It might be growing colder outside, but that just means we’ve got more of an excuse to spend time in our homes, garages, workshops or garden sheds working on a favourite project or transforming the spaces around us.

If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration this autumn, then we’ve got you covered with four great projects that are small(ish) in scope but can make a big impact on your home – and the tools you need to make those projects a reality.

Project 1: Upcycling furniture

Upcycling has been all the rage over the last few years and it’s not hard to see why: it can be an easy and cost-effective way to give an old piece of furniture a new lease of life or transform it into something new entirely.

Whether you want to turn some crates into wall storage boxes or some pallets into a coffee table, there are going to be some tools that you need in your arsenal. To give you a helping hand, we’ve pulled together some of our top picks and just what makes them so special.

Tools Why we love them
Halfords Rubber Mallet (16oz) Larger striking surface

Made of bounce-resistant rubber

Provides a softer blow and greater control than traditional hammers

Halfords Advanced 8-Piece Hammer, Punch and Chisel Set Includes 2 hammers, 3 chisels and 3 punches

Comes with a lifetime guarantee

Part of the Halfords Advanced modular tray range that lets you build your own toolkit

Draper 125mm Sanding and Polishing Kit Suitable for a wide range of sanding and polishing tasks

Simply attaches to your rotary drill

Contains fibre sanding discs of various sizes

Can Gun 1 Spray Can Tool Designed to grip standard aerosol cans

Easy to fit and remove

Gives an even paint coverage

Halfords Advanced 10-Piece Screwdriver Set Includes durable crosspoint and plain slot screwdrivers

Comes with a lifetime guarantee

Part of the Halfords Advanced modular tray range that lets you build your own toolkit


For a more exhaustive list of tools that’ll come in handy for upcycling, check out our recent blog on 10 tools to get you started on an upcycling project.

Project 2: DIY wall panelling

DIY wall panelling is another big trend right now and a simple way to add character to your home. It can help to make walls look more interesting, add depth to a room and even be used to cover any walls that might need filling or uneven surfaces.

While it might seem like a bit of a daunting job at first, the truth is that as long as you get your measurements down correctly then it’s a job that anyone with basic DIY skills can do. And here are some of our favourite tools to help you pull it off.

Tools Why we love them
Stanley Classic Box Spirit Level (60cm) Provides reliable, consistent and accurate measurements

Large, high visibility, side vials

Rugged and lightweight

Stanley Sharpcut 11TPI Saw (20”/500mm) 11 teeth per inch for fine finish cutting

Induction-hardened double-grounded teeth

Ergonomic handle for better comfort and control

Laser Anti-Static Gloves (10 pack) Lint-free, nylon anti-static gloves

PU coating and nylon carbon anti-static liner

Reduces the risk of expensive accidental damage to electrical components

Draper Boiler Suit Available in M, L and XL

Elasticated back for comfort and safety

Fits over normal clothes

Ryobi 18V ONE+ Random Orbit Sander (bare tool) Cordless, with fast and efficient stock removal

Built-in dust extraction system

Part of Ryobi’s ONE+ system of cordless tools

Project 3: Transforming hardwood flooring

If you’re lucky enough to have an older property with original wood flooring, then the chances are that it might be showing its age. When not spend some time this autumn restoring it to its former glory by sanding and staining? You never know what amazing finish you might discover once the passage of time has been removed!

Here are some tools to get you started.

Tools Why we love them
Draper Safety Googles Compact and light PVC frame

Tough polycarbonate lens

Vented body keeps air circulating

Ryobi 18V ONE+ Angle Grinder Starter Kit 115mm grinding disc with three-position handle

Comes with a 4.0Ah battery and charger

Part of Ryobi’s ONE+ system of cordless tools

Halfords Assorted Pry Bar Set Includes four pry bars of various sizes

Constructed from heavy-duty plastic

Great for furniture repair, soft and hard woods

Halfords 5-Piece Mini Pliers Set with Pouch Pliers made from high quality steel for strength and durability

Non-slip handles

Comes with a handy pouch

Draper Detail Sanding Sheets (93 x 93 x 93mm) 10 sheets of different grades to smooth out any job

Ideal for use with detail sanders

Hole punched and hook-and-loop backed

Project 4: Built-in storage

We’ve all got those places in our homes where furniture we can purchase from a shop just won’t quite fit. Where the angles are a bit strange, the walls are a bit wonky or the ceiling’s too low. Well, why not take on a project to make use of this wasted space by creating some bespoke built-in storage?

You may want to get a bit of help with this one if you don’t feel you have the skills yourself. While this might be a pricier investment than others on our list, we think it’s well worth it in the long-run and here are some of the tools we’d recommend.

Tools Why we love them
Draper Disposable Dust Masks 5-pack of masks

Provide protection against non-toxic dusts and powers

Suitable to reduce discomfort caused by exposure to coarse non-toxic particles

Ryobi 18V ONE+ Combi Drill Starter Kit Cordless percussion drill

Ideal for drilling wood or metal, driving screws or drilling in masonry

Part of Ryobi’s ONE+ system of cordless tools

Ryobi 18V ONE+ Angle Grinder (bare tool) Cordless 115m grinder ideal for a variety of cutting and grinding applications

Three-position handle for better control

Part of Ryobi’s ONE+ system of cordless tools

Halfords Assorted Hex Head Self Drill Screws Approximately 90 of the most common screw sizes

Comes in a handy storage box

Laser Insulating Safety Gloves Available in a large size

Helps to protect your hands against the risk of an electric shock

We hope you’ve found this article inspirational and that it’s given you a few ideas about how you can spend your time this autumn. To check out our full range of tools, head on over to