Kitchen Decisions & Colored Island Inspiration

Painting the island green- Charleston Crafted

If you follow me on Instagram then you know about all of the progress that’s been going on in our kitchen in the past week. One of the big decisions that we made was the one that we weighed in on here. We ended up going with Option One, which was not the most popular option. On the post, most everyone wanted me to paint all of the cabinets white. In real life, my friends were trying to talk me out of the green island hard. It’s so colorful they said. It’s a lot!

Well, here I am. I am Morgan, I am colorful, I am a lot.

The green color makes me happy. If in ~5 years when we go to sell this place our realtor advises us to change it then painting it white is a one day $30 fix. Until then, I am decorating to make me happy. Take a look in my closet and you know that safe white just isn’t my jam.

Painting the island green- Charleston Crafted

So, I painted the island the same Watery as our front door. An honestly, y’all, it’s stunning. If I hadn’t already bought the white paint for the other cabinets, I would be mighty tempted to do them all this color. I haven’t painted the other cabinets yet – I’ll be doing those white this weekend – and then I’ll be back with an update for you. But until then, here is some gorgeous inspiration that helped push me over the edge towards this decision:

Blue Island Inspiration

via Pink Peppermint Designs

Blue Island Inspiration

via Copper Dot Interiors

Coastal Kitchen Inspiration - Charleston Crafted

via Better Homes and Gardens

Have you taken any risks lately?

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Patching Drywall Over an Old Phone Jack

Patching Drywall Over an Old Phone Jack - Charleston Crafted

Unless you bought a new construction house from within the last five-ish years, the house you bought came complete with a sweet phone jack hookup for your land line telephone. Awesome! That’ll come in handy when you have some “Back to the Future” ordeal and need to call your Liz Frank ’90s loving self while twirling a phone cord around your finger. Home landlines are dead, but the ugly phone jack is still there. Luckily, they are easy enough to patch drywall over and you’ll never know it was there!

Patching Drywall Over an Old Phone Jack - Charleston Crafted

The first thing I did was remove the plate on the front of the jack, which exposes the wiring. I cut off the power to the jack and popped out the power cords that were connecting it.

Patching Drywall Over an Old Phone Jack - Charleston Crafted

Patching Drywall Over an Old Phone Jack - Charleston Crafted

Then I used electrical tape to wrap up each of the two cords just to make sure they didn’t touch anything and pushed them into the electrical box in the wall. Out of sight, out of mind.

Patching Drywall Over an Old Phone Jack - Charleston Crafted

Next came patching the wall. Lowe’s sells an awesome drywall patch kit that comes with a 4″x4″ steel mesh patch, lightweight spackle and a putty knife. It’s perfect for this type of job. The patch sticks to the wall with a built-in adhesive.

Patching Drywall Over an Old Phone Jack - Charleston Crafted

Next, lather up your spackle on the wall and smooth it out over the edges and let dry.

Patching Drywall Over an Old Phone Jack - Charleston Crafted

This kit even came with a nice sanding block to smooth everything out once dry.

Finally, paint over the newly spackled area and voila you can’t even tell that the ’90s existed.

Patching Drywall Over an Old Phone Jack - Charleston Crafted

Patching drywall over an old phone jack is simple and easy and can be done quickly. It’s a quick and easy upgrade that makes your home look much more up to the times.

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Where Do I Start Decorating In A New Home?

Where Do I Start Decorating In A New Home? via Charleston Crafted

 

When we moved in July, we knew that we wanted to makeover our entire house. Some rooms, like the kitchen, needed major work, while other rooms just needed paint and decor. However, our time and money are limited. We needed to know where to focus and where to start when decorating our new home. Here is my advice, it’s what we did and it worked great for us!

Where Do I Start Decorating In A New Home? via Charleston Crafted

First, address anything un-safe or un-livable. This should be done prior to move in. For us, the day after closing on the house and the day before we moved in, we had the whole HVAC system replaced. It wasn’t a fun way to spend money, but it was full of black mold and so very nasty.

Now the fun part. When it comes to decorating and design, I suggest that you start with the master bedroom. It might seem unimportant compared to more visible areas of your home, but hear me out. Your bedroom is your sanctuary. Even when everything else is in chaos, it’s so important to have a beautiful, comfortable place to retreat to at night, especially if you are escaping messy renovations or projects elsewhere in your space.

You first new furniture? A king bed and mattress. The first room you paint? Your bedroom. Trust me, you will appreciate it during phase three.

Phase three is all of your public spaces. Living room, kitchen, entry, dining room, deck – where ever you plan on entertaining. You’ll have to prioritize these by budget and time requirements and by how bad they each are.

Finally, work on other more private spaces. Guest bedrooms, kid’s rooms, laundry room, play rooms. You’ll get to them, but you probably want to work on the areas that your guests will see first.

This is the method that works best for us. I would love to hear what you think and what has worked best for you!

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Removing the Dog Run

Removing the Dog Run - Charleston Crafted

We’ve started tackling some of our initial yard plan now that the weather is a bit cooler. It might seem counter-intuitive, but honestly, how can you work outside in Charleston in the 95 degree heat of the summer? I’d much rather work outside when it’s cold. I remember when I helped my buddy build a patio in his backyard on the same day I ran a triathlon. It wasn’t a good idea. So anyways, the project I’ve probably been most looking forward to doing since we moved in was removing the dog run that was in our backyard.

Initial Yard Plan - Charleston Crafted

This dog run was a fence that cut off about a quarter of the yard and was built to keep a dog in. I guess it is so that you can leave the dog there so that it wouldn’t disturb you in the rest of the yard, but we are totally all about CiCi being involved wherever we are, so we didn’t want it. Plus, even though it was only cutting off a quarter of the yard, it seemed like a lot more than that. So, after cutting the grass one day, I decided I wanted to see how difficult it would be to remove the fence.

Turns out, it wasn’t that hard. I took a hammer to the back side of the fence panels and with about a half dozen swings at the top and the bottom, the nails came undone and the panel came loose. Same thing on the other side and one panel easily came down.

Removing the Dog Run - Charleston Crafted

It was easy to tackle the last few panels too. Same thing, right down the line.

Removing the Dog Run - Charleston Crafted

I stacked the panels in the corner of the yard because I had a plan for them (more on that down the line). Instantly, the yard looked so much bigger already. Taking the fence down opened it right up!

Removing the Dog Run - Charleston Crafted

I still had the issue with the fence posts to deal with. A few of them were cemented into the ground and some of them weren’t. I literally just kicked them like 3 times on each side and then pulled them straight out. I had some holes in the ground, but I just filled with top soil and voila, take a look at how much bigger our yard looks!!

Removing the Dog Run - Charleston Crafted

Removing the Dog Run - Charleston Crafted

Removing the Dog Run - Charleston Crafted

Combine that with the fact that we removed that ugly weed bush thing from the edge of the lake and our view is freaking stunning. This is why we bought the house!

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An Easy DIY Wood Grain Painting & 3-D Mounting

An Easy DIY Wood Grain Painting & 3-D Mounting - Charleston Crafted

The first major project of our kitchen makeover was peeling the wallpaper and painting the walls the same gray as the rest of the first floor. This was amazing and really made the kitchen feel more connected to the rest of the house. However, we realized that we kiiiiind of missed the wallpaper. Not really, but the pattern and business of the design made the walls look full. Once it was gray, this huge wall in our eat in area just looked so big and blank. We didn’t want a gallery wall since we already have one on the stairs and one in the sunroom, and so I decided to come up with some large scale art. I  have long been oogling the gorgeous grains of the birch wood sheets at Lowes, and so I decided that a 4×4′ piece would be the perfect addition to this space.

An Easy DIY Wood Grain Painting & 3-D Mounting - Charleston Crafted

But, what to do on the wood. Of course, I considered painting different designs or shapes, but I kept coming back to why I loved the wood – the beautiful grain. So, I decided to just wing it.

An Easy DIY Wood Grain Painting & 3-D Mounting - Charleston Crafted

An Easy DIY Wood Grain Painting & 3-D Mounting - Charleston Crafted

First, I used our can of Restore a Finish to coat the entire thing. This is much lighter than a stain and just really made the grain pop. Bonus: we used it on some of the boards for our dining room table, so it brings the two spaces together nicely.

An Easy DIY Wood Grain Painting & 3-D Mounting - Charleston Crafted

Next I grabbed left over paint samples (colors that we considered for our downstairs and upstairs wall colors as well as our front door color and one teal paint sample left over from the condo). I used a thin paint brush to trace some of the grains, randomly. I filled some in thicker than others (choosing 2 parallel grains and filling in all of the space between them). Certain sections needed two coats, but it was a really easy process.

An Easy DIY Wood Grain Painting & 3-D Mounting - Charleston Crafted

An Easy DIY Wood Grain Painting & 3-D Mounting - Charleston Crafted

An Easy DIY Wood Grain Painting & 3-D Mounting - Charleston Crafted

Sean mounted the board by drilling four holes in the corners of the board and equally into the wall. Two of the holes are in studs, so it will hold just fine. He used leftover chunky black screws that came with the sliding barn door kit as the mounting hardware. He also added some space between the wall and the art in order to give it a three dimensional feel by putting a big hex nut on the screws between the art and the wall. Then, when they were screwed in, there was about an inch of space between the wall and the art.

An Easy DIY Wood Grain Painting & 3-D Mounting - Charleston Crafted

An Easy DIY Wood Grain Painting & 3-D Mounting - Charleston Crafted

An Easy DIY Wood Grain Painting & 3-D Mounting - Charleston Crafted

An Easy DIY Wood Grain Painting & 3-D Mounting - Charleston Crafted

An Easy DIY Wood Grain Painting & 3-D Mounting - Charleston Crafted

What have you been putting up lately? Any new art projects?!

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