And now some photos of what it looks like today, some free (spur-of-the-moment) projects still pending.
I used leftover paint from painting our walls up-stairs to change the mood of this little mudroom entryway. Did you notice I also ran out of wood louvers for the wainscoting wall? I kind of like it, but I'm working on a solution to complete the wall, because a completed wall might actually look better. :)
I love the light to medium browns in this space. It sort of is a foreshadow of our new kitchen look, too. That's coming up in a month or two. ;)
The chalkboard is wiped, but my tasks for this space are in the corner, cut and ready to paint and attach, including that I need to finish stenciling that corner, still.
Our stairwell has literally been untouched. I didn't even paint the baseboard white to match the white of mudroom trim. That little window is THE ONLY natural light source for the entire stairwell and mudroom, hence the lack of lighting.
I screwed in finials from a pair of $5 reclaimed curtain rods as wall hooks. I am glad that my mini-hoarder tendencies saved them after I used the rods, (in our living room, coming up in future, too)! :)
This bench, inspired by the Crate&Barrel boardwalk bench, cost me $5 out of my budget for the month, and that stenciled cement floor? $0. It's growing on me even more now.
A round up of all of the major before-and-afters of this space:
I'm so pleased with how far $50 can go and am thankful for Re-Use Hawai'i, which makes reclaimed material affordable. :)