Just in case you didn’t see my guest post over at The Frugal Girls, I’m reposting it here for your viewing pleasure 🙂
I’m going to show you how we turned this…
for a lot less than you might think!!
When we remodeled our laundry room and mud room
, I knew I wanted some storage for the odds and ends that can be overwhelming to keep track of ~ hats, mittens, scarves, sunglasses, etc, but I wanted to spend as little as possible. I remembered the set of bookshelves pictured above that just been sitting in the garage since we had picked them up at a yard sale a few years ago for only $1
and thought they would be just perfect!
The bookshelves were solid wood and in pretty good shape, but just needed a little updating. We went to Home Depot to buy a little paint, and noticed they have an “OOPS” section for paint that was mixed incorrectly or returned by the customer. We bought a small can of black paint for $1!
We painted the bookshelves and since I’m loving the vintage look lately, I used the palm sander around the edges to give it a more aged look (which you’ll be able to see later).
So the bookshelves were completed for a total of $2, and remained empty for several months while I searched for the right baskets. And search I did ~ at every retailer I could think of! Unfortunately, baskets aren’t cheap! (I did look at various thrift stores, but the difficult part was finding 4 baskets that matched). I found baskets I loved at Target, but couldn’t believe it when I looked at the price tag and they were $16 each!! Back to the ole’ drawing board!
Finally, we took a trip to IKEA where I found the lovely Agen baskets ~ they would fit perfectly; the only problem ~ they were white, not brown. I bought 4 and unfortunately I don’t have the receipt and they are no longer on the IKEA website, but I believe they were around $6 apiece. I didn’t love the white ~ but no problem. Enter Krylon’s Brown Boots.
For $2.99/can (I used about a can and a half) I was able to spraypaint the baskets to the brown color I wanted ~ and I don’t think anyone would notice!! Here’s a comparison of the baskets, and you can also a closer view of the bookshelves…
What about the rest of the decor?
The white apothecary jar
I found at a thrift store for $1.97
and spraypainted to give it a fresh new look. The “M” monogram was a Hobby Lobby deal normally priced $5.99 but I had a 40% off coupon, so around $3.60
. As far as the stack of books
, two were passed down from grandparents and one was a library buy for 50 cents
, all tied up with a piece of twine. The rest of the decorations were found “shopping the house,” which is a great trick when you are looking for something new and don’t want to spend any money ~ just move things from other areas of your home!
The grand total? Less than $40 ~ less than what it would have cost to buy just 3 of those baskets at Target!!
Moral of the story? When you are looking at a great deal that might look less than perfect, try to look past it’s current version and think of the potential it may have ~ it could save you a lot of money!!