I stripped for the first time this weekend…

Replacing Weather Stripping - Charleston Crafted

How’s that for a catching title? I hate to disappoint you, but no, I didn’t put this gorgeous piece of man-body out for the world to see. Instead, I pulled out the weather stripping around our front door that was broken and missing in places and replaced it with new weather stripping.

Replacing Weather Stripping - Charleston Crafted

I honestly didn’t know how weather stripping worked. I didn’t know if it had to be glued on, stapled on, wished on, or anything in between. Well, apparently it’s just a universal thing that you slide into place. Amazing. Why aren’t other things that simple.

First, literally just grab your defective weather stripping and pull it out. It will give slight resistance, and then pull.

Replacing Weather Stripping - Charleston Crafted

Then, take your new weather stripping and line it up at the top, sliding it into place. Then just work your way down.

Replacing Weather Stripping - Charleston Crafted

Replacing Weather Stripping - Charleston Crafted

When you get to the end, if your piece is a little too long, just grab a regular pair of scissors and snip of the needed amount. Ta-friggin-da.

Replacing Weather Stripping - Charleston Crafted

Now, no light or bugs come through and our AC isn’t cooling Mother Nature. A simple $5 fix to replace bad weather stripping on your door.

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Updating a Standard Ceiling Fan

If you read a lot of DIY or decorating blogs you probably know that most design minded people hate two types of lights – the boob light and the ceiling fan. I think that every single light in our new house was a boob light or a ceiling fan, and while we are working to replace a lot of them, some are going to stay. The thing is, I don’t know how you can sleep in the south without a fan! Yes, we have AC, but sometimes (like right about now) you need that cool breeze at night.

Updating a Standard Ceiling Fan - Charleston Crafted

Some of the fans in the house need to eventually be replaced – A lot of them don’t have light kits, which just isn’t practical. However, the one in our bedroom really isn’t that bad. It works, has 4 lights, is solid white, and totally unoffensive. I knew that with a couple of tweaks I could make it great.

Updating a Standard Ceiling Fan - Charleston Crafted

Updating a Standard Ceiling Fan - Charleston Crafted

The first thing that I wanted to replace was the pull chains. For some reason the pull chains are brass! The part that connects to the fan is silver/chrome, but the end is brass. I guess that the ones that came with it were too short and the previous owner swapped in some pulls from another fan?

Updating a Standard Ceiling Fan - Charleston CraftedUpdating a Standard Ceiling Fan - Charleston Crafted

That’s just a guess. I ordered these pulls via Amazon Prime (so addicted!) They are slightly silly because the bulb side is for the light and the fan for the fan, but they are chrome and white and I think rather neutral looking from afar. Plus I can never remember which one is the fan and which is the light so this is dummy-proof.

Updating a Standard Ceiling Fan - Charleston Crafted

Updating a Standard Ceiling Fan - Charleston Crafted

Updating a Standard Ceiling Fan - Charleston Crafted

I also wanted to update the marbled-glass light shade covers with something more current. I chose seeded glass covers to tie in with the seeded glass knobs and light fixtures in the bathrooms (a reveal is coming soon, I promise! I just want to get all of the accessories in place first!)

Updating a Standard Ceiling Fan - Charleston Crafted

Updating a Standard Ceiling Fan - Charleston Crafted

Updating a Standard Ceiling Fan - Charleston Crafted

Plus I really love the spray of light the seeds in the glass put off on the ceiling when it’s lit!

Updating a Standard Ceiling Fan - Charleston Crafted

I love the final look and love that it was a super inexpensive way to make this functional fan more our style.

I want to hear how you feel about ceiling fans!

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Friday Five – My Skincare Favorites (via Amazon!)

Happy Friday y’all. Today I am giving a shout out to my five favorite skincare products, all of which I order (and several of them auto-order) via Amazon! Bonus: they are all under $20!

Friday Five - my Amazon $20 skin care routine - Charleston Crafted

Day Cream – I have been addicted to lotion for a long time. I love spending a long time after taking a shower rubbing it all over me. I have always loved Eucerin because it is so thick and moisture-filled. Of course I love their day cream, too, and put it on every time I wash my face or take a shower.

Night Cream – I live a thick and velvety night cream. It makes my lotion-loving heart pitter patter. This one is fluffy and smooth and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Winning!

Eye Gel – I have used a lot of under eye circle products and never seen any results. I was convinced by Amazon reviews to try this Eye Gel and it seriously works. I use it every morning and evening and I swear that my circles went 95% away. Pretty great!

Vitamin C Serum – I didn’t really get the hype about vitamin C serum until my mom gave me a bottle. It has made my skin clearer and brighter and I am almost addicted to the feel of it! My skin just drinks it up. I apply it morning and night first thing after washing my face.

Sunscreen – When I know that I will be out in the sun, I use this sunscreen. It’s Asian and I initially thought that it was really liquidy and runny but I quickly realized that that makes it rub in and absorb with no greasy feeling.

Have a great weekend!

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An Egg-cellent Swing Update

Wicker Egg Swing Spray Paint Update - Charleston Crafted

Our front porch has the perfect little nook for a rocking chair or a swing. I was thinking about what I wanted to fill the space when Sean informed me that his dad was offering us anything that we wanted from his house’s yard and shed (since he sold it and wouldn’t need to take it where he is moving). I immediately thought of the wicker egg chair swing that sits on their front porch. It’s pretty weather beaten, but after he verified that it was up for grabs and still could hold weight, I was super excited to get it on our porch.

Initial Yard Plan - Charleston Crafted

We brought it down from Charlotte in 2 pieces over several recent trips up there. The stand and the chair are 2 separate pieces. The stand actually should come apart into two pieces itself but its pretty stuck together and the whole thing fit in Sean’s car anyways.

Once we got it back, I gave it a good wipe down with a soapy rag. Then came time for the fun. The front of our house is white so I wanted to give it a little pop, yet wanted to keep it a color that wouldn’t get too dirty. I decided to spray paint the chair itself navy blue and re-spray the base white, so that it sort of fades into the white siding of the house.

I made sure to get an outdoor safe spray paint with built in primer. Many light coats are aggravating but the trick to a non-drippy paint job.

Wicker Egg Swing Spray Paint Update - Charleston Crafted

I added an ikat seat cushion from Pier One to the swing. Can I just say how hard it was to find outdoor pillows in August! All the stores have switched over to fall even though it’s still 95 degrees out. Meaning, you almost got Halloween decorations instead of a pillow 🙂

Wicker Egg Swing Spray Paint Update - Charleston Crafted

I  just love the way that it turned out! Its a good step towards upping our curb appeal!

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How to Replace a Garage Door Keypad

How to Replace a Garage Door Keypad - Charleston Crafted

When we moved in, another thing we didn’t notice about the place was how they garage door keypad on the outside of the garage didn’t work. We thought we just needed the code, but it turns out that the keypad itself had no batter or connection ports. We decided it would be easier to just replace it than try to fix the old one for which we didn’t even know the code. Here’s how to replace a garage door keypad.

How to Replace a Garage Door Keypad - Charleston Crafted

First, take a look at what you have. We had a sliding door keypad and when you opened it up, it looked like this.

How to Replace a Garage Door Keypad - Charleston Crafted

I ordered a universal garage door keypad by Chamberlain from Amazon that had great ratings and was only $26. While it says universal, it isn’t 100% universal, so check to make sure your garage door opener is in the 99% that it works with.

Next, remove the old keypad using the screws. It’s likely either going to have two screws or one screw and then a sliding hole on a screw.

Program your keypad next to your garage door opener per the instructions your keypad comes with. They are very simple for setting up a password. Make sure once you have followed the instructions that you verify it works before hanging it up.

Finally, mount the keypad with the screws in the appropriate places and easily access your garage from outside!

How to Replace a Garage Door Keypad - Charleston Crafted

And that’s how to replace a garage door keypad. Now we have two keypads in the garage (one on the outside and one on the door to the house) so we can never be locked out and can always key code ourselves in!

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