The Must List: Thrifty Decor Chick

by Chris on April 18, 2012

I’m over the moon on this one, folks. One of my favorite people evah is here! If I told you all  the “behind the scenes” stuff about Sarah and me, I have a feeling you’d question how we even make it in blogland. We are equally immature and have a tendency to be complete morons. Of course, telling you that probably isn’t a good segue for her “must have” tool installment. However, this girl knows what she’s doing. She is literally the reason I bought my first power tool. Hang on her every word!

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Hello there! I’m tickled to be over at Chris’ place today – I love her dearly and love this blog series! I’m learning all kinds of great info from these lovely ladies.

Chris asked me to talk power tools today and I was happy to oblige. I’m a tool girl, have been for a long time now. I’d rather spend a few hours roaming the aisles of the hardware store over a clothing store any day of the week. It truly is my toy store. ;)

I’m sharing my top three power tools, in the order of ease of use. Now, none of these are hard to use, you just need some practice, patience and good safety gear. It’s all about getting comfortable with a tool. And believe me, there are still some I am not comfortable with at all!

The first is the most basic – the screwdriver:

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It’s so basic some may not even consider it a power tool, but I could not live without mine. I use it at least once a week for smaller projects here and there.

It’s a breeze to use, and I prefer the cordless version for most jobs around the house. (I have a corded version for big projects.)

I use it most often for hanging art (I use an anchor and a screw for 90 percent of my art because I have an irrational fear if I don’t it will come crashing down in the middle of the night and scare me to death.) But anyway. Art and also hanging drapery hardware – those are two biggies around here:

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The next one on my must have list is the nail gun:

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I think this is one people shy away from – for cost reasons and because of the fear of handling one. But the cost isn’t too prohibitive for a basic version – I’ve seen the gun and a small compressor come in at just over $100.

The safety aspects of the nail gun make it hard to hurt yourself. Of course it can happen, so use care and get familiar with it first, but it’s incredibly easy to operate. Mine is an older version with a small compressor and it does the job very well – I’ve had this one for at least six years and it’s still kickin’. :)

And if you get one, the possibilities are endless! My Dad and I installed built ins in my son’s room and I made over our kitchen island with mine:

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Finally, the BIG ONE. She’s a beast and I love her. The compound miter saw:

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I bought mine only a few years ago and cannot imagine my DIY life without it. It seems like I use it for nearly every project now. I used to have every piece of wood cut at the hardware store, and still do sometimes, but this makes life SO much easier.

I was a teensy bit afraid of it at first, but like all tools, the more you use it, the more comfortable you get. There are safety features on this one as well, but it’s always best to take your time when using a saw. (And be fully aware where your hands are at all times.)

With a compound miter saw, the sky is the limit! With mine, I’ve installed board and batten throughout the house and was able to create a fun book nook for our kiddo:

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Well there you go! I hope my power tool must haves make you feel a bit more comfortable and a little less hesitant about trying out one for yourself. :) Like I said, there are a few I still haven’t tried (the table and circular saw to name a couple), but someday I will – like when Lowe’s doesn’t cut all my wood down for me anymore. ;)

Thanks for having me Chris! Love ya!!

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