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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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.




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  9. I would definitely use the lowes GC to organize my closet!
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  10. Tina Ort says:

    I would use the $100 Lowes gift card toward the purchase of a privacy fence for my backyard.

  11. Thomas F says:

    I would use it to help organize my walk in closet.

  12. Bonnie Robertson says:

    I would buy paint!!

  13. probably buy paint if i win!

  14. We are building a new home. So this would be perfect!!!!

  15. I will reorganize my closets

    kport207 at gmail dot com

  16. I would redo my master bedroom. It is now the same beige color it was when we first bought the house and I hate it. I want either a sunflower yellow or a minty green color.

  17. following you on twitter -talliana2

  18. I’d get the paint crystals – they look fun and my hallway needs some rehab

  19. Michelle M says:

    I have an entry way full of shoes and backpacks every single day. I would love this to use for something to organize our mess! And spruce it up a bit too.

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  24. Serena Powell says:

    My room is in a serious need of a room make over.

  25. Serena Powell says:

    I am following on Twitter

  26. Following on twitter. @thriftyfoodies

  27. Retweeted @thriftyfoodies

  28. I would use it to get shelving to house my recently deceased brother’s record collection that is now in my loving care.

  29. jacqueline says:

    id invest in some hardware for a coat hanger for my entryway

  30. jacqueline says:

    i follow candice on twitter

  31. amy tolley says:

    I would put it towards a new front door for our house we have been trying to do everything possible to make sure our house isnt able to break into again.. our house was broken into and ever since then we have been trying to burglur proof our house and with only one income coming in its been a timely matter and this would really help out if i won this thanks so much for such a great giveaway…

  32. amy tolley says:

    i followed you on twitter amylynn5973 thanks again

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  34. Jennie P. says:

    I would spruce up my living room’s paint color. It’s time to get away from the white walls!

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  36. Jennie P. says:

    I follow Fashionably Organized on Twitter.

  37. Michelle H. says:

    I need to make a sewing table and I’d use it to buy two of the 9 cubby organizer cubes and a piece of MDF board for the top. The organizer cubes go on each end and then you attach the painted MDF to the top and you have a functional sewing table with plenty of cubbies to store fabric.

  38. Michelle H. says:

    Following you on Twitter @auntiethesis

  39. Michelle H. says:
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