Monday, April 18, 2011

$50 Hallway Challenge Complete!

If you've been following our $50 Hallway challenge you'll be happy to hear we've finally finished. If you haven't been following our $50 Hallway Challenge, you can catch it here and here. But to make a long story short, Lee bought me the console for Valentine's Day, and I was determined to finish off the hallway for less then $50!
I'll let you in on the final total at the end:
Here she is all dressed up. Because it was our upstairs hallway, I felt like I could go a little funkier! It didn't have to be soooo formal. only Lee, me and you guys will be seeing it.
I used a ladder as a blanket rack. I thought it would be nice to grab a throw on the way to bed on a particularly cold night. Or an overnight guest could grab one if they were cold. I'm hoping to make a few more quilts and display them on the ladder :) Easy to grab (FUNCTIONAL) and pretty quilts (FASHIONABLE).
The mirror is our old mirror from our old Dining room.
The frames are from Ikea, some we had, some we bought. All the artwork was bought for us from one very special friend who knows my taste and totally gets Lee's sense of humor.  If you'd like to know where specific prints came from shoot me an email and I'll forward it to her!
The hedgehog clock at the top is my very favorite little find. At $12 I couldn't resist picking it up! If you'd like one of you're very own, you can find it at the Real Canadian Superstore.
The plant is a rubber plant, super duper air purifier!
You might remember the little yellow tulip bouquet from our flowers on friday. He found his way up into the hallway, and I trapped him in a cage!!! :)
If you're looking to trap a bouquet of tulips for yourself you could pick up a cage like this one from Homesense.
So the final total:
We had to buy one of the larger Ikea Ribba frames at $12.99 (the other ones were leftover from our old dining room)
We had to buy one of the smaller Ikea Ribbea frames at $8.99
Mirror = free
Artwork = free
Rubber plant = $10.99 from Home Depot
Basket for rubber plant = $20.00 - 40% = $12.00
Tulip Cage $7.99 homesense
Tulips = $3.50
Hedgehog Clock $12.
Ladder for blankets = Free it was our old bookcase ladder, that originally started it's life as a Rexbo shelf.
Grand total:  $68.45
So I didn't make it :( Saddest face ever! I was really surprised I totally thought I was on track but it just kept adding up. Even with us having so many pieces already I still went over.

Winston Churchill once said:
"Success is never final; Failure is never fatal." 
I live another day!


  1. Although you went over slightly, the space came out quite nicely.
    Live ON!!!

    Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  2. It turned out fantastic, well worth the slight overspend!!

  3. I love it!!! This blog is fantastic-you are so inspiring!! I hope that I can be as organized and as thrifty as you some day :)

  4. Okay, so slightly looks awesome! Didn't that rubber plant come from a previous home? Just wondering as that would make the difference if ya just moved it from the townhouse to there!

  5. The hallway looks beautiful! Hope to see that adorable pew from your last dining room somewhere in the new house!!??

  6. Wow it looks fantastic! The hedgehog clock is adorable and I love the artwork!

  7. It looks beautiful even if you went over budget slightly....emphasis on the slightly!

    Many Blessings,

  8. Well I think it looks gorgeous! It's still sophisticated looking, but cozy. =]

  9. What a gorgeous hall space - I love it! I especially love the artwork! The eye chart really caught my ... eye. :-) It's all gorgeous though - even if you did go over budget.

  10. It looks fabulous. I love all of your accessories and the chest is stunning. Hugs, Marty

  11. You were just a little over. Don't sweat the small stuff. It's Gorgeous!

  12. That is so beautiful. All of it. It was worth going over :)

  13. I love it - it looks great!

    And I recognize the source of at least some of your artwork - its from vol25:

  14. LOVE your hallway!!! I love every bit of it! It looks amazing, and only $18, not to shabby!

    I am SOOOO ENVIOUS of that hedgehog clock!!! Ohhhh I wish I were Canadian right now! ;-)


  15. Your hallway looks better than most folks living rooms! Great Job!! The little hedgehog clock is super cute. Is there a brand name on it, so maybe those of us in the US could find one?

  16. The end result is gorgeous, girl! And yes you went over...but you can take the tulips off your tally. My rule is that non-permanent accessories (flowers/food) don't count because those get tossed or eaten when their time is up. And you get bonus points when you compost them!

  17. Hi I love the art work where can I pick it up? Also the ladder is adorable I need one!

  18. Thanks everyone :) You've made me feel much better about going over!
    Lauren- the rubber plant is a new addition :( so I had to count it!!
    Rene- You won't be seeing the pew in our new house. There was no where to put it. I literally cried! But you will see it again! My mom has it in her kitchen now, She re-doing the kitchen as we speak, and I hope to pop over there and take some photos soon!!!

  19. Thanks Kristy I think some of the artwork did come from there. I shot her an email she's going to compile us a list!

  20. The spot looks perfect. I am in love with those adorable prints!! :)

  21. I'll have to tell you it is an inspiring space and I seriously can't believe you had such a small budget to start with. It looks like a cozy little spot and I love the ladder with the throw rugs. Thanks for sharing, you are a legend!!! Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

  22. Oh I love this so much! :) I had a customer tell me she found me through your blog, so I had to come take a peek. I was so excited to see so much of my artwork in your hallway! Do you mind if I blog these pictures with a link back to your blog?

    Thanks a bunch!

    jess VOL25

  23. VOL25
    Of coarse you can, please go right ahead :)
    I'm so glad we were able to find you, my girlfriend bought me some prints from VOL 25 and we LOVE them!!

    Can't wait to see them on your blog
    Lots of Love

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