I don’t know about you but when the weather gets warm I start to do more home projects. So today I am sharing with you some of my favorite project tools.
When it comes to home projects, I am looking for tools that help me work the most efficiently.
A big portion of my home projects involve painting so I am going to share the tools that make painting projects easier.
Where to begin
Let’s start at the beginning. If you are going to be stripping a piece of furniture, I would highly recommend CitriStrip Paint and Varnish Stripping Gel.
This stuff is amazing and is even safe for indoor use if needed.
I have used this for several projects inside our home and out in the garage, which is where I usually work.
There are no harsh fumes because it does not contain methylene chloride. With the absence of the methylene chloride the smell is actually pleasant.
When using this pick an old paint brush or at least an inexpensive one that you use for paint stripping only. Paint it on somewhat thick . it stays wet for 24 hours.
After several hours you can begin to try and scrape the paint or varnish off.
It works really well even on pieces that have several layers of paint.
For most of my projects I use chalk paint which does not require sanding ,but when I do a job that does I always use my orbital sander.
This Black and Decker one was not expensive at all and does the trick for small jobs.
In the past if I had a piece that needed sanding I would do it by hand which is torture to me.
Using a hand sander makes the work flow so much quicker and does the job so much more efficiently.
Now for the actual painting, I have two favorite tools, the HomeRight Finish Max Super Sprayer and the HomeRight Spray Shelter.
I met the HomeRight representatives at The Haven Conference last year and saw a demonstration of their products and new I had to have these two tools.
Using the HomeRight Max Sprayer has changed the entire painting process for me.
Generally I use chalk paint for most of my furniture projects and I feel like it is such a slow process doing it with a brush.
This particular sprayer can be used with chalk paint as well. Just be sure to read the the instructions on what to do with chalk paint.
Since getting the sprayer, I am able to complete projects quicker and with a more professional finish.
Just last weekend I painted a bed frame from start to finish in just a few hours with dry time in between coats.
I will share that when I first started using it there was a learning curve, so I spent some time practicing in order to get a feel for the pressure of the sprayer.
Once I figured out how to get the desired look, I ran with it.
In order to keep your sprayer working like new be sure to clean it after each use as stated in the manual.
Spray Shield Tent
Since I don’t have a work shed a lot of my work is done in the garage and paint would get everywhere until I got the spray shelter.
The one I chose is the large one because I mostly do furniture and knew the size would work perfect for me.
There is a medium and a small size that is perfect for smaller scale projects and crafts.
Using the spray shelter inside our garage with the max sprayer has saved me so much time in completing a project.
This shelter has made it possible to be able to work on all sorts of painting projects inside our garage any time of the year regardless of the weather.
HomeRight spray shield is also perfect for using outside to keep paint from getting all over you grass and other outdoor areas.
If you have any upcoming projects and want them to be completed in the most time efficient manner then I would recommend these amazing tools.
Happy summer !
Till next time
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Julie Briones says
Thanks for sharing these wonderful DIY project tools, Sonya! I’ve never used the Citristrip, but will keep it in mind for furniture makeovers. Have a great weekend, and enjoy your company!
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Hi Julie, I hope you give the Citristrip a try. It works so well and is great if you have to work in small spaces. We are enjoying our company as we prepare for our big day.
These are great tools for painting projects! I have never used that paint stripper and will definitely give it a try. Have a great week ahead!
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Hey Lynne, I absolutely love the CitriStrip paint stripper and it works so well for so many different projects. Thanks for stopping by.