Tropical Summer Mantel

Tropical Summer Palm Leaf Mantel - Charleston Crafted

It’s really officially feeling like summer around here. I was so excited to be invited to link up with some blogger friends and share our summer mantels! You might remember that I went greenery crazy for my spring mantel!¬†(Those candlesticks sold but I have a lot more available in my Etsy shop!) For my summer refresh, I decided that I wanted more of a summertime tropical feel.

Tropical Summer Palm Leaf Mantel - Charleston Crafted

Tropical Summer Palm Leaf Mantel - Charleston Crafted

These are all palm leaves that I gathered around the neighborhood. I just love the lush tropical feel. CiCi is less impressed ūüôā The driftwood is from my garage hoardstash.

Tropical Summer Palm Leaf Mantel - Charleston Crafted

Tropical Summer Palm Leaf Mantel - Charleston Crafted

I have really been enjoying challenging myself to use live greenery. It is outside my comfort zone (I tend to veer more towards hydrangeas in a mason jar) but it has been so good for me and is really opening up my brain to loads of good ideas!

Tropical Summer Palm Leaf Mantel - Charleston Crafted

Tropical Summer Palm Leaf Mantel - Charleston Crafted

Tropical Summer Palm Leaf Mantel - Charleston Crafted

If you are interested – here is the tutorial on how we took our basic mantel to the ceiling and here is my mantels pinterest board.

Be sure to use the link up below to visit a ton of other bloggers’ awesome summer mantels!

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Do you decorate your mantel for the season? What vibe are you feeling for the summer?

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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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Half Bathroom $100 Makeover Reveal

I am so excited to be sharing the final half bathroom reveal with you! As a reminder, we made over this space in one month for $100.

Week 1: The plan

Week 2: Paint & Light fixture

Week 3: Mirror update

Week 4: Rope Shelves

 

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

 

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

 

I am very happy with how this space turned out. We succeeded in adding storage with the shelving. We created a cohesive look with the kitchen with the wall color (which matches the island) and updating to ORB fixtures (like the kitchen knobs and lights). And we made it prettier!

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

DIY Round Rope Mirror Tutorial - Charleston crafted

 

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

And, just for fun, here is a picture of how it looked before we had the flooring run in here (in February) and the ceilings re-drywalled (in October).

Half Bathroom Before - Charleston Crafted

Here was my rough budget going into this project. It was based on rough estimates and guesses, knowing that the shelving would be the majority of my cash.

High Level Budget Breakdown:

  • Wall paint: $20
  • Shelving: $40
  • Art: $10
  • Mirror: $10
  • Incidentals $10

Actual Spending Breakdown:

  • Wall Paint (1qt) $12.18
    • Painting supplies: had on hand
  • Light fixture $9.96
    • ORB spray paint: had on hand
    • Glass light shades: $9.96 (total for 2)
  • Hardware $0
    • Towel ring: had on hand (3 more in my Etsy shop!)
    • Toilet paper ring: used existing
    • ORB spray paint: had on hand
    • ORB faucet: left in garage by previous owners
  • Shelving materials $25.70
    • Board: $12.50 (1×6″ 6′ board)
    • Stain + staining supplies: had on hand
    • Rope: $8 ¬†via Lowes (1/2″ 50′)
    • Cleats: $2.60 each x2 total $5.20 via Lowes
  • Mirror $8
    • Mirror: had on hand
    • Rope for mirror: $8 via Lowes (1/2″ 50′)
    • Hot glue + gun: had on hand
  • Art $6
    • Canvases: 2/$6 via Michaels sale
    • Paint + brushes: had on hand
  • Crown Molding $24
    • Crown: $96 for an 8 pack of 12′ boards. Used 19′ so 2 boards = $24
    • Nails, caulk, paint: had on hand
  • TOTAL $ 85.84

So I know that it looks like I used a lot of stuff that I already had, but I did come $14.16 under budget so that would help cover some of those costs.

$100 1 Month Coastal Half Bathroom Makeover - Charleston Crafted

I really actually enjoyed being on a budget for this project. Of course, it made it more guilt-free to be doing another makeover knowing that it was on a small budget. However, it was also really fun. I normally probably would have bought new fixtures & a light, but the challenge encouraged me to use an old can of spray paint. It encouraged me to dig through my stash for accessories and I am so glad that I did.

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DIY Nautical Round Rope Mirror Frame Tutorial

DIY Round Rope Mirror Tutorial - Charleston crafted

One thing that I really wanted to include in our half bathroom makeover was a rope mirror. I have pinned a ton as inspiration, but y’all know that I love the coastal vibe of rope everything! In the past I have made a rope lamp, a rope vase, a rope doorstop, rope coasters, a rope bowl, and rope placecards for our wedding. So, I was totally ready to conquer this project as a DIY!

Here is what you will need:

  • A framed wall hanging mirror + hardware to hang
  • Hot glue gun + hot glue
  • Rope

Here is what you do:

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.
DIY Round Rope Mirror Tutorial - Charleston crafted

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.

DIY Round Rope Mirror Tutorial - Charleston crafted

DIY Round Rope Mirror Tutorial - Charleston crafted

DIY Round Rope Mirror Tutorial - Charleston crafted

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!

DIY Round Rope Mirror Tutorial - Charleston crafted

Next, we hung it up on the wall. Looking good!

DIY Round Rope Mirror Tutorial - Charleston crafted

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.

DIY Round Rope Mirror Tutorial - Charleston crafted

DIY Round Rope Mirror Tutorial - Charleston crafted

 

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:

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Our Spring Mantel

Our Spring Mantle - Charleston Crafted

I am so excited to share our spring mantel with you today. One thing that I am most excited about in our new home is decorating for the seasons and the holidays. We now have space to store off season decor, but also we have lots of more spaces to decorate!

We updated our fireplace by running molding and extending it to the fireplace, but haven’t really updated it much since.

Our Spring Mantle - Charleston Crafted

Our Spring Mantle - Charleston Crafted

I wanted to update the mantel for spring by adding lots of greens and florals. I am lucky that so much is in bloom right now – these camellias and the leaves came from our side yard! I have 2 slightly different looks for you, one with the extra greenery and one without. The extra greenery is lush and dramatic and fabulous, but maybe not an everyday look.

Our Spring Mantle - Charleston Crafted

Our Spring Mantle - Charleston Crafted

For a more simple look,  I also styled the mantel without the greens. This is how it will normally hang out this season, and I will just refresh the flowers every three to five days with new cuttings.

Our Spring Mantle - Charleston Crafted

Our Spring Mantle - Charleston Crafted

The brass candlesticks are 2 sets of graduated brass candlesticks from my Etsy shop. I styled them with simple white tapers and just love the look.

Be sure to click over and check out some of the other spring mantels by some of my blogger friends!

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Have you been decorating for spring? 

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