Our porch update is one step closer to being done-like-dinner! After stripping out the carpet, painting the walls, ceiling, and floor, I started hunting for a storage solution to help take us from this to this:
The kicker? It had to cost zero dollars. While I believe that good storage is worth spending a little money on, right now we are in a super financial crunch as Jeff prepares to head back to school in September and we save for a much needed new roof.
Thankfully, I am a Kijiji wizard (are you in the club too?) and after a week of watching ads I found a local family offering a JYSK wardrobe for free. Score! The caveat? As you would expect from a free wardrobe, it isn’t the best quality. While it’s in good shape, what looks like pine, is actually a pine sticker on particle board. But… literal beggars can’t be choosy. So, I set about sprucing it up a bit. Thankfully, we have tons of leftover paint from all of our projects and I had a set of extra glass knobs stashed away from the condo rehab in 2012.
The pretend pine:
A bit of primer:
A bit of paint:
And, the addition of a super awesome combi-cam-lock had the freebie looking pretty darn good.
The porch itself locks, but in case we forget, the cam-lock gives us piece of mind to know our stuff is safe from anyone who “pops by.” Plus, it’s great that you don’t need to go hunting for a key every time you need something.
The cabinet is large enough for hockey or golf “stuff” (depending on the season) along with various odds and sods. I didn’t paint the inside of the cabinet because I felt that scratching or scuffing was inevitable.
It has made a huge difference to have all of our “stuff” tucked away into the wardrobe. Not to mention finally having a place to hang the dog leash. The porch just feels much more organized and clean.
Any zero-cost projects making you feel like a champ this week?