My Experience with Hubble Contacts

We do pretty much everything on the internet now. I’ve chosen my glasses from Warby Parker, Morgan bought a car from Carvana and so much more. I wear contacts every day and recently started having issues with my regular monthly lenses. Turns out, I had micro bumps on the inside of my eyelid and that was causing me to have issues with my monthly lenses. My doctor suggested I switch to daily lenses. I really didn’t want to because I thought they were too expensive. Then I found Hubble Contacts and realized that they were really obtainable. After wearing them for a month now, here’s my verdict.

My Experience with Hubble Contacts - Charleston Crafted

First off, a box of Hubble contacts is only $30 compared to around $60 for the ones I was recommended by my eye doctor. Literally half the cost. Even better when I found out that you get a free box of 15 contacts for each eye when you sign up as a trial. All I had to do was cover $3 shipping.

My Experience with Hubble Contacts - Charleston Crafted

The lenses come in a very compact shipping box and container box. I was amazed. I had been given a trial pack of lenses from another company and they were in a bigger box with less lenses. How did Hubble do it? I nerdily examined the box and lenses and realized that they designed the individual lens cases to interlock with each other, meaning they can stack four rows of 10 lenses all in and on each other. That really helped my anxiety over the though that I would be wasteful by using dailies and throwing these packs away every day.

My Experience with Hubble Contacts - Charleston Crafted

Finally, Hubble daily lenses feel much sturdier than the other ones I tried. They feel almost as thick and sturdy as my old monthly lenses. The other brand I tried occasionally ripped and always turned inside out before I would even get them in my eyes. Hubble lenses feel sturdy, but are thin, so I haven’t had any problems with my little micro eyelid bumps.

So in the end, I’m loving Hubble Contacts. They are an automatic monthly shipment of 30 lenses, so I never run out, but I can cancel anytime. I think these lenses are working well and plan to keep using them through this crazy allergy season and I think you should too!

This post was not sponsored by Hubble. I just wanted to give my honest opinion about these lenses and try to try to help you out!

 

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Relocating the Cabinet Above the Fridge

Relocating the Cabinet Above the Fridge - Charleston Crafted

Raise your hand if you’re one of the many lucky people who has a cabinet above their refrigerator that they can’t access because it’s three feet back and super high up? My hand is raised, well both of them are, as I’m trying to access that ridiculous choice of a cabinet spot. As we wrap up our kitchen remodel, we had to do something about relocating the cabinet above the fridge. It was unusable and looked chinsy. So we made some improvements.

Relocating the Cabinet Above the Fridge - Charleston Crafted

First things first, we removed it from the wall, which was just four screws through the cabinet walls and into the studs. The cabinet was much less deep than it seemed from the ground.

Relocating the Cabinet Above the Fridge - Charleston Crafted

Relocating the Cabinet Above the Fridge - Charleston Crafted

We took off the doors and painted them and the front of the cabinet the same way we did the rest of the cabinets in our kitchen a couple of months ago.

Relocating the Cabinet Above the Fridge - Charleston Crafted

After letting them cure, it was time to put the cabinet back up. We had run the crown molding in the kitchen straight across the fridge gap at the top because we knew we were eventually going to get to this project. We secured the molding in with a 2×4 that we put the cabinet flush up against. The only problem is that we overestimated the quality of craftsmanship that this house had from its original builders. Wouldn’t you know it, but the front of the gap was 3/4 inch smaller than the back of the gap. Soooooo instead of the cabinet going flush with the wall, its edges hang over ever so slightly on each side. Oh well. It was either do that or shave off some cabinet and that didn’t seem worth it.

Relocating the Cabinet Above the Fridge - Charleston Crafted

Relocating the Cabinet Above the Fridge - Charleston Crafted

That was no big deal, we just painted the two outside edges and voila. The problem was that, now that the cabinet was all the way at the front, it looked like crap from underneath. We were thinking it would look fine, but it really really didn’t.

Relocating the Cabinet Above the Fridge - Charleston Crafted

So we had to decide what to do. We came up with idea of running a piece of board along the bottom of the cabinet to fit the entire space. We settled on bead board and cut it to the exact dimensions of the fridge gap (including the 3/4 size difference from front to back, sigh).

To hang it, we drilled in some scrap wood into the sides and back of the gap that would be level with the bottom of the cabinet.

Relocating the Cabinet Above the Fridge - Charleston Crafted

Then, we attached the bead board straight into the bottom of the cabinet and the pieces of wood on the sides.

Relocating the Cabinet Above the Fridge - Charleston Crafted

Relocating the Cabinet Above the Fridge - Charleston Crafted

Finished that off with spackle to fill the holes and paint to make it match and all the sudden it looks like we have a super deep cabinet above our fridge.

Relocating the Cabinet Above the Fridge - Charleston Crafted

Relocating the Cabinet Above the Fridge - Charleston Crafted

Relocating the Cabinet Above the Fridge - Charleston Crafted

Relocating the cabinet above the fridge was a great idea. The bottom shelf is easily reachable (for me, not so much for Morgan) and the top shelf is reachable with a step stool. Before, neither were. We still are storing our infrequently used items in there, but it’s great that the cabinet looks great and is usable.

Only ONE more kitchen project to go!

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ORC: DIY Wooden Hanging Belt and Tie Rack

ORC: Belt and Tie Rack - Charleston Crafted

We are almost done with our One Room Challenge. The FULL reveal will be live on Wednesday, but we have one little teaser post left for you before then. Today we’re focusing on the wooden belt and tie rack that we built for our… belts and ties. Shocker. We designed this one to keep the same wooden theme going to match the main clothes rack and the shoe shelf and it turned out great.

ORC: Belt and Tie Rack - Charleston Crafted

We started by cutting out a 12″x18″ piece of birch plywood and using wood glue to line the edges with a thin piece of molding to look like a frame.

ORC: Belt and Tie Rack - Charleston Crafted

We had decided on making this rack in a peg-style, planning to use short pieces of dowel jutting out from the board to hang the ties and belts on and determined we needed nine pegs to accommodate what we had and for growth. In order to do this, we had to drill holes for the pegs to go in. If you’re doing this for a project, try not to drill all the way through the wood, and know that you might need to go one size bigger with your drill bit than the dowel is.

ORC: Belt and Tie Rack - Charleston Crafted

We cut the pieces of dowel to be an inch and a half long. In hindsight, we wish they were maybe a half inch longer, but it’s working fine. We stained the dowel and the frame separately using the Early American Minwax stain we had used for the rest of the projects in the closet.

ORC: Belt and Tie Rack - Charleston Crafted

ORC: Belt and Tie Rack - Charleston Crafted

We used wood glue to lodge the dowels into the peg holes we had drilled. We dropped just a small amount into each hole and then stuck the dowel pieces in the hole, being sure to wipe up any excess that squirted out. Then we let that sit overnight.

ORC: Belt and Tie Rack - Charleston Crafted

We added a wire across the back and hung the rack up on two picture frame hangers on the wall.

ORC: Belt and Tie Rack - Charleston Crafted

ORC: Belt and Tie Rack - Charleston Crafted

ORC: Belt and Tie Rack - Charleston Crafted

This last project matches everything in the closet and is a great asset for our belts and ties. It looks just a liiiiiittle bit better than the metal over-the-door rack that Sean had used since college that we were still using. It’s almost like we’re real adults now.

Again, tune in on Wednesday and we’ll have the full closet reveal for our ORC!

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Morgan’s Surprise Birthday Adventure!

Morgan's Surprise Birthday Adventure! Charleston Crafted

This week was the Queen Bee’s birthday, aka Morgan. She turned a young 2…. jk, ain’t no way I’m telling you her age (no, she’s not 2, that’s the start of a 20-something). To celebrate, we both took the day off work and I planned a fun day of surprise activities of some of her favorite things to do around Charleston.

First, we woke up late and I made her pancakes in bed with candles as CiCi, Bear and I sang her Happy Birthday.

Morgan's Surprise Birthday Adventure! Charleston Crafted

Then, we took CiCi to the James Island County Park and had a lovely stroll through the trees and shade and talked about Morg’s favorite things.

Morgan's Surprise Birthday Adventure! Charleston Crafted

 

After the park, we took CiCi home and headed downtown to Ted’s Butcherblock, Morgan’s favorite lunch spot for her favorite chicken waldorf sandwich with a cold mac and cheese side. Yes, cold mac and cheese, go get you some.

Morgan's Surprise Birthday Adventure! Charleston Crafted

Morgan's Surprise Birthday Adventure! Charleston Crafted

Morgan's Surprise Birthday Adventure! Charleston Crafted

After that, we walked around a bit, then headed over to Palmetto Brewing Company. We did a little day drinking with their awesome selection of beers while playing large-scale Jenga with cut up 2x4s (guess what my next project is!).

Morgan's Surprise Birthday Adventure! Charleston Crafted

After a few drinks, we headed to get another new drink at a place on King Street called Skinny Dip. It’s a girl’s fashion store, but on top they have a little bar and patio, featuring their signature concoction- the Frosé. Yeah, it’s a slushy rosé.

Morgan's Surprise Birthday Adventure! Charleston Crafted

Morgan's Surprise Birthday Adventure! Charleston Crafted

We headed home next and stopped by Pet Helpers to pet the kittens. It was all I could do to resist Morgan’s urges for getting us another one.

We laid in the hammock and read for awhile before I made her her favorite meal- scallops and risotto. Truth be told, I crushed those scallops with the perfect sear. We ate our fancy dinner while watching Legally Blonde, Morg’s all time favorite movie.

Morgan's Surprise Birthday Adventure! Charleston Crafted

Morgan's Surprise Birthday Adventure! Charleston Crafted

So yeah, in the end, I’m the greatest husband in the world. Nah, probably not, but Morgan seemed to have a good day and I’m so glad I was able to provide her that. She deserves it like no one else and it was great to take a day to just celebrate her. Here’s to another great year! Happy Birthday!

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ORC: Custom Wooden Shoe & Handbag Storage

ORC: Custom Wooden Shoe & Handbag Storage - Charleston Crafted

We have so much stuff going on with the Master Closet makeover that you are going to get some bonus posts this week! Today I am sharing the custom shoe shelving that Sean built me. I am so excited to have my shoes off of the floor and out of the way.

We decided that the best place for a shoe shelf in this closet would be on the diagonal wall to the left when you walk in. It is a bit of dead space and we were able to make a shelf 10″ deep without really blocking the access to any of the clothes hanging on that end of the rod.

ORC: Custom Wooden Shoe & Handbag Storage - Charleston Crafted

We made the shelving unit 6 shelves high. It is the exact width of that diagonal wall (19 inches). Each shelf is angled which makes the shelves seem shallower than they actually are. Each shelf is capped off with a piece of 1/4″ square trim to keep the shoes from sliding off.

ORC: Custom Wooden Shoe & Handbag Storage - Charleston Crafted

ORC: Custom Wooden Shoe & Handbag Storage - Charleston Crafted

ORC: Custom Wooden Shoe & Handbag Storage - Charleston Crafted

To build it, all Sean did was cut a 10′ long 1×10″ board in half to make two 5′ long pieces. Then, he used another 1×10 to cut six boards that were 17 1/2 inches long. The 17 1/2 plus the 3/4 inch that the two side boards are wide made up 19 inches for the exact length of the wall. After staining, he screwed each small board in between the two long boards at an angle that put them still going from front to back and spaced them evenly across the 5 foot boards.

 

ORC: Custom Wooden Shoe & Handbag Storage - Charleston Crafted

The final part of this was to cut little square dowel and wood glue it to the bottom edge of each slanted board so that shoes could catch and not slide off.

We topped the whole thing with a flat shelf, level to the ground. I had Sean cut this piece in a diamond shape so that it connected all of the way to the wall on either side. This was unnecessary, but makes the piece look more custom and less like a square shoe tower.

ORC: Custom Wooden Shoe & Handbag Storage - Charleston Crafted

I picked up some clear acrylic bins to store my cross body bags and clutches on top of the shoe shelves. It is great to have them put away but still easily accessible.

ORC: Custom Wooden Shoe & Handbag Storage - Charleston Crafted

I am so excited with how this space is wrapping up and can’t wait to share more details with you this week!

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