How To: Make a Shoe Cabinet Landing Strip

How To: Make a Shoe Cabinet Landing Strip

Gregory Han
Feb 3, 2009

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...

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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