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My long list of favorite tools began one summer toward the end of college. I was a year away from getting my Interior Design Degree and needed to do an internship that would blend the years of Architecture and Design courses I’d completed with some real life experience. There were not too many firms hiring for money, or even for free the summer that I needed the internship.
SketchUp is my go-to program for anything that I could ever dream to build. For my building project’s it’s the one thing I really couldn’t live without. Most people are quick to assume that this program is only for architects, engineers, and construction professionals. That simply couldn’t be farther from the truth.
How can I quickly get started building? It’s one question on every Pinterest lover’s mind, whether you’re planning a honey-do list or you’re hoping to save some money by outfitting your home with things you’ve made, building your own furniture can be an amazing skill to obtain.
While looks aren’t everything, having a home you are proud of isn’t a bad thing to want or to make happen. You just need to the right tools and some encouragement to get started.
Do you ever see something a friend posts on Instagram and think “that is so cute I wonder where she got that?” so you ask, and she said hello, Craigslist! And, she throws in, it was only like 75 bucks! (insert mad face emoji)
Or, do you have an entire Pinterest board devoted to stuff you hope to make one day, but that day hasn’t happened yet?
Do you have a preferred amount of money you spend on stain, paint, or other finishing products? Do you try to find the best deal on something that might work? Are you willing to try something new but you don’t even know what to try and are afraid to waste your money, so you head straight to the big box stores?
You’ve seen so many plans online for building a cute end table that would match perfectly with your new couch. You’ve looked them over and you finally have the courage to give it a try. You look at the list of required tools and the first one it lists is a Miter saw. You don’t have a miter saw. You borrow a circular saw from your friend to make this first project but after making it you know; you know you have to buy one for yourself. You enjoyed the first build so much that you know the investment will be worth it.
So which one do you start with?