Budget-friendly fern botanical entry
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Hello, friends! Do you remember earlier this month when I shared the plans for a
makeover in our tiny entry? I’m participating in the $100 Room Challenge, hosted
by Erin at
Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry and have missed a couple of weeks sharing updates with you, but I’ve
finally finished it. We now have a Scandinavian inspired, fern botanical entry
and I love it! And the best part? I only spent around $78. Needless to
say, sometimes there are perks to having a large stash of paint and supplies in
Today I’m sharing how I got this look on a small budget. There are also lots
of other great budget-friendly projects linked up at the bottom of the post
and you’ll want to check them all out.
Here’s what I did to our little entry.
Using mostly things I already had, I refreshed the space without spending much
at all. I shopped the house and used a
vintage fishing creel, a lavender bunch, and some vintage linens on top of the
that was already in here.
The antique mirror and lamp were also already in here. I had found another
vintage goose neck desk lamp that I had planned on using in here, but it just
didn’t look right. I’ll find another home for it. Stay tuned for that. The
vintage green books have been used in the guest bedroom and other rooms, so I
simply relocated them to this space.
Underneath the desk, I added a large basket that I found at a yard sale years
ago. It had been in the basement with the girls’ outgrown toys in it so it was
time to do something else with it. I’ve got a use-it-or-lose-it mindset in our
home right now and I’m happy to find a new use for it.
vintage granny square lap blanket
came from the thrift store several months ago. It’s one of those things that
really caught my eye but I had no idea what I would do with it. Do you ever do that? Anyway, I paid $5 for it last summer and it really adds a fun pop of color in
here. The green glass demijohn came from TJ Maxx last fall and it hadn’t found
a great home. I like the way it fills in the space here. And the faux
hydrangeas are new items in my shop (shameless plug). You can find them
HERE. The lavender is also from my shop and is found
HERE. (And if you’re interested, my favorite, very comfortable boots are found
Here’s how the space looked before the makeover. I didn’t change much. And I
liked it before, but I had to do some repair work on the wallpaper (go
for that post) and was ready to make it lighter in here after looking at the
same wallpaper for 12 years. (Hyacinth downloable art found
HERE. And tiny mason jar bud vase found
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A reminder of how it looked before I repaired the damaged wall and patched the
And a peek at the wallpaper being painted with primer before I painted it with
the paint color.
Painting over the wallpaper wasn’t a lot different that any other painting
project besides using a specific type of primer. Once I repaired the
wallpaper I used
this primer. And after the primer dried, I used
this paint in the pearl finish, tinted to Benjamin Moore Collingwood.
Here’s the progression of the prints being attached to the walls. I used
this poster putty
to adhere them. I can change them any time I want to and there won’t be any
The prints were too tall to go over the doorway, so I used some that looked
okay turned sideways.
I also used some bird prints that I cut out of an Audobon society journal
that I found at a used book store several years ago. I think they go
perfectly with the ferns and natural theme, don’t you? Another thing that
looked nicer than I anticipated is the prints against the wood mirror and
frame around the door. The brown in the prints really complements the wood
tones. I love it when things like that happen.
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Below is my original inspiration board for the space. I wanted to hang some
straw hats but there just isn’t enough space. And I have a larger piece of
furniture I was going to use but it was too much so I kept the white desk in
here. I still think it turned out pretty close, don’t you?
To see all of my inspiration photos, go here ==> Week 1
Here’s a list of what I did to the space:
- Repair and prime damaged section of wall
- Patch Wallpaper
- Prime and paint wallpaper
- Move “new” piece of furniture into the space
- Attach botanicals to the walls
- Add lamp and decor
And here’s where my money went:
primer, painting supplies.
I already had these on hand. I used several sample pints of paint mixed in
with some leftover bathroom trim paint to create the wall color, Benjamin
$2.78 – Poster putty. I used his to adhere the prints to the wall. I can change them any time I
want and there are no holes!
$18 – Fern prints. I spent hours locating these and then had them printed
local print shop.
Paper trimmer. Although I’ll be using this for mulitiple future projects, I purchased
it for this project and am counting it in the budget.
$0 – Lamp, desk/table, basket, green bottle, oak mirror, – I already had
these items on hand either in this space previously or in other
This is the 3rd January that I’ve joined in the $100 room makeover
challenge. Here are my previous projects:
In case you’re interested, I’m working on putting together of kit with a
variety of the fern botanicals that I used on the walls. It will be enough
to cover an accent wall or small space. They will be printed on heavy paper
and will be precut. I’m not sure how much they’ll cost, but I’ll make them
as reasonable as possible. Sign up for my newsletter if you’re interested
and I’ll notify you when it’s available.
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So what do you think of my “new” botanical fern entry? Leave me a comment
below and let me know!
And don’t forget to keep scrolling to the bottom of the post to see all of
the budget friendly projects.
Thanks for dropping by, and have a great day!
For your convenience, I’ve put together a group of items you can use to get
this look in your own home. Go
to see the entire collection.
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