How to cut door hinge notches

Earlier this week, you read about the new pantry door we put up in our kitchen. It was a world of problems, but one of the easiest parts of the project was one of the ones I thought would be the hardest, which is how to cut door hinge notches. The door didn’t have the hinge notches needed for the door hinge to fit flush with the outside of the door, so the door didn’t close properly. I had to cut out the door hinge notches myself, but it was super easy. Here’s how to cut door hinge notches.

How to Cut Door Hinge Notches - Charleston Crafted

First, attach the door hinges to the door in the appropriate places and then trace the outside of the hinge on the door. Then, remove the hinges.

Second, score the door within the traced area. You can do this a number of ways, but I chose to use an Xacto knife to score the traced edge of the hinge and then randomly within the trace. This will help make it easier for your chisel to work. You can also use your chisel to tap in straight notches within your traced area.

How to cut door hinge notches

Next, use a chisel to… um, chisel out the wood in the hinge area. I used a 5/8 inch wide chisel because I knew it was a small area. Keep the chisel as flat and level with the door as possible to avoid digging too deep into the door and taking out too much wood. For the first few layers and the bigger areas within your hinge trace, use a hammer to tap the butt of the chisel to get it going. Continuously work and chisel out the area as best you can.

How to cut door hinge notches

How to cut door hinge notches

After you think you’re done, you probably aren’t. Grab the hinge itself and put it into your chiseled out area to test it. Likely, you will need to chisel out more around the curved edges like I did. Fine tune your chiseled area until the hinge lies flat and flush with the door in the area you traced out.

How to cut door hinge notches - Charleston Crafted

Do that for your next two hinge notches and then screw in the hinges. Now your door should be ready to hang.

How to cut door hinge notches - Charleston Crafted

If all that didn’t get you, here’s a little video to hopefully answer any last questions.

This was a super easy project and took me about 20 minutes to do all three hinge notches. This was the final step in our pantry door and the final step of our kitchen renovation. If you’re looking for how to cut door hinge notches, look no further because YOU CAN DO IT. It’s not hard and you’ll love your new door!

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How to Get Lilly Pulitzer for Cheap on eBay

How to Get Lilly Pulitzer for Cheap on eBay - Charleston Crafted

Happy Wednesday! I am excited today to share something a little different with you – how I get Lilly Pulitzer for cheap on eBay! I get a lot of questions about my Lilly wardrobe (get a sneak peek at my Lilly Instagram and in our closet reveal!) A lot of the questions revolve around the price of Lilly and how I manage to buy so much. While everything comes down to budgeting and prioritizing, I have a few tricks up my sleeves to get great deals. One of those tricks is eBay!

How to Get Lilly Pulitzer for Cheap on eBay - Charleston Crafted

There are a few methods for finding inexpensive deals on Lilly Pulitzer. But, in the end, they come down to you either need to be FAST or you need to find something that is HIDDEN. Today I will focus on the HIDDEN aspect. Because, anyone can sit on eBay and refresh and refresh and try to buy it now when a good deal pops up. But what kind of life is that? My best advice is to look for hidden deals.

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How do you find the hidden deals? You have to look for people who don’t know what they have. The best thing that you can look for miss-spelled auctions. People fat-finger their listing titles all the time. Or maybe some don’t know how to read a tag properly. Here are my favorite misspellings of Lilly auctions:

liilly pulitzer

liily pulitzer

likely pulitzer

lil pulitzer -lilly

lilley pulitzer

lillly pulitzer

lilly dress -pulitzer

lilly puiltzer

lilly pulitizer

lilly pulitze -pulitzer

lilly pulitzeer

lilly pulitzir

lilly pultizer

lillyer pulitzer

How to Get Lilly Pulitzer for Cheap on eBay - Charleston Crafted

Do you have any great tips for finding a bargain?

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Tropical Summer Mantel

Tropical Summer Palm Leaf Mantel - Charleston Crafted

It’s really officially feeling like summer around here. I was so excited to be invited to link up with some blogger friends and share our summer mantels! You might remember that I went greenery crazy for my spring mantel! (Those candlesticks sold but I have a lot more available in my Etsy shop!) For my summer refresh, I decided that I wanted more of a summertime tropical feel.

Tropical Summer Palm Leaf Mantel - Charleston Crafted

Tropical Summer Palm Leaf Mantel - Charleston Crafted

These are all palm leaves that I gathered around the neighborhood. I just love the lush tropical feel. CiCi is less impressed 🙂 The driftwood is from my garage hoardstash.

Tropical Summer Palm Leaf Mantel - Charleston Crafted

Tropical Summer Palm Leaf Mantel - Charleston Crafted

I have really been enjoying challenging myself to use live greenery. It is outside my comfort zone (I tend to veer more towards hydrangeas in a mason jar) but it has been so good for me and is really opening up my brain to loads of good ideas!

Tropical Summer Palm Leaf Mantel - Charleston Crafted

Tropical Summer Palm Leaf Mantel - Charleston Crafted

Tropical Summer Palm Leaf Mantel - Charleston Crafted

If you are interested – here is the tutorial on how we took our basic mantel to the ceiling and here is my mantels pinterest board.

Be sure to use the link up below to visit a ton of other bloggers’ awesome summer mantels!

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Do you decorate your mantel for the season? What vibe are you feeling for the summer?

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A New Old Door for the Pantry

A New Old Door for the Pantry - Charleston Crafted

Since reading their book, I have really gotten into watching Fixer Upper. I know, just a little behind the trend there! One thing I really love about Joanna’s designs is how she incorporates old things into new homes. Since we are wrapping up a kitchen remodel, I decided that this would be the perfect place to copy her idea by swapping out our pantry door for a new, old, refurbished door.

A New Old Door for the Pantry - Charleston Crafted

Once I decided that I wanted to purchase an old door, I knew exactly where I wanted to go. I have followed Sustainable Warehouse on Facebook for a while, but had never actually visited their warehouse. Sustainable Warehouse is a place that collects old home accents, like doors, windows, and furniture, and saves them from the landfill! They are located in North Charleston. Their model is not unique – do a web search to find a similar type location in your area!

We visited the warehouse a few weeks ago with the exact dimensions of our pantry door in hand. At 24″ by 80″, it is a narrow door so we had a limited selection, but they did have this solid wood door with glass panels. Hooray! It was a great deal at $40.

A New Old Door for the Pantry - Charleston Crafted

A New Old Door for the Pantry - Charleston Crafted

Once we got the door home, the work began. Sean sanded the entire thing really well and used a lot of wet paper towels to clean it up. He also dinged it up to look more weathered.

A New Old Door for the Pantry - Charleston Crafted

We stained the whole thing with my favorite gray stain, Minwax Weathered Oak. We then used a frosted glass spray on the glass panels to make them less see through and more opaque.

A New Old Door for the Pantry - Charleston Crafted

IMPORTANT TIP: STAIN BEFORE YOU DO THE GLASS PANES

We had an issue where the stain leaked onto the sprayed glass in a few places. We tried to scrape it off and then spray again, but it didn’t look right. We ended up scraping it all off and trying again. Then, after it had all dried and cured, the spray just looked like crap.

A New Old Door for the Pantry - Charleston Crafted

So we ended up going with frosted contact paper that we used in our master bathroom on the windows. We cut out each square and followed the directions to spray the glass with water, spread on the paper, then cut off the edges.

A New Old Door for the Pantry - Charleston Crafted

We had an issue when we first tried to hang the door too. We attached the hinges, but the door didn’t have cut outs for the hinges to inset. We thought that would be ok, but when we went to close the door, it was too wide. So, Sean had to use a chisel to cut out hinge gaps on the door. (We’ll share a separate post about how to do that later!) After he cut them out, the hinges went right in and we attached the door to the door frame with no problems.

A New Old Door for the Pantry - Charleston Crafted

A New Old Door for the Pantry - Charleston Crafted

A New Old Door for the Pantry - Charleston Crafted

There were two final touches to go. We didn’t want to install a regular doorknob, so we installed a dummy knob, which is simply just the front of a door knob that doesn’t turn. We popped that on no problems.

Last step was to add a magnetic latch to keep the door closed. Half the magnet on the door, half on the door jamb. It holds perfectly and opens up with just a slight pull on the dummy knob.

A New Old Door for the Pantry - Charleston Crafted

Annnnnd it looks so rustic and awesome.

A New Old Door for the Pantry - Charleston Crafted

A New Old Door for the Pantry - Charleston Crafted

A New Old Door for the Pantry - Charleston Crafted

A New Old Door for the Pantry - Charleston Crafted

And with that, our kitchen is DONE. We have done so much in this kitchen, from laying floors, to painting our cabinets, to hanging crown molding and extending the cabinets to the ceiling, to our new counters. We will bring you guys a full wrap up and kitchen reveal soon, but we’re SO EXCITED the the kitchen is done. It’s been a long process, but it looks so incredible.

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Outdoor Pillows at Every Budget (from Etsy!)

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Hello everyone and happy Friday! It is Sean’s birthday today and we are gearing up for a big backyard party this weekend! I have been so into the screened porch + back yard this spring and I know that a lot of you are trying to refresh your spaces as well. So, I thought that I would round up some awesome outdoor pillows that I have been crushing on lately! Outdoor fabric has really come a long way and can be really soft and nice.

Here are some of my favorites. Note: a lot of these are covers only, which is a budget friendly way to refresh pillows that you already have. Amazon is my favorite source for all pillow inserts – including outdoor ones!

Under $15

outdoor pillows under $15 - charleston crafted

blue arrows / striped / chevron

tribal / palm / lobster

Under $25

outdoor pillows under $25 - charleston crafted

anchor / boat / fish

pineapple / teal / tropical

Under $50

outdoor pillows under $50 - charleston crafted

buoy / geometric / coral

whale / striped / octopus

Also, do y’all leave your pillows/cushions outside or bring them in when not in use? We currently leave them out on the screened porch but not outside!

What are you loving for your yard lately?

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