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.

More Supplies:

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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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 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. Lauren B says:

    I would spruce up the kitchen with new storage and some new houseplants

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  2. Lauren B says:

    following on Twitter (@laurenawrecksus)

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  3. trisha scott says:
  4. Starr Greenwell says:
  5. i’d get stuff for our bathrrom since we’re remodeling

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  6. Jessica Ward says:
  7. Amanda Sakovitz says:
  8. oh man this would be so awesome to win! I moved into my apt 6 months ago, and there are many projects to finish. I think some closet organization would be the first one to knock out with this!

  9. Amanda Sakovitz says:
  10. I would buy a bookcase and clear storage totes.

  11. I would use the $100 to redo my upstairs bathroom.

  12. moniquehasana says:

    I need a new toilet, like yesterday. Thanks for this giveaway and have a blessed one

  13. moniquehasana says:


    I am following you on Twitter as Jesusismygrace. Thanks for this giveaway

  14. moniquehasana says:

    Here is my retweet – thanks for this giveaway!/Jesusismygrace/status/197513562481098752

  15. It would give us a great start on redoing the deck.

  16. Michelle H. says:
  17. Thank you so much for the chance to win! I could really use this. I buy a lot of wood & other supplies from Lowe’s to make items for my Etsy shop. I have to go to Lowe’s just every couple weeks and it would be amazing to get a few things for free with a gift card. Thanks!

  18. Mitzi Matata says:

    I would use the lowe’s gift card on a new grill.

  19. April V. says:

    I’d like to create some sort of shade for the backyard because in the summer, until 4pm, you cannot be out there without melting.

  20. chadro says:


  21. I would use it towards flooring for my livingroom.
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  22. I follow FashOrganized on twitter @smilekisses
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  23. I would love to use the $100 toward new carpeting in my living room! :)

  24. I tweeted :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :)!/KristenMiles/status/197685528617955330

  25. kathy f says:

    If I won I would organize by bathroom cabinets with baskets and shelves.

  26. We would use it towards getting the nursery ready for baby #2

  27. I Follow Fashionably Organized on Twitter (TarahM716)

  28. @hmb99 follows on twitter

  29. Emily L says:

    I would give my kitchen a makeover.

  30. Emily L says:

    Followed you on Twitter: @whitesoulband

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  33. there is so much I would love to get:) paint for our bedroom for starts thanks

  34. katherine dibello says:

    i would paint my bathroom

    katherinedibello (at) gmail (Dot) com

  35. I would paint our new house that we will be moving into in a few days! Our first home!

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