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6 Must-Haves To Avoid DIY Pinterest Fails

Fixer Upper's Chip Gaines spills his secrets for not wrecking your projects. Hint: You should own more than a glue gun.

You've def watched Fixer Upper and dreamt about transforming a neglected house into a shiplap farmhouse paradise like Chip and Joanna Gaines pull off in every episode.

Not there yet? (Neither are we.) Feel better! So what if the first dresser you rescue from the curb and repaint doesn't look like it belongs in Magnolia Home? Mistakes happen, but according to Chip, Pinterest fails are easier to avoid if you have these handy must-haves on hand when tackling projects.

1. A 5-in-1 tool with a paint scraper will be your new go-to for almost every tough task. "If I could only carry one tool in my back pocket, it’d be that paint scraper," he says.

2. Make the paint scraper even handier by wrapping duct tape around the handle.

3. A stain-masking paint primer that will instantly make any room look better.

4. A pocket flashlight for inspecting shadowy corners.

5. A square that will help you make good technical cuts.

6. And a good-quality hammer for, well, hammering nails.