How to Restore an Old Wooden Cutting Board

How to Restore an Old Cutting Board - Charleston Crafted

Cutting boards get worn out pretty quick, especially if you’re using one made of wood. Luckily, they can also be restored pretty quickly. Morgan found a beautiful wood cutting board at Goodwill that needed a little love, so she brought it home and it’s now a beautiful display piece in our home. In less than five minutes, I’ll show you how to restore and old cutting board and then you can do it yourself in that same time.

The two things that usually need fixing with an old cutting board is the knife marks and the discoloration. First, work on the knife marks. I used two different grits of sandpaper for this part. First, I used 80 grit to buff away those deep marks and try to bring the whole board back to level height. Once I achieved that, I switched to 120 grit to give the board that nice smooth finish.

How to Restore an Old Cutting Board - Charleston Crafted

How to Restore an Old Cutting Board - Charleston Crafted

After sanding, I wiped away the dust particles and then poured a few arcs of cutting board oil to the surface.

How to Restore an Old Cutting Board - Charleston Crafted

How to Restore an Old Cutting Board - Charleston Crafted

Then, using a cloth, I spread the oil around evenly to the top and sides of the board.

How to Restore an Old Cutting Board - Charleston Crafted

How to Restore an Old Cutting Board - Charleston Crafted

How to Restore an Old Cutting Board - Charleston Crafted

After waiting 20 minutes, I wiped away excess and let it dry. See how the oil brought out the color without staining it? Ta-da, turned out pretty good.

How to Restore an Old Cutting Board - Charleston Crafted

If you’ve been dinging up your wooden cutting boards and want to restore them to their original glory, it’s super simple. This will give new live to your cutting boards and allow them to last a lot longer.

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Replace an Attic Pull String with a Hook

Replace an Attic Pull String with a Hook - Charleston Crafted

It’s the little things, right? The little things really make a house and give the final touches. But the little things can also make you say WTF when you see them. Case in point, the first thing you see at the top of our stairs is a long, knotted, dangling string coming down from our attic.  So, we wanted to replace an attic pull string with a hook to give it a sleeker finish.

Replace an Attic Pull String with a Hook - Charleston Crafted

This project was super easy and took less than five minutes. First, we cut out the pull string. Turns out, they were using a rusted, bent nail to hold the pull in place.

Replace an Attic Pull String with a Hook - Charleston Crafted

Replace an Attic Pull String with a Hook - Charleston Crafted

Replace an Attic Pull String with a Hook - Charleston Crafted

Replace an Attic Pull String with a Hook - Charleston Crafted

Then, we used a 3 inch eye hook to push through the hole and secured it with a washer and nut on the inside.

Replace an Attic Pull String with a Hook - Charleston Crafted

Replace an Attic Pull String with a Hook - Charleston Crafted

Replace an Attic Pull String with a Hook - Charleston Crafted

The last step was to make something to pull it down with. We bought a three foot long dowel and simply screwed a hook into the end of it. That works as an extension to reach up, hook the eye, and pull down.

Replace an Attic Pull String with a Hook - Charleston Crafted

Replace an Attic Pull String with a Hook - Charleston Crafted

We tapped in a nail in the teeny tiny space between the laundry room door and the wall on the inside of the laundry room and just hang the dowel from that. It’s out of the way and no one can see it. The eye hook is so much cleaner looking than that ugly string hanging down. This was a $5, 5 minute project that really makes a difference!

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Quick and Easy DIY Driftwood Frame

Quick and Easy DIY Driftwood Frame - Charleston Crafted

Knocked out a super fast project last week. You know how we love driftwood around here and there certainly is an abundance at the beach. We’ve done things ranging from our coffee table to a mirror frame to a candle holder and more. But I had a coworker who was leaving for a new job, so we wanted to send her off with a little memento of us and I had the idea to make a quick and easy DIY driftwood frame.

I searched my driftwood hoard stash and found two pieces that were naturally bent to almost right angles. I used a coping saw to even them out so they were the same size and would form together to make a rectangular frame.

Quick and Easy DIY Driftwood Frame - Charleston Crafted

I used two really thin trim nails to attach the pieces together. I thought about using hot glue, but I wanted them to fit smoothly and be sturdy.

Quick and Easy DIY Driftwood Frame - Charleston Crafted

Then I simply attached a short, straight piece of driftwood to the back to act as the stand for the frame. I tapped a trim nail through the front of the frame and into the stand at the right angle. The nail heads are so small and are a natural wood color, so you can hardly tell they are there. That was it!

Quick and Easy DIY Driftwood Frame - Charleston Crafted

Quick and Easy DIY Driftwood Frame - Charleston Crafted

This frame took me no more than 15 minutes to make. It was a great gift. We cut out a picture of our group and stapled it to the back of the frame so that she would have a coastal reminder of our group in Charleston. This makes for a great gift or decor item for your home. Driftwood is so crafty and easy to work with that it’s an excellent resource to have around!

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A Door Gallery Wall (And How You Can Replicate It!)

A Door Gallery Wall (And How You Can Replicate It!) - Charleston Crafted

Ever since we moved, I have been feeling sad that we couldn’t get our whole entertainment center together. I loved it in the condo but it just wouldn’t fit in our new space. We are still using the base piece, but the wall is not wide enough to accommodate the two side shelves. We moved them to the dining room, but this wall was looking very empty. I decided to hang a gallery wall around the TV and love the way that this one turned out.

A Door Gallery Wall  (And How You Can Replicate It!)  - Charleston Crafted

There are lots of different gallery walls that you can hang around a TV, but I am partial to a grid style. We did a similar look in our bedroom in the condo and I really love the symmetry and same-ness. For this look, I suggest that you use the same frame for each photo or piece of art and that your photos have some sort of similarity, either in color scheme or subject matter.

A Door Gallery Wall (And How You Can Replicate It!) - Charleston Crafted

For our frames, we used these 11×14 matted to 8×10. They are an excellent quality for the price (it fluctuates slightly but currently $12).

A Door Gallery Wall (And How You Can Replicate It!) - Charleston Crafted

As for the content of the frames, I got the idea to feature a gallery wall of images of historic doors of Charleston. I love door photos and thought that this would be cool because it is colorful, artistic feeling, and gives a shout out to our beautiful city. Love the idea, too? Lucky you, we have all 10 photos cropped to 8×10″ as a PDF printble in our Etsy shop.

A Door Gallery Wall (And How You Can Replicate It!) - Charleston Crafted

We printed them on glassy photo paper at home and love the results. Sean hung them using his laser level, but you could definitely just use a tape measure. Start in the middle and work your way out for best results.

A Door Gallery Wall (And How You Can Replicate It!) - Charleston Crafted

A Door Gallery Wall (And How You Can Replicate It!) - Charleston Crafted

nice butt 😉

A Door Gallery Wall (And How You Can Replicate It!) - Charleston Crafted

A Door Gallery Wall (And How You Can Replicate It!) - Charleston Crafted

A Door Gallery Wall (And How You Can Replicate It!) - Charleston Crafted

I love how it turned out. I really feel like it makes the ceilings look higher and the space look more grand!

A Door Gallery Wall (And How You Can Replicate It!) - Charleston Crafted

This room is coming together from this angle, but turn around and it’s still a hot mess. We are working on it 🙂

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Clean Up Your Kitchen for the Holidays with this DIY Wood Slice Lazy Susan

DIY Wood Slice Lazy Susan Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

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DIY Wood Slice Lazy Susan - Charleston Crafted

For me, the holiday season is all about gathering. Whether it is friends or family, it is a great opportunity to come together and celebrate everything that you are thankful for. And, of course, any good gathering will include food.

DIY Wood Slice Lazy Susan Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

DIY Wood Slice Lazy Susan Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

DIY Wood Slice Lazy Susan Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

I love a lazy susan for any large table. They are perfect for sharing small items like sauces and condiments among many guests. We had a lot of trees down in our neighborhood following the hurricane and I had the idea to use a slice from one of the down trees to create a simple lazy susan.

DIY Wood Slice Lazy Susan Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

DIY Wood Slice Lazy Susan Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

The wood slice that we selected is 15 inches in diameter and 3 inches thick. Since it is such a hefty piece, I needed a strong lazy susan base. I used a 12″ base which is advised for lazy susans sized 15-18 inches in diameter and could hold 1,000 pounds! If you have a smaller slice, you will want a smaller base. Be sure to select a base that is able to hold the weight of your wood piece.

To prepare the wood slice, I sanded it until smooth on both sides. I left the natural bark for a rustic look. I coated each side of the wood slice with 2 coats of matte polyurethane. I let that dry thoroughly before screwing the base into the wood. The hardest part was deciding which side I wanted to face up – they were both beautiful!

DIY Wood Slice Lazy Susan Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

DIY Wood Slice Lazy Susan Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

This lazy susan is living in our kitchen for now, but I know that it will be great on our (future) dining room table. I am so excited to use it with guests because it is both beautiful and extremely functional. Before you host guests, you want to make sure that your home is clean and inviting. I am loving the new Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth for cleaning tough messes in the sink and across a variety of surfaces.

DIY Wood Slice Lazy Susan Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

DIY Wood Slice Lazy Susan Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

DIY Wood Slice Lazy Susan Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

DIY Wood Slice Lazy Susan Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

The Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth is fully washable, reusable and sturdy. The premium, textured fiber dish cloth features two sides with scrubbing dots technology on one side originating from their stay clean sponges. The Scotch-Brite Scrubbing Dish Cloth’s are available in a 2-pack at Walmart in the following colors for $4.97: navy, tan, gray (available online), mint (available online), and coral.

DIY Wood Slice Lazy Susan Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

We grabbed the coral Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth at our local Walmart on the sponge aisle. Use this coupon to save $1 on any two Scotch-Brite Products (Scrub Sponges, Lint Rollers and Scrubbing Dish Cloths). Check out other great recipes and cleaning tutorials here.

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