Entryway Stairway Makeover $100 Room Challenge {Week 1}

Have you ever challenged yourself to makeover a room on a $100.00 budget?  I updated my office – guest bedroom last year for $100.00. I can tell you that if you like to do-it-yourself and re-use items you already have, that $100.00 can go a long way towards achieving a new look. 

$100 Room Challenge of an entryway | stairwell | StowandTellU.com

I’m really excited to start this makeover because this time around, I’ve joined a group of very passionate diy bloggers for the $100.00 Room Challenge.  We are going to be sharing our progress every week through the month of January.

I will show you what I’m up to each week and then you can scroll on down to the linkup at the bottom of each post to see how everyone else is coming along.

Some of the rooms being updated in the challenge will be bedrooms and bathrooms.  Oh, how I long to update my master bedroom.  I can’t wait to follow everyone’s progress and get some ideas for the future.

I want to send a special thanks out to Erin from Lemons, Lavender and Laundry for starting this series a few years ago.  You can read more about her series, here.

Entryway-Stairway $100 Room Challenge- Before the makeover | stownadtellu.com

Entryway stairway makeover

The room I’m going to be making over is a little out of the ordinary, but since we bought this fixer-upper cottage I figured a good place to start and set the tone is with my entryway stairway.


The stairway entryway is the most passed through room on any given day since we enter through the back door. With the kitchen on the left and the laundry room to the right it’s a regular grand central station in our little world.


I gave this space a mini update when I added these painted white coat rack shelves.




I  also hung vintage work aprons for additional storage, as shown on the left.


At the time, I didn’t paint the walls or the stairs, or the trim. Ugh!!  It’s time.


With the biggest eyesore of all being the unfinished drywall piece where the wall meets the basement opening.

cheap-rough-edged-drywall-repair | stowandtellu.com

Fortunately, we came up with a cheap solution for hiding that jagged mess until we really dig into a basement makeover.

The budget is $100.00.

The plan is to add or improve the following:

  • Paint the stairs, wall, trim
  • Angled wall coat rack
  • New blind for the door
  • Catch all baskets
  • Durable throw rug for the entry

The objective is

  • To keep the space uncluttered while increasing it’s storage value.
  • And because my husband intends to restore pinball machines in the basement after we update it, I need to keep the stairway clearance as open as possible.

So there you have it. A grungy entryway stairwell. By the end of this month I hope to impress you with a new and improved version for about $100.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

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30 Responses to Entryway Stairway Makeover $100 Room Challenge {Week 1}

  1. Patti January 5, 2017 at 7:03 am #

    Hi Amy,

    An entry is a great place to do a makeover because as you said, it get the most use. Even though no one sees my bedroom I thought it was time that we fixed it up a bit. Can’t wait to see yours and all other others completed rooms.

    • Amy January 5, 2017 at 9:59 pm #

      Me, too, Patti. I’m really excited to see everyone’s room makeovers in progress.

  2. Colleen January 5, 2017 at 7:46 am #

    Wow – what a neat space to improve! You are going to make such a huge impact in there and I can’t wait to see it!

    • Amy January 5, 2017 at 9:32 pm #

      Thanks Colleen. I’m really excited to freshen up this space.

  3. Erin @ Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry January 5, 2017 at 8:24 am #

    I bet adding paint is going to make a HUGE difference. I always think paint is the cheapest way to get a whole lotta bang for your buck. I cannot wait to see how everything turns out!

    • Amy January 5, 2017 at 9:34 pm #

      I agree. Paint can work wonders and the price it right. Aaamen!

  4. Jillian January 5, 2017 at 10:57 am #

    The coat racks and aprons are really cute. I’m sure you are going to be so happy to spruce up this space.

    • Amy January 5, 2017 at 9:36 pm #

      Indeed Jilian. The chalky white (and dirty) walls have got to go, not to mention the boring gray stairs 😉

  5. Brittany Goldwyn January 5, 2017 at 11:27 am #

    Under-the-stairs areas can be so hard to work with, but your entryway area looks so functional. The only storage closet in our house is an under-the-stairs closet, and I’m working on making it a bit more functional now!

    • Amy January 5, 2017 at 9:42 pm #

      This house is pretty small, so every space counts. Crossing my fingers we can both improve on our stairs storage sooner than later 😛

  6. Zografia | Bisozozo January 5, 2017 at 2:23 pm #

    There a few things i wish our rental apartment had. An entryway is one of them! I am looking forward to your new version.

    • Amy January 5, 2017 at 9:47 pm #

      Thank you Zografia. I’m looking forward to your room makeover, too!

  7. Meredith @ The Palette Muse January 5, 2017 at 6:19 pm #

    What a great space for a makeover! Small spaces are one of my favorite challenges, and I can’t wait to see this one!

    • Amy January 5, 2017 at 9:44 pm #

      Thanks Meredith. It’s been fun to dig into an improvement project.

  8. Maria January 5, 2017 at 7:06 pm #

    I can’t wait to see the finished space! your have such a charming style. Love the rack shelves.

    • Amy January 5, 2017 at 9:53 pm #

      Awww, thank you Maria. Those updated 1990’s shelves were a fun add to this space last year.

  9. Amanda @ Old House to New Home January 6, 2017 at 7:46 am #

    What a fun and different space to makeover! I can’t wait to see the result!

    • Amy January 6, 2017 at 6:50 pm #

      I know. I’m not sure it qualifies as a room for real, but I’m hoping it will be when I’m finished 😀

  10. Monica Benavidez January 7, 2017 at 5:13 pm #

    What a cute space- I think your plans will make it bright, welcoming and functional.

  11. Kristen January 9, 2017 at 5:28 pm #

    What a very practical and useful update this will be! It always seems like spaces like this get pushed to the back burner, but glad you are doing it!

  12. Kathy January 10, 2017 at 6:55 pm #

    I just love the updates you’ve already made. It’s going to look amazing with the new paint and rug! Can’t wait to see the finished makeover.

  13. Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge January 12, 2017 at 7:12 am #

    You’ve done a great job so far and I can’t wait to see how the rest of it turns out. Love the painted shelves and those vintage work aprons. So clever and cute!

  14. Deborah January 12, 2017 at 11:22 am #

    Oh that mini makeover is so cute. That whole space is going to be so gorgeous.

    • Amy January 15, 2017 at 7:29 pm #

      Thanks Deborah

  15. Kim January 14, 2017 at 10:46 am #

    This is going to make such a difference and tie it all in with your adorable mini makeover!

    • Amy January 15, 2017 at 7:36 pm #

      It did help to have those coat rack shelves already, that’s for sure. Thanks Kim.

  16. Tracy January 16, 2017 at 4:02 pm #

    That’s an interesting space for a makeover. I can’t wait to see what you do!

  17. sara January 16, 2017 at 5:06 pm #

    This is going to be so cool! I love this space you picked! Cant wait to see the finished project!


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