A New Old Door for the Pantry

A New Old Door for the Pantry - Charleston Crafted

Since reading their book, I have really gotten into watching Fixer Upper. I know, just a little behind the trend there! One thing I really love about Joanna’s designs is how she incorporates old things into new homes. Since we are wrapping up a kitchen remodel, I decided that this would be the perfect place to copy her idea by swapping out our pantry door for a new, old, refurbished door.

A New Old Door for the Pantry - Charleston Crafted

Once I decided that I wanted to purchase an old door, I knew exactly where I wanted to go. I have followed Sustainable Warehouse on Facebook for a while, but had never actually visited their warehouse. Sustainable Warehouse is a place that collects old home accents, like doors, windows, and furniture, and saves them from the landfill! They are located in North Charleston. Their model is not unique – do a web search to find a similar type location in your area!

We visited the warehouse a few weeks ago with the exact dimensions of our pantry door in hand. At 24″ by 80″, it is a narrow door so we had a limited selection, but they did have this solid wood door with glass panels. Hooray! It was a great deal at $40.

A New Old Door for the Pantry - Charleston Crafted

A New Old Door for the Pantry - Charleston Crafted

Once we got the door home, the work began. Sean sanded the entire thing really well and used a lot of wet paper towels to clean it up. He also dinged it up to look more weathered.

A New Old Door for the Pantry - Charleston Crafted

We stained the whole thing with my favorite gray stain, Minwax Weathered Oak. We then used a frosted glass spray on the glass panels to make them less see through and more opaque.

A New Old Door for the Pantry - Charleston Crafted

IMPORTANT TIP: STAIN BEFORE YOU DO THE GLASS PANES

We had an issue where the stain leaked onto the sprayed glass in a few places. We tried to scrape it off and then spray again, but it didn’t look right. We ended up scraping it all off and trying again. Then, after it had all dried and cured, the spray just looked like crap.

A New Old Door for the Pantry - Charleston Crafted

So we ended up going with frosted contact paper that we used in our master bathroom on the windows. We cut out each square and followed the directions to spray the glass with water, spread on the paper, then cut off the edges.

A New Old Door for the Pantry - Charleston Crafted

We had an issue when we first tried to hang the door too. We attached the hinges, but the door didn’t have cut outs for the hinges to inset. We thought that would be ok, but when we went to close the door, it was too wide. So, Sean had to use a chisel to cut out hinge gaps on the door. (We’ll share a separate post about how to do that later!) After he cut them out, the hinges went right in and we attached the door to the door frame with no problems.

A New Old Door for the Pantry - Charleston Crafted

A New Old Door for the Pantry - Charleston Crafted

A New Old Door for the Pantry - Charleston Crafted

There were two final touches to go. We didn’t want to install a regular doorknob, so we installed a dummy knob, which is simply just the front of a door knob that doesn’t turn. We popped that on no problems.

Last step was to add a magnetic latch to keep the door closed. Half the magnet on the door, half on the door jamb. It holds perfectly and opens up with just a slight pull on the dummy knob.

A New Old Door for the Pantry - Charleston Crafted

Annnnnd it looks so rustic and awesome.

A New Old Door for the Pantry - Charleston Crafted

A New Old Door for the Pantry - Charleston Crafted

A New Old Door for the Pantry - Charleston Crafted

A New Old Door for the Pantry - Charleston Crafted

And with that, our kitchen is DONE. We have done so much in this kitchen, from laying floors, to painting our cabinets, to hanging crown molding and extending the cabinets to the ceiling, to our new counters. We will bring you guys a full wrap up and kitchen reveal soon, but we’re SO EXCITED the the kitchen is done. It’s been a long process, but it looks so incredible.

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ORC Reveal: A Fully DIY Remodeled Walk In Master Closet

ORC Reveal: A Fully DIY Remodeled Walk In Master Closet - charleston Crafted

Hello and welcome to week 6, the reveal, of the One Room Challenge! We have made over our walk in master closet and taken it from a generic, dysfunctional space to one that is personalized to our exact needs. In keeping with our DIY style, we did the whole thing by ourselves and on a budget. Nothing here was sponsored!

If you are just visiting us for the first time (Hi! Welcome! Check out our About Us page!) here is what you have missed:

Week 1: The design plan

Week 2: How to design a closet system in Excel

Week 3: How to remove a wire closet system – demo, patching, & painting

Week 4: building the closet system

Bonus post: custom shoe shelves + bag storage

Week 5: Repurposing the Linen Closet

Bonus post: wooden hanging belt & tie rack

So, here is how the space looks!

ORC Reveal: A Fully DIY Remodeled Walk In Master Closet - charleston Crafted

I just love how many more clothes we can fit in here compared to the one horizontal rod that we started with. And, yes, I have a ton of Lilly. It’s an addiction.

ORC Reveal: A Fully DIY Remodeled Walk In Master Closet - charleston Crafted

I was really excited to get rid of all janky metal over the door type hangers and upgrade to wooden and metal hooks. I think that it just really looks more permanent and custom this way.

ORC Reveal: A Fully DIY Remodeled Walk In Master Closet - charleston Crafted

ORC Reveal: A Fully DIY Remodeled Walk In Master Closet - charleston Crafted

ORC: Custom Wooden Shoe & Handbag Storage - Charleston Crafted

Getting my shoes off the floor is a huge bonus, too. (Sean’s shoes are all in the lower cubby of the hanging system. We both have ratty outdoor boots and shoes on the rack in the garage).

ORC: Custom Wooden Shoe & Handbag Storage - Charleston Crafted

ORC Reveal: A Fully DIY Remodeled Walk In Master Closet - charleston Crafted

Updating the linen closet to hold off season clothing was a last minute idea but really turned out to be a good one. We have plenty of room to add more things in here, too!

ORC Reveal: A Fully DIY Remodeled Walk In Master Closet - charleston Crafted

ORC Reveal: A Fully DIY Remodeled Walk In Master Closet - charleston Crafted

It’s shockingly hard to get a decent picture of this whole space, since you can’t back up more than 3 feet. How about this view from the floor? Also smooth ceilings = a happy Morgan. I can’t believe we were scraping just 6 weeks ago!

ORC Reveal: A Fully DIY Remodeled Walk In Master Closet - charleston Crafted

ORC: Custom Wooden Shoe & Handbag Storage - Charleston Crafted

ORC Reveal: A Fully DIY Remodeled Walk In Master Closet - charleston Crafted

And I love sharing a budget breakdown on these bigger type projects. I think it really helps you to see how attainable/doable something like this really is! I knew that the cost of the closet system wood wouldn’t be nothing, but my goal was to make over the space for under $250. We ended up at $255, which is pretty good. I guess my anchor hooks were unnecessary and put me over, but I’m OK with it 🙂

ACTUAL SPENDING:

Paint – $18 via Lowes, color is Sherwin Williams Interesting Aqua

Painting supplies – had on hand

Closet boards – $19 x4 = $76, via Lowes

Dowels – $6 x 5 =$30, via Lowes

Dowel Holders – $2.50 x6 = $15, via Lowes

Shoe Shelf wood – $25 x2 = $50, via Lowes

Stain – Minwax Early American, had on hand, via Lowes

Anchor hook – $8.50 via Amazon

Anchor hook with pivot – $8 via Amazon

Bins in bottom of closet – had on hand (via HomeGoods a while ago)

Bins for purses/wallets: $20 total, Large, small via Amazon

Light – had on hand, previously in hallway, via Amazon

Rugs – $9.99 x3 $30 total via Homegoods

Hamper – had on hand, via Amazon

Total spent: $255.50

Master Closet 6 Week $250 Makeover

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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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