Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tool Talk Tuesday featuring Centsational Girl

I recently decided to bring back my Tool Talk Tuesday series because I missed the DIY section of my site...life has gotten in the way of life and I haven't had much time to work on my house or do any projects!

At BlissDom, I met TONS of insanely talented women...and the DIYers inspired me more than I can say.  My second day at the conference, I had the opportunity to have lunch with a few women who I am proud to call friends now!  Kate, the Centsational Girl, has an amazing site and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!!!  So, she was the perfect person to relaunch Tool Talk Tuesday with!  Kate, thanks SO MUCH for lending me this post and for the sweet intro!  Next time I'm up in wine country, I'm looking you up!!!  XOXO

Hey JJ, you are a gal after my own heart.  I'm so flattered you'd consider me to be on your inspirational site.   I never get tired of paint and power tools, just like you.  You should see my closet now, it's bursting with even more supplies.  I just can't stop!  I was so delighted to lunch with you at Blissdom and know that you are an inspiration to your readers. Someday, we shall create a masterpiece together, you and I.  Until then, keep on DIYing.  Big hugs.  Kate

I’ve recently been asked by several readers what tools I consider essential to be a successful DIYer.  

Now some gals are proud of their closets full of designer shoes and clothing.  (Need I say Mariah?  Kimora?  Eva?  Paula?)  Not me.  Don’t get me wrong, I love clothes, handbags and shoes too, but I don’t have the budget to invest as heavily as the aforementioned celebs. 
In truth, if given the choice, I’d take the chair and chandelier in Mariah’s closet over that shoe collection.  But that’s just me.
mariah closet
But speaking of closets, there is one in my world that I like very much.  It’s not gilded.  It’s not glamorous.  It doesn’t have any shoes inside.  But I’m very fond of it. 
It’s my supply closet. 
cg supply cabinet
Oh, yeah, now THAT’S what I’m talkin’ about!  So many adhesives, paints, and brushes, it’s enough to make me teary.  I love my DIY supply closet. 
So to answer your question about necessary products, I’ll take this shelf by shelf.  These are the products on my shelves, but I consider only the items in bold to be essential. 
Top shelf cg
Shelf One: Rubber silicone sealant, crazy gluewood gluespray adhesive, light & medium spackling, acrylic latex caulking, rubber cement, white epoxy, grout sealant, metal polish,wood filler, tile & stone cleaner, and a caulking gun. 
Shelf Two:  Long handle paint roller, short handle paint roller, extra rollers, painter’s tape,disposable maskspaint thinner, stain/paint stripper, paint traysrecycled plastic containersfor smaller paint projects. 
middle shelf
Shelf Three:   Craft paints in various colors, rags, coarse grade sanding pad, medium grade sanding pad, fine grade sanding pad, regular sandpaper, artist’s flat brush, artists filbert brushnatural bristle paint brush for oil based paint projects, synthetic angled medium brush (nylon or polyester) for latex painting, small synthetic paint brushroll of plastic sheeting, roll of paper sheeting, spray primerspray paints in various colors, spray paint gun, staining pads
Oh joy!  It’s my prized spray paint collection. 
spray paint
Bottom shelves:  Oil based and water based Zinsser primer, various metallic glazes, leftover paint for all the rooms in my home, Minwax Wipe-On Polyurethane.   
paint and stain shelf
I also keep a supply of tarps on hand for painting and staining, as well as a stack of newspaper for all of my spray paint projects. 
Note: Even though I store all of these chemical in a closet, I do not seal it up tight to allow for some ventilation.  Something about stored up toxic fumes makes me a hint nervous.  So these doors are always cracked open a bit.   
And I haven’t even mentioned tools!  In Part Two, we’ll talk all about tools, including power tools, hand held tools, and craft tools. 
Not including tools, what supplies do you consider essential for your DIY projects?


LoveFeast Table said...

Never thought I'd drool over a diy cabinet, but I'm seriously feeling dizzy!

Centsational Girl said...

Hey JJ, you rock ! Thanks so much for the feature ! Just today I was riffling through my closet looking for my paint thinner - seems I forgot to take off my wedding ring when I was working with oil based paint. When will I ever learn ?


Muthering Heights said...

I like your closet better....many more possibilities in there than in Mariah's! :)


Oh, you're much more organized than me..and have way more diy stuff. I'm trying not to me jealous. I'm not sure what my must have is...or maybe I do and I just dont have it yet. Its one of things that you put on the spray paint cans to make it a trigger. I so need to go fork out the 4 bucks and get one. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing part II about what tools you consider necessary. I keep telling Hubby I need a saw of some sort and he seems less than thrilled by the idea.

Melanie said...

Lord have mercy, that cabinet makes me happy. I with Mrs. CG...I like the shoe closet but the crafts is where it's at!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Wow, I've coveted many things in Kate's house, but THAT is the BEST! I want every can.

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

I have a lot of the tools but am sadly lacking in the organization of them.

In fact, I probably have three or four of EACH of those tools. I just can't find them.



Thanks Centsational Girl! You really are CENTSATIONAL!

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

I mean, SUPPLIES. Not tools. :-)