Chip Gaines from the hit show Fixer Upper shares his list of toolbox must-haves, some of which might surprise you!

By Cyndy Aldred
August 17, 2017

Fans of the popular home improvement show Fixer Upper know that Chip and Joanna Gaines have a lot of tricks up their sleeves when it comes to home renovation projects. The pair work so well together, with Chip's construction skills and Joanna's eye for beautiful designs. Overcoming any remodel challenge that comes their way is their specialty, along with lots of laughs. We just can't get enough of their amazing home transformations.

Chip's ability to build just about anything inspired us to ask what products, gadgets, and equipment he uses the most and recommends to DIYers. Lucky for us, Chip was more than happy to share his toolbox favorites as well as a few time-saving (and stress-reducing!) tips.

1. Square Layout Tool

For making precision cuts, a quick measurement, or doing other small tasks around a job site (like cutting open cardboard boxes), Chip swears by his square layout tool and says it's his saving grace. Chip recommends investing in a quality square that can endure a few drops to the ground and collisions inside your tool kit. The square layout tool is a multiuse piece that can save time and do the work of several implements.

2. 5-in-1 Paint Scraper

Tools that serve multiple purposes help ensure you're prepared for just about any situation and lighten your toolbox. "The more jobs a tool can do, the better," Chip says, and one of his favorite multipurpose pieces is a 5-in-1 paint scraper. "You can bet there's always one in my back pocket."

He uses the handy tool for opening paint cans, cutting carpet, digging out grout, and of course, scraping paint. Here's a helpful hint from Chip: Wrap the scraper handle with a length of duct tape. "You never know when you'll be in a bind and need a piece!" he says.

3. Pocket Flashlight

If you've watched an episode of Fixer Upper, you know Chip is constantly looking (or climbing!) into attics, crawl spaces, chimneys, and other tight spaces and relying on his pocket flashlight. Having a compact but high-powered flashlight in your toolbox comes in handy more often than you might think.

"Just make sure you keep some spare batteries in your toolbox in case you find yourself in a tight spot with a fading beam," Chip recommends.

4. Clean Slate

No, Chip doesn't actually keep a clean slate in his toolbox, but there is something he swears by: a quality primer.

"I like to keep a few gallons of stain-blocking primer from KILZ and some well-constructed brushes on hand to give spaces a fresh start," Chip says. "Once a room has clean walls, the room's potential seems endless."

To learn more about what type of primer is needed for a particular project, check out Chip's video on primers.

5. Midday Fuel

"Nothing motivates me like a good ham sandwich—except maybe some rocky road ice cream," Chip says with a laugh.

OK, he wouldn't advise actually stocking either in your toolbox, but definitely suggests you have a snack close at hand to energize you when you're feeling out of gas. If you're in for a long day of work on a project, a bite to eat could be the most important tool you can use to keep you going.

Comments (1)

May 14, 2018
Chip and Joanna Gaines rock! I wish I lived in or near Waco, TX so they could advise, fix, repair and decorate my space! congratulations on baby #5