My Favourite Tool Recommendations

Author Notes

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.

All of these tools are items that I’ve bought myself. I only share items that I use and recommend to friends.

This page includes some affiliate links so you can easily find the products I love and use myself. If you purchase these products, I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you.

Using the Marxman and hole drilling tool

Hole Locator

Use this guide to accurately plan handle hole locations before drilling.

painters pyramids for painting furniture

Painter’s Pyramids

Keep furniture off of the floor. Paint to the bottom and get a smooth finish right to the edge.

Upcycling tool small hammer

Small Hammer

Smaller, lighter, and more control for people with smaller hands.


Staple Remover

A heavy-duty staple remover to easily remove stapled-on fabric.

Upcycling tool angled brush

Angled Brush

Paint hard to reach places. Such as ceilings or the back of a deep cabinet.

using a carbide scraper to remove paint from wood

Carbide Scraper

Easily remove paint and old finishes without a chemical stripper.


Locking Wheels

These moving wheels lock into place so are great for both working on a piece and transporting it.

Upcycling tool Corner brush

Corner Painter

A triangular-shaped sponge that easily paints both walls of a corner in one stroke.

mister bottle

Mister Bottle

Keep chalk paint lightly damp to ease applying paint and moving it around when blending.

Upcycling tool spray tent

Spray Tent

Keep the wind out and stop paint from going on the floor.

Moving wheels for furniture

Moving Wheels

Move furniture around easily, either when working on it or when transporting it.


Rotary Cutter

Easily cut straight edges on fabric.


Artist Syringe

Measure paint quantities accurately when creating mixes of different paint colours.

Marking the holes for hairpin legs


Applies chalk through fixing holes, to show where holes needs to be drilled.

Applying clear coat to black painted table

Frog Tape

Not just for painting lines. Also use to pull out drawers after removing handles.

use a Comb to clean a paintbrush

Paintbrush Comb

Get an even coat of paint by rotating the piece on a Lazy Susan.

roller wheels for moving furniture

Furniture Dolly

Line a roller tray with tin foil to avoid clean up after each paint colour.

Applying paint to decor stamp with brayer


Roll out bubbles or creases while applying decoupage paper.


Fabric Scissors

Great quality fabric scissors to make cutting fabric really easy.

decant tsp cleaner into spray bottle

Spray Bottle

Decant TSP cleaner into a ready-to-use spray bottle.

Upcycling tool wheelie stool

Wheelie Stool

Make working more comfortable and convenient to move around the piece.

rubber pads for sanding details

Sanding Pads

Wrap sandpaper around these shaped rubber pads to sand non-flat surfaces.

spray can handle attachment

Spray Can Handle

A handle to attach to a spray paint can. The trigger grip gives you the whole handle to squeeze instead of just the nozzle.