This was our unorganized, often messy, ugly front entryway closet with sliding doors that were always in the way (can you tell I didn't like it very much? ;) ):
I saw this idea and this idea on Pinterest and wanted to do something similar in our house.
I also didn't want to spend any money if at all possible.
Last Saturday, I took everything out of the closet. We had things in the closet that we rarely used (games) and other things that were seasonal (coats and shoes). So, I took the majority of the stuff down to our basement. All the school supplies that were in those plastic containers went in our new school hutch.
Then I painted it with leftover paint and brought in a bench that Nate had made for me years ago (it was hidden in my bedroom closet). I also moved baskets, decorations, and pillows into the closet area from around the house.
The basket holds books that we need to return to the library. The pillows have even been put to use by Emilia who has found a comfy, new place to read.
I'm still planning on adding a white board along the back under the white shelf that has some hooks on it for coats, purses, etc., but for now I'm so happy with how it turned out without having to spend any money!
Doing projects like this is so fun for me. I really like the fresh new look!
Disclaimer: I just bought those wooden shoes at a garage sale, knowing that I'd use them in decorating the entryway closet (my husband is half Dutch and I've been looking for a pair of wooden shoes - at a good price - for awhile). So, technically, this re-do cost a total of $5. :)
UPDATE: Finally got the closet finished with hooks - pic below! Click here to read about the new look.