How To: Make a Shoe Cabinet Landing Strip

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Time: A few hours each on 3 consecutive days.
Cost: $175
Kate3 tackled the shoe clutter in her home's entryway by customizing an IKEA cabinet with some wallpaper and some unique quartz stone knobs, a simple, but dramatic January Jumpstart makeover (Kate3 was notably a co-winner of the Best Creative Hack title last year) hopefully inspiring you to refresh something already in your home...

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Tools and Materials Used

Tell us the tools and resources you used for the project: :

  • Ikea Sandnes shoe cabinet in birch veneer
  • primer
  • paint
  • roller brush
  • tape measure
  • grasscloth wallpaper
  • Mod Podge
  • foam brush
  • cutting mat
  • knife
  • quartz stone knobs
  • drill
  • screwdriver

Share step by step instructions for how you completed the project:

1. We like to take our shoes off at the door, but found ourselves tripping on the growing pile. This cabinet also serves as a landing strip (i.e. place to put mail, keys, etc.) First I laid out the shoe cabinet pieces to determine the visible faces to prime and paint.

2. Once dry, I laid out the cabinet pieces on the grasscloth and cut out sections of paper slightly larger than each cabinet piece. I coated the wood faces with Mod Podge, smoothed each piece of paper on top, and laid face down to press and dry. Next I used a cutting mat and knife to trim the wallpaper close to each wood piece edge. Because the grasscloth has a tendency to fray, I went over each edge about a 1/4 inch with Mod Podge to seal. Then I assembled the entire cabinet, traded the Ikea knobs for quartz stone knobs, mounted it to the wall, and filled it with shoes!

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