How to cut door hinge notches

Earlier this week, you read about the new pantry door we put up in our kitchen. It was a world of problems, but one of the easiest parts of the project was one of the ones I thought would be the hardest, which is how to cut door hinge notches. The door didn’t have the hinge notches needed for the door hinge to fit flush with the outside of the door, so the door didn’t close properly. I had to cut out the door hinge notches myself, but it was super easy. Here’s how to cut door hinge notches.

How to Cut Door Hinge Notches - Charleston Crafted

First, attach the door hinges to the door in the appropriate places and then trace the outside of the hinge on the door. Then, remove the hinges.

Second, score the door within the traced area. You can do this a number of ways, but I chose to use an Xacto knife to score the traced edge of the hinge and then randomly within the trace. This will help make it easier for your chisel to work. You can also use your chisel to tap in straight notches within your traced area.

How to cut door hinge notches

Next, use a chisel to… um, chisel out the wood in the hinge area. I used a 5/8 inch wide chisel because I knew it was a small area. Keep the chisel as flat and level with the door as possible to avoid digging too deep into the door and taking out too much wood. For the first few layers and the bigger areas within your hinge trace, use a hammer to tap the butt of the chisel to get it going. Continuously work and chisel out the area as best you can.

How to cut door hinge notches

How to cut door hinge notches

After you think you’re done, you probably aren’t. Grab the hinge itself and put it into your chiseled out area to test it. Likely, you will need to chisel out more around the curved edges like I did. Fine tune your chiseled area until the hinge lies flat and flush with the door in the area you traced out.

How to cut door hinge notches - Charleston Crafted

Do that for your next two hinge notches and then screw in the hinges. Now your door should be ready to hang.

How to cut door hinge notches - Charleston Crafted

If all that didn’t get you, here’s a little video to hopefully answer any last questions.

This was a super easy project and took me about 20 minutes to do all three hinge notches. This was the final step in our pantry door and the final step of our kitchen renovation. If you’re looking for how to cut door hinge notches, look no further because YOU CAN DO IT. It’s not hard and you’ll love your new door!

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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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