My Favorite Source for Inexpensive Gallery Wall Art – Calendars!

My Favorite Source for Inexpensive Gallery Wall Art - Calendars! Charleston Crafted

My Favorite Source for Inexpensive Gallery Wall Art - Calendars! Charleston Crafted

Gallery walls are an awesome way to add a lot of visual impact to a wall – but large gallery walls can get expensive. Frames are expensive and so is art. My first gallery wall, I actually built really inexpensive frames to save money. I now prefer to purchase frames (I have these from Amazon in 4 different places in my house now!) but getting a large amount of art can still be expensive. My favorite source for gallery wall art? Calendars!

My Favorite Source for Inexpensive Gallery Wall Art - Calendars! Charleston Crafted

Why calendars?

  1. They are inexpensive. Even a “high end” calendar like the one I used in this gallery (purchased at a local artist, Teil Duncan, art show) was $30. Seems like a lot for a calendar but for 12 8″ x 10″ prints it’s a steal. I’ve linked to a TON of great calendars below.
  2. They are cohesive. Whatever your theme, a calendar has already been curated to flow and go together. It takes the guess work out of it!
  3. You get 12. 12 is a great number. 3 rows of 4, 4 rows of 3, 2 rows of 6, 6 rows of 2, heck one row of 12. So many possibilities!

Why am I telling you this now? This is the perfect time to get calendars for a STEAL as the current year is currently 1/3 over. Seriously, it’s the perfect time to shop!

My Favorite Source for Inexpensive Gallery Wall Art - Calendars! Charleston Crafted

My Favorite Source for Inexpensive Gallery Wall Art - Calendars! Charleston Crafted

The most obvious way to hang a calendar gallery wall is grid style. That’s how I did this one, using a laser level and a picture hanging kit to get the whole thing done in 30 minutes.

My Favorite Source for Inexpensive Gallery Wall Art - Calendars! Charleston Crafted

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ORC Week 3: Master Closet Demo

How to Remove a Wire Closet System - Charleston Crafted

Hello, we are back again with progress on our master walk in closet! As a reminder, we are redoing the closet as a part of the six week One Room Challenge. This week I am excited to share the full demolition and process of getting the closet ready for the new system.

As a reminder: Week 1 I shared our vision for the space and Week 2 I shared how I designed our system in Excel.

How to Remove a Wire Closet System - Charleston Crafted

Here is the total closet demolition process:

One Room Challenge Week 1: Master Closet Design Plan - Charleston Crafted

Remove all of the clothing from the space. We left it on the hangers and took it to the guest bedroom. It was, ummm, a lot. This is a great time to purge clothing as well!

ORC Week 3: Master Closet Demo - Charleston Crafted

ORC Week 3: Master Closet Demo - Charleston Crafted

Remove the existing shelving. For us, this involved using a drill or screwdriver to unscrew the metal brackets from the wall and then popping out the shelves. There were also plastic anchors in the wall that I yanked out with needle nose pliers. Any shelving that you take out I really suggest trying to take to your local Habitat ReStore or similar so it doesn’t go in the landfill!

ORC Week 3: Master Closet Demo - Charleston Crafted

ORC Week 3: Master Closet Demo - Charleston Crafted

Patch any holes you just created. All those screws left a lot of holes. Here are my tips for patching the holes, but my #1 tip is to do multiple coats and use this light weight spackle. Once it dries, lightly sand it for a smooth finish.

ORC Week 3: Master Closet Demo - Charleston Crafted

Make any other updates. We used this as an opportunity to scrape the ceilings and also give them a fresh coat of paint. Here is our blog post + video about how to remove popcorn ceilings. It’s messy, but luckily this is a small space.

ORC Week 3: Master Closet Demo - Charleston Crafted

Paint the entire space. We gave the ceiling 2 coats of white ceiling paint and the walls 2 coats of Sherwin Williams Interesting Aqua in an eggshell finish, which is the color of the bathroom. Instantly the space felt clean and 2 feet taller.

ORC Week 3: Master Closet Demo - Charleston Crafted

Now we finally get to start building! I can’t wait to share how we turned this blank slate into a super useful and organized space!

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Simple Side Table Makeover with Spray Paint

Simple Side Table Makeover with Spray Paint - Charleston Crafted

Today I have a super simple furniture makeover for you. When we moved, we had all of our boxes unpacked within a week. All of them except this one. This box has been J Chilling in our guest room, serving as a side table, for 9 months.

Side table has been on my thrift store list this whole time but I had a hard time finding one.  I wanted one tall enough for this bed (it’s awkwardly tall), with open shelving for books (these are “beach books” we like to have on hand for guests). And I wanted to spend less than $10. Super cheap because, really I don’t know what direction this room is going to go in. I don’t have a design or really purpose goal at the moment but I expect that it will get a makeover in the next 12 months. No need to spend $$ on something that we won’t be keeping for long. Thrifted = cheap and sustainable so it was a win win.

I finally found this dresser on a random Wednesday Goodwill trip (follow my Insta-Stories because I love going live when I am there!) It had cool bamboo detailing, a big drawer, the right height, and 2 open shelves for books. Bingo.

Simple Side Table Makeover with Spray Paint - Charleston Crafted

The big downer was that it’s super fake wood and really plastic-y. Like I said, not a long term investment. So, I knew that it would not sand well and that I couldn’t save the wood tone. White it was!

I usually paint furniture with a brush, but decided to do this one with spray paint. The main reason for that was the amount of detail – faux bamboo and woven details – on the front of the table and the fact that it wouldn’t sand well.

Simple Side Table Makeover with Spray Paint - Charleston Crafted

To spray paint furniture without sanding, especially particle board furniture, start with a deglosser. Use a rag to apply it all over the piece & it acts to break down anything on the surface and help the paint to adhere better.

Then, apply spray paint. Work in a ventilated area and cover anything you want to keep clean. Here are my best spray paint tips.

Simple Side Table Makeover with Spray Paint - Charleston Crafted

 

I let the whole thing cure for 3 days to really be sure that the finish was dry. Then, we moved it into the guest bedroom. It is perfect for what we need it for. I love the bamboo details, I love that it hold books, it is the perfect height, and I love that it was inexpensive!

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Our Favorite Books So Far This Year

Our Favorite Books So Far This Year - Charleston Crafted

Sean & I both set lofty reading goals for 2017 and we are both… very behind. Oops! But, we have read some awesome books, and really wanted to share our favorite books so far this year.

Our Favorite Books So Far This Year - Charleston Crafted

The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney – a woman moves into a very peculiar house and learns about the legacy of a deceased woman who lived there previously. Their lives become almost entertained, and the mystery will keep you on the edge of your seat. 

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham – If you love Gilmore Girls, this is a must read. Audio book it for best results (Lauren reads it!) Her life is sweet & funny and there is loads of behinds the scenes details!

A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay – the story of an art restorer and her journey finding love. It sounds cheesy, and maybe it is, but it was fun to follow her whirlwind romance and to get some insight into the world of art restoration.

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett- This is an excellent book that spans decades going back and forth, telling the tale of four kids who are brought together when their parents have an affair and get married. Their trials and tribulations as kids carry with them to adulthood as they focus on taking care of their aging parents.
The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan- A bomb explodes in India in a market and two kids are among the dead. This book focuses different chapters on their parents, their friend who survived the blast, and the bombers themselves. A very interesting look at how a bombing can have so many ripple effects for decades.
Hyacinth: the average girl by Mereda Hart Farynyk- This book was written by a friend of mine and is her debut novel. It’s a Hunger Games in that citizens are silent or oblivious to the government rule, but the main character comes to find out that there might be more to her and her world than she realized.
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How To Save Money on Large Purchases at Lowes or Home Depot

How To Save Money on Large Purchases at Lowes or Home Depot - Charleston Crafted

When you move, a lot of times you have big upfront expenses. For example, you might need a new washer and dryer or refrigerator. You might need to put in new flooring or buy ten gallons of paint. Whatever it is, you probably will be making a large purchase at Lowes or Home Depot. We personally had to purchase a washer and dryer as soon as we moved in and had just put all of our money into a down payment. Luckily, I was able to save 10% on our first big purchases, without opening a credit card!

How did I save so much money? By buying gift cards and coupons on eBay. I get that it sounds sketchy, but I promise that it is legit. I did this and have instructed other friends to do the same, and I have never heard of anyone having a negative experience.

How To Save Money on Large Purchases at Lowes or Home Depot - Charleston Crafted

All you need to do is search ebay for coupons. For example, there are tons of sets of 3 Lowes 10% off coupons for $3.25 total! Assuming that your three purchases would total to at least $33, that is all savings!

For Home Depot, I often see 10 10% off coupons for $10. That is a fantastic deal!

Either way, be sure to check expiration dates. They can’t sell expired coupons or cards (and you have the protection of eBay who will always back you up if they did) but some of them have a pretty quick turn around. Just keep that in mind if you are planning out in advance!

Another option is to buy discounted gift cards. Lowes and Home Depot are both all over eBay. Those usually have no expiration date!

You usually cannot combine coupons but CAN use a coupon + a (discounted!) gift card for maximum savings.

Also, don’t forget to use Ebates for bonus cash back at eBay!

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