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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How to Make ANY Cabinet or Drawer Slow Close

How to Make ANY Cabinet or Drawer Slow Close - Charleston Crafted

A big part of any renovation is budgeting. With our kitchen renovation, we had to choose what to spend on and what to save on. After deciding that I wanted expensive countertops, and that we would keep pretty much the same layout, it really made financial sense to keep our existing cabinets. We painted them and changed out the knobs, but I really wanted another upgrade – slow close cabinets! I think that it is a luxurious upgrade and I was very excited to figure out how easy it was to add slow close to my cabinets and drawers.

How to Make ANY Cabinet or Drawer Slow Close - Charleston Crafted

Slow Close Drawers

Come to find out, you don’t need to buy special cabinets to get slow close drawers and doors. They sell the hardware to do it on Amazon, making this a simple and fairly cheap, but big, upgrade. To make slow close drawers, you install one piece inside the cabinet on the wall and one piece onto the drawer. The old hardware remains in place. The slow close basically is the result of the piece on the drawer catching the piece on the wall and then slowly closing. It was supposed to be really easy, but as always seems to be the case with us, we ran into a glitch. The slow close rods for the wall are supposed to line up exactly with the drawer slides. Well, ours aren’t mounted straight onto the cabinet wall. Instead, there is a gap, so we first had to drill a piece of 1×4 onto the cabinet wall and then attach the slow close rod onto that piece of wood.

How to Install Slow Close Drawers - Charleston Crafted

How to Install Slow Close Drawers - Charleston Crafted

Then we had to line up the plastic piece that goes onto the outside of the drawer itself and make sure it lined up with the rod.

How to Install Slow Close Drawers - Charleston Crafted

Once both were in place, you could try to slam the drawer closed and instead it would melt into the cabinets like butter.

Slow Close Cabinets

Updating the cabinets was much simpler than updating the drawers. All I needed to do was remove one hinge and replace it with a slow close hinge. Seriously, unscrew 3 screws, pop out the hinge, and screw in 3 new screws. So easy!

How to Make ANY Cabinet or Drawer Slow Close - Charleston Crafted

How to Make ANY Cabinet or Drawer Slow Close - Charleston Crafted

I am obsessed with the new slow close features. It makes me feel so fancy, and I love love how inexpensive and easy it was! We are getting close to being done with our kitchen, y’all, and I can’t wait to share!

 

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One Room Challenge Week 1: Master Closet Design Plan

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

Hey hey y’all. I know this is crazy. We literally JUST finished a $100 one month half bathroom makeover last week. But… this week starts the one room challenge again! I love participating in these kinds of challenges because they push me to get things done but also they are an awesome way to connect with new blogs and new readers. So, if you are joining us from the link up, HELLO! We are so glad to have you! Please check out our About Us, Home Tours, and DIY archive page. If you like what you see, add us to your blog reader or sign up for our newsletter!

So, the One Room Challenge means that we are making over a room in six weeks. Last time, we did our front room, which turned out to be a little slice of coastal heaven. Still mostly only the dogs sits in there (lol) but we are excited for it to be a space that we grow into and use with guests a lot.

This season, we decided that we wanted to makeover our master closet.

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

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

I know, not what you normally see with the ORC. But, it is the #1 space in our home that really needs the makeover, just for purely functionality reasons. Our closet makeover in the condo was actually our first big project there and one of my favorites. But, since we moved into this house in July, we have been using the standard closet. Here are my problems with it:

  • We have to share a closet – previously, Sean used the condo guestroom. To be fair, I lived there alone before he moved in, but he totally hated the set up. I get that marriage means sharing a closet, but that doesn’t mean I’m thrilled about it. Sadly, this isn’t going to change.
  • It’s just one rod going down the middle of the wall – it’s a major waste of vertical space. I am super excited to really expand.
  • We have to move the laundry basket – our dog CiCi is a dirty underwear eater. It’s a gross and expensive habit. We got a fancy laundry basket with a lid but it still hasn’t kept her out. Since our closet doesn’t have a door, we are going to have to move it to the linen closet (which does have a door). This will open up space in the main closet but lose 3 shelves in the linen closet. We don’t actually keep any linens in there (we have another closet in the laundry room) but that was my planned accessory storage.
  • I want some shoe storage – to get them off the floor – hopefully in the above mentioned linen closet. And I’d love for it to look like this.
  • Wooden shelves – I have normally gone for white shelving but after seeing the wooden shelves in our pantry, I want to go in a similar direction up here. We don’t have the same dark floors in this space so I will go for a lighter stain but I am excited about it!

So, here is my design plan for the space:

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

Step one will be demo. We will then patch the walls, paint, and scrape the ceilings. I will probably paint the space Sherwin Williams Interesting Aqua since that’s whats in the bathroom and I have leftover paint!

The closets themselves will be 100% custom built from wood from Lowes. I have done the design (coming next week!) and Sean will take the lead on the build.

We actually already have this overhead light. It’s currently in our hallway but doesn’t work in the space (the arms block changing the air filter in the vent…) I am excited to bring it in here. It is SUPER bright. It also is a touch glam which is not normally my style but will go well with the closet vibe, I think.

I plan to lay a gray faux sheepskin rug in this place. I know, how very TJ Maxx of me, but they are inexpensive and Sean won’t let me put one anywhere else 🙂 I think that having a bit of fur underfoot will actually be really nice for getting ready. TBD on what size I end up finding. Probably at TJ Maxx 🙂

We are also going to be making over the linen closet. Like I said, half of it will be dog-proof hamper. The top half will be amazing for SHOES! I am excited for some tilted style shelves in there, but they need to be able to accommodate my shoes as well as Sean’s size 12 canoes.

I am so excited to make over this space and make it exactly what we want! Keep following along every week to see our progress.

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We Have Counter Tops- All of the Details of our Recycled Glass Counter Tops!

We Have Counter Tops- All of the Details of our Recycled Glass Counter Tops! - Charleston Crafted

Y’all I am so excited to come to you and share our counter tops! I want to flood you with gorgeous photos but also want to explain the entire process to you. I will walk you through why we chose recycled glass counter tops, where we got them, how much they cost, and how we feel about them now (after just a week!)

We Have Counter Tops- All of the Details of our Recycled Glass Counter Tops! - Charleston Crafted

Why did we choose Recycled Glass Countertops?

I love the unique look of these counter tops. I originally saw the all oyster version and thought that they were lovely and beachy. When I first spotted them with blue and green sea glass, I knew that it was exactly the beachy look that I wanted in our kitchen. I did some research and determined that they were durable and sustainable and knew that they would be a great decision.

We Have Counter Tops- All of the Details of our Recycled Glass Counter Tops! - Charleston Crafted

Where did we get them?

We got our counter tops from Fisher Recycling. I found them via Instagram actually. We used them because they were local (in North Charleston, only 10 minutes from my work and about 30 minutes from our house). We worked directly with the owners and had an excellent experience. I would recommend them 100 times over.

We Have Counter Tops- All of the Details of our Recycled Glass Counter Tops! - Charleston Crafted

What was the timeline?

First, we had an appointment at Fisher Recycling with Elizabeth, the owner. She told us to bring inspiration so I brought tile and paint swatches for the room. We got to play with all of the small pieces of glass that they had (the light green is wine bottles, dark green is coca cola glasses, and the blue is from an old window!) and make the exact formula. She then emailed me an exact quote for that mix and we went back and forth to get it to the price point that we wanted it at.

We Have Counter Tops- All of the Details of our Recycled Glass Counter Tops! - Charleston Crafted

Next, we had to secure an installer. Fisher Recycling pours the counter tops but does not install them. We called and got quotes from several local places (Elizabeth gave us a long list) and we ended up going with Eugene’s Marble and Granite because of their price and their professionalism (they came on time! Shocking how rare that is.) This took about 3 weeks but only because we got so many quotes.

We Have Counter Tops- All of the Details of our Recycled Glass Counter Tops! - Charleston Crafted

Once we were set on an installer, Elizabeth made us a sample of the counter tops with our formula. I picked it up and had the chance to make any edits that we wanted. At this point we made a 50% down payment and OKed them to move forward creating our slabs.

It took about a week for Fisher Recycling to pour our slabs. When they were done, I went by their facility and approved the slabs. They were gorgeous! They passed them off to the installer and 5 days later they were installed.

We Have Counter Tops- All of the Details of our Recycled Glass Counter Tops! - Charleston Crafted

How much they cost?

The counter tops ran us about $70 a square foot. This did not include installation which was another $30 a foot.

So, they were more expensive than granite or quartz from a big box store, but to me the price difference was worth the look and uniqueness.

We Have Counter Tops- All of the Details of our Recycled Glass Counter Tops! - Charleston Crafted

How do we feel about them now?

I am so very obsessed with them. I love love how they look, I love the expanded area due to our open shelving and tilt out trashcan. I love the colors with the green island. And I can’t wait to get the backsplash up to complete the look!

As a reminder, we removed the old counter tops ourselves to save $150. It was really easy to do and you can re-visit the entire process here.

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How to Remove Old Laminate Countertops & Backsplash Without Damaging the Cabinets

How to Remove Old Laminate Countertops & Backsplash Without Damaging the Cabinets - Charleston Crafted

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!

How to Remove Old Laminate Countertops & Backsplash Without Damaging the Cabinets - Charleston Crafted

We had a few steps in our laminate counter top removal process.

How to Remove Old Laminate Countertops & Backsplash Without Damaging the Cabinets - Charleston Crafted

How to Remove Old Laminate Countertops & Backsplash Without Damaging the Cabinets - Charleston Crafted

Removing the Laminate Counters

How to Remove Old Laminate Countertops & Backsplash Without Damaging the Cabinets - Charleston Crafted

How to Remove Old Laminate Countertops & Backsplash Without Damaging the Cabinets - Charleston Crafted

How to Remove Old Laminate Countertops & Backsplash Without Damaging the Cabinets - Charleston Crafted

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.

How to Remove Old Laminate Countertops & Backsplash Without Damaging the Cabinets - Charleston Crafted

How to Remove Old Laminate Countertops & Backsplash Without Damaging the Cabinets - Charleston Crafted

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.

How to Remove Old Laminate Countertops & Backsplash Without Damaging the Cabinets - Charleston Crafted

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.

How to Remove Old Laminate Countertops & Backsplash Without Damaging the Cabinets - Charleston Crafted

How to Remove Old Laminate Countertops & Backsplash Without Damaging the Cabinets - Charleston Crafted

I am SO HAPPY to say bye bye to these countertops and can’t wait to share the new ones with you!

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