Things you need to get started

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Believe it or not, the very first tool you need to start a DIY redecoration project is an online interior design tool. Assuming you have something in mind, it would be great to actually see how it looks like. There are plenty of online tools you can use for that. Moreover, even if you don’t really know what you want, this piece of software allows you to experiment until you get it right.

After you know exactly what you want to change about your house, it’s time to gather the tools you need to get the job done. We will talk about the tools needed to repaint your house and install wooden floors.

House painting

When it comes to painting your house, you have 2 areas to think about: the exterior and the interior walls and ceilings. The materials are quite similar between these 2 jobs but there are a few important differences. Both projects require you to buy the following:

  • safety glasses
  • rollers
  • tape measure
  • a ladder
  • a 5-gallon bucket
  • paint brushes
  • a roller tray
  • a paint sprayer (if you want to speed up the process)
  • TSP solution
  • putty knives
  • primer.

The main differences consist in the type of paint you choose. You have to buy special paint for exterior surfaces because it has special properties to withstand outdoor conditions. You might also want to consider purchasing caulk tubes to fill in empty spaces around your door and window frames.

Installing wooden floors

While materials are pretty much the same for laminate and hardwood floors, we chose hardwood because they are the high-end option. Professionals use the following items to install hardwood floors:

  • Safety equipment: goggles (protects against eye injuries), dust mask (prevents wood dust from entering the lungs), vapour respirator (for applying a finish), ear plugs (for using loud machinery), knee pads, work safety boots, heavy gloves.
  • Feather board (to push the stock past cutting edge)
  • Electrical testers: to check the amount of current in an outlet
  • Wood moisture meter
  • Concrete RH testing system
  • Tape measure
  • Level
  • Items to check straight lines and angles: carpenter’s square, protractor, chalk lines
  • Spacers
  • Saws (there are many types of saws available; you might want to check with a professional before making a purchase: circular saws, portable power saws, reciprocating-type saws, band saws, mitre saws etc.)
  • Nail set and nailing machine
  • Fasteners
  • Hammer
  • Trowel (v-shaped or square)
  • Tapping block
  • Pull bars
  • Wood fillers
  • Putty knives
  • Sander (drum or random orbital sander + flooring edger)
  • Portable shop vacuum

The list is quite long, as you can see, but if you know what you’re doing, then you aware that quality tools are necessary for a quality long lasting result.

Kitchen and/or bathroom remodelling are beyond the scope of this article though. As for changing the furniture, it’s best to hire movers. For this job you basically need physical force and a bit of intuition to work with the laws of physics.

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