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  • InDIY

    Update Your Casa With These Snazzy Free Home Improvement Apps

    There is an app for everything: Capture video, discover a new recipe, fine tune your workout routine, reminder to feed your dog, memos and more. Just “google” your needs and an app will magically appear. Note when I say magic I really mean download it. What about your DIY projects? Grab your supplies and dig into these free home improvement apps to help you navigate your latest “how to.”

    Pinterest      

    Pinterest is like part vision board, part encyclopedia, part wish list of failed dreams. Let me clarify: you can be on Pinterest for the better part of your life completely forgetting about your project. Once focused it is a really useful tool. Literally everything diy, craft, food, home improvement can be searched. It may be too early to tell but Pinterest may be the greatest app of all time.

    Houzz

     

    Like their website, their mobile app boasts millions of professional quality photos of home renovations for inspiration. You can find articles, ask advice from forums, and purchase products for sale, as well as browse portfolios and profiles of design and remodeling professionals to find the ones best qualified to work on your project.

     

    Project Color

    The Home Depot offers their answer to TapPainter with similar functionality in that you can photograph your home and see how their available paint colors look on your walls before actually start painting. Now the app may not be as interesting as the cashier but itโ€™s available for both iOS and Android.

    iHandy Level

    Need to get a few picture frames straight for an awesome gallery wall? There is an app for that. iHandy Level is a level on your phone.Just be sure to calibrate it for your smartphone before using it, which is done by setting it on a perfectly level surface and pushing a button. 

    DIYZ

    There are only so many tips you can get from yours truly and there is nothing wrong with calling for back up. Do it yourself, do it wise with DIYZ. Find your home project to get detailed step-by-step instructions and how-to videos. Plus, they give you a complete tool and materials list. Choose what you need, order online, and have everything delivered to your door. Need help? No problem! Request a live video chat with one of their pro advisors and youโ€™ll talk with an expert whoโ€™ll guide you through the project.

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    Free Home Improvement Apps

    Which home improvement apps do you currently use?
  • InDIY

    How To Revamp Your Old Dresser With DecoArt Maxx Gloss Paint

    I teamed up with Decoart to bring you this makeover! All opinions are my own on their products, read my full disclosure policy here

    I am in the slow process of giving my guest room a new look and I am starting with the accent pieces. It just seems easy that way for me. This is an old ikea dresser that I transformed with Decoart Maxx Gloss paint.

    Since the wood was already raw no need to sand nor prime.

    What I used

    Watch the video to see my transformation!

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  • InDIY

    11 Must-Haves for Your Craft Room

    Emergencies happen all the time, You have to be prepared. Anything can happen bruises, floods, zombie apocalypse you name it, but what about DIY disasters? Imagine door knobs falling off 30 minutes before your guests come over for a party and home depot closed 15 minutes ago? You may feel inclined to say well we will just party without knobs but I implore you not to. Plus a guest stuck in the bathroom because you don’t have door knobs is not a good look. Nothing is wrong with a little prepared. Here are some staples in my craft room.

    Hot Glue Gun 

    Life happens and things break and just have to rig something up you can make it through the evening. I like this Stanley tools glue gun, the dual melt high/low temperature GR25.

    Painter’s Tape

    Image via: tapemanblue.com

    Image via: tapemanblue.com

    Spray Paint


    All that glitters isn’t gold, until you douse it in a coat of gold spray paint. I like gold. It makes me feel fancy. I even painted my BBQ grill gold, don’t judge me. You can get a high gloss version or rustic “old gold” If you want that “bling bling” bright gold PLEASE get this one by Rusteloeum I completely swear by it. Those are seashells in the background that I painted with this.

    Mod Podge

    X-ACTOยฎ Knife

    Getting the detail you want in your projects can be done with the right precision cutting knife. There are many on the market today, and all are great for cutting many types of lightweight materials.

    Elmer’s Glue

    Paint Brushes

    image via rexart.com

     

    In at least 3 sizes: fine tip, medium and large should pretty much cover your basic needs. Loew-cornell paint brushes come in an array of sizes.

    E-6000

    Acrylic Paint

    Image via Amazon

    Liquitex has an array of colors but all you need are small pots of primary colors and black/white. With these colors you can blend them and create every color under the sun.

    Scissors

    Sharpie

    Image via Sharpie

    I borrowed this essential from the film world. On set, sharpies are magical and a must have. You can use it to take quick notes, touch up furniture, or draw on ceramic cups.

     *BONUS*

    Basic Tools

    Image via ikea.com

    You always need to pull this and nail that. So a tool set is essential.  This basic tool set from IKEA is useful. 

    White Cardstock

    Image via stampinup.com

    Image via stampinup.com

    Tunes

    Last but not least you need some tunes to get you through your crisis Ipod with diy playlist

     

    Did I forget anything? What is in your tool belt?

     

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    11 Supplies You Must Have in Your Craft Room