DIY Wooden Hammock Stand

DIY Wooden Hammock Stand - Charleston Crafted

There is nothing better than relaxing in a hammock on a beautiful day. Our yard is perfect for a hammock – we have plenty of space and look out over a pond – but there are no trees in the backyard to hang a hammock between, I was surprised that when I searched “DIY wooden hammock stand” online that not that many results came up with actual tutorials. I used some images I found to kind of make our own design because we really wanted a permanent wooden hammock stand for our backyard to overlook the lake on a beautiful summer day.

DIY Wooden Hammock Stand - Charleston Crafted

The first thing we did was pick the location in our yard, which we chose the shady corner under the oak tree that would be great for late afternoons in the summer. The space there was big enough that we could angle a hammock stand with posts 13 feet apart. The basic design is below, with two 10-foot 4×4 posts in the ground, two 16-foot 2x6s running along the top and perpedicular 2x4s running across the top top.

DIY Wooden Hammock Stand - Charleston Crafted

Once we had the location, we measured out the two holes and dug two holes a foot wide and three feet deep. We dropped in the two posts so that they were now 7 feet exposed and 3 feet in the hole. Then we screwed one of the 16 foot boards to each of them to keep them lined up. Finally, we screwed small boards at the bottom to act as a level brace for the posts for pouring in the concrete.

DIY Wooden Hammock Stand - Charleston Crafted

We dumped the concrete right in the hole and mixed with water using a long metal pole to stir it around. No need for a wheelbarrow. We let the posts set overnight and then filled them the rest of the way with dirt in the morning.

DIY Wooden Hammock Stand - Charleston Crafted

DIY Wooden Hammock Stand - Charleston Crafted

The next step was adding the 2×6 beams across the top. These 16 footers were behemoths. We used two, 8 inch long 3/8 inch wide bolts to attach the beams to the posts on each side. We pre-drilled the holes through the beams and then held them up to drill through the posts.

DIY Wooden Hammock Stand - Charleston Crafted

Before securing the beams up, we cut an angle on the ends of each beam. We chose a 45 degree angle, but didn’t start it at the top corner because that would leave too sharp of an end. We wanted the beams to look decorative, not like spears. Funny story- Morgan thought that they sold pergola boards with that cut already and was amazed when I did it myself…

Once the bolts were secured through the beams and the post, we added 15 perpendicular, 3 foot long 2x4s across the top with the same 45 degree angle cut out. I attached these by drilling 5 inch deck screws straight down through the top and into the 2×6.

DIY Wooden Hammock Stand - Charleston Crafted

DIY Wooden Hammock Stand - Charleston Crafted

DIY Wooden Hammock Stand - Charleston Crafted

Almost there. Next, we used 1×2 boards perpendicular to the 2x4s to run across the very top to add more of a trellis look. These we just used six 8-foot boards to create three rows.

DIY Wooden Hammock Stand - Charleston Crafted

Next was the easiest step, which was hanging the hooks on each post for the hammock to hang on. Determine the height best for you, but we hung time about 5 feet off the ground.

DIY Wooden Hammock Stand - Charleston Crafted

The final step was stain. We used Thompson’s Water Seal outdoor grade stain over all the boards to make sure they last a long time.

I lied- the final step is to relax.

DIY Wooden Hammock Stand - Charleston Crafted

DIY Wooden Hammock Stand - Charleston Crafted

DIY Wooden Hammock Stand - Charleston Crafted

DIY Wooden Hammock Stand - Charleston Crafted

DIY Wooden Hammock Stand - Charleston Crafted

DIY Wooden Hammock Stand - Charleston Crafted

DIY Wooden Hammock Stand - Charleston Crafted

This DIY wooden hammock stand really wasn’t very hard. It took awhile because there were a lot of steps and some waiting, but man was it worth it. It’s in the shade under the oak tree and now we can just relax after a hard day of work. Can’t wait for summer!

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15 Adorable Summer Bags via Amazon

15 Adorable Summer Bags via Amazon - Charleston Crafted

So it’s officially spring in the Low Country (in case you can’t tell from my recent decorating updates!) and I am itching to dress a little springier too. Of course I have all the colorful sundresses a girl could ever need, but I decided that I wanted a fun summer bag to carry out to restaurants on Folly or out walking around downtown in these summer months. I fell into an Amazon wormhole and thought that my research was worthy of sharing. So, here are 15 adorable summer bags, all available via Amazon.

15 Adorable Summer Bags via Amazon - Charleston Crafted

Palm Trees // Tassels // Sea Grass // White

Mint // Pineapple // Striped // Round

Pearl // Summer Time // Lemon // Striped

Watermelon // Striped // Strawberry

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How to Remove Old Laminate Countertops & Backsplash Without Damaging the Cabinets

How to Remove Old Laminate Countertops & Backsplash Without Damaging the Cabinets - Charleston Crafted

We have been preparing for our new counter tops this week (follow me on Instagram stories for live updates!). We will be back with all of the details about our new counter tops next week, but today I wanted to talk about our old laminate counter tops. Our installers offered us a $150 discount if we removed them ourselves, so you know that we decided to give it the old DIY try. We already painted our old cabinets so we wanted to be sure that we did not damage them!

How to Remove Old Laminate Countertops & Backsplash Without Damaging the Cabinets - Charleston Crafted

We had a few steps in our laminate counter top removal process.

How to Remove Old Laminate Countertops & Backsplash Without Damaging the Cabinets - Charleston Crafted

How to Remove Old Laminate Countertops & Backsplash Without Damaging the Cabinets - Charleston Crafted

Removing the Laminate Counters

How to Remove Old Laminate Countertops & Backsplash Without Damaging the Cabinets - Charleston Crafted

How to Remove Old Laminate Countertops & Backsplash Without Damaging the Cabinets - Charleston Crafted

How to Remove Old Laminate Countertops & Backsplash Without Damaging the Cabinets - Charleston Crafted

Removing the actual countertops was super simple. They are just screwed in place. If you look inside the cabinet up at the underside of the counter, we had small plastic diagonal pieces in each corner. These had one screw in them. I used a drill to remove the screws and then the countertops lifted right off – warning – they are heavy!

Removing the Laminate “Backsplash”

It took us a little while to figure out what the heck we were doing here so if you are reading this you will be ahead of us.

It helps if you understand this – it appears that our backspash was a 1×4 piece of wood screwed into the wall and then covered with plastic.

How to Remove Old Laminate Countertops & Backsplash Without Damaging the Cabinets - Charleston Crafted

How to Remove Old Laminate Countertops & Backsplash Without Damaging the Cabinets - Charleston Crafted

So, put your crowbar (or removal tool of choice) in the front seam of the laminate NOT on the seam with the wall. Hopefully this photo makes sense.

How to Remove Old Laminate Countertops & Backsplash Without Damaging the Cabinets - Charleston Crafted

Remove just the plastic covering. Now you should see a board with screws. Un-screw them and pop them off the wall. You may need to use a knife to break the seal if it is stuck on with paint around the edges.

Removing the Sink & Faucet

The last step was to remove the sink. We purchased a new sink, faucet, and garbage disposal, so these all had to go. The sink itself had six brackets holding it in place that just needed one screw removed to come away. Then we had to disconnect all the stuff attached to it. First, we disconnected the disposal, which is as simple as using a screwdriver to give one half twist at the top and it pops off. Then we had to disconnect the drain pipe on the other side so that now the sink was free. The last step is to disconnect the two water lines from the faucet. Make sure to turn off the water first. We actually had to shut off the main water line as well because the connections in this old house don’t completely stop water from pouring out. Then we just pulled the whole thing out as one.

How to Remove Old Laminate Countertops & Backsplash Without Damaging the Cabinets - Charleston Crafted

How to Remove Old Laminate Countertops & Backsplash Without Damaging the Cabinets - Charleston Crafted

I am SO HAPPY to say bye bye to these countertops and can’t wait to share the new ones with you!

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DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial for the $100 Room Challenge

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

We’re almost wrapped up with our $100 Room Challenge and today we’re bringing you the project that took up the most of that budget. We added some DIY nautical rope shelving to both store practical items and house pretty decor. We have been contemplating this idea for somewhere in our house for a few months now and this was the PERFECT opportunity for it.

DIY Painting Landscapes for the $100 Room Challenge - Charleston Crafted

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

This project is super easy and adds a great coastal/nautical touch to your home. based on the measurements of the wall we wanted to hang the shelves on, we needed four supplies:

  • Two deck cleats: $2.60 x 2
  • 6 foot 1×4 board: $12.50
  • 25 feet white nylon rope: $8
  • Total Cost: $25.70

That’s it. We started by determining the height of the shelves and, therefore, the height of the cleats that would hold them. Then we drilled drywall anchors in to secure the cleats. We actually painted the cleats using our new favorite oil-rubbed bronze spray paint so they would match the rest of the finishes in the bathroom.

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

Next, we cut our rope in half and hung each half decoratively around each cleat.

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

Next up was hanging the boards. The boards we cut three equally sized pieces, sanded, stained and drilled four 1/2 inch holes in the corners. We threaded the four hanging ends of rope through the four holes and tied a single knot under each so that the shelf was level.

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

Then we continued that same thing with the next two shelves.

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

To finish it off, we wound a thin piece of string around each rope end a few times to tie it off and keep the rope from fraying. We guaranteed that wouldn’t happen by using a lighter to melt the ends together.

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

The last step was to style the shelves with a good mix of practical items and decor.

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

We absolutely love how these shelves turned out. They were super simple and cheap and really turn into a statement piece for our bathroom. Plus, they work great for storage because the room is so small and has very little floor space, so this was a great solution and would work well for you too!

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

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A Pink & Green Floral Spring Tablescape

A Pink & Green Floral Spring Tablescape - Charleston Crafted

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It is finally spring around here (for real this time?) and I am so excited to reflect that in our decor. We shared a spring mantel with you last week and I am so excited to share a spring tablescape with you today. We are pairing up with 25 other bloggers for a huge Spring Tablescape Blog Hop & I hope that you will use the links below to click through and check them all out!

Monday

Everyday Living | Home is Where The Boat Is | Hunt and Host
Up To Date Interiors Salvage Sister & Mister

Tuesday
Life and Linda | My Kentucky Living | Etched in Colloquy
Living With Thanksgiving | Charleston Crafted | The Bajan Texan

Wednesday
Sweet Sensations | Belle Bleu Interiors | Our Crafty Mom
Fjolla’s Table |  | A Casa di Bianca | Bluesky Kitchen

Thursday
Panoply | PMQ for Two | The Robin’s Nest
Dining Delight | Celebrate & Decorate

Friday
Simple Nature Decor | Rosemary & Thyme | Supper Table Talk 
From My Carolina Home | The Painted Apron 

 

A Pink & Green Floral Spring Tablescape - Charleston Crafted

For this tablescape I decided to update our dining room for the spring season. If you love the table, you might remember that Sean built it! It is made of faux reclaimed wood. The tutorial for the table is here and the tutorial for the waterfall style benches can be found here.

A Pink & Green Floral Spring Tablescape - Charleston Crafted

I set this table up for a beautiful springtime lunch. I love having friends over to enjoy our back yard (now that we have a canoe we are excited to really put the pond to use!)

DIY Trough Centerpiece

To make this really feel like spring, I wanted a floral centerpiece. So, it was just perfect when Silk Plants Direct reached out to me to see if I would review their products. I’m not going to lie – I am not normally into silk flowers. However, I really wanted peonies for this tablescape and knew that they wouldn’t be in season yet! I ordered a pack of these bouquets, which include hydrangeas, peonies, and spray roses. They are really stunning, shipped extremely quickly, and of a much higher quality than what you find in craft stores. Call me impressed!

A Pink & Green Floral Spring Tablescape - Charleston Crafted

I wanted a long trough-like container to draw attention to the length of the table. Sean constructed me a simple box out of one piece of 1″x 6″ wood. He used his miter saw and kreg jig to get a seamless look. I stained it Minwax Weathered Oak, which takes quite a few coats but ends up a beautiful gray color. It’s one of the colors from our table so I think that it ties together nicely.

A Pink & Green Floral Spring Tablescape - Charleston Crafted

I then stuck the bouquets directly into the trough. Sean built it to be 20″ long and 4″ wide, which we determined would be perfect for this set of six bouquets (I trimmed about 2 inches off each stem to get the correct height). I wanted it to look like an overflowing window box and I really love the end effect.

A Pink & Green Floral Spring Tablescape - Charleston Crafted

DIY Faux Grass Chargers

As for the place settings, I wanted to keep it simple but a little bit special. I paired our everyday white dishes with handmade faux grass chargers. They were very simple to make – I have bought a roll of astroturf for some football themed projects (like these koozies) so I already had plenty on hand, but you can also order it on Amazon. I simply used a piece of chalk to trace an existing charger onto the back and cut it out with scissors.

A Pink & Green Floral Spring Tablescape - Charleston Crafted

I paired the set up with these light pink cloth napkins (now going into our regular rotation!) and tied with a small piece of rope and a spring of greenery from our yard (actually a boxwood bush!)

A Pink & Green Floral Spring Tablescape - Charleston Crafted

A Pink & Green Floral Spring Tablescape - Charleston Crafted

I also wanted to provide a few appetizer bites to enjoy. I’d follow up this set up with a green salad and grilled chicken and veggies. We’ve been on a brussels sprouts + sweet potato kick lately, both of which grill really nicely in foil packets. Just a little dive into grilling before the really seafood and hamburger fest that is summertime.

Guacamole Deviled Eggs

Sean loves deviled eggs, but I prefer this green version. Blame my avocado addiction! To make them, simply hard boil and peel a dozen eggs. While they cool, prepare your favorite guacamole recipe (or use store bought! I won’t tell!). Add the guacamole to a plastic bag and cut the tip to pipe in neat balls of goodness. Top with chives if you like!

A Pink & Green Floral Spring Tablescape - Charleston Crafted

A Pink & Green Floral Spring Tablescape - Charleston Crafted

Goat Cheese Berry Bites

I also wanted a pink appetizer to match my theme, so I went with an old standby – goat cheese crackers. Top each cracker with a smear of goat cheese and a couple of berries of your choice. Strawberries are in season so that is what I used. A couple of toasted sliced almonds complete the flavor and texture profile.

A Pink & Green Floral Spring Tablescape - Charleston Crafted

I really enjoyed setting up this tablescape and hope that you enjoyed it, too! Now I am itching to have a party. Please click over to the other participants in this link party and let yourself really get into that springtime feeling!

A Pink & Green Floral Spring Tablescape - Charleston Crafted

I was provided with the above flowers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are true and my own. This post also contains affiliate links, meaning that if you click thru and make a purchase, I receive a very small percentage of the sale. Thanks for supporting the brands that make Charleston Crafted possible! 

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