Last week, we shared with you this DIY bench – but it wasn’t for us. Today (and a handful of working weekday nights later), we’re excited to share with you its new, finished home!
For the last year, you know that we’ve been happily working with Ace Hardware to complete projects around our home, and this year – for the eighth year in a row! – they were ranked ‘Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Home Improvement Retails Stores’; yeah, go, Ace!* To highlight this recent accolade, and because Ace is all about treating you like a neighbor (and not a number), we teamed up with our awesome sponsor and a $200 budget to help one of our neighbors.
This summer, our friends A and E moved not only into our neighborhood, but also within walking distance of our home – hooray! They have two pitties that rule their roost, which we maaay know a thing or two about. In fact, you might even know their furry kiddos, Miss M and Mr B, as well?
While they’ve been doing a fantastic (and honestly, stunning!) job of bringing their home up to speed, they mentioned that their front foyer wasn’t functioning as well as they’d like, and so began Operation Entryway for our two friends – ahem, even more so for their pups. It began as am empty beige box, a less-than-ideal glass paneled door, a bitty bench and no where to properly stash shoes and dog supplies (wet naps, dry towels, etc):
Scott and I brainstormed a few ways to give the space more life, and after running some ideas past A and E, they were sold on the idea of a decorative paneled wall. They had mentioned wanting to swap out the carpet tiles for something that would hide dirt a little better (they picked up these from CB2), and we gave them the task of finding a mirror they love (this one from Ikea). A new door was installed during the Operation, and a fresh paint job helped to really define the space! The color is Blue Cashmere from Valspar, which we love, love, love.
We shopped within their own home for artwork, and we kept the hidden tab hooks they already owned – for which we chose the complementary stain on the bench. In total, there are 10 hooks to hang jackets, leashes and doggie rain gear (obviously!), and we tucked a handful of baskets beneath the bench for shoes, towels and wet wipes for muddy paws.
While choosing photos and prints from their stash of art, we could not stop laughing at Miss M and Mr B’s glamour shots; truly, they are hilarious with just the right amount of quirk. (You know we love that! Every room need a good dose of quirk.)
Our $200 budget was used to purchase the supplies needed for the paneled wall, paint and bench, as well as a handful of behind-the-scenes necessities such as painter’s tape, drop cloths and trays.
We’ll be back later this week with an incredibly simple tutorial on the paneled wall, but for now, how about a bit of Ace cash for your own home projects? Together with the Ace crew, we’ll be giving away a $200 Ace Hardware gift card to one lucky reader! The giveaway runs through Friday, September 12th at 5pm CST; simply enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. The winner will be announced within this post by Friday evening. Good luck and happy entering!
*Disclaimer: Ace Hardware received the highest numerical score among retail stores in the proprietary J.D. Power 2007-‐2014 Home Improvement Retail Store StudiesSM. 2014 study based on responses from 2,948 consumers measuring six stores and opinions of consumers who purchased a home improvement product or service within the previous 12 months. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed January-‐March 2014. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.