10 Must Have Products for the DIY Decorator

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Today I’m sharing my favorite 10 products for the DIY Decorator!

And when I say sharing, I mean I’m really sharing them! Over on my YouTube channel we just reached 30,000 subscribers and we’re celebrating!

Thank YOU for being part of this corner of the design community!

One subscriber (on YouTube, OR Instagram, OR subscribed here to the Newsletter & blog) who comments on this blog post, or the YouTube video or Instagram post will win one of each of these 10 items for their own DIY tool kit!

|Giveaway Open to U.S. Addresses Only |

The comment should be you sharing which of these 10 items listed below is your favorite.

**Giveaway closed 09/01/2020 – Carmen Searfoss was randomly chosen as the winner. Congratulations, Carmen! **

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My 10 Must Have Products for the DIY Decorator!

Number One | Tape Measure 

I always keep a tape measure with me, usually in my purse! You never know when you’re going to find a piece on the side of the road, at a garage sale, or at a thrift store – and knowing without a doubt whether or not it will fit where you want it is really helpful! 

This one specifically is light weight, compact, and really great for keeping handy without all the extra bulk. 

I wouldn’t try to build a house with this one, but for these applications, it’s perfect! 

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Number Two | Sherwin Williams Paint Fan Deck

You can actually usually find these in-store for free at your local Sherwin Williams Location

I love their fan deck specifically because of their great selection with both new/fun colors, and all the classics. 

Having a deck like this one is a great way to get started with paint projects, even if you don’t plan on using Sherwin Williams paint. This can help you visualize the colors and undertones to make your decisions. And most big brands can color match to these colors, or they might even have their own equivalent.

Some of my past paint projects:

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Number Three | A Nice Paint Brush 

There are a few different brands that I use often and love.

The 1 1/2″ angled sash brush from Purdy and Kilz Magnolia are some of my favorites, but for this post today I’m sharing about the Wooster Shortcut! My friend Andrea from Pine and Prospect recently told me about this brush and it quickly became part of my must-haves. It’s got a short rubber ergonomic handle that is fantastic for painting in tight spaces (like inside my nightstands from a few months ago.). 

I’ll be including one of these in the giveaway.

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Number Four | Frog Tape

Now, I know sometimes there is a temptation to stick with generic items instead of the name brand – but in this case, I don’t recommend it! I’ve tried using just regular masking tape for painting projects, and have always been pretty disappointed. 

The Frog tape brand is known for their paint block technology that helps create a better tape seal and reduces/eliminates bleed through. 

They even package their tape in reusable plastic containers to protect your roll of tape until you’re finished with the roll. They’re serious about their technology, and they know what they’re doing! 

Some of the ways we’ve used Frog Tape in our home:

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Number Five | Staple Remover 

This tool is invaluable, especially if you’re doing any kind of upholstery project! 

It works really well to remove tacks, nails and staples! Much better than the flat head screwdriver you might think to reach for! 

| Note: For big upholstery jobs, I also recommend using batting or golf gloves to help protect your hands! |

Here are some of the projects where I’ve used this tool:

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Number Six | Rustoleum Comfort Grip 

This handy sprayer attachment clamps onto the top of a regular can of spray paint! It helps you achieve a nice even smooth finish, and also is much more ergonomic than the standard spray paint button and nozzle. 

I wouldn’t suggest this for a huge project, but for a piece of furniture or decor it works wonderfully! 

Some pieces I’ve used spray paint for:

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Number Seven | Citristrip

This is my favorite of all the different products I’ve tried for stripping wood furniture! 

Raw wood is making it’s comeback, and I’ve been finding myself liking it more and more. I’m realizing I’m currently about 50/50 about whether a piece will be painted or stripped back to raw wood. 

This product is simple to use! You just brush it on with an old brush and let it sit for 15-30 minutes. Then you just scrape the bubbled paint up and off the piece!

It’s also got a pleasant orange scent (like goo gone), and it’s gentle enough to do in a ventilated area inside the house. 

I especially love using this on detailed areas of wood pieces like scrolls or edged trim that I can’t access with my sander. I apply this product and then use steel wool to scrub the paint off after it’s sat! 

Much easier than trying to hand sand those areas! 

Here are some of our Citristrip success stories:

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Number Eight | OxiClean White Revive

This oxiclean has helped me on more than one occasion! I have used it to whiten my drop cloth curtains, to clean my white upholstered furniture, for cleaning vintage thrift store finds, and I always use it when I’m washing our all white bed sheets

It’s got included enzymes that really work well against stains. 

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Number Nine | 220 Grit Sandpaper

I literally say this all the time, but this 220 grit sandpaper is a favorite of mine! It’s a great middle of the road grit (the higher numbers are more fine, the lower numbers are more coarse). It can be used for prepping pieces for painting, and also works well for distressing painted pieces.

Some of my favorite applications:

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Number Ten | Rustoleum Heirloom White Spray Paint 

This color is one of my favorite soft creamy whites. I’ve used this spray paint a lot and just love it! 

There are some specifics that you’ll want to read on the can before starting.

One of my favorite projects using this paint is my Faux Heirloom Pumpkins

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And that’s my list! I hope you found some new products here that might work well for your own DIY decorator kit! 

Remember that the giveaway I mentioned closes on Tuesday, Sept 1st! Make sure to subscribe and add your comment (about your favorite item here) before then!

*Giveaway closed 09/01/20*

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  1. Kim Pitzer
    August 28, 2020 / 12:40 PM

    Wow! So hard to choose just one but I would have to say the Frog Tape! Just love that stuff! But will definitely have to invest in the Rustoleum spray can attachment…Game changer!

  2. Isabel Z
    August 28, 2020 / 12:43 PM

    Only one? That’s tough! I will have to go with the Frog Tape since it’s a must have at my house!

  3. Latanya
    August 28, 2020 / 1:00 PM

    We’ve painted our house twice and I wish I would have known about the fan deck- that’s the product that I’m most excited about.

  4. Aimee
    August 28, 2020 / 1:55 PM

    Tape measure! But I’d love to give some of the others a try. That staple remover has to save your fingernails!

  5. Jamie Milano
    August 28, 2020 / 1:56 PM

    The fan deck is brilliant! and I swear by that tape!!

  6. Karen Degiorgis
    August 28, 2020 / 2:02 PM

    The tape measure for sure!!

  7. Lisa
    August 28, 2020 / 2:07 PM

    I would love the fan deck. Everything you are giving away is great. Thank you for the opportunity. 🥰

  8. Amber Martin
    August 28, 2020 / 2:15 PM

    Oooo so many good ones! I too love the frog tape and citristrip is great too. One note on that: slather it on your piece, cover it with plastic wrap and let it sit longer. It’ll remove more layers and won’t dry out. I’ve already left it on for 24 hours before returning to the project and everything was fine.

    I think I need to buy a staple remover. It surely would save some frustrations!

  9. Noemi Miranda
    August 28, 2020 / 2:32 PM

    All products are very necessary which makes it hard to choose. I choose the paint fan deck. Trying to fix a lil 1946 house. Thanks for the opportunity. Love your videos and your sense of humor.

  10. Tamara
    August 28, 2020 / 3:03 PM

    I am most excited to try the Citristrip. I tend to shy away from projects that need stripping because I don’t want the mess and the toxic fumes. This sounds like a product that will soon be my new best friend! PS – it’s really hard to pick just one!!

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      August 29, 2020 / 8:52 AM


  11. Denise Stock
    August 28, 2020 / 3:43 PM

    As a new subscriber I was surprised how Many of your recommendations I already use.
    Just started looking into reupholstering a hassock, so ide love your recommendation of the upholstery tool, would be a great addition to my tool box!
    So love your videos & blog ❤️❤️

  12. Rebekah
    August 28, 2020 / 3:53 PM

    Congrats on reaching 30k subscribers! All the products in your giveaway look fantastic! The Citistrip just might give me the courage to work on a piece that is intimidating me.

  13. Cindy
    August 28, 2020 / 4:12 PM

    Nice giveaway! Pick just one? Let’s see…I would have to say the spray paint can attachment. The struggle bus is real with the spray can button!

  14. Becca
    August 28, 2020 / 4:59 PM

    I already enjoy some of your tips, but I’m most excited to try Citristrip. That will allow me to try some new diy projects that I’ve shied away from in the past.

  15. Rig
    August 28, 2020 / 5:36 PM

    Oxyclean white is one of my favorite things.

  16. VaLyn
    August 28, 2020 / 6:02 PM

    The Wooster shortcut sounds amazing! It would be a fabulous tool to use in reaching those tight spots painting my kitchen cabinets.
    Love your DIY tips and tricks! Congratulations!!

  17. Susie Natoli
    August 28, 2020 / 6:04 PM

    Need need need the Citristrip!

  18. Emily Sloan
    August 28, 2020 / 6:23 PM

    What a great list! I think the one I would have to pick is the Rustoleum Comfort Grip. It would be so nice to have a big trigger!😃

  19. Jennifer
    August 28, 2020 / 6:52 PM

    I love this list! It feels like the simple things that would get overlooked by me. Or the things I need, but wouldn’t know which brand to go with. I think I would be most excited for the Citristrip, because that is the project I’ve always found the most intimidating. So something to do it easily sounds amazing!

  20. Michelle
    August 28, 2020 / 7:30 PM

    All of those items are great! I’d have to say I’m most excited to try the CitriStrip because I’ve been wanting to do a “raw wood” piece!

  21. Mary L Buzzell
    August 28, 2020 / 7:49 PM

    I saw your earlier post about the Oxiclean White Revive! As a long time Oxiclean fan, I didn’t know about this product and would love to try it. Thank you for the offer!

  22. Dawn M.
    August 28, 2020 / 8:15 PM

    The Rustoleum Comfort Grip would make my projects so much simpler. Thank you for all your suggesions! I’m going to add the Heirloom white paint to my list too!

  23. Martha Seagle
    August 29, 2020 / 4:04 AM

    Love all the products! Haven’t used the Citrastrip yet, but would love to try it.

  24. Ruth Newton
    August 29, 2020 / 4:37 AM

    Congratulations! That’s quite an accomplishment to achieve. I know you work very hard to bring us fresh, new content and fun DIYs. Your 1776 pillow is still one of my favorite DIYs. I love this list you put together. I would love to try the CitriStrip. I’ve noticed the trend with bare wood too and I think it’s really beautiful.

  25. Babette Thurston
    August 29, 2020 / 5:08 AM

    What an awesome giveaway!! Love it! I would have to say my favorite diy item you mentioned is the Rustoleum paint and primer spray. I hadn’t seen this particular color and it’s looks so nice! Thanks for the giveaway and congrats on reaching over 30,000 subscribers! 🥰🥰

    • August 29, 2020 / 7:01 AM

      The upholstery staple remover! Oh my fingers!! The paint brush has been my favorite for years (but I could use a new one), I’m about to go buy that spray paint (needed a suggestion on color so thank you!) And just washed my sheets with the oxiclean and it will now be a permanent thing on my shelf! Thank you so much!!

  26. Penny
    August 29, 2020 / 8:13 AM

    This is a great and very helpful list! I would like (and could use) the paintbrush. Thank you!

  27. Rosanna
    August 29, 2020 / 8:57 AM

    All 10 are great items… hard to choose!
    But,I do use a tape measure the most.. I will even have a sewing tape measure in my purse for when I go thrifting! Gotta have it..

  28. Salena Gant
    August 30, 2020 / 5:07 AM

    I so love your YouTube channel and would most like the paint fan. I’m challenged with color coordinaton. 🌱🌼

  29. Jeanita McIlroy
    August 30, 2020 / 6:29 AM

    I love your channel. I think the measuring tape would be very valuable.

  30. Rebecca
    August 30, 2020 / 12:24 PM

    The Rustoleum Comfort Grip sounds like something I want to try . I paint lots of pieces and never used a sprayer. The tape measure is also quite cute. Thanks for you blog.

  31. Sue M
    August 30, 2020 / 12:49 PM

    Always love seeing bloggers favorite items…helpful ideas to make life a little easier…the tape measurer is nice to keep in handbag when needed!

  32. Gina Morrison
    August 30, 2020 / 2:25 PM

    I just discovered your blog and am having so much fun reading and watching your videos. What a wonderful giveaway! Congratulations on your blog and channel!

  33. August 30, 2020 / 5:12 PM

    Congratulations on 30000 subscribers .Honestly I thought you’d have way more. I live in Australia so am ineligible for your prizes but just wanted to say well done I have been following you for over 6 months now and love your style.

  34. Geri Webb
    August 30, 2020 / 5:42 PM

    I enjoy your blog and videos sooo much! Sent links to my grown daughters because you have so many great practical tips. The tape measure is my pick because the worst thing is not knowing if something will fit if you come across that great find. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and ideas that don’t break the bank. Something we can all use whether young or older!!

  35. August 30, 2020 / 6:32 PM

    Congrats on your subscriber milestone. Great giveaway! I hadn’t heard of a couple of these, but will be looking for them to use. I would be most excited about the tape measure. God bless!

  36. Heather
    August 31, 2020 / 3:44 AM

    I was scrolling through trying to decide which one I’d choose as my favorite when I got to number 10 and thought, “Ding ding ding! We have a winner!” 😂 I was literally saying to my husband last night I wanted to spray paint my brassy 90’s lamps Heirloom White! 😂 So I’ll need the Frog tape, too! 😂 Thanks for this fun giveaway!

  37. Debbie
    August 31, 2020 / 9:28 AM

    I am excited about the rustoleum custom grip as I an going to be repainting my patio furniture as soon as the weather cools off! Lots of spray paint in my future.

  38. Judy
    August 31, 2020 / 6:36 PM

    Great list! I carry a tiny tape measure and use it regularly. I think it’s time for a new one. Yours looks a bit more substantial, which I like.

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