I'll never forget a piece of advice I read once, if something causes you stress because it doesn't work, fix it or throw it away. Admittedly, most the time I just throw things away. In this case, the entry/exit point to the home was causing stress and I couldn't just throw it away.
There was no place to put on or take shoes off, no shoe or jacket storage. It was a complete F show. I knew that this needed to be a more functional area and ok... it could use a style upgrade!
We took out two upper cabinets and two lower cabinets where we built our bench with cubbies. We then added bead board and hooks. Then voila! somewhere to store shoes and hang coats and bags! We also added shelving above the washer and dryer to showcase some décor and put laundry baskets. Total about $200!
1 gallon white paint (with a ton left over) $30.98
Butcher Block $130.54
3 full days labor Not too bad
10 trips to Lowes Shoot me now
The sink, countertop and faucet change weren't originally planned or needed but we chose to update those as well and added on another $250. In hindsight, I don't think I would do the butcher black counter top. It's beautiful, but in this space it isn't that big and the ROI isn't really that impactful.