Baker’s Dozen Gift List for UpcyclersComments (0)
It’s the time of year for gift lists, so to make sure the
furniture refinishers and upcyclers in your world are covered, here are my Top
13 gift picks for the holidays, birthdays, or any time! And the best part?
Nothing is over $70!
For anyone who spends a lot of time with a paintbrush in their hand, these are a must. Black Dog Salvage and Woodcraft teamed up to create three sizes of these quality round brushes, which are incredibly easy on the hand. Long handles counterbalance the brushing action to reduce forearm and wrist fatigue. $17-$25
The affordable, easy to use Earlex Super Finish Max HVLP Sprayer will make those big jobs easier and quicker with the touch of a button. Perfect for spraying chalk paint, milk paint and topcoats, it is self-contained requiring no air compressor or pump, which makes for a quiet operation. Comes apart to make cleanup a breeze. $70
Available in two sizes (16 oz. and 32 oz.), Paint-EZE Bottles take the drips and mess out of your painting projects. Just decant out how much you need with these durable dispensers, and store the rest. Also great for mixing paint. Reusable, durable and ecologically friendly because they conserve paint and keep it usable. $6.50-$7
This 36-page fan deck takes the guesswork out of mixing custom colors with General Finishes Milk Paint. More than 170 formulas open up a world of possibilities for painting and refinishing projects in a convenient reference guide that you will consult time and time again. $25
Junking maven Sue Whitney’s latest book offers tons of inspiration and project how-tos for reinventing and reusing vintage castoffs as home furnishings. She gives many helpful tips to those looking to use their imaginations to reinvent their antiques and salvaged items. You’ll start to see ordinary objects in different ways after reading this book. $25
Available in gallon and quart sizes, these clever gadgets have mixing paddles that fit down into a can of paint. Once you fasten the Mixing Mate on, you’re ready to stir. Not only that, the dispenser makes it a cinch to pour out just what you need, and the cleanup couldn’t be easier. $18-$25
The VersaSpin 360 is a 16ʺ turntable that enables you to elevate and rotate your work lazy Susan style – up to 100 lbs. – while you’re painting or staining. The included Painter’s Pyramids and Grabbers (also sold separately) assist by allowing you to get underneath the edges and by keeping your project from moving. $35
BONUS - Stocking Stuffers $10 & Under
Silicone Color Shapers – Artists love this versatile 5-piece set of brushes because they’re just the ticket for creating decorative effects with paint and stain, and they can give the user pinpoint accuracy in applying color, glue and putty. The silicone tips allow for fast cleanup. $8
Mixing Sticks – These handy wooden sticks are great little stocking stuffers. You’ll get 25 sticks for mixing and stirring paint, plus they can be used for a variety of crafting ideas – just search “Paint Stick Projects” on Pinterest! These are something any upcycler always needs! $6
Painter’s Pyramids – Lightweight but mighty, Painter’s Pyramids are a necessity in any workshop or paint studio even by themselves. You can paint both sides of a project without waiting for the first side to dry, and the soft rubber won’t mar the surface. You can stack them, lock them together or park your small brushes in them. Grabbers and Gliders are companion products that provide antislip support or slippery pads for easy movement. $4-$10
Pioneer Wood Patina - When you're after that barnwood look, Pioneer Wood Patina is a cost-effective alternative. Simply mix up the powder with water and brush it onto new wood, and it gradually turns brown/gray like it has been naturally aged from years of exposure. Packet makes 1 quart of product. $6
Knives – WoodRiver’s 4-piece Palette
Knife Set comes with durable wood handles and flexible, yet tough,
stainless steel blades that can be used to mix putty, epoxy and color. You can
also paint and create with them to get a really interesting look and texture to
your projects. $10
stocking stuffers $10 & Under
Your local Woodcraft store can help you with these and many other gift selections for the DIYer or upcycler in your life. Stop by or shop online. We're here to help!
We hope you'll be inspired!
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