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.
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!
We had a few steps in our laminate counter top removal process.
Removing the Laminate Counters
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.
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.
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.
I am SO HAPPY to say bye bye to these countertops and can’t wait to share the new ones with you!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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!
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.
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!
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!
We are having so much fun making over our half bathroom as a part of the $100 room challenge. Working with such a tight budget has really pushed me to get creative. Since I really wanted to spend the majority of my budget on painting the walls (about $20) and a storage solution (budgeted $40) the art needed to be cheeeeeeap. Like, really inexpensive. I gave myself a $10 budget to buy a large canvas.
I went to Michael’s armed with a coupon and stumbled upon a sale instead – these 2 packs of “value” 18″x24″ canvases were only $6 total. Not the nicest or fanciest or deepest canvases (only about 1″ thick) but 100% acceptable for this space. I originally planned to have only one piece of art, but finding this 2 pack sale enabled me to get two!
I am 100% obsessed with local Charleston artist Blakely Little and all of her work. I want to preface this post with the fact that I by no means think that I can match her level of artistry. I also didn’t want to copy any of her specific paintings but instead wanted to mimic the style that she has perfected – colorful, abstract, beachy landscapes.
I would have loved to have an original or even a print of her work in this space, but that would have exceeded my budget for the whole space. I instead decided to paint my own pieces. Painting is something that so many people are afraid to do. Just try, y’all. It is fun and relaxing and an awesome way to get inexpensive art for your home, especially if you are looking for larger pieces.
I actually went Facebook live on one of the paintings, just kind of for the heck of it. While I really live life to the fullest on my Instagram stories (if you follow me you know what I mean) I hate that live stories don’t save anywhere. I am trying to do more facebook lives and I hope that you enjoy them!
So, these paintings were inspired by 2 photos that I took at Shem Creek a few weekends ago. It’s where we got married and the setting is just breathtaking.
The horizontal piece features shrimp boats. Of course I made them colorful!
The vertical piece is the marsh with the Ravenel bridge in the background. This is actually the view from the rooftop deck at our wedding venue, making it extra special to me. Of course, I just made it a bit more colorful. 🙂
Since I used paint & brushes that I already have on hand (by the hoard-full in my craft room) this was a $6 project. Not bad for 2 pieces of art that make me smile and bring a big, colorful statement to our half bath!
Check back in Wednesday for our regularly scheduled $100 room update – this week featuring our new storage shelves!
I of course wanted to use the mirror that we already had to save cash. So, I simply took it off the wall and laid it flat to work on. We were painting so it had to come down anyways.
I decided that I wanted 2 widths of rope – a thicker one for the middle and a thinner one for the border. I already had a lot of rope on hand but ended up picking up a 25′ roll of 3/8″ inch rope from Lowe’s for $8. My thinner rope is 1/4″ in width. If you mix ropes, plan to stick to a similar finish (these are both glossy white). The total length that you need will depend on the size of your mirror.
Pick a spot to start. I chose the bottom of the O. Hot glue your rope in place and work your way around the frame. I found it easier for me to sit in place and spin the mirror. I went around and around for about 30 minutes, gluing it down in 6 inch sections and then pressing it with my fingers to secure.
My biggest tip is that you neeeeeeeed a high heat glue gun. This is the one I have. It is not expensive and works amazingly – it melts the glue very quickly and keeps it going. It puts my old dinky gun to shame!
Next, we hung it up on the wall. Looking good!
My final step is optional but makes a big difference. Hot glue can be stringy and messy. I suggest taking a hair dryer to the project to melt the strings and get a cleaner result.
Pretty good for $8 out of pocket! Of course, I had a lot already on hand, but that’s the game in this project – for $100 make over, you really have to use what you have!
Be sure you check out the other participants in the $100 challenge this week: