Turning something old into something ours.

When we first moved into our house, the previous owners left some furniture behind — which was totally fine by me! I knew that I could and would re-purpose anything and everything. One of the items that the left was an espresso entryway shelf. I loved the shelf, but HATED the color. It made the space feel so dark and small. I wish I would’ve taken a before picture, but I guess this is one of those things that you learn along the blogging way, right?!

Here is what was hanging in the entryway.

We knew that we had to do something with this area, but we didn’t want to spend a lot of money. Jake gave me a budget of $100, so off to Pinterest I went to look for ideas. And of course, I fell in love with something far too expensive…. as usual.

Cute, right?!

I knew that Jake would immediately say no if I even asked, so I didn’t bother! LOL This wasn’t something we NEEDED — it was something we wanted, therefore we didn’t want to splurge and I agreed with that. So, we made a trip to Walmart and Home Depot to purchase these items:

  • Closet Maid 3 cube bench (at the time was $39.99)
  • Ship-lap ($32.97)
  • Sherwin Williams Showcase paint in ultra white (previously had)
  • Two 44in x 5in boards ($5)
  • Caulk (previously had)
Before the ship-lap and sides. (excuse the bent bins — dogs found out that their toys are hidden in there and helped themselves! LOL

Once we purchased the materials, we removed the baseboards to give it the appearance of being built in. Once those were gone, we secured the bench to the wall. Next, we applied the ship-lap which was SO easy. We’ve never used this kind before and will definitely be using again! We then added the 2 boards and attached those to the sides. Once everything was secured, we then caulked and painted using Sherwin Williams Showcase paint in Ultra White.

Here is the finished look! What do you think?! Best part is that I stayed UNDER budget by $20! Jake was excited and surprised. LOL

Removed the dog toys and NOW the cats hide in there! I need to buy some hard bins. LOL

What are some of your favorite projects that you’ve done around the house?! Comment them below!

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