15 Supplies You Need to Create

As a DIYer, I put together a list of the 15 top things 
I can not live without in my workspace.

If you are just starting out, you might want to check out this list.

Even if you're not just starting out, check your list against mine.

My projects are creative and a little funky, but very often useful, like the shelf I made for the bathroom from a wooden wine box.

Most of the time I create by building... or re  building something I've found

I find things at the thrift store or on the side of the road that spark my creativity.

Like when I turned this ugly lamp into a pedestal dish.

(yes, that lamp was really in someone's home at one time)

The important supplies I have on hand to work 
this magic are these... 

I'm including Amazon links to some of them so you can easily find the products I use at no additional cost to you. 

1. reclaimed wood (all shapes and sizes)
2. screws and nails of various sizes (I try to save old ones)
3. embellishments... locks, hinges, hooks, and metal pieces 
4. wood glue (lots of it!)
6. clamps and a vice (they hold things while they are gluing)
7. painter's tape (you can never have enough)
8. chalk paint and waxes 
9. good paintbrushes, wax brushes, and small paint rollers
10. a level (because I never get it right on my own)
11. sandpaper (different grades)
12. metallic spray paint (oil rubbed bronze is my favorite)
13. a drill (corded for drilling & cordless for screwing)
14. a hacksaw (for cutting metal)
15. patience (sometimes things just don't work out... try again!)

This is by no means all I use... 
these are just the most important.

So if you are ever in the mood to turn a futon you found
into a 
bench for your kitchen table...

You'll know exactly what you'll need!

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. Great list! Saws scare me too. I leave that to my hubby. =)


  2. That is a pretty complete list and one that I would have to agree with! My favorite thing to have on hand are the embellishments....all the old hinges/door and window hardware, etc. Those pieces always seem to add that perfect finished touch to a repurposed project.

  3. I don't know why I showed up as "unknown" in my earlier comment.........

  4. I think I missed that lamp to pedestal... hmmmmm pretty cool!

    great list Susan--I have all that and more!


  5. Exacto Knife (or whatever it's called - that really sharp thing you cut with) and a glue gun!!! Hugs, Holly @ coconutheadsurvivalguide


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