DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial for the $100 Room Challenge

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

We’re almost wrapped up with our $100 Room Challenge and today we’re bringing you the project that took up the most of that budget. We added some DIY nautical rope shelving to both store practical items and house pretty decor. We have been contemplating this idea for somewhere in our house for a few months now and this was the PERFECT opportunity for it.

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

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

This project is super easy and adds a great coastal/nautical touch to your home. based on the measurements of the wall we wanted to hang the shelves on, we needed four supplies:

  • Two deck cleats: $2.60 x 2
  • 6 foot 1×4 board: $12.50
  • 25 feet white nylon rope: $8
  • Total Cost: $25.70

That’s it. We started by determining the height of the shelves and, therefore, the height of the cleats that would hold them. Then we drilled drywall anchors in to secure the cleats. We actually painted the cleats using our new favorite oil-rubbed bronze spray paint so they would match the rest of the finishes in the bathroom.

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

Next, we cut our rope in half and hung each half decoratively around each cleat.

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

Next up was hanging the boards. The boards we cut three equally sized pieces, sanded, stained and drilled four 1/2 inch holes in the corners. We threaded the four hanging ends of rope through the four holes and tied a single knot under each so that the shelf was level.

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

Then we continued that same thing with the next two shelves.

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

To finish it off, we wound a thin piece of string around each rope end a few times to tie it off and keep the rope from fraying. We guaranteed that wouldn’t happen by using a lighter to melt the ends together.

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

The last step was to style the shelves with a good mix of practical items and decor.

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

We absolutely love how these shelves turned out. They were super simple and cheap and really turn into a statement piece for our bathroom. Plus, they work great for storage because the room is so small and has very little floor space, so this was a great solution and would work well for you too!

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

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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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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!

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$100 Half Bathroom Update: Paint and an Updated Light Fixture

Painting the half bath Sherwin Williams Watery - Charleston Crafted

Hey guys, welcome back to our $100 half bathroom makeover. We will be sharing updates every Wednesday for the month of March and also are linking up with some other wonderful bloggers at the bottom of each post.

Last week, we shared our design plan for the half bathroom. As a reminder, this is right off the kitchen and our only downstairs bathroom.

Half Bathroom Before - Charleston Crafted

After an Instagram stories poll, I decided to paint the space Watery by Sherwin Williams in an eggshell finish! It’s the same color as our front door and our kitchen island, and I love how it ties the space together. It’s a bright color, but I think that it works in a space this small.

Painting the half bath Sherwin Williams Watery - Charleston Crafted

We taped off and painted the space and painted it on Thursday night. It was so small that it was an easy week night project, though we did use a FULL quart of paint. I always need more paint than I think I will. We painted up to about 2″ from the ceiling since we will be running crown molding in here. We paid $$$ to have these ceilings done so I didn’t want to risk getting paint on them!

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In addition to painting, we also got to work replacing the fixtures with ORB ones. We decided to spray paint the existing toilet paper holder and toilet flusher to save budget (to be pictured next week as they aren’t up yet). We also already have an ORB faucet so we will be installing that hopefully in the next couple of days. Here is the pineapple towel ring that I used, swiped from my Etsy inventory. I used brass screws but will touch them up with orb paint. shocker 🙂

How to Update a light fixture with spray paint - charleston crafted

I also decided that I wanted an ORB light fixture. All of our kitchen light fixtures are already ORB so it will help tie the spaces together. However, with the $100 budget, there was no room for a new fixture. Instead, I grabbed the above mentioned can of ORB spray paint. We actually painted it directly on the wall since we were going to paint anyways. So much easier! We also swapped out the existing 90’s glass shades for the seeded glass ones just like we did upstairs. A lot of our light fixtures have seeded glass so it was all about tying the spaces together. Pretty good for under $10 total!

I am in a wedding this weekend (yay!) so we will see how much work I get done on this project. My goal is to have the faucet in, the newly ORBed fixtures mounted, and the mirror done for next week’s update.

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Coastal Half Bathroom Design Plan

Half Bathroom Mood Board Design - Charleston Crafted

Before I get started, I know what you are thinking: half bathroom design plan? But you are in the middle of a kitchen renovation?

I know.

I am a crazy person.

But not really. We are kind of almost at a standstill with the kitchen as we wait for our counter tops to be poured and installed. It ended up taking us a bit longer than anticipated to lock down an installer, so we are a week or so behind our intended schedule.

So why not take a week off? Well, we kind of are. But at the same time, I heard about the March $100 room challenge and wanted to participate, of course.

What is the $100 room challenge? We will be tagging up with a big group of bloggers who are all making over one room in one month for $100!

I will be updating you on our half bath progress for the next four Wednesdays, ending with a reveal.

I knew that this space would be great for the $100 challenge because all it needs is cosmetic work. We just had the new flooring run in here and it is the only room on our first floor that is unpainted.

Half Bathroom Before - Charleston Crafted

Half Bathroom Before - Charleston Crafted

The biggest problem with this room, other than lack of decor, is lack of storage. It’s a pedestal stink and so we are going to have to be creative about a spot for extra toilet paper and cleaning supplies.

Here is our vision for the space.

Half Bathroom Mood Board Design - Charleston Crafted

  • paint color – I took an Instagram story poll the other day (if you don’t watch my stories, you should. I post a lot!) and asked if we should continue the Online gray in there or match the island with Watery blue. 100% of the responders (and I had a bunch!) said watery. I was glad to have my idea confirmed!
  • storage – the biggest problem that we need to fix in here is storage. There is none. We don’t need a lot, but I would like to be able to tuck away some extra toilet paper and air freshener, just to make guests more comfortable. We are leaning towards shelves but haven’t settled on a design yet. (shelving inspiration)
  • art – It’s a small space, but I think that a beautiful piece of art could do wonders. Of course, once you subtract out the wall paint and the shelving I will have about $10 to work with, so I will have to get creative! (art inspiration)
  • faucet – the faucet inspired a lot of the finishes in this makeover. The previous owners actually left an ORB bathroom faucet in the box in the garage. I guess they never got around to installing it? I am glad to have it tie to the lights on the rest of the first floor! (faucet in collage)
  • light fixture – in the spirit of the challenge, we are going to work with what we got and update it with a coat of paint. We learned in our bedroom how much changing the glass shades can update the space, so that is the plan here, as well.
  • towel bar – I’m going to steal one of these pineapple rings from my Etsy shop inventory. Shhh don’t tell Sean, I’m supposed to not be hoarding this stuff 🙂
  • mirror – we currently have an oval mirror in there that is fine but nothing special. I’ve been swooning for a rope mirror for a while now so you know that I will have to DIY my own. via decor pad

Keep tuning in – we can’t wait to share how to goes! And be sure to check out all of the other blogs that are linking up!

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