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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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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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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Our Favorite At Home Date Night Meals

Our Favorite At Home Date Night Meals - Charleston Crafted

Our Favorite At Home Date Night Meals - Charleston Crafted

I know that a lot of people like to eat out for Valentine’s Day, and I get it, but my favorite date nights are almost always cooking something special at home. And Sean washes the dishes, of course, and we have wine and a fun and delicious time. If you are considering a date night in for Valentine’s day or any day, check out some of our favorite meals below:

Asian Grocery and Sushi - Charleston Crafted

SUSHIhomemade sushi is shockingly easy. Ditch the bamboo rolling mats and roll them by hand! Have fun picking out unique topping combinations and seeing who can make the biggest and craziest roll.

Pasta Making Class - Charleston Cooks

MAKING PASTArolling pasta is also a lot easier than it seems. You will need a pasta maker, but there are really inexpensive ones on Amazon. Pasta + Wine always makes for a romantic dinner, just ask the Lady and the Tramp!

Easy Cheese Fondue Recipe - Charleston Crafted

FONDUE – don’t really want to cook but wan’t a romantic meal at home? Fondue! Sure, you might need to do a little bit of chopping, but you can minimize it. We are obsessed with this beer cheese fondue, and chocolate fondue is always a big hit, too!

What’s your favorite date night at home meal?

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Rug Swap in the Sunroom

Mohawk Home Laguna Boardwalk Striped Woven Rug in the Sunroom - Charleston Crafted

Mohawk Home Laguna Boardwalk Striped Woven Rug in the Sunroom - Charleston Crafted

We are slowly but surely updating our sunroom. Recent big updates have been adding curtains to the windows and a gallery wall above the TV. The next thing that really needed to go was the rug. We have only had it for about 2.5 years, but it has gotten really gross looking. I guess that $150 Target rugs just don’t wear well.

We Painted Our Sunroom - Charleston Crafted

the best pic I have of the old rug!

I had a really hard time finding a replacement for the old rug. I actually wanted to go with a full faux fur gray rug, and saw loads of them at my local TJ Maxx. However, Sean was not on board. He said that it would get nasty – and he probably wasn’t wrong.

Mohawk Home Laguna Boardwalk Striped Woven Rug in the Sunroom - Charleston Crafted

 

I looked at a lot of different rugs – lots of patterned blue designs. Sean was adamant that we didn’t want white (because of staining – but off white was okay if it was clearly off white and not white). I wanted something a bit more plush than our last one and we wanted to keep it under $200.

Mohawk Home Laguna Boardwalk Striped Woven Rug in the Sunroom - Charleston Crafted

We ended up ordering this Mohawk Home Laguna Boardwalk Striped Woven Rug. When it came, we realized that it was a bit more shag than we anticipated, but it really is soft on your feet and has not shed at all. It vacuums easily and is not showing dirt (we have had it for about a month – I wanted to wait to give a good review not just based on first impressions). The stripes are definitely off white, grey, a sort of brownish beige color, denim blue, and teal. It really hits all of our home colors, which is why Sean loved it, and has stripes which are my vibe and are all over our home.

Mohawk Home Laguna Boardwalk Striped Woven Rug in the Sunroom - Charleston Crafted

The only real snag came with my measuring – I really thought that the old rug was an 8×10′. Apparantly it was a 7×10′ which I didn’t even realize was a thing, so this one sticks out just a tad bit further. Not exactly my favorite, but not bad enough to return it.

Mohawk Home Laguna Boardwalk Striped Woven Rug in the Sunroom - Charleston Crafted

So, now our floors are freshly updated. The view looking at the TV is pretty good in my book, but the view in the other direction (towards the bar) is a hot mess. I know what I want over there, it’s just low down our $ and time priority list, so we will see when we get to it!

Mohawk Home Laguna Boardwalk Striped Woven Rug in the Sunroom - Charleston Crafted

the hot mess angle

Any new and exciting purchases going on in your home?

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