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Every girl has her go-to tool; for some, it’s a flat iron or a trendy pair of heels. For Bridget Edell, it’s her favorite tube of lipstick and a great sander.

Edell is the host of “Lip Gloss and a Sander,” which first aired on Montgomery County’s public access television station in June. The show follows Gaithersburg’s Edell as she takes on refinishing, painting and sanding projects step by step.

The title comes from two tools that have become essential for her handyman hobbies and everyday life.

“In my garage, I can do anything with a sander,” she said.

Growing up, Edell would spend time with her father in his workshop. She didn’t share her siblings’ interests in sports at the time. She learned how to strip furniture of its polish and refinish pieces to make them look new.

Edell hosted Montgomery County Media’s production staff at her home on July 27 to film the fifth episode of “Lip Gloss and a Sander.”

In that episode, she showed viewers how to create a pub table out of a whiskey barrel. Edell, an executive assistant at Shady Grove Hospital, said the idea came from a friend who wanted to update the wet bar in his basement.

Edell often take her guests on the show to garage sales and flea markets to find affordable furniture that can be updated or refinished.

The new host said she hopes the show will encourage more women to take on home improvement projects.

“It doesn’t necessarily have to be a man in the garage,” she said.

Edell’s husband, Gary Edell, encouraged her to take the leap into show business and put her Pennsylvania State University communications degree to good use.

“Back when I was in college and graduating ... there weren’t a whole lot of job opportunities for women” in broadcast journalism, she said.

Edell pitched her idea for a television show to Montgomery County Media, which approved her for a series.

Merlyn Reineke, executive director of Montgomery County Media, said the station helps county residents and producers get time on the small screen. The number of episodes Edell will film is up to her, he said.

Reineke said Edell’s show is “a very creative concept” and might inspire other county residents to start shows of their own.

“Lip Gloss and a Sander” airs on Montgomery Channel 21 on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. and Sundays at 5:30 p.m.

scarignan@gazette.net