkboard Paint

Once your coats of chalkboard paint are dry you need to apply a coat of chalk on top. Hold the stick of chalk flat against the surface and rub it all over, then take a dry cloth and rub the chalk to create a smooth, thin layer over the board giving it a lovely matt black look.

I created a title for my board using a chalkboard pen instead of a stick of chalk, just to give it a slightly neater, more permanent feel. The chalkboard pen will still come off with a damp cloth, but if I accidentally rub over the pen it should stay put. Then just fill up your list and go! Told you it was easy…

Easy DIY Chalkboard Wardrobe with Chalkboard Paint

Loves x xx

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