It’s baaaaaaack! Today begins another round of the $100 Room Challenge! If you are new to the challenge, let me take one quick second to explain what it’s all about… Basically, you get one month and $100 to completely transform one space in your home. This month I’ll be taking on our entry nook, and today I’m sharing all my budget-friendly ideas for this entry space.
It is week 1 of the $100 Room Challenge, and I could not be more excited. This challenge began exactly five years ago. At that time, I had no clue this challenge would be featured on television, in-print magazines, and various online sites. Each round welcomes dozens of bloggers, sharing their incredible creativity, as they take on one space in their own homes. To see just how far $100 can go, check out some of my favorite $100 room makeovers from years past.
Favorites (2017) // Favorites (2018) // Favorites (2019) // Favorites (2020)
So… let’s take a look at where this entry nook (as I’m calling it) is starting…
Can we say bor-i-n-g?
This space is where we enter from the garage and it has been like this since we moved in a few years ago. (We have apparently decided to make this a Costco drop-zone for oversized bags of rice and tortilla chips 🙂 ) Here is how that nook sits within the rest of our entry.
Let me share my budget-friendly ideas for this entry, along with some inspiration!
Budget Friendly Ideas For An Entry
Goal 1: Shiplap
I have loved shiplap since it first became popular years ago (thank you Joanna Gaines), but I have never actually had it in my house. I realize this is probably a passing trend (maybe it has already passed, I don’t know), but I love the way shiplap brings texture to a space, and if I decide I don’t love it in a few years, I can always take it down.
Shiplap Entry Inspiration from Little House of Four
My husband and I have lots of experience with shiplap, as we decided to shiplap our entire barn last fall. The process is actually quite easy, and we’ll share how we do it in the upcoming weeks.
Goal 2: Add A Small Console Table
Adding a small table is going to be our biggest challenge on such a tight budget. My hope is that we can make one using the stash of wood out in our garage. (A few years ago, my husband and I purchased an entire shed full of old wood at an auction… for $10.) Below is what I’m using for inspiration.
Console Table (with provided instructions) via Handmade Haven
I have also been shopping our local online garage sales to see if anything pops up. The biggest challenge with purchasing a console table is size; this space cannot accommodate anything too deep or wide.
Goal 3: Wall Décor
Once the shiplap goes up, I want to add a mirror above the table and framed prints to the right of the door. I already bought the mirror at IKEA this past weekend; and for the framed prints, I’ll check what frames I already have and hopefully find some free prints online. Loving this one for fall…
Image (and the free printable) via A Night Owl Blog
Goal 4: Spruce Up the Door
I am going to keep my fingers crossed that our budget will allow for a rug, because we need one in this space. I’d also love to find a wreath to hang on the door, just to add a little warmth to the space… or maybe there’s something else I can come up with to spruce up the door leading out to the garage? Maybe something like these wooden tags?
DIY Wooden Tags via Dream Design DIY
Let me know if you have any ideas.
Goal 5: Light Fixture
Again, the tight budget may not allow for it, but I would love to change out the light fixture… or maybe just spray paint the base? We shall see. Something like this one we had in our office.
I think that’s about it for goals… I am so ready to get started!
To see even more entry inspiration, check out my Pinterest board here.
Make sure you check out what the other participates are doing!
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Terrie - Decorate and More with Tip says
Erin first off congratulation on 5 years hosting the challenge. Still going strong!
I can’t wait to see how you create your space with your DIYs, thrifty shopping and hard work. It will look amazing.
Shiplap is something that I think is here to stay. Its a great way to add charm and protects the wall. Look forward to the reveal.
I had no idea this has been going on this long.. kudos!! You pick s design that’s going to add some nice character to otherwise dead space… adding the console table will be great to catch the keys.. thank you for creating this challenge for us to participate
Amy Dowling says
Can’t wait to see what you do with this entryway! I will be watching closely since I’m tackling mine as well.
Good ideas, but go easy on all the “word art”. It’s popular, but very generic. A picture of a leaf that’s labeled “Fall” – boring.
Love your plans for this space! I especially like that you’ll be building an entry table- so awesome!
Vicki Clem says
I think the $100 challenge is such a cool idea! It reminds me of a mini version of my favorite 90’s HGTV show “Decorating Cents” where they redid a room for $500. I miss that show! Maybe you could do a full length mirror on the back of the door since it’s a flat panel door (like one of those inexpensive plastic ones, they make pretty metallic colored ones now) mounted with command Velcro strips so you don’t see the over door hooks. Then maybe you could do a large wreath on the wall opposite the table with mirror. Another idea would be an oversized message board on the back of the door if you need something like that. Just throwing some ideas out there! You always do a great job! The table is awesome, hope you are able to make it with your wood stash. Also, I love the vintage typewriter o see in one of the pics by the stairs.
I cannot wait to see you work your magic on this space! Thank you for putting this on again.
This is such a good plan Erin! Can’t wait to see the shiplap and the table you build. The space has great bones to start with, what you have planned is definitely going to take it to the next level.
Leigh Nguyen says
I love this space Erin and how it will tie so well into the rest of your home after this makeover.
Elizabeth Jones | Jonesville says
What a great space to tackle! Can’t wait to follow along!! (also love your new website!!)
I am excited to see how it turns out! And I still like shiplap too – the hot trend may be waning but it was around for decades before fixer upper and I still think it is beautiful!
I love the inspiration photos! It’s going to be so much more functional when you are finished!
The challenge this month is going to be great!
Looks like you have a lot of fun projects planned for your entry. Can’t wait to see how it all turns out!