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Home Decorating Digest : Home Decorating Toolbox 101

Home Decorating Toolbox 101

By Home Decorating Digest

Where is that Hammer?

Save time and frustration by assembling your own decorating toolbox. Most do-it-yourself projects are hampered by the lack of tools (or knowing where to find the tools) to get the job done.

Storing Your Tools: A toolbox, caddy, or storage step stool can be used and will allow you to organize your tools by making them available for easy carrying.

The Right Tools for the Job

Hanging Things:

Push Pins
Plastic Anchors
Picture Wire
Thumb Tacks
Sewing Machine Needles (to hang pictures without large wholes, holds approximately 30#)
Cup Hooks

Attaching Things:

Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
Can of Spray Adhesive
Staple Gun & Staples
Multi-Sized Rubber Bands
Plastic Twist Ties
Fusible Interfacings
Fabric Glue
Sewing Needles & Thread
Starch (Easy on Easy off walls for fabric wallpapering or for appliqués)

Cutting Things:

Good Pair of Scissors for Fabric
Utility Scissors for everything else
Box Cutter
Woodworking — you may need a light weight handsaw

Measuring Things:

Tape Measure
T-Square or Level

Decorating Things:

Gold Touch-up Pen
Spray paint Black & White
Craft Paint in your decors color scheme
Assortment of ribbons, buttons, and fringe.

These tools may not all fit in your toolbox, yet are good to have on hand:

Screwdriver — Phillips and Flat Head (get multiple sizes)
Iron & Ironing Board

Take the time in advance to gather your equipment for that next do-it-yourself project.

Now where is that hammer? In my Decorating Tool Box! •

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