DIY Painting Landscapes for the $100 Room Challenge

DIY Painting Landscapes for the $100 Room Challenge - Charleston Crafted

We are having so much fun making over our half bathroom as a part of the $100 room challenge. Working with such a tight budget has really pushed me to get creative. Since I really wanted to spend the majority of my budget on painting the walls (about $20) and a storage solution (budgeted $40) the art needed to be cheeeeeeap. Like, really inexpensive. I gave myself a $10 budget to buy a large canvas.

DIY Painting Landscapes for the $100 Room Challenge - Charleston Crafted

I went to Michael’s armed with a coupon and stumbled upon a sale instead – these 2 packs of “value” 18″x24″ canvases were only $6 total. Not the nicest or fanciest or deepest canvases (only about 1″ thick) but 100% acceptable for this space. I originally planned to have only one piece of art, but finding this 2 pack sale enabled me to get two!

I am 100% obsessed with local Charleston artist Blakely Little and all of her work. I want to preface this post with the fact that I by no means think that I can match her level of artistry. I also didn’t want to copy any of her specific paintings but instead wanted to mimic the style that she has perfected – colorful, abstract, beachy landscapes.

I would have loved to have an original or even a print of her work in this space, but that would have exceeded my budget for the whole space. I instead decided to paint my own pieces. Painting is something that so many people are afraid to do. Just try, y’all. It is fun and relaxing and an awesome way to get inexpensive art for your home, especially if you are looking for larger pieces.

DIY Painting Landscapes for the $100 Room Challenge - Charleston Crafted

DIY Painting Landscapes for the $100 Room Challenge - Charleston Crafted

DIY Painting Landscapes for the $100 Room Challenge - Charleston Crafted

I actually went Facebook live on one of the paintings, just kind of for the heck of it. While I really live life to the fullest on my Instagram stories (if you follow me you know what I mean) I hate that live stories don’t save anywhere. I am trying to do more facebook lives and I hope that you enjoy them!

So, these paintings were inspired by 2 photos that I took at Shem Creek a few weekends ago. It’s where we got married and the setting is just breathtaking.

The horizontal piece features shrimp boats. Of course I made them colorful!

DIY Painting Landscapes for the $100 Room Challenge - Charleston Crafted

The vertical piece is the marsh with the Ravenel bridge in the background. This is actually the view from the rooftop deck at our wedding venue, making it extra special to me. Of course, I just made it a bit more colorful. 🙂

 

DIY Painting Landscapes for the $100 Room Challenge - Charleston CraftedSince I used paint & brushes that I already have on hand (by the hoard-full in my craft room) this was a $6 project. Not bad for 2 pieces of art that make me smile and bring a big, colorful statement to our half bath!

Check back in Wednesday for our regularly scheduled $100 room update – this week featuring our new storage shelves!

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Where to Get Free Pallet Wood

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It is super popular right now to do projects using pallet wood. It’s a cheap, easy source of wood that gives a great rustic vibe without you having to do anything to fake it. But one time, my friend had an idea to build an outdoor bar out of pallet wood but asked me where to get free pallet wood for DIY projects or crafts. I thought about it for a second and here’s what I came up with.

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Where to get free pallet wood:

  • The side of the road– this seems dumb, but honestly, it’s the best place to find it. You probably don’t even realize it, but you see pallets lying around all the time and you don’t even notice them. If you start to look for them, you will see them in people’s yards, leaning up against a dumpster outside a building, or lots of places that people just chuck them. When my friend asked me that question, this was the first thing I told him, and for the next two weeks it was all I could see and I sent him a bunch of photos of pallets just sitting out. There are two pallets leaning up against the dumpster at my office right now, but I don’t need them at the moment.
  • Construction sites– pallets are used to deliver large quantities of small items in one bundle. Where is a place that gets a lot of those types of shipments? Construction sites. Again, they will be on the side of the road or in the dumpster, but this is a great central hub to start looking. You’ll also find tons of plywood or shorter 2x4s because workers throw out pretty much anything that’s not whole, unlike us, who use every last scrap of wood for something.
  • Costco– again, looking for a place that gets a lot of shipments and Costco is a great bet. Costco has hundreds of pallets outside their warehouses and they are usually in really good shape.
  • Friends that own a business– if you know someone that owns a business that gets shipments, ask them if they will save you the next pallet that comes in. I bet they’ll do it for you.

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We’ve done some awesome projects with pallet wood, like the old shop table for our condo, a hanging planter for our condo porch, and a fun decor birthday present. We also use older pallets that aren’t in great shape for firewood. They burn really well and are easy to cut up with a reciprocating saw. Just don’t burn them inside.

Building a Work Station - Charleston Crafted

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Another big thing people are using pallet wood for now is to make wood accent walls on their home. This is a really cool look, especially with different shades of the wood, but again make sure it’s not rotten. There are lots of pallets out there, but the biggest thing to do is be selective because you don’t want to use bad wood.

What are some of your favorite pallet projects?

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DIY Hanging Fence Planters

DIY Hanging Fence Planters - Charleston Crafted

The most awesome thing about the DIY hanging fence planters I made is that they have a double meaning. They are DIY hanging fence planters that are planters that hang on the fence, but they are also hanging planters that are made OUT of fence. Whaaaaaaatttttt.

A few months ago, I finished ripping out the dog run fence that was segmenting our backyard and gave us an open concept backyard. I saved all the fence pieces and built a wood shed entirely out of the old fence. I had some left over, so I decided I could make some planters to hang from the fence to hold herbs. We bought plastic herb boxes that were 36 inches long and 7 inches tall and wide. This was the baseline for building the wooden planter to go around it.

DIY Hanging Fence Planters - Charleston Crafted

I used my miter saw to cut the fence planks down to the sizes I needed, using two long planks on the front, back and bottom. There were two smaller pieces on each end. I used 1 1/4 inch screws to screw them all together and used two more small pieces to attach each side of the gap that allows you to pull the plastic tray liner out.

DIY Hanging Fence Planters - Charleston Crafted

DIY Hanging Fence Planters - Charleston Crafted

DIY Hanging Fence Planters - Charleston Crafted

Once the wooden planters were done, I used L-brackets to attach them to the fence. First, attach the bracket to the fence, then set the planter on top and screw in from underneath.

DIY Hanging Fence Planters - Charleston Crafted

DIY Hanging Fence Planters - Charleston Crafted

Now we have four hanging fence planters right next to our garden. One of them was there before, but the other three I made using the fence posts. I’m so pleased that I was able to build another project entirely out of this wood to recycle it instead of putting it by the curb. Plus, since it’s the same wood as the fence, it blends into the fence and is hardly noticeable. We’re stoked!

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DIY Nautical Round Rope Mirror Frame Tutorial

DIY Round Rope Mirror Tutorial - Charleston crafted

One thing that I really wanted to include in our half bathroom makeover was a rope mirror. I have pinned a ton as inspiration, but y’all know that I love the coastal vibe of rope everything! In the past I have made a rope lamp, a rope vase, a rope doorstop, rope coasters, a rope bowl, and rope placecards for our wedding. So, I was totally ready to conquer this project as a DIY!

Here is what you will need:

  • A framed wall hanging mirror + hardware to hang
  • Hot glue gun + hot glue
  • Rope

Here is what you do:

I of course wanted to use the mirror that we already had to save cash. So, I simply took it off the wall and laid it flat to work on. We were painting so it had to come down anyways.
DIY Round Rope Mirror Tutorial - Charleston crafted

I decided that I wanted 2 widths of rope – a thicker one for the middle and a thinner one for the border. I already had a lot of rope on hand but ended up picking up a 25′ roll of 3/8″ inch rope from Lowe’s for $8. My thinner rope is 1/4″ in width. If you mix ropes, plan to stick to a similar finish (these are both glossy white). The total length that you need will depend on the size of your mirror.

DIY Round Rope Mirror Tutorial - Charleston crafted

DIY Round Rope Mirror Tutorial - Charleston crafted

DIY Round Rope Mirror Tutorial - Charleston crafted

Pick a spot to start. I chose the bottom of the O. Hot glue your rope in place and work your way around the frame. I found it easier for me to sit in place and spin the mirror. I went around and around for about 30 minutes, gluing it down in 6 inch sections and then pressing it with my fingers to secure.

My biggest tip is that you neeeeeeeed a high heat glue gun. This is the one I have. It is not expensive and works amazingly – it melts the glue very quickly and keeps it going. It puts my old dinky gun to shame!

DIY Round Rope Mirror Tutorial - Charleston crafted

Next, we hung it up on the wall. Looking good!

DIY Round Rope Mirror Tutorial - Charleston crafted

My final step is optional but makes a big difference. Hot glue can be stringy and messy. I suggest taking a hair dryer to the project to melt the strings and get a cleaner result.

DIY Round Rope Mirror Tutorial - Charleston crafted

DIY Round Rope Mirror Tutorial - Charleston crafted

 

Pretty good for $8 out of pocket! Of course, I had a lot already on hand, but that’s the game in this project – for $100 make over, you really have to use what you have!

Be sure you check out the other participants in the $100 challenge this week:

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Our Spring Mantel

Our Spring Mantle - Charleston Crafted

I am so excited to share our spring mantel with you today. One thing that I am most excited about in our new home is decorating for the seasons and the holidays. We now have space to store off season decor, but also we have lots of more spaces to decorate!

We updated our fireplace by running molding and extending it to the fireplace, but haven’t really updated it much since.

Our Spring Mantle - Charleston Crafted

Our Spring Mantle - Charleston Crafted

I wanted to update the mantel for spring by adding lots of greens and florals. I am lucky that so much is in bloom right now – these camellias and the leaves came from our side yard! I have 2 slightly different looks for you, one with the extra greenery and one without. The extra greenery is lush and dramatic and fabulous, but maybe not an everyday look.

Our Spring Mantle - Charleston Crafted

Our Spring Mantle - Charleston Crafted

For a more simple look,  I also styled the mantel without the greens. This is how it will normally hang out this season, and I will just refresh the flowers every three to five days with new cuttings.

Our Spring Mantle - Charleston Crafted

Our Spring Mantle - Charleston Crafted

The brass candlesticks are 2 sets of graduated brass candlesticks from my Etsy shop. I styled them with simple white tapers and just love the look.

Be sure to click over and check out some of the other spring mantels by some of my blogger friends!

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Have you been decorating for spring? 

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