Patching Drywall Over an Old Phone Jack

Patching Drywall Over an Old Phone Jack - Charleston Crafted

Unless you bought a new construction house from within the last five-ish years, the house you bought came complete with a sweet phone jack hookup for your land line telephone. Awesome! That’ll come in handy when you have some “Back to the Future” ordeal and need to call your Liz Frank ’90s loving self while twirling a phone cord around your finger. Home landlines are dead, but the ugly phone jack is still there. Luckily, they are easy enough to patch drywall over and you’ll never know it was there!

Patching Drywall Over an Old Phone Jack - Charleston Crafted

The first thing I did was remove the plate on the front of the jack, which exposes the wiring. I cut off the power to the jack and popped out the power cords that were connecting it.

Patching Drywall Over an Old Phone Jack - Charleston Crafted

Patching Drywall Over an Old Phone Jack - Charleston Crafted

Then I used electrical tape to wrap up each of the two cords just to make sure they didn’t touch anything and pushed them into the electrical box in the wall. Out of sight, out of mind.

Patching Drywall Over an Old Phone Jack - Charleston Crafted

Next came patching the wall. Lowe’s sells an awesome drywall patch kit that comes with a 4″x4″ steel mesh patch, lightweight spackle and a putty knife. It’s perfect for this type of job. The patch sticks to the wall with a built-in adhesive.

Patching Drywall Over an Old Phone Jack - Charleston Crafted

Next, lather up your spackle on the wall and smooth it out over the edges and let dry.

Patching Drywall Over an Old Phone Jack - Charleston Crafted

This kit even came with a nice sanding block to smooth everything out once dry.

Finally, paint over the newly spackled area and voila you can’t even tell that the ’90s existed.

Patching Drywall Over an Old Phone Jack - Charleston Crafted

Patching drywall over an old phone jack is simple and easy and can be done quickly. It’s a quick and easy upgrade that makes your home look much more up to the times.

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Rug Swap in the Sunroom

Mohawk Home Laguna Boardwalk Striped Woven Rug in the Sunroom - Charleston Crafted

Mohawk Home Laguna Boardwalk Striped Woven Rug in the Sunroom - Charleston Crafted

We are slowly but surely updating our sunroom. Recent big updates have been adding curtains to the windows and a gallery wall above the TV. The next thing that really needed to go was the rug. We have only had it for about 2.5 years, but it has gotten really gross looking. I guess that $150 Target rugs just don’t wear well.

We Painted Our Sunroom - Charleston Crafted

the best pic I have of the old rug!

I had a really hard time finding a replacement for the old rug. I actually wanted to go with a full faux fur gray rug, and saw loads of them at my local TJ Maxx. However, Sean was not on board. He said that it would get nasty – and he probably wasn’t wrong.

Mohawk Home Laguna Boardwalk Striped Woven Rug in the Sunroom - Charleston Crafted

 

I looked at a lot of different rugs – lots of patterned blue designs. Sean was adamant that we didn’t want white (because of staining – but off white was okay if it was clearly off white and not white). I wanted something a bit more plush than our last one and we wanted to keep it under $200.

Mohawk Home Laguna Boardwalk Striped Woven Rug in the Sunroom - Charleston Crafted

We ended up ordering this Mohawk Home Laguna Boardwalk Striped Woven Rug. When it came, we realized that it was a bit more shag than we anticipated, but it really is soft on your feet and has not shed at all. It vacuums easily and is not showing dirt (we have had it for about a month – I wanted to wait to give a good review not just based on first impressions). The stripes are definitely off white, grey, a sort of brownish beige color, denim blue, and teal. It really hits all of our home colors, which is why Sean loved it, and has stripes which are my vibe and are all over our home.

Mohawk Home Laguna Boardwalk Striped Woven Rug in the Sunroom - Charleston Crafted

The only real snag came with my measuring – I really thought that the old rug was an 8×10′. Apparantly it was a 7×10′ which I didn’t even realize was a thing, so this one sticks out just a tad bit further. Not exactly my favorite, but not bad enough to return it.

Mohawk Home Laguna Boardwalk Striped Woven Rug in the Sunroom - Charleston Crafted

So, now our floors are freshly updated. The view looking at the TV is pretty good in my book, but the view in the other direction (towards the bar) is a hot mess. I know what I want over there, it’s just low down our $ and time priority list, so we will see when we get to it!

Mohawk Home Laguna Boardwalk Striped Woven Rug in the Sunroom - Charleston Crafted

the hot mess angle

Any new and exciting purchases going on in your home?

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Master Bathroom Mini Makeover After & Budget Breakdown

Master Bathroom Mini Makeover After & Budget Breakdown - Charleston Crafted

We of course are loving the way that our master bathroom mini-makeover turned out! It is the exact refresh that this room needed to start feeling like ours. Plus, it’s the first room that we’ve really made over, and we are feeling fantastic and excited to conquer the rest of the house.

Master Bathroom Mini Makeover After & Budget Breakdown - Charleston Crafted

Master Bathroom Mini Makeover After & Budget Breakdown - Charleston Crafted

Master Bathroom Mini Makeover After & Budget Breakdown - Charleston Crafted

Master Bathroom Mini Makeover After & Budget Breakdown - Charleston Crafted

As a reminder, here is what we did with links back to each blog post:

Here’s a reminder of what the bathroom initially looked like:

Master Bathroom Before - Charleston Crafted

Master Bathroom Before - Charleston Crafted

Master Bathroom Before - Charleston Crafted

And here is our budget breakdown. We didn’t set a budget for this project, but just wanted to make some inexpensive updates that had a big impact. I think that we really succeeded at that!

Ceiling paint: $25  one gallon Sherwin Williams  Showcase ceiling paint via Lowes (after this room we bought a 5 gallon bucket!)

Wall paint: $25 one gallon Symphony of Blue Olympic One via Lowes

Cabinet paint: $25 (used half – used other half in guest bath) Valspar cabinet enamel color matched to our bedding via Lowes

Light fixture: $45.75 via Overstock (with 12% off coupon code)

Hook between mirrors: $10.50 via Camilla Cotton

Knobs: $14.50 via Amazon (got 10 used 7)

Bath mat: $14.99 via Target

Bath runner: $29.99 via Target

Painting over bathtub: free (already had frame & wrapping paper)

Splatter art: old DIY

Mini wood painting: free DIY on scrap wood

Faux plant: $5 via At Home

Mini mirror: $12 via Amazon

Re-framing medicine cabinet: $15 in wood via Lowes

Shelves over toilet: $40 in wood via Lowes

Driftwood candle holder: old DIY

Accessories over toilet: already owned – frame was a gift, basket is old from Home Goods, jar old from Home Goods

Total spent: $262.48

Master Bathroom Mini Makeover After & Budget Breakdown - Charleston Crafted

Master Bathroom Mini Makeover After & Budget Breakdown - Charleston Crafted

Supplies we had on hand: other painting supplies (rollers, brushes, tarps, tape); ceiling scraping supplies (scraper, spray bottle, tarp, sand paper, sanding block), trim paint, some accessories, towels.

We are loving our bathroom’s new look and are proud of doing it on a budget. $270 isn’t nothing, but it was a small amount compared to what we could have spent if we had tried to replace the vanity or other fixtures. We still want to gut this space down the road – we really want to lose the tub and have a big shower – but this is a good fix to make us feel more at home for the next few years.

Next up we are getting to work downstairs!

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Little Updates in the New House

Tree Trimming - Charleston Crafted

We’ve been working on lots of big projects recently like finishing up our master bathroom makeover and having walls taken down downstairs, but we also have been doing some small projects. If they might not be “blog worthy” on their own, we like to roll them all up together for a fun Friday post. Here are some recent little updates:
Diaper Bag as a Rag Bag in the Kitchen - Charleston Crafted

I have been having a hard time adjusting to having the laundry room so far away (IE on a different floor) from our kitchen. We primarily use cloth rags and napkins and I was piling them on the floor every day until they could be carried upstairs to the wash. Hats off to my friend that suggested this diaper bag (in an anchor print!) that I have hanging inside our pantry. It’s made of a waterproof material and I am able to stuff in dirty rags and napkins and then easily carry it up on laundry day. Winning!

Silver Anchor Door Knocker - Charleston Crafted

We are planning a full front door makeover once the weather cools down, but I was too excited about this anchor door knocker not to go ahead and hang it. Isn’t it fun?

Updating Beige Light Switches - Charleston Crafted

We are starting swapping out all of our beige outlets for crisp white ones. It’s a slow process (and we are just being lazy about it – it’s not hard at all) but I ordered switches, outlets, and outlet covers in bulk on Amazon so at least it is very inexpensive.

Tree Trimming - Charleston Crafted

Tree Trimming - Charleston Crafted

We have had a few major storms around here lately and that really knocked some limbs down in our yard. In an effort to triage the situation, Sean borrowed a tree trimmer and cleaned up a lot of dead limbs and branches. He even got on the roof!

Garage Pegboard - Charleston Crafted

Our garage is looking like a hoarding mess at the moment between projects in progress and things that we have moved due to the construction, but Sean was really excited to finally add some pegs to the existing pegboard. All of his tools were just piled on top of his work table and looked a mess. I love organization so I am digging it as well!

Have a great weekend!

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More Little Updates in the New House

We are finally feeling in the groove in our new house. While our “big projects” for the month of August are the master bathroom and bedroom ceilings and walls and getting a contractor to look at some walls downstairs (yay!) we are still working on a lot of small projects every day. Here’s the latest and greatest going on at casa McBride:

New Blinds - Charleston Crafted

We finally have finished hanging all of the blinds and holy moly will we make sure that our next house already has them. Blinds are super expensive and they were not hard but annoying to order, have shipped, and hang. We got the wrong type of blinds for the sunroom (we tried a thermal blind that was just ugly as sin) and got the wrong lengths and widths for some other rooms before getting it just right. That being said, they look fabulous. Check that one off the list.

New Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder - Charleston Crafted

As a housewarming gift, my parents brought me a squirrel proof bird feeder! We decided to hang it off of the screened porch so that we could watch them (and so that Bear could see them too!) We haven’t had too many visitors yet but are hopeful that they will start dropping in for the free meal soon.

New Water Gauge - Charleston Crafted

I also hung up a simple rain gauge. Sean totally doesn’t get it, but I think that it is fun to track the weather this way. Now, if only we would get some rain!

Removed Closet Door - Charleston Crafted

Our master bathroom has 3 doors – one to the bathroom, one to the closet, and one to the linen closet. They all bang each other and are really annoying. Honestly, the closet needs a pocket door, but we don’t want to cut into the wall at this point, so I just took the door off the hinges. It is so much easier to get in there and see the clothes that were previously behind the door. Now I am eager to makeover this space!

New Grill and Carolina Panthers Grill Cover - Charleston Crafted

Sean finally got his grill and he is pumped about it. We have grilled out several times already and are excited to share those recipes with you. He loves his Panthers grill cover, too!

Light Switch Guard in use - Charleston Crafted

This sounds silly, but the outlet that my alarm clock plugs into is on a switch and I kept dumbly flipping the switch, resetting my clock. So, I ordered a light switch guard. It’s clear and not super-obvious, but keeps me from flipping it in the dark. Winning!

While big projects are great, small updates feel a lot more satisfying! We will keep both coming your way 🙂

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