Gatehouse Inspired Entryway Stairway Reveal ($100 Room Challenge – Week 4)

The objective was to update a room on a budget of 100 dollars.  And I’m excited to say, we’ve accomplished just that in our entryway stairway. Now it’s fresh and clean with a touch of gatehouse inspiration, too boot!

Welcome to the final reveal week in our $100 Room Challenge. I’m going to show you how we got this space in shape for about $100 and there is a linkup at the bottom with all of the other reveals.


So to set the scene. The space I updated is the entry to our back door. It has become the main entry point for us and it looks right out onto the currently over-sized fire pit in our back yard.

As you walk in the door, the kitchen goes to the left, the laundry room to the right, and the stairs lead down to an unfinished basement.

In the near future, we will re-do the kitchen and there will be a bench and coat rack area along the entry wall in that room. In the future, this stairwell entryway will be used for overflow storage, catch-alls and coat rack space for all our bonfire attending guests.

As of now it’s our main coat rack area.

Board and batten faux shutter for crawl space entry

The basement walls are cinder block. Which is the closest I’ll get to a stone wall of any kind in the near future. But these cinder block walls always make me think of a dungeon, so I thought I’d have some fun with a gatehouse theme.

Some of the images that came to mind were of Gothic stone walls, candles, lanterns, keys, rusty locks and latches, and rustic wood. While I don’t have all of those, I have made a few changes that give this space a hint at an old gate house. So I hope you enjoy.

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There is a crawl space entry on one of the stairwell walls. And I’m hoping I never have to crawl through that little door but since it kind of looked like a window, I thought a set of rustic wood faux shutters would be ideal.

We used 1/8″ plywood and made dado cuts with a table saw to faux the slats.  The slats could also be cut in using a scratch awl and metal ruler.

And after the shutters were put together, I stained the wood with Miniwax color: Early American

See more detailed directions of these plywood board and batten shutters, here.

Cost $0


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How to temporarily adhere decor items to cement basement walls

The Shutters were attached to the wall with Scotch 1″ x 1″ Extreme Fasteners.

These fasteners work on cement walls even with moisture. (I bought this 6pk count and they work great.)

Cost  for fasteners $ 3.77 (at the time of purchase)

A black decorative hook and eye latch was attached to the doors. (I choose this Gothic style latch.)

Cost for latch $ 6.97

Cost $ 10.74

Stairway wall coat rack


Holy coat rack Batman!!

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Do you think I over did it with the coat hooks? I just may have, but I don’t doubt that at certain times, every hook will be in use.

Wood $ 15.30

Coat hooks $ 33.98 (at time of purchase)

I used single and double flat black robe hooks (like this one and this one.)

And a 3-1/2″ coat hook pack in black (like this one.)

Wall paint $20.86

Cost $70.14

Coat rack shelf update with a faux wood chalkboard


One of the coat rack shelves has a bicycle print that I wanted to cover up temporarily during colder seasons.

In week three I showed you what I salvaged to cover it up.

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I painted the piece with a couple coats of chalkboard paint, then I brushed over that with a mix of dark brown/chalkboard paint and a few dabs of beige to get a faux wood grain look.

For more on this topic check out my DIY Woodgrain Chalkboards

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I attached it with 3M command strips, so it can be removed at any time.

It still works as a chalkboard but in keeping with my rustic gatehouse feel, it’s just a little more subtle than straight black paint.

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I already had all supplies for this update.

Cost $0.00

Painted stair runner


I’ve always wanted to try painting a stair runner.

This was accomplished in week #2, see tips and details, here. I’m not a perfectionist but as you can see. The runner came out pretty straight with a little bit of concentration and a few touch ups.

I used some paint I already had, but purchased the dark gray floor paint.

Cost $13.99

Bottom of stairwell


I place a rug I already had at the bottom of the stairwell. Along with a basket of blankets for keeping warm around the fire pit.


I borrowed a few lanterns from several outdoor projects I did last summer.


The white and blue throw blanket were thrift store purchases.

Also purchased were several thrifted pillar candles and the black planter catch-all.

I shopped my home for everything else.

Cost $10.92

Entryway rug


While I wanted to get one of those industrial strength 3′ x 5′ rubber mats and cut it down to fit the entire square footage of the entryway floor.

I settled for this 2′ x 3′ rubber entry mat that was under $6.00 and kept me on budget.

When I look at the before and after of this entry floor alone, it makes me so glad this space is finally cleaned up.

Cost for mat $ 5.88

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Total Cost for the entire room $ $111.67

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Now this space if fresh and clean, rustic, welcoming and full of hanging vertical storage.

I’ve managed to keep the over-clutter down.

I’ve accomplished the goal of attaining full clearance at anytime by making the shutters and the coat rack shelves removable.

And I only went over budget by about $11.67

week 1   week 2   week 3   week 4

Full disclosure. I stared working on this space in the fall, right before the holidays. So this wasn’t a one month makeover for me. I do think a space like this is doable in 4 weeks, but we all work at our own pace. Working with a group to stay on budget and get the job completed could not have been more helpful. Thank you, again, Erin for including me.

Stayed tuned for future $100 Room Challenges by following Erin at Lemons, Lavender and Laundry.

Thank you so much  ~ Amy

Other basement projects:

How to paint an open basement ceiling

How to spray paint a plastic laundry tub

On to the rest of the room reveals —>

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18 Responses to Gatehouse Inspired Entryway Stairway Reveal ($100 Room Challenge – Week 4)

  1. Donna January 27, 2017 at 2:59 am #

    Hi Amy, That looks soooo much better. I have Stairway Mess to Deal with too. It is one of the Top Projects on my To Do List. I love the runner, at first I thought it was real. You really did a good job! When I do mine, I know I will have a little four legged problem. We have cats(a lot more then One!) So I know I’ll probably end up with Cat Tracks up and down the steps. I guess it will fit in, we call our Place the Funny Farm. Thanks for Sharing. Have Blessed Day.

  2. Maria January 27, 2017 at 9:52 am #

    I so impressed with the stair space turned out! Love all the special details, like the little crawl space entry door. Very cool.

  3. Zografia | Bisozozo January 27, 2017 at 2:25 pm #

    The stair runner is beautiful and the basement looks gorgeous with the rug and baskets. Beautiful changes!

  4. Erin @ Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry January 27, 2017 at 2:30 pm #

    I love this space. Those shutters are perfect… maybe my favorite part 🙂 And I hear ya on the coat rack. Can you ever have too many coat hooks? We have 6 in our mudroom, and could use about 12 more. Love everything you did! So fun to have you as part of the challenge!

  5. Patti January 27, 2017 at 3:47 pm #

    Hi Amy,

    You did such an amazing job with this entry. I love it all. So much store and all with style. It has to be good to see when you enter the house.

  6. Meredith @ The Palette Muse January 27, 2017 at 6:07 pm #

    I love those shutters! What a perfect touch for that little door. And you can never have too many hooks in an entryway! The whole thing looks amazing!

  7. Sharleen January 28, 2017 at 11:12 am #

    WOW just awesome.. well done. love your crawl space shutters and the coat rack is really great.

  8. Kathy January 30, 2017 at 1:36 am #

    You are so creative! Love all the DIYs you did to this space. You turned an eyesore into a charming and welcoming space. Beautiful job!

  9. Kristen January 30, 2017 at 6:22 pm #

    What a transformation! Love those cute little shutters and the pretty decor you added 🙂

  10. Feral Turtle January 31, 2017 at 7:42 am #

    You really did a good job Amy. Love the shutters! They add so much charm. You can never overdo it with coat hooks. Hats off to your makeover.

  11. Maureen January 31, 2017 at 11:51 am #

    Amy, I just love your little makeover! Those shutters are genius. The entire entry is just so much brighter and welcoming now.

  12. Carrie February 1, 2017 at 8:40 pm #

    Great job! You really turned this functional space into something much more welcoming! I think my favorite part is the wooden shutters.

  13. Bliss February 2, 2017 at 9:42 am #

    Well….you know I loved the apron storage, so I gotta know what you are doing with those?

  14. Erin February 2, 2017 at 6:00 pm #

    I am seriously blown away with the level of creativity you used for this space. It is absolutely amazing!

  15. Natalie February 3, 2017 at 11:34 am #

    Those shutters are the perfect touch! Great job on the whole space!

  16. Kim February 15, 2017 at 1:44 pm #

    This is adorable! You are so creative! I love it!

    • Amy February 15, 2017 at 11:11 pm #

      Thanks sooo much for the sweet comment, Kim. Hope you are having a great evening – Xo Amy


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