When Carrie joined my 30-Day August Upgrade Room Challenge (go see all the other completed “before” and “afters”!), she wanted to make over her foyer. This is what it looked like, cute baby and all, about 6 weeks ago!
And this is the organized prettiness of it now!
In Carrie’s Own Words
“I chose to makeover my foyer because it is the entry and exit point for family and guests alike. I wasn’t thrilled with how it looked, and I was even less thrilled with how it functioned. My daughter was just about to start school, and I wanted a nice calming place for her to leave from and come home to each day. I took the mid-century dresser out and put it in my bedroom. I replaced it with a coffee table I found at a consignment store for $20.
All I had to do to it was clean it up and touch up areas that were scratched or worn. The chalkboards were not planned initially… I had already purchased four orange Hooknooks from Flip & Tumble ($12 per piece) and was planning on attaching them to some reclaimed fence boards I had laying around. I came upon some unfinished maple cabinet doors at a salvage store for $3 a piece, so I decided to paint them with chalkboard spray paint ($3.69) and stain the frames with stain left over from previous projects. I attached the Hooknooks to the chalkboards and attached them in a symmetrical arrangement on the wall above the bench (formerly known as a coffee table).
I happened to have the perfect size baskets being used for storage throughout the house, so those were simply repurposed. All I had to do to them was attach self-adhesive cut-to-size felt pads to the bottom so they could slide in and out of the bench cubbies easily. I attached a Wally purchased on clearance from Great Useful Stuff for $10. It just fits over the closet door and makes otherwise wasted space extremely functional. I replaced the old, unattractive rug we had with a cute Safavieh geometric outdoor runner, purchased from Wayfair for $38 (on sale and with a 10% disount and $6 in Wayfair rewards). So, the total of the makeover was around $140 including tax and shipping for everything. My budget was $150, so I surprisingly came in under budget!”~Carrie
“Overall, I’m extremely pleased with how things turned out. I’m sure I’ll be tweaking it a bit in the future (a bit of decor, including a cushion EVENTUALLY), but it’s so nice that my daughter has a place to sit to put on and take off her shoes every day and a dedicated home for her bookbag. Getting her out the door every morning is a nice, peaceful process because we know where everything is. I also have a nice place to hang my purse and put my keys and cell phone. This winter, the Hooknooks will be great for mittens, gloves, hats, and coats. I’m so pleased that I took part in the August Upgrade Room Challenge.”~Carrie
“My biggest challenge was making decisions. The only thing I was sure of is I was going to use the coffee table as a bench and put up Hooknooks. Deciding on a rug was surprisingly difficult, but my decision was made for me when I found the right size rug with an acceptable design on sale. Putting everything together, though, was pretty enjoyable. I actually really liked making the chalkboards. I needed a little help from my husband to put them up… it was a bit time-consuming because we have metal studs, and the process for attaching things to them is a bit fussier than with wooden studs.”~Carrie
What a great use for an old coffee table! I love it, Carrie! 🙂
See the Rest of the 30-Day August Upgrade Room Makeovers HERE!
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