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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We Have Counter Tops- All of the Details of our Recycled Glass Counter Tops!

We Have Counter Tops- All of the Details of our Recycled Glass Counter Tops! - Charleston Crafted

Y’all I am so excited to come to you and share our counter tops! I want to flood you with gorgeous photos but also want to explain the entire process to you. I will walk you through why we chose recycled glass counter tops, where we got them, how much they cost, and how we feel about them now (after just a week!)

We Have Counter Tops- All of the Details of our Recycled Glass Counter Tops! - Charleston Crafted

Why did we choose Recycled Glass Countertops?

I love the unique look of these counter tops. I originally saw the all oyster version and thought that they were lovely and beachy. When I first spotted them with blue and green sea glass, I knew that it was exactly the beachy look that I wanted in our kitchen. I did some research and determined that they were durable and sustainable and knew that they would be a great decision.

We Have Counter Tops- All of the Details of our Recycled Glass Counter Tops! - Charleston Crafted

Where did we get them?

We got our counter tops from Fisher Recycling. I found them via Instagram actually. We used them because they were local (in North Charleston, only 10 minutes from my work and about 30 minutes from our house). We worked directly with the owners and had an excellent experience. I would recommend them 100 times over.

We Have Counter Tops- All of the Details of our Recycled Glass Counter Tops! - Charleston Crafted

What was the timeline?

First, we had an appointment at Fisher Recycling with Elizabeth, the owner. She told us to bring inspiration so I brought tile and paint swatches for the room. We got to play with all of the small pieces of glass that they had (the light green is wine bottles, dark green is coca cola glasses, and the blue is from an old window!) and make the exact formula. She then emailed me an exact quote for that mix and we went back and forth to get it to the price point that we wanted it at.

We Have Counter Tops- All of the Details of our Recycled Glass Counter Tops! - Charleston Crafted

Next, we had to secure an installer. Fisher Recycling pours the counter tops but does not install them. We called and got quotes from several local places (Elizabeth gave us a long list) and we ended up going with Eugene’s Marble and Granite because of their price and their professionalism (they came on time! Shocking how rare that is.) This took about 3 weeks but only because we got so many quotes.

We Have Counter Tops- All of the Details of our Recycled Glass Counter Tops! - Charleston Crafted

Once we were set on an installer, Elizabeth made us a sample of the counter tops with our formula. I picked it up and had the chance to make any edits that we wanted. At this point we made a 50% down payment and OKed them to move forward creating our slabs.

It took about a week for Fisher Recycling to pour our slabs. When they were done, I went by their facility and approved the slabs. They were gorgeous! They passed them off to the installer and 5 days later they were installed.

We Have Counter Tops- All of the Details of our Recycled Glass Counter Tops! - Charleston Crafted

How much they cost?

The counter tops ran us about $70 a square foot. This did not include installation which was another $30 a foot.

So, they were more expensive than granite or quartz from a big box store, but to me the price difference was worth the look and uniqueness.

We Have Counter Tops- All of the Details of our Recycled Glass Counter Tops! - Charleston Crafted

How do we feel about them now?

I am so very obsessed with them. I love love how they look, I love the expanded area due to our open shelving and tilt out trashcan. I love the colors with the green island. And I can’t wait to get the backsplash up to complete the look!

As a reminder, we removed the old counter tops ourselves to save $150. It was really easy to do and you can re-visit the entire process here.

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Half Bathroom $100 Makeover Reveal

I am so excited to be sharing the final half bathroom reveal with you! As a reminder, we made over this space in one month for $100.

Week 1: The plan

Week 2: Paint & Light fixture

Week 3: Mirror update

Week 4: Rope Shelves

 

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

 

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

 

I am very happy with how this space turned out. We succeeded in adding storage with the shelving. We created a cohesive look with the kitchen with the wall color (which matches the island) and updating to ORB fixtures (like the kitchen knobs and lights). And we made it prettier!

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

DIY Round Rope Mirror Tutorial - Charleston crafted

 

DIY Nautical Rope Shelving Tutorial - Charleston Crafted

And, just for fun, here is a picture of how it looked before we had the flooring run in here (in February) and the ceilings re-drywalled (in October).

Half Bathroom Before - Charleston Crafted

Here was my rough budget going into this project. It was based on rough estimates and guesses, knowing that the shelving would be the majority of my cash.

High Level Budget Breakdown:

  • Wall paint: $20
  • Shelving: $40
  • Art: $10
  • Mirror: $10
  • Incidentals $10

Actual Spending Breakdown:

  • Wall Paint (1qt) $12.18
    • Painting supplies: had on hand
  • Light fixture $9.96
    • ORB spray paint: had on hand
    • Glass light shades: $9.96 (total for 2)
  • Hardware $0
    • Towel ring: had on hand (3 more in my Etsy shop!)
    • Toilet paper ring: used existing
    • ORB spray paint: had on hand
    • ORB faucet: left in garage by previous owners
  • Shelving materials $25.70
    • Board: $12.50 (1×6″ 6′ board)
    • Stain + staining supplies: had on hand
    • Rope: $8  via Lowes (1/2″ 50′)
    • Cleats: $2.60 each x2 total $5.20 via Lowes
  • Mirror $8
    • Mirror: had on hand
    • Rope for mirror: $8 via Lowes (1/2″ 50′)
    • Hot glue + gun: had on hand
  • Art $6
    • Canvases: 2/$6 via Michaels sale
    • Paint + brushes: had on hand
  • Crown Molding $24
    • Crown: $96 for an 8 pack of 12′ boards. Used 19′ so 2 boards = $24
    • Nails, caulk, paint: had on hand
  • TOTAL $ 85.84

So I know that it looks like I used a lot of stuff that I already had, but I did come $14.16 under budget so that would help cover some of those costs.

$100 1 Month Coastal Half Bathroom Makeover - Charleston Crafted

I really actually enjoyed being on a budget for this project. Of course, it made it more guilt-free to be doing another makeover knowing that it was on a small budget. However, it was also really fun. I normally probably would have bought new fixtures & a light, but the challenge encouraged me to use an old can of spray paint. It encouraged me to dig through my stash for accessories and I am so glad that I did.

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Turning a Cabinet into a Pull Out Trash Can

Turning a Cabinet into a Pull Out Trash Can - Charleston Crafted

Last week, we told you about how we turned one of our old upper cabinets into open shelving on the end of our kitchen island. That was mostly to make our island bigger and add to our aesthetics. Today’s transformation is 100% for functionality. We turned the second cabinet into a pull out trash can!

Turning a Cabinet into a Pull Out Trash Can - Charleston Crafted

We’ve been having a problem lately with CiCi getting into our trash can. Even though it’s locked. Even though it’s attached to the cabinet with a hook. Ugghh. I digress. So, we needed a hidden trash can. I started building this the same way we did the open shelving, by cutting off the top, cutting the rest down to size and reattaching the top to the main section with wood glue and caulk.

Turning a Cabinet into an Open Bookshelf - Charleston Crafted

Turning a Cabinet into an Open Bookshelf - Charleston Crafted

For this, I had to build the recessed base again, but I extended it out further this time and didn’t add decorative legs because we just wanted it to look like the rest of the cabinets. Again, I had to use a flat board to wedge between the new base and the cabinet in order to make up for the gap.

We needed a way to pull the trash can out. We looked into sliding bases, but these are built to put your trash can in long ways and slide out with the thinner side first. We had to use the wide side out because we were using a cabinet. So, we decided to do a tilt out style. We bought one piece of oak board to match the rest of the cabinets and cut it into two pieces. The front piece was 1/8″ smaller on all four sides than the gap we had on the front of the cabinet so that it would pull in and out. Then, I cut another board the same width and 10″ deep, which is slightly shorter than the depth of the cabinet. Then I attached them with two screws and two triangular cuts of 2x4s to form the door and base that the trash can would sit on.

Turning a Cabinet into a Pull Out Trash Can - Charleston Crafted

Turning a Cabinet into a Pull Out Trash Can - Charleston Crafted

The last step to building the door was adding a bit of trim to the outside, also to match the rest of the cabinets. This piece was literally something that the previous owners had left in the garage, so it was great to be able to find a use for it.

Turning a Cabinet into a Pull Out Trash Can - Charleston Crafted

Turning a Cabinet into a Pull Out Trash Can - Charleston Crafted

Finally came the hardware. The door tilts out using two hinges on the bottom and two chains to keep it from going too far out.

Turning a Cabinet into a Pull Out Trash Can - Charleston Crafted

Turning a Cabinet into a Pull Out Trash Can - Charleston Crafted

We painted the pull out trash can white to match what we were painting all the other cabinets and added a pull handle.

Turning a Cabinet into a Pull Out Trash Can - Charleston Crafted

Turning a Cabinet into a Pull Out Trash Can - Charleston Crafted

Turning a Cabinet into a Pull Out Trash Can - Charleston Crafted

In the end, we’re so happy with it! It looks fantastic and we were able to turn two old cabinets into two useful additions to our kitchen. Now we just need to get our new counters on so that we can see the whole thing come together!

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Turning a Cabinet into an Open Bookshelf

Turning a Cabinet into an Open Bookshelf

Seriously, one of my favorite things to do is find ways to use old materials to make new things. When we had our walls taken down, we lost two upper cabinets. We asked the contractor to save them for us and they have been sitting in our garage for four months. We had initial thoughts that we would put them up in the laundry room, but we found two better uses for them in the end. Today and next week we’ll share with you what we did with those cabinets. The first is that we turned one of the cabinets into an open bookshelf to go on the end of our kitchen island!

Turning a Cabinet  into an  Open Bookshelf

First thing I had to do was to make it the right size. The upper cabinets are taller than the lowers, so they needed to be cut down. I used a combination of my circular saw and jig saw to cut the solid top part of the cabinet off to reattach later. Since it’s solid, we needed that to rest the counters on.

Turning a Cabinet into an Open Bookshelf - Charleston Crafted

Turning a Cabinet into an Open Bookshelf - Charleston Crafted

Then, I went down 13 inches and cut off another section of cabinet to make it the appropriate size.

Turning a Cabinet into an Open Bookshelf - Charleston Crafted

The next step was to reattach the top piece that I cut off back to the main section of the cabinet. I used wood glue and caulk to make it look seamless.

Turning a Cabinet into an Open Bookshelf - Charleston Crafted

Turning a Cabinet into an Open Bookshelf - Charleston Crafted

Now that the cabinet was the right size, I had to build the base. As you know, lower cabinets aren’t flush on the floor. They have recessed bottoms, so I had to match that by building a new base. I used 1″x4″s to make a box frame on the back of the cabinet and added two stylish legs in the front to give it a modern look. I had to add some extra pieces of 1×4 flat in order to compensate for the bottom lip of the cabinet, but this all worked out and created the base. You can see my box in the above pic.

Turning a Cabinet into an Open Bookshelf - Charleston Crafted

Finally, we screwed it into the island and patched over all the screws, then we painted it and our island a new color to get rid of that ’90s light oak color. I used a jig saw to cut out a hole for the island’s electrical outlet and that was it. We popped in shelves and all the sudden we had turned an old cabinet into open shelving on the end of our kitchen island.

Turning a Cabinet into an Open Bookshelf - Charleston Crafted

Turning a Cabinet into an Open Bookshelf - Charleston Crafted

Turning a Cabinet into an Open Bookshelf - Charleston Crafted

You can notice that the top isn’t covered, but we’re having new custom counters created and will be installing in a few weeks. For now, the new shelving is exposed, but no big deal. We’re so excited to have a bigger island! Stay tuned next week to see how we repurposed the other kitchen cabinet!

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