Sean and I were both fortunate enough to be raised by families that love and enjoy the outdoors. We both love hiking and being outside and the fall is really the perfect time in the south to do that! It’s finally starting to cool down and we can get out in nature as much as possible. We are actually spending the weekend in Kentucky hiking and exploring a new national park with my parents and so I thought it was a cool time to share some of our hiking favorites.
We’ve been working on lots of big projects recently like finishing up our master bathroom makeover and having walls taken down downstairs, but we also have been doing some small projects. If they might not be “blog worthy” on their own, we like to roll them all up together for a fun Friday post. Here are some recent little updates:
I have been having a hard time adjusting to having the laundry room so far away (IE on a different floor) from our kitchen. We primarily use cloth rags and napkins and I was piling them on the floor every day until they could be carried upstairs to the wash. Hats off to my friend that suggested this diaper bag (in an anchor print!) that I have hanging inside our pantry. It’s made of a waterproof material and I am able to stuff in dirty rags and napkins and then easily carry it up on laundry day. Winning!
We are planning a full front door makeover once the weather cools down, but I was too excited about this anchor door knocker not to go ahead and hang it. Isn’t it fun?
We are starting swapping out all of our beige outlets for crisp white ones. It’s a slow process (and we are just being lazy about it – it’s not hard at all) but I ordered switches, outlets, and outlet covers in bulk on Amazon so at least it is very inexpensive.
We have had a few major storms around here lately and that really knocked some limbs down in our yard. In an effort to triage the situation, Sean borrowed a tree trimmer and cleaned up a lot of dead limbs and branches. He even got on the roof!
Our garage is looking like a hoarding mess at the moment between projects in progress and things that we have moved due to the construction, but Sean was really excited to finally add some pegs to the existing pegboard. All of his tools were just piled on top of his work table and looked a mess. I love organization so I am digging it as well!
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It’s football season and we are all in on game day snacks and treats. While Sean loves it for the sport, I have to get invested in other ways. Themed crafts and recipes make me excited for Sunday afternoons and feel slightly involved in the festivities.
This past weekend I decided to whip up a cool football themed tray to serve snacks on during the game. It was really simple. All you need is a rectangular tray (this was a wooden one from a craft store under $5) and a small amount of astroturf. I got a whole roll of it and plan on making several football themed “grass” serving pieces this season.
First, I spray painted my tray white. This was totally optional but it gave it the look that I was going for. Next, I cut a rectangle of astroturf the size of the tray and just sat it inside. I used white ribbon to create “yard lines” going across the “field.” Players beware – this field is not to scale 🙂
This tray could be used to serve any football treats but this Sunday I topped it with these fun SNICKERS® Bars in football themed packaging. I love the “you’re not you when you’re hungry” campaign and these fit right in with that! I also picked up some bite sized SNICKERS® Crisper bars which are the perfect crispy, chocolatey treat.
We’ve been spending a lot of time on our master bathroom since we moved in. We’re really excited to reveal the whole bathroom next week. One area we hadn’t touched yet was over the toilet. In the condo, we had cabinets over the toilet in both bathrooms that served as great storage. We decided to add shelving over the toilet and opted for the floating shelf style. If you’re looking to add some clean looking shelves to your room, here’s how to build and install floating shelves.
There are a number of ways to build floating shelves, so this is just one of the options you can take, but I happen to think it’s the easiest. Why? Because you build a box out of wood and then just attach it to the wall. It makes it easy to build the box entirely separately and then just quickly throw it up on the wall.
I used a miter saw to make 45 degree angle cuts on the corners of my wood. I used 1″x3″ pine to make a shelf that was 2 1/2 feet wide and 8 inches deep. I was careful to make sure they didn’t stick out further than the toilet bowl itself.
After sanding the wood down, I screwed them together and put a supporting beam down the center. That served as the structure for the box.
Next I used 1/4″ thick boards and cut them to be the top and bottom of the box. I attached one of them to the box using brad nails to serve as the bottom of the box.
Once I had the structure of the boxes put together, I painted them and the other piece of board that would serve as the top of the shelf.
Next comes the easy part. This is why I used this method for the shelves. I lined them up where they needed to go and used four wood screws to attach each shelf to the studs.
After both the shelves were up, I used wood glue to attach the top board to each and then clamped them down. Unfortunately, I didn’t have as many clamps as I thought that would stretch that far, so I used what I had around, including the paint bucket I was using to paint the shelves and the weights that I took out of the desk lamps that I hung on the wall for reading lights.
Quick note- before I put the top boards on, I wrote a note to someone in the future. I figure that at some point in the future someone is going to rip these shelves off the wall. Idk if it will be 10 years from now or 25 years from now, but I’m hoping this is a fun surprise for them.
Once the glue was dry, I took off the clamps and weights and used spackle to smooth out the edges. I used a putty knife to apply it, then sanded smooth and painted with a couple of coats of paint to give it the matching glossy as the rest of the shelf.
Then it was time to style. We threw up a couple of things to make the space look good. We’ll do a full reveal of this room next week!
There are big things happening this week at the Charleston Crafted house. We are big on DIY, but there are some things you can’t DIY, like tearing down load-bearing walls. I mean, yeah, technically we could do it ourselves, but that’s a big undertaking and quite risky. We had a contractor start work yesterday to take down two walls in our house. We threw up some of the video on our Facebook page if you want to go take a look at the first demo. In order for them to do that, we had some preparations to make.
The contractor is taking down two walls. One of them is the full wall between our front living room and the dining room. It extends about three quarters of the way between the rooms and tearing it down is going to open it up and combine these rooms into an open-concept living area.
The other big project is that they are taking down half the wall between the kitchen and the dining room. The wall is being taken down to be level with the counter. That will give us a beautiful peninsula for entertaining and passing things to the dining room once we have a table in there. The contractor is going to square it off so we can put beautiful counter tops in next year.
The only problem with taking down that wall is that we are losing some of our upper cabinets. We had to prepare for these to come down by rearranging where everything goes in the rest of the cabinets. These cabinets we’re losing are where we have all of our dining ware, so we had to move that around. We added some shelves to our other cabinets to give us some more room.
Then, we moved the plates, bowls, mixing bowls and some serve ware there and moved the glasses to another cabinet.
Luckily, we’ve only been here for 2 1/2 months, so we weren’t super used to anything where it was yet. We are excited to get these walls down because we’ve been kind of waiting to furnish the front room and dining room until we had the walls down and knew what it was going to look like long term
Stay tuned next week to see how the rooms progress!