As a serious crafter, I always have two recurring problems: I ruin my clothing (thanks to paint/stain/glue splatters), and I'm also always running around the house looking for tools as I'm trying to finish my project. So I made a crafting tool belt with detachable apron, and it solved both of these problems! Now I can gather all my tools at the start of the project and literally keep them on me as I work. I don't know why I didn't make one of these ten years ago! Click through to check out the sewing tutorial.
Okay, so, the "we" above actually refers to the team at Popular Mechanics, but the sentiment is the same - while the DIY approach can be enriching, challenging, creative, and often save you lots of money, it doesn't mean that everything goes perfectly the first time.
This, my friends, is a blank slate. It's also a slightly fuzzy picture (sorry about that) of a very large unfinished window in a room I would one day like to sleep in instead of living in a garage. Ah, wishful thinking. But daydreaming aside, something had to be done with this thing and after a week of painting I was so ready to break out the power tools.
Part how-to, part science project, Mikey figured out how to remove a solid coat of rust from an old pipe wrench using a 12v battery and baking soda. Inspired by this Instructable, check out his process here.
...Or colors if you like. BHG has a fun little tool that lets you play with paint, furniture and accent colours in sample rooms. Want to see how your room (or something like your room) would look with a tangerine walls, purple ceiling and taupe couches? Done.
Careful though 'cause it's a good way to lose 2 hours. You have to sign up to play with it, and there is also a colour-a-house and a try-a-window-treatment tool. Way more fun than paint...
Sometimes you just gotta make stuff stick together. In case you're bewildered concerning the best bonding agent, have a look at THIS to THAT. It's a delightfully simple site that tells one, basically, how to glue stuff to other stuff.
Can't beat that.
Picture this: A caveman (or cavewoman) picks up a rock and starts to whack on something. He (or she) inadvertently invents the first hand tool, namely, the hammer.
If you’ve ever visited your local hardware store in search of the appropriate hammer for your latest DIY project, you’ll see we’ve come a long way since the rock-as-tool days. From the heavy-handed sledge to the delicate tack and everything in between, there’s a hammer for every...