Aug 29, 2015

If you look at an old wood pallet and envision a coffee table, prowl your local thrift store and see a second life for that old dresser, or can frequently be found with your nose buried in Pinterest, you just might be part of a growing breed known as Upcyclers.

Triangle area Upcyclers won't want to miss the Raleigh Home Show, which takes over the Raleigh Convention Center September 11-13, 2015. The highly anticipated annual home and garden show features the Diva of DIY herself, Leanne Lee. Leanne will be sharing her best upcycling ideas, so folks can learn how to better decorate their living spaces and improve the environment.

Just starting to get into this hot trend? Leanne recommends that beginner Upcyclers equip themselves with the ultimate DIY Tool Kit. Check out what items Leanne thinks are must-haves as you enter the fun world of upcycling.

"So let's get you on your path to upcycling. Here's what I suggest getting to make projects go more smoothly since you'll have them on hand." - Leanne Lee, Diva of DIY

Upholstery Supplies
  • Tack puller
  • Upholstery staple remover
  • Asst. upholstery tacks
Paint Supplies
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • Wood filler
  • Assorted colors of spray paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Calcium carbonate (to make your own chalk paint)
  • Painter's tape
  • Whizz mini paint rollers and cages
  • Sanding masks
  • Pre-mixed Bondo
  • Drop cloth
Cleaning Supplies
  • Krud Kutter
  • Shop rages or terry cloth rags
  • Rubber gloves
  • Magic Erasers
  • Toothbrushes
Power Tools
  • Ryobi Drill
  • #2 Phillips bit
  • Ryobi Mitre Saw
  • Sawzall
  • Forstner bit set
  • Drill bits
  • Stripped screw & bolt extractor
  • Palm sander
Hand Tools
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Utility knife razor blades
  • Box of assorted screws
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Allen wrenches
  • Hammer
  • Wire strippers
  • Rubber mallet
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Permanent markers
  • Safety goggles
  • Assorted clamps
  • Cutting mat and rotary cutter
  • Press & Seal
  • Wax paper
  • Ruler
  • Level
  • Thick work gloves
  • Balling wire
  • Tool caddy
  • Twine
  • E6000
  • Mod Podge
  • Hot glue gun
  • Wood glue
Can't wait to see Leanne at the show? Get more DIY and upcycling advice and ideas on the Diva of DIY blog!

Leanne will be appearing live at the Raleigh Home Show on September 11th, 12th, &13th, 2015. Don't have tickets yet? Right now you can get 2-for-1 on Facebook. Take advantage of this exclusive offer today!

SEPTEMBER 11-13, 2015.