I have been wanting to update our front door with a coat of paint, but just haven’t gotten around to it. Well, the One Room Challenge is pushing me to get on some things that I have been putting off! I decided that I didn’t want to paint just the outside of the front door but the inside as well. I pulled a selection of mint and teal colors but decided on Sherwin Williams’ Watery. I picked it up in an exterior grade paint in a semi gloss.
Before I painted the outside of the door, I decided to update the kick plate from gold to silver. I thought that it would be removable but it actually wasn’t, so I just taped it off and sprayed it with a metallic silver spray paint. I actually let it dry for an entire week before painting the rest of the door to be sure that it was really dry.
I rolled the door using a high density foam roller and a small foam brush. Each side of the door took six light coats to get an even finish. It took a while (I allowed at least 30 minutes of dry time between coats) but was very simple and most of the time was passive drying time.
On the inside of the door, I decided to try something a little different. I actually taped off the 6 panels and left them white. This is similar but the reverse of the effect that we did on the condo’s front door interior. I know that the look is not for everyone, but I think that it adds some interest. The color is perfect for this room!
I am so excited for this simple and inexpensive update and the big impact that it had!
I have been into the live edge wood table look for a while and trying to pick a place that one would fit well into our home. Our style is more coastal than rustic, but I really think that a beautiful wood slab piece can go with any style home. The biggest difficulty in building a wood slab table is getting the slab. I encourage you to check your local craigslist, but if that fails, hit up my boo, Amazon Prime. Everything that went into this coffee table was purchased on Amazon and I will link to it all in the tutorial below.
We ordered our live edge wood slab from The Lumber Shack via Amazon. They have a huge variety of wood including slices and stumps. The slice arrived very quickly and was wrapped in several layers of protective packaging. We were very impressed with the price of our slab (under $100) compared to local lumberyards that wanted over $250 for a similar slice. We narrowed it down to a handful of options based on the length and width that we wanted for our space and then picked a slice based on the graining that we liked. We ended up with a maple piece with live edge bark all of the way around and I am gaga over it.
The other thing that you will need to order is table legs. You could go in a variety of directions, but I wanted hairpin legs. There are a ton of options on Amazon and start around $50 for 4. The easiest way to decided on a height is to find a coffee table or side table that you already own that you like the height of and measure that. Remember to subtract the thickness of the slab as that will be included in your final height. We ended up with 20″ legs for a slightly higher table, since we want to be able to use it for small board games occasionally.
The final supplies that you need are sandpaper and a sanding block or electric sander, a drill or screwdriver, a paintbrush, and polyurethane. I prefer a poly with a matte finish for this project since I wanted it to look as much like natural wood as possible (but have the protection of the poly).
Here is exactly what we did after ordering and receiving all of the supplies:
Initially we thought that we might want to stain the wood. We tried 4 samples of stains and finishes on the side that we determined was the bottom of the table (we liked the other side’s grain better). After letting them dry, we liked how the poly let the details of the wood shine and the others looked too dark.
So the first real step was sanding both sides of the wood slab. Sean used his electric sander and got each surface as smooth as butter.
Next I wiped the slab really clean and applied the poly. It got 2 thin coats on the underside and 4 coats on the top side. The bark edges got 4 coats as well. Make sure that you set it on plastic (we raised it on some scrap boards over plastic) because it will stick and dry to newspaper. Allow that to dry for at least 24 hours. Longer is better to be sure that it is really dry.
Next, select the placement of your legs. Carefully drill them into place using the included screws.
Flip the table over and you are good to go! We really love our new coffee table and are so pleased with the deal that we got by ordering the slab and legs from Amazon. If you make one, link to it below!
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Halloween is fun, but when you are a twenty-something without kids who wants to stay home and drink wine and eat Reese’s pumpkins on the big day, the highlight can really be dressing up your pets. I have an embarrassing number of pet costumes, many of which are from when I was single and did Friday night fashion shows with my cat. Alone.
It’s fun to DIY pet costumes (I made some hella good Narwhals last year) but sometimes the joy is really grabbing a cheap costume and taking snaps of your dog trying to chew it off their own body.
So, without further ado, here are 25 hilarious pet costumes under $20, all available on Amazon Prime.
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It’s the first thing people see when they come in. We removed some walls to open the space up in September, but we still had a big plain wall above the fireplace. A lot of people put a TV above the fireplace, but we’re leaving this room TV free. So we needed to do something. We wanted to make the room look more regal, and truly formal since this is our “formal living room”, so we decided to extend our fireplace to the ceiling.
This project was actually fairly simple, but took a little time. All it is is crown moulding and paint. Simple as that to make this look like a grand fireplace.
We started by measuring the the width of the fireplace and cutting a 1×6 piece of wood to that length. You don’t have to put up a board, but we wanted to have the crown pop out more three dimensionally.
Next, we added a piece of wall moulding to the bottom of the board using a brad nailer.
Next, we added two pieces of wall moulding vertically on the ends of the board to give the extension feel. These were the easiest part of the project because they were flat cuts!
Finally came the thick crown moulding for the top. This part was hard. We’ve always heard that crown moulding is a b!tch to hang, and it was. We read the instructions from my miter saw and watched YouTube videos. Everything says to cut the crown moulding at an angle and upside down. Well, that didn’t work for us because the moulding was too thick and the blade wouldn’t go all the way down. Sigh.
So, after much frustration, we decided to just try lying the crown moulding flat on the saw and making a compound cut plain and simple. That means cutting with a bevel and a miter, to create two angles at the same time. Holy crap, it worked. We were flabbergasted. I don’t know if this would work every time, but for my saw, it worked great.
We hung the main piece and then cut the small pieces to go on the sides and hung those to make the crown at the top.
Once everything was hung, we used caulk to fill in all the seams between each piece.
The last step was paint. We were using semi-gloss trim paint, which took a lot of coats. We did a fresh coat on the pre-existing fireplace mantle, two coats on the pre-primed new moulding we hung, and FIVE coats on the wall in the middle. That stuff just doesn’t cover well, but it looks great after.
The room looks so nice and regal now! I can’t wait to get a huge canvas hanging up there.
That was our big update for the One Room Challenge for this week, but we have lots in store for the upcoming weeks! Stay tuned.
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A couple of months ago, we bought a home security system from GetSafe. After moving into our new house, we didn’t feel as secure as we did back in our condo. It’s not that our neighborhood is unsafe by any means; more just that in the condo we only had one entry point and we were three stories in the air. Now, we have four doors, countless windows and are right on the road. So we decided to invest in a security system.
We shopped around a bit and settled on GetSafe. We chose GetSafe for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it’s a simple DIY setup for your whole system. We got the starter box and it came with the Smart Hub, siren, motion detector and one door entry alarm. We figured there wasn’t too much risk in that. The system is super easy to set up. The instructions for setting up the Smart Hub are easy to follow and it simply plugs into your wireless router to connect all of your devices, which all come set up and ready to interact.
We opted to put the door entry alarm on our front door and the motion sensor in our sun room. There are five windows and a door in that room, so the motion sensor easily picks up all of them. The great and easy thing about these devices, and the siren as well, is that they simply attach to your wall with 3M Command strips that are build into the device. We just pulled off the backing and stuck them up there. As we have started painting those rooms, it’s been easy to cleanly remove them from the wall, paint, and then re-hang them with new Command strips.
Setup is a breeze, but so is monitoring. There is no panel, so everything is done through an app on your smartphone. Here, you can turn your system on and off, set up automated times for it to cut on and off, determine the appropriate notifications and lots of other options. Morgan and I are both able to have the app on our phones so we can each control the system separately. It also syncs with our Nest thermometer to track the temperature and when we are home and away. #SmartHouse #TheFutureIsNow
After we had it all hooked up, we decided to give it a test. We didn’t want the first time the alarm goes off to be the first time we heard it. Plus, we wanted to make sure it functioned properly. We opted for the professional monitoring package, but there is also a self-monitoring package that doesn’t alert the company. So, we armed the system and I opened the front door. Instantly, the alarm went off and it was SO LOUD. Impossible not to hear it through your whole home. Plus, impossible not to scare off and intruder. I got an instant notification on my phone and then my phone started ringing about 10 seconds later. It was the monitoring team from GetSafe calling to see if everything was OK. I gave our safe word so they didn’t call the cops, but we got our answer for whether it worked!
And now, you can get safe with GetSafe for a great price. Through us, when you order GetSafe’s starter kit, you can also get a free wireless motion camera (normally $129!). Go to GetSafe’s website and order their starter kit, just like we did and add the wireless motion camera to your cart. At checkout, enter the promo code “charlestoncrafted” and you’ll get the wireless motion camera for free. That’s a lot of added security.
We’re very happy with GetSafe and feel very secure in our home now. GetSafe is a simple DIY setup security system that provides all the monitoring we could ever want of one of the more well-known brands. We’re planning to add several other entry alarms and maybe even a security camera in the future, but we love what it offers. We couldn’t be happier.
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