$100 Room Challenge Week 4 Reveal
It’s here, it’s here!!! Welcome to the Week 4 Reveal of the $100 Room Challenge make over!!!! We have added a barn wood facia board to the front of all the existing wire shelves, purged the unwanted items and purchased new totes for storage.
If you are just joining this post, I will give you a quick recap: This challenge takes place twice a year. January and September is when Erin invites us to redo a room in our home using only $100. As you can see the premise of this challenge is real simple: one month, one space, and $100. If you want to know more about the $100 Room Challenge, check out Erin’s post to see how the concept was inspired, and it’s colossal growth since she decided to start it.
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I just want to start with a before picture just to remind you of where we started this project the first week of January. Ugly wire shelving and linens not in the current rotation of our day to day home life. I will be honest, and tell you I know this is really not a horrific site, and most of America would love to have a linen closet this organized, but keep in mind that it can always be a little bit better.Are you ready for this? Check out how I made this space even better, a linen closet that I don’t cringe to open in front of anyone. I really feel that the wood facia boards makes the closet look very custom, and by utilizing the totes you no longer see those sheet sets that can not be folded to perfection. You may also notice the gray and white color theme. I was able to purge out most of the mismatch items. The items I did decide to keep, that do not match this color story are neatly stored inside the opaque totes. This was one of the factors of picking these types of totes, while I love the wire baskets you could literally see everything inside of them. Which is not really doing anything aesthetically pleasing for this hallway closet.
Yes I know, if it is all suppose to be gray and white, what is the blue first aid box doing in there? I will admit I had reservations about placing it in here too, but first of all it is vintage circa 1960 something, and has been in my family for years. Second, it is a First Aid kit!! Which needs to be readily accessible and easy to find, so that trumps design esthetics every time.
Okay, so why did I opt to keep the wire shelves in stead just replacing them all with wood? Well budget is the fast and easy answer. Also, I like the idea of having wire shelves in a linen closet, because it keeps the air circulation moving through out. This helps to keep the sheets and towels from getting a musty stored away smell. I also added in a few scent sachets to help keep this linen closet always smelling fresh and clean. I left one out to scent the closet, and slide the other into the totes that contain the sheets, pillow cases, and throw pillows.
A budget freiendly tip I picked up from my mom as a kid, is to take the free perfume samples sent in the mail via catalogues and place them inside the totes and drawers. As a child post depression era baby, she did not have much, her parents learned to be thrifty and so did she. Why spend $5 on a scent sachet when vendors send expensive perfume samples to you for free that you can hide in your drawers and totes.
Do you remember me saying that I wanted the facia boards of the hallway linen closet to match my fireplace, since it was located directly across from the landing it was located on? Well here is the view of how this barn wood ties in to to create a very cohesive feel in two spaces that are in direct site line of each other. When designing spaces you always want to keep your site lines in mind, and how the spaces will flow into one another. This keeps you focused on the big picture.
Do you think I made it??? Well of course I did, I actually came in way under and was able to add a few great things to freshen up the space even more. I also replenished a few towels as well since they were on sale. Here is how the budget broke down for the $100 Room Challenge:
Barn Wood 8 Ft $8.37
Closet Brackets $4.36
Set of 3 Baskets $30.00
4 Scented Sachets @$2.00 ea $8.00
6 pk Rolled Wash Cloths $6.99
4 Hand Towels @3.99 ea $15.96
4 Bath Towels @5.99 ea $23.96
TOTAL SPENT: $97.64