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.
- Olympic Satin Finish Paint in Smoke Blue
- Wallpaper Primer
- Wallpaper water tray
- Wallpaper seam roller
- Wallpaper smoothing tool
- Wallpaper sponge
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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