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Topic: Shabby Shelf to Sweet Shoe Storage!  (Read 13943 times)
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« on: December 05, 2009 08:42:05 AM »

This project came about two ways:

1) I was sick of having a big pile of my shoes in the corner on the floor that were constantly in the way and getting tripped over. I have no room to spare in my closet, so getting a closet organizer for them was not an option.

2) I have an awkward space by the radiator in my bedroom that I didn't know what to do with.

A couple of weeks ago while I was (per usual) out at the thrift store, I spotted this bookshelf:

I could tell it was just the right size for that small awkward wall, so I went ahead and grabbed it. At $16.99 it was a little overpriced for a thrift store find, but I got it anyways just because the size was so perfect, and I knew with a little crafty-redo, it could be fabulous! In order to keep the overall cost of this project below the allotted $20.00, I used nothing but discarded/leftover items from around the house to spruce it up!

First, I still had some of the leftover paint that I'd used recently to paint my dressers with, so that was perfect for covering up the hideous laminate finish this shelving unit had. I left the inside of the shelves unpainted though, not only because I knew painting them would be a huge pain, but because I planned on storing my dirty shoes in there, and I was going to cover them with a curtain, so why bother?

The curtain was super easy, too. I had purchased a couple of pairs of curtains from Ikea for my living room, but they were way too long, so I still had some scraps that I'd cut off sitting in my closet. Lucky for me, the hem that was already on them fit the little curtain rod I had perfectly, so I didn't bother with having to sew anything! I just put them on the curtain rod, then attached the rod to the shelf via some thumbtacks and little metal hooks I had sitting in my toolbox. I neatly trimmed the bottom of them with some scissors, leaving them unhemmed. I know I could've hemmed them, but well, what can I say, I didn't feel like it. Tongue

And here you have the final result! A cute matching shelf for my bedroom set without the inconvenience of looking at all those danged shoes piled in the corner or taking up space in my closet!  Grin

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« Last Edit: December 05, 2009 08:43:22 AM by thesmittenmitten » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2009 10:07:46 AM »

This is very awesome. I've never thought of using a bookshelf for shoes although now that you've done it, it seems so obvious... lol. I'm looking at going back to school and living in the dorms to save cash (eep!) and this seems like a great idea! And actually less expensive and prettier to look at then most shoe organizing shelves or systems (hate the bags over the doors... ick).
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2009 10:27:14 AM »

Thanks, and yeah, who wants to stare at a bunch of lumpy old shoes in those bag thingies?! Wink

Plus, I have several pairs of boots that don't even fit in those bags or organizers, but they fit perfectly down on the bottom of this shelf!  Grin
« Last Edit: December 05, 2009 10:28:56 AM by thesmittenmitten » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2009 10:58:29 AM »

I have a massive pile of shoes in a box - your solution is so pretty and organized!
The recon is beautiful (and that original laminate WAS ugly!)

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« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2009 11:09:10 AM »

I especially like that the gathers of the curtain repeat the verticle ribs of the radiator! Serendipity!
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« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2009 02:19:21 PM »

Welcome back, and great job, and it fits perfectly in your space.

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« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2009 12:09:39 AM »

That turned out really cute! I love the paint color choice too. Looks great!

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« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2009 01:02:17 PM »

This is really pretty, fits well into your room and serves its purpose perfectly - this is what I love about browsing Craftster! Smiley


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« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2009 01:07:39 PM »

Thanks everyone!  Grin

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« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2009 08:55:19 AM »

Good job!
« Reply #10 on: December 16, 2009 01:17:25 PM »

Wow - awesome!  What kind of paint did you use so that it would adhere to the wood?  I would like to repaint my dresser... Thanks!
« Reply #11 on: December 17, 2009 12:24:49 PM »

This is the perfect shoe solution. I need to try making something like this!
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« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2009 08:07:29 PM »

That is an awesome idea!  I've got to make one of those.  Grin

« Reply #13 on: January 06, 2010 03:51:49 PM »

Brilliant! I may need to employ this idea.

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