One of my absolute favorite articles of clothing I love to wear are boots. I’m not exactly sure when the interest surfaced, but all I know is that my eyes can’t not look at a sweet pair of boots. It was no wonder when I redesigned my entry, I had to make space for a place to take off my boots. The space was found, but I couldn’t find a boot tray to fit into that space. I was working with only 12″ x 18″ and all the pre-fabbed boot trays were too big – even the ugly, utilitarian rubber ones!
What could I do? Think outside the ordinary, of course! I won’t bore you with the details of my endless months of searching. In the end, I found my perfect boot tray in a baking pan. Not all baking pans are sized the same, so I did have to weed through a few models before finding the right size: exactly 12″ x 18″. I brought it home and it was a perfect fit! Oh, thank the Lord! My search was finally over.
I considered painting out the tray, but in the end I decided that the gray metal worked well with my gray and white color scheme. (Or maybe I wanted it to work in my color scheme because I was too lazy to paint it out?)
Then I bought a couple bags of river rocks from Dollar Tree to give the tray some drainage properties.
And that was it!
Now my boots have a lovely place to sit and no longer dirty our floor. Super love!
Total time: Hands-on time was less than five minutes. This project couldn’t be quicker, especially since I canceled out the painting step.
Total cost: The baking pan was $9.99 from HomeSense; two bags of rocks were $1.25 each from Dollar Tree. The final tally is $13.99 after taxes. Sure, this amount could be lower, but I opted to get a sturdy baking pan that could stand the abuse of an entry way.