These are the best tools that I’ve found and are based on years of testing. You’ll find examples of how I’ve used them throughout this website. Most of these tools are items that I’ve bought myself. Some I have received as gifts but I only share items that I regularly use and recommend to friends.
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My Favourite Tools
xTool M1 Laser Cutter
A versatile tool for laser and blade cutting and engraving.
Use this guide to accurately plan handle hole locations before drilling.
Decant TSP cleaner into a ready-to-use spray bottle.
A good choice for cleaning furniture before starting a painting project.
Wrap sandpaper around these shaped rubber pads to sand non-flat surfaces.
Highly flexible sandpaper with comfortable soft backing.
Easily remove sanding dust before painting or staining.
A shellac-based primer for blocking bleed-through and hiding wood knots.
A primer to blocks smells, stains, and stop bleed-through.
The solution to painting glossy and shiny surfaces so that paint lasts.
Paint and Sealers
Great coverage paint, including a built-in primer and top coat.
A quality paint for many surfaces, including wood, metal, plastic, brick and stone.
A versatile and creative paint for blending and texture.
Water-based polyacrylic that gives great protective coating for painted furniture projects.
Durable, water repellant top coat for high traffic areas and outside.
Good coverage and comfortable trigger grip.
Creates a semi-transparent frosted coating on surfaces.
Create a reflective mirror like finish.
Oil-based formula provides a durable protective coating with rust prevention.
Brushes and Rollers
These vegan-friendly, USA-made synthetic brushes are made to last.
Natural blend bristle brush, excellent for painting, blending, or waxing.
A versatile brush, designed with natural bristles for enhanced durability.
A triangular-shaped sponge that easily paints both walls of a corner in one stroke.
10cm micro fibre rollers for a smooth finish.
For a smooth finish with either paint or a top coat.
Stencils and Transfers
Furniture decals are the easiest way to add creativity to your furniture.
Add a beautiful image with decoupage paper on wood, plastic, metal or glass.
Create a raised pattern or simply apply the stencil with paint.
Cut over 100+ different types of materials for wide range of DIY projects.
Mylar material, reusable, washable, and recyclable. These blank stencil sheets are strong and durable.
100% waterproof and incredibly strong, but still easily cleans up with water.
Not just for painting lines. Also use to pull out drawers after removing handles.
Easily cut straight edges on fabric.
Measure paint quantities accurately when creating mixes of different paint colours.
Attach stencils temporarily with this lightweight adhesive.
Easy, affordable way to apply paint to stencils.
Roll out bubbles or creases while applying decoupage paper.
Handles and Hardware
Vintage handles with antique brass finish.
Modern square cabinet handles with brushed brass finish.
Budget-friendly, lightweight, stainless steel bar handles.
Solid cast iron handles, built to last and both indoor and outdoor use.
Classic mushroom knob shape knobs for modern decor.
Tarnish resistant, antique brass finish, dragonfly door knocker.
Furniture finishing recipes, techniques, and tips.
Everything you need to know to identify, restore and care for furniture.
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Ideas and inspiration for every budget, to work through your home room by room.