DIY Painting Landscapes for the $100 Room Challenge

DIY Painting Landscapes for the $100 Room Challenge - Charleston Crafted

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.

DIY Painting Landscapes for the $100 Room Challenge - Charleston Crafted

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.

DIY Painting Landscapes for the $100 Room Challenge - Charleston Crafted

DIY Painting Landscapes for the $100 Room Challenge - Charleston Crafted

DIY Painting Landscapes for the $100 Room Challenge - Charleston Crafted

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!

DIY Painting Landscapes for the $100 Room Challenge - Charleston Crafted

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. 🙂

 

DIY Painting Landscapes for the $100 Room Challenge - Charleston CraftedSince 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!

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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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Gorgeous Kauai Photo Triptych Over the Bed

Gorgeous Kauai Photo Triptych Over the Bed - Charleston Crafted

how to DIY turn any photo - even one from your phone - into a triptych and a great inexpensive large white frame resource - charleston crafted

Now that we’ve covered the walls of our bedroom with a fresh coat of paint, we needed to start accessorizing so that the room didn’t look barren. We started with newly refinished campaign dressers and wall-mounted lighting, but we wanted a big photo to go over the bed. It’s a wide space, so we opted to make a triptych to cover it.

Gorgeous Kauai Photo Triptych Over the Bed - Charleston Crafted

A triptych is one photo broken into three sections and each hung in a separate frame. You line them up next to each other so that you get a really cool perspective on the photo.

We decided to use a photo from our trip to Kauai that we took at the beach. It was a panorama from our first full day when we discovered a nearly deserted beach in Poipu.

Gorgeous Kauai Photo Triptych Over the Bed - Charleston Crafted

We ordered three 20″x 30″ frames, so I sized the photos to be 20 inches high and 60 inches wide in Photoshop.

We decided to try something a little artsy with the photo instead of printing it as it was. We thought about black and white at first.

Gorgeous Kauai Photo Triptych Over the Bed - Charleston Crafted

Then, we decided to bring in a little bit of color that would match the bedroom. I started out selecting all the blue tones and turned those on. That brought out all the blue in the sky, but not the water. The water in the original photo wasn’t really blue, but more of a green/yellow.

Gorgeous Kauai Photo Triptych Over the Bed - Charleston Crafted

I tried turning on greens, but it didn’t really work for the water and instead turned on the forests in the background. So instead, I used the magic wand tool to select the water and copied that as it’s own layer. Then I put a blue cooling filter on it so that that area would turn light blue. Then I just cleaned up the straight edges with a feathered eraser to make the edges look faded.

Gorgeous Kauai Photo Triptych Over the Bed - Charleston Crafted

It looks awesome. The mountain, forests, clouds and beach are black and white, but the water and sky are blue. The photo looks great. So, then I broke the photo into three even sections of 20×30 inches each and saved each section as its own high resolution photo.

We ordered the prints for cheap off Shutterfly and they were here in a couple of days. We popped the prints into the frames and hung them 3 inches apart from each other on the wall.

Gorgeous Kauai Photo Triptych Over the Bed - Charleston Crafted

Gorgeous Kauai Photo Triptych Over the Bed - Charleston Crafted

Gorgeous Kauai Photo Triptych Over the Bed - Charleston Crafted

The tones of the photo look awesome with the blue tones in the wall and the grey tones of our bed. The photo ties everything together and looks great. Plus it’s a great reminder of our anniversary trip.

This triptych is a great way for anyone to spice up a photo and cover a large space. What do you think?

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How to Make a DIY Chalkboard

How to Make a DIY Chalkboard - Charleston Crafted

I have to be honest with you- I haven’t seen a chalkboard in quite some time. Like, literally, not since elementary school. I was probably one of the last classes of people that had chalkboards in their classrooms. My school switched over to whiteboards when I was in elementary school and I know that because I can still smell those scented markers the teachers had. But, we have an event coming up at my office soon and my boss had the idea to have a chalkboard available for people to write messages about the theme. I don’t really know where you buy a chalkboard anymore so I decided to build one using wood and chalkboard paint. Here’s how to make a DIY chalkboard.

How to Make a DIY Chalkboard - Charleston Crafted

At Lowe’s my coworker and I got six 8-foot 2’x4′ boards and a 4’x8′ piece of thin whitewood. This was going to be a pretty big chalkboard, so you might want to go with something a little smaller if you’re using it in your home.

The first thing we did was build the legs of the structure. We cut one of the boards in half to act as the feet. Then, we attached two of the other boards to the feet perpendicularly, after cutting a foot off the top. Then, we took one of the remaining boards and used a miter saw to cut them at 45 degree angles to act as stabilizers between the legs and the feet of the board.

How to Make a DIY Chalkboard - Charleston Crafted

Now that we had the two legs built, we needed to attach what would be the chalkboard. We used the remaining two 8-foot boards and screwed them into the 4×8 board at the top and bottom. Then we simply attached those to the legs that we had already built, using two screws in each corner.

How to Make a DIY Chalkboard - Charleston Crafted

Once the board was entirely constructed, it was time to paint it with the chalkboard paint. I got one pint of black chalkboard paint, which is supposed to cover 100 square feet. With the board being 32 square feet, this was going to get me a good three coats. The paint went on super easy and smooth and dried up nicely.

How to Make a DIY Chalkboard - Charleston Crafted

How to Make a DIY Chalkboard - Charleston Crafted

Then it was time to test if the chalkboard paint actually did make a chalkboard. I was a little skeptical, but here goes nothing. Morgan had told me that we should use the flat side of the chalk to go over the entire board first with a layer of chalk so that, in the future, the first words we ever write on the board don’t end up on the background of everything. I tested it in the corner so that you can see the difference.

How to Make a DIY Chalkboard - Charleston Crafted

How to Make a DIY Chalkboard - Charleston Crafted

In the end, it works out great! The chalk wiped off nicely with a damp rag and gave it that dusty chalkboard look it’s supposed to have. The chalkboard paint really works and it took me only about an hour and a half to build the board, plus probably 30 minutes total for three coats of paint. It worked out well and looks great. Can’t wait to show it off at our event!

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A Homemade Wedding Painting

A Homemade Wedding Painting - Charleston Crafted

I am sure that many of you guys are already in the full holiday swing. I wanted to stop by and share one of my favorite gifts this year – that I’ve already given. Sean and I celebrated our 4 year dating anniversary this month and, though we said we weren’t buying gifts, I still wanted to surprise him with something. So, the weekend that he went to New Orleans, I painted him a painting.

A Homemade Wedding Painting - Charleston Crafted

A Homemade Wedding Painting - Charleston Crafted

And, no, I’m not an artist. I took some mandatory art classes in middle school and have done a few Wine & Design nights, but I still really enjoy art and painting. So, I had fun doing this one. I went for a less realistic look so that it might not look too amateur 🙂

A Homemade Wedding Painting - Charleston Crafted

A Homemade Wedding Painting - Charleston Crafted

A Homemade Wedding Painting - Charleston Crafted

A Homemade Wedding Painting - Charleston Crafted

A Homemade Wedding Painting - Charleston Crafted

A Homemade Wedding Painting - Charleston Crafted

A Homemade Wedding Painting - Charleston Crafted

A Homemade Wedding Painting - Charleston Crafted

I just wanted to show you this, and my process, to tell you that you can paint, even if you aren’t an artist. You can do more than you have ever imagined, with a little time, and if you put your mind to it.

 It makes me really, really happy, to look back on this happiest of memories in a new and fun way. Of course, it is special because it is an image of our wedding, but it is also special to us because I made it. We hung this guy in our bedroom, so not many people will see it, but it is there to make us smile every night.

Happy Holidays.

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