Organized Entryway for $300

If you could spruce up a room for $300, what would you pick if given the chance? For me it was finally making our entryway somewhere where we would have a place to put our bags and jackets when we come in the door.

Since we bought our house I wanted to make a whole built in wall right when we walked into the house. I measured, drew out what I wanted, and yet never had the funds to do it. I held out to build this amazing entryway with hooks for coats, and cubbies for bags. A whole wall of shelves for all of the beautiful items I’ve inherited or received as wedding gifts. I even had the electrician put wiring into that wall so that I could put lights in when the built in was done.

Here I am 3+ years later with no built in entryway, and no where for any of us to put bags, backpacks or jackets. The kids literally dump their stuff on the floor right inside the door. We weren’t upset about it in any way because truth be told they had no where to put their stuff.

With $300 in hand I gave up the dream of a built in entryway, and got practical. I wanted it to still be pretty, but I realized that functional is far more important then waiting for when the time is right to create my master plan.

I told R that we would repaint the living room and entryway because we hated the paint color we had chosen from the minute we put it up. We picked a color called smoke blue to liven up the blah room (my children insisted on helping paint). However the entryway I wanted to take up a notch, the allen + roth Paintable Ceiling Tile Wallpaper was the perfect solution for this. I wanted to use the same paint color we got for the living room, but wanted it to stand out a little so I got the Valspar Paint Crystals.

With the CraftMaid 9-Cube Stackable Espresso Cubicle, the Sauder Cinnamon Cherry Bookshelf and the Portfolio Black Arm Wall Sconce I was well on my way to the entryway I envisioned on a budget I could handle. When I saw the bookshelves I had an idea of using a different wallpaper on the back wall. I got a piece of plywood so I could wallpaper it and then nail it to the back of the bookshelf. and then I thought to match it I would put the same allen + roth Spanish Tile wallpaper on the back wall of the bookshelf that was already behind the couch. In order to make everything look uniform I wanted to use this wallpaper for the back of the bookshelf behind the couch.

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I added mismatched hooks with character and vintage frames from the Swap Meet. Now I have to get drapes and a bench for under the window. I’m pretty excited to finally have a place for my kids to put their backpacks and jackets away when they come home.

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All comments must be posted by May 4, 2012, 8 PM PST. The winner will have 48 hours to confirm after receiving the e-mail from Fashionably Organized. This giveaway complies with FTC guidelines, and FB promotions rules. Please see OFFICIAL RULES, for this giveaway. For the purposes of this giveaway the “Sponsor” is Lowe’s.

As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Bloggers & Influencers Network I was given the $300 from Lowe’s to create my entryway. The opinion above is my own swayed only by my inner Fashionista.

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Candice Kahn has written 808 post in this blog.

Candice is a mom of 3 in Los Angeles, CA, and the Owner/Editor-in-Chief of Fashionably Organized. Her obsession with researching products to get the right price, has made her the go-to shopping guru for her friends. Here she writes about fashion, beauty and shares her love for home decor and DIY. In 2012 she began CB Media Solutions her company that offers brands and clients professional virtual assistance and social media consulting.




  1. Savannah Miller says:

    This is my tweet link I hit the retweet button :)!/bmiller03/status/198452397402624000

    Thank you for the chance to win:)
    [email protected]

  2. Amanda Sakovitz says:
  3. tallcapp says:

    I always need more storage as I live in a small space, so I would opt for some truly good organizer for shoes and bags.

  4. Katherine says:
  5. Kim Ripley says:

    just moved to a new house and we could use some paint for our basement

  6. Kim Ripley says:

    twitter follower

  7. Stacey B says:
  8. Amanda Sakovitz says:
  9. Lisa Garner says:

    If I won I would use the GC towards getting a new trimmer since mine just broke.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  10. Lisa Garner says:

    I’m following Fashionably Organized on Twitter @lisalmg.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  11. Lisa Garner says:

    I Tweeted this giveaway:!/lisalmg/status/198485444621631488
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  12. Renee Richardson says:

    We are currently house shopping. I would love to use this toward new decor. Thanks for the incredible giveaway :)

    fattybumpkins at yahoo dot com

  13. Tammy Greer says:

    I could really use some new doors inside my house.

    LuckyTJG at cs dot com

  14. Tara Liebing says:

    I would buy some shelving to reorganize my office room

  15. Tara Liebing says:

    I follow you on twitter @deallieb

  16. Tara Liebing says:
  17. patricia skinner says:

    I would redo the hall bath.

  18. Laura Lane says:

    totes and paint for front door

  19. trisha scott says:
  20. Michelle Tucker says:

    I’d buy some extra storage items for my room.
    michedt at yahoo . com

  21. Debbie M. says:

    I would buy some faux wooden blinds for our windows. We have several and I love them. Keeping my fingers crossed!!

  22. Michelle Tucker says:

    Follow Fashionably Organized on Twitter
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  23. Michelle Tucker says:

    michedt at yahoo . com

  24. I would go ahead and give it to my parents because there is so many things they want to do around the house like paint and fix up the kitchen.

    Thank you for this great chance! :)

  25. I follow you on Twitter @TheEclecticE

  26. courtney b says:
  27. Breanne says:

    I’d buy an outdoor rug for my patio

  28. Ellen B says:
  29. Ellen B says:
  30. Plants and decor

  31. Teresa Thompson says:

    If I won the gc, I would buy a screen door.

  32. Teresa Thompson says:

    I followed on twitter. @Superneena1

  33. Teresa Thompson says:

    I tweeted! @Superneena1

  34. Amy DeLong says:

    buy wood for our deck!

  35. paige jagan says:

    I would spend it on plants for the garden i am trying to grow

  36. paige jagan says:

    following on twitter @xfaithinspikex

  37. spirit_kim says:

    I would probably get some new flooring for the small bath.

  38. Kyl Neusch says:
  39. Beverly Metcalf says:

    Your entryway looks really nice. If I won the $100.00 Lowe’s gift card, I would buy flowers for my yard and deck, because I love their garden department at my local Lowe’s store.

  40. Sarah L says:

    I’ll get some paint & update my bathroom. Your new hallway looks great!
    Thanks for the contest.

  41. Sarah L says:

    Twitter follow you: slehan

  42. Sarah L says:
  43. JoAnn F. says:

    I need some organizers for my remodeled kitchen!
    jofo120 at yahoo dot com

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