Happy Tuesday, friends, I hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend (hopefully you weren’t laboring too hard)! My weekend was great, but busy, busy, busy! With temperatures here in the desert hovering around 110 degrees this weekend, I was finally ready for Summer to be over and for the cooler temperatures of Fall to arrive. I had planned on packing up my Summer decor and sharing a few Fall projects with you on the blog this week but it will have to wait until next weekend as we had family out over the holiday and spent our time visiting and catching up. I was a little bit bummed that I wasn’t able to start on my Fall projects, but then I realized that I never shared my budget friendly “Summer” entryway on the blog yet, and so I set to work snapping some pictures before changing things out for Fall.
Maybe some of you remember my entryway from the house we rented in Virginia?
My current entryway still has the same seaside feel to it and it’s also been decorated with a budget in mind, but it’s a bit lighter and brighter in color scheme. I’ll be changing out the Summer decor soon, and hopefully swapping out the bench for a more rustic piece (once hubby builds it) that flows a bit better with the opposite side of the entryway, but this is how it looks, as of now. I’ve learned how to be resourceful when decorating and I’ll be sharing a few helpful tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years in a separate post, later this week.
Our year spent living in Chesapeake, Virginia made me fall in love with the coastal lifestyle. Even though my family and I now live in the blazing hot desert, I have tried to bring a coastal/farmhouse/cottage feel to our home, incorporating those types of items into our decor. I’ve been very budget conscience while decorating this space, getting many of the items for free, on clearance or second-hand. That bench I mentioned earlier? It was given to me by a friend and used to be a sofa table. We didn’t really need a sofa table, but we did need a bench, and the length and width were a perfect fit for my entryway space, but something needed to be done about the height. My husband, John, cut down the legs to bench height and I painted over the orangey-pine finish with a fresh coat of spray paint. It’s going to be replaced, as funds allow, but it was a great quick fix and we’ve made it work for our family’s needs. The storage crate under the bench was found on clearance at Marshalls and it’s normally used to store kid’s shoes in.
The shelf was in the “bump and dent” section at Homegoods (it was missing a couple of hooks), and received some new hooks (re-purposed from another project) and a coat of chalk paint (read about my new favorite paint, here). The oil painting was found at Goodwill and costed a whopping $4.00. The driftwood was free, the window pane was a garage sale find, some of the the pillow covers were made by me (similar tutorial here), and the other items were picked up at Ross, Marshalls and Target. Even the fiddle leaf fig was on clearance (it was almost dead, but I nursed it back to life).
On the opposite side of the entryway are more bargain finds. The console was the most expensive item, but after selling the table that it replaced and using a coupon at checkout, it was almost an even wash. The mirror was a Goodwill find that received a fresh coat of paint and the pallet art was made from pieces of our neighbor’s cast-off fence. The cute printable was free from Thoughts From Alice blog, and can be found here.
And those antlers? You can see what they looked like originally in this post. They were on clearance at Target last Christmas and although they were nice, I really wanted some realistic looking antlers so I gave them a makeover with chalkpaint and some antiquing glaze. The glass vases are a clearance find from Target, the orchid was from Michaels, purchased with a 40% of coupon then gussied up with Dollar Store filler (tutorial here).
The metal basket is filled with shells found during our time on the East Coast and others found at various second-hand stores, and the glass bottles and metal pulley are from my visit to my Dad’s house a few months ago (you can read about it here and here). The rug is from World Market purchased on sale and with a coupon.
I’m envisioning a natural fiber rug for this space but I’m having a hard time finding one that sits low enough that the door can clear it. I’m still holding out hope that I’ll find one that works but until then, this pretty rug will be put to good use.
I’m happy with the way this budget friendly entryway turned out. It’s still a work in progress, and I’m okay with that. I’d rather take my time and find the pieces that fit both my home and my budget, and try to enjoy the process along the way. Later in the week I’ll be sharing some helpful tips on how to decorate a small space on a budget, so please make sure you come back for that.
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