I promise that I have not forgotten about this week’s weekly challenge from A bowl full of lemons!
This week’s challenge is to create a launching pad – a place near the front or back door that is organized. A place where you can hang your coat, place your shoes and umbrellas, keys, mail, or whatever your specific needs are for your space.
This challenge really had me stumped for a while. There are two problems with this – my entryway is tiny, and we have no money to spend on anything extra at the moment. So I began scouring craigslist every single day for free stuff that would work as a shelf, a bench, a coat rack, anything! I also kept reading all the wonderful blogs that I follow to try to find some inexpensive project ideas. I had a few ideas, and a few options on craigslist, but none of them worked together. It wasn’t until later Thursday evening when I finally figured out something that would work.
Knowing that I had no money to spend, I texted my mom, “Do you have any spare wall shelves or wood I could make into a shelf?” Later in the day, she texted me the wonderful word I wanted to hear, “Yes.” Oh happy day! I went over to her house that evening, and she gave me SO many options and helped me brainstorm with different pieces of wood as to what I could do with them. Finally, I settled on an antique crate that came from my great-grandparents’ storage that my mom had snagged years ago. It was sitting under her workbench being a lovely home for dust and spiders. We dusted it and brushed off the spider webs (along with a few spiders), and then I wiped it down with a damp cloth for the drive back to my house.
It was still pretty dark, so I mixed some white paint with water and whitewashed the crate.
I did still want a place to hang up coats, but again, I didn’t have any money to buy anything. Then I remembered – we received a wall-mount coat rack as a wedding gift! I knew exactly where it was in the basement, so I went to retrieve it. It’s beautiful and would look perfect with the antique whitewashed crate/shelf.
So the only thing I needed to figure out was how to mount everything to the wall. I called a family friend and he offered to come help me hang it up – and he would bring the mounting supplies. Score!
Here’s the cost breakdown:
Crate/shelf – free (from mom)
Paint – free (already owned)
Drill & bit for mounting – free (already owned)
Mounting supplies – free (from friend)
Coat rack – free (already owned)
Bench – free (borrowed from my piano – I plan to put a different one there in the future)
Mirror – free (already owned)
Wall sconces – free (clearance+coupon+gift card)
Picture frame – free (already owned)
Welcome chalkboard – free (already owned)
Blue vase from Goodwill – free (birthday money)
Ceramic birds from Michaels on sale – free (birthday money)
Total out-of-pocket cost – $0 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
How’s that for decorating on a budget?!
P.S. My mom informed me that whenever they have been really tight on the budget, all she wants to do is clean and decorate the house. I guess it’s hereditary!