Simple Side Table Makeover with Spray Paint

Simple Side Table Makeover with Spray Paint - Charleston Crafted

Today I have a super simple furniture makeover for you. When we moved, we had all of our boxes unpacked within a week. All of them except this one. This box has been J Chilling in our guest room, serving as a side table, for 9 months.

Side table has been on my thrift store list this whole time but I had a hard time finding one.  I wanted one tall enough for this bed (it’s awkwardly tall), with open shelving for books (these are “beach books” we like to have on hand for guests). And I wanted to spend less than $10. Super cheap because, really I don’t know what direction this room is going to go in. I don’t have a design or really purpose goal at the moment but I expect that it will get a makeover in the next 12 months. No need to spend $$ on something that we won’t be keeping for long. Thrifted = cheap and sustainable so it was a win win.

I finally found this dresser on a random Wednesday Goodwill trip (follow my Insta-Stories because I love going live when I am there!) It had cool bamboo detailing, a big drawer, the right height, and 2 open shelves for books. Bingo.

Simple Side Table Makeover with Spray Paint - Charleston Crafted

The big downer was that it’s super fake wood and really plastic-y. Like I said, not a long term investment. So, I knew that it would not sand well and that I couldn’t save the wood tone. White it was!

I usually paint furniture with a brush, but decided to do this one with spray paint. The main reason for that was the amount of detail – faux bamboo and woven details – on the front of the table and the fact that it wouldn’t sand well.

Simple Side Table Makeover with Spray Paint - Charleston Crafted

To spray paint furniture without sanding, especially particle board furniture, start with a deglosser. Use a rag to apply it all over the piece & it acts to break down anything on the surface and help the paint to adhere better.

Then, apply spray paint. Work in a ventilated area and cover anything you want to keep clean. Here are my best spray paint tips.

Simple Side Table Makeover with Spray Paint - Charleston Crafted

 

I let the whole thing cure for 3 days to really be sure that the finish was dry. Then, we moved it into the guest bedroom. It is perfect for what we need it for. I love the bamboo details, I love that it hold books, it is the perfect height, and I love that it was inexpensive!

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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.

Wish me luck & pop over to check out the other $100 room updates:

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What We Learned Painting Our Kitchen Cabinets

Over the past 2 weekends, we have been slowly painting our kitchen cabinets. As you know, painting old cabinets that are in good shape is a great way to save money compared to buying all new cabinets. There was nothing wrong with ours and we liked the existing layout enough (with the addition of a pull out trashcan and an open shelving unit) that painting was perfect for us. Here’s how we painted the cabinets and some lessons that we learned along the way.

What We Learned Painting Our Kitchen Cabinets - Charleston Crafted

What We Learned Painting Our Kitchen Cabinets - Charleston Crafted

We actually painted our bathroom vanities last fall as a test for this project. We wanted to see how hard it was to do and how durable that finish was. Like then, we used Valspar Cabinet Enamel paint. We were pleased with the painting process and also how they held up, so we used the exact same method for these cabinets.

What We Learned Painting Our Kitchen Cabinets - Charleston Crafted

To prep, we unscrewed all hardware and removed the doors and hinges. I then used the Orbit Sander on each door and on the box of the cabinets. The goal of sanding is to remove the glossy protective finish and make it easier for paint to stick. After sanding, be sure to wipe everything down with a rag.

What We Learned Painting Our Kitchen Cabinets - Charleston Crafted

The next step was to paint. I love using a high density foam mini roller for the smoothest possible finish. The thing with this paint is that it takes a lot of coats – it took me 6 to be exact. But, it was worth it for the smooth finish in the end.

What We Learned Painting Our Kitchen Cabinets - Charleston Crafted

What We Learned Painting Our Kitchen Cabinets - Charleston Crafted

Our island is Sherwin Williams Watery (like our front door) and the rest of the cabinets were white color matched to our trim. My life tip that Sean never wants to follow: always buy more paint than you think that you need. A quart is almost never enough for anything. Ahem. We used 1 quart of Watery (like, every drop) and almost 2 quarts of the white (should have got a gallon).

The hardware is also via Amazon. Shocker! I got these door knobs and these drawer pulls. I actually asked for them for Christmas because I am that much of a nerd, but I love that they come in 10 packs for economical reasons and because we now have a few spare that we can use on furniture around the house to tie the spaces together.

What We Learned Painting Our Kitchen Cabinets - Charleston Crafted

What We Learned Painting Our Kitchen Cabinets - Charleston Crafted

So far, how am I feeling about it? A big part of me wishes that I had painted them all Watery. I love love love the color and just think that it is so me. However, I know that our countertops and our backsplash will bring in a lot more color – so I will reserve judgement until those are in place. And if I still want Watery then, I’ll just take them off the hinges and do it again.

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Have you painted your cabinets? How did you like the results?

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Our Experience Removing Wallpaper

Our Experience Removing Wallpaper - How to DIY Remove Wall Paper - Charleston Crafted

I am so excited to start our kitchen makeover this month! I have tried to break up the DIY to-do list into one major task per month, along with some hired-out tasks in between. The major task for January was removing the wallpaper and painting the walls.

Our Experience Removing Wallpaper - How to DIY Remove Wall Paper - Charleston Crafted

Funny story about this wallpaper that I love telling. Our house was a rental prior to us buying it and the previous owners made a lot of great updates like replacing 90% of the flooring (everything but the kitchen actually) and having all the walls painted a neutral color. We met them randomly before the house even went on the market and they let us tour it. On that tour they showed us the wall colors and floor samples and told us what they planned to have done. Sean pointed at the kitchen walls and said “and remove this wall paper, right?”

And the owner said “Oh no, this is really nice wallpaper!”

I don’t know why I think this is so funny. On one hand, Sean’s not really usually the one to suggest doing anything that will cost extra or take more time, so for him to say to remove the wall paper tells you that it was bad. But the owner really really loved this wall paper. I imagine that she picked it out and convinced her husband to buy it and we know they spent a lot having it hung (we got their invoice in a packet of house-related papers at the closing).

It just screams 1995 to me. If wallpaper is your jam, good for you, but I change my mind too often to handle anything as permanent as wallpaper. This particular specimen was way too beige (warm colors while I prefer cool colors) and honestly just looked like a crap ton of palm trees to me. Like, I get it, we live at the beach. No need for the constant reminder. If only they had planted an actual palm tree in the yard….

I digress. Removing the wallpaper was a job. It wasn’t particularly difficult. I think that our popcorn ceiling removal has put everything into perspective. It took portions of 3 days but we could have done it in two if we wanted to, but we spaced it out and didn’t try to do steps before the previous step was dry.

Day one was the actual removal. We made a video explaining how to do it, but here are the steps:

  1. use a scoring tool to score the wall, using small circles over the entirety of the paper
  2. spray a mixture of *HOT* water + fabric softener all over the walls
  3. let it sit
  4. let it sit longer
  5. peel off large pieces using your fingers
  6. use a flat edge scraper to get any remaining bits
  7. go back through and spritz a little more water on parts of the wallpaper backing that didn’t come off and lightly scrape those off with the scraper

Our biggest problem was, shocker, being patient. At one point early on, I think Sean really decided that this wasn’t coming off and was trying to figure out how to repair the scoring. It came off, it just needed to sit ~ 30 minutes.

Our Experience Removing Wallpaper - How to DIY Remove Wall Paper - Charleston Crafted

Our Experience Removing Wallpaper - How to DIY Remove Wall Paper - Charleston Crafted

Our Experience Removing Wallpaper - How to DIY Remove Wall Paper - Charleston Crafted

Our Experience Removing Wallpaper - How to DIY Remove Wall Paper - Charleston Crafted

We let the walls dry over night before moving on to the next step. Day 2 was really a half day and Sean spackled any messed up bits of drywall and also sanded the whole wall gently. I painted the edges and everything that needed to be hand-brushed, like trip and small areas, with one coat.

Our Experience Removing Wallpaper - How to DIY Remove Wall Paper - Charleston Crafted

Day 3 we sanded the spackle and then rolled paint and did painting touch ups and final touches. This was actually really easy at this point. Everything was already taped, edges were done and it was clear. We discovered a few more pieces of wallpaper backing that were still stuck to the wall when we painted it. It was pretty obvious that something wasn’t right, so we just grabbed the scraper again, scraped it off, and painted over it before it dried. You could tell right away.

Our Experience Removing Wallpaper - How to DIY Remove Wall Paper - Charleston Crafted

Our Experience Removing Wallpaper - How to DIY Remove Wall Paper - Charleston Crafted

Our Experience Removing Wallpaper - How to DIY Remove Wall Paper - Charleston Crafted

In the end, it looks great. Just like with a bunch of the other projects in our house, like the scraped ceilings, torn down walls and extended fireplace, we found ourselves immediately saying, “Wait, what did this look like before?” It’s just one of those things that seems like it was supposed to be that way, so we can’t believe we had to spend three days making it happen, but we’re very happy we did.

Onto the next phase of the kitchen…

 

 

How We’re Tracking the Paint Colors in our Home

How We're Tracking the Paint Colors in our Home - DIY Paint Chip Ring - Charleston Crafted

One of my biggest goals when decorating our new house was to create and maintain a sense of flow from room to room. I am trying to do that by keeping a rather consistent color scheme – blues, grays, and white, along with dark metals and woods. In order to track our main paint colors, I recently decided to quickly make a paint chip ring.

How We're Tracking the Paint Colors in our Home - DIY Paint Chip Ring - Charleston Crafted

The benefits of the paint chip ring are:

  • It cost me zero to make
  • I now have all of the colors of our house in one place that I can take with me shopping for furniture or accessories
  • It reminds me of my color scheme and “vision” for the house
  • I have a great record of the details of the paint color for each room other than just the half empty paint cans

How We're Tracking the Paint Colors in our Home - DIY Paint Chip Ring - Charleston Crafted

How We're Tracking the Paint Colors in our Home - DIY Paint Chip Ring - Charleston Crafted

How We're Tracking the Paint Colors in our Home - DIY Paint Chip Ring - Charleston Crafted

How We're Tracking the Paint Colors in our Home - DIY Paint Chip Ring - Charleston Crafted

Here’s what I did. I used old paint stir sticks (free with cans of paint at Lowes) and sawed them into 3 equal sections. I used a drill to drill a small hole about 1/2 and inch in from the end of each so they would go on a key ring. I used one of these book rings that I had left over from a craft last year (bought a box of 100 so I had 98 left over from our Christmas card holder). If you don’t have or don’t want to get something similar, a piece of thin rope tied in a loop would work too.

How We're Tracking the Paint Colors in our Home - DIY Paint Chip Ring - Charleston Crafted

I took each of the wooden slices and dipped them into a paint from one of our walls. I laid them out on wax paper to dry. Warning – lay them on plastic, paper will stick to the paint. Another warning – dipping them like this makes a thick layer of paint that will take a couple of days to dry.

How We're Tracking the Paint Colors in our Home - DIY Paint Chip Ring - Charleston Crafted

How We're Tracking the Paint Colors in our Home - DIY Paint Chip Ring - Charleston Crafted

Then, I simply used a marker to write the paint details on the back. The paint chip ring is super convenient and I am loving it so far!

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