Welcome back guest blogger Joanna, with a fun project for all the shoe lovin’ ladies!
To see Joanna’s previous post on her amazing kitchen reno, click here.
New Kid on the Block: Project Shoe Shelf
“Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.” – Marilyn Monroe
Amen, Marilyn. A hearty amen. Maybe it’s just me, but when I have a good pair of shoes on, I feel like I can actually do some world conquering. I could go on with more about why I love shoes, but if you are a woman and you are reading this post, then this shoe affinity probably needs no explanation. And neither does the reasoning behind why I needed an organized place to house them. Kitchen, first. Shoe shelf, second. Totally makes sense.
The closet in our master bedroom is perfect for my clothes, but sadly, has no room for my shoes (or any of Dean’s clothes for that matter. Don’t worry, he has the closet in the second bedroom all to himself).
When we first moved in, I put two of my old shoe racks on the floor in the corner, which I realized was great for accessibility and viewing (“I forgot about that beloved red pair!”), but not such a great sight for all to see.
One weekend in May, Dean and I took a typical four-hour trip to IKEA and one of the many things we came home with was this Ivar shelving unit. Hard to tell if this is the exact one since IKEA has a million things that look the same and have the same name but seem to be different in some way — you get the idea. It came with two side structures and you could choose how many shelves you wanted to buy and install. I chose ten thinking I would put three pairs of shoes on each shelf. A lovely home for 30 shoes (no boots).
(photo is from IKEA website and only features four shelves.)
As you can see, the unit came unfinished and what luck! We had a can of white, semi-gloss paint meant for trim sitting in the basement…so glossy white it was.
First, I laid down some rosin paper we had leftover from when we painted all the rooms in the house. Rosin paper comes in giant rolls, has the consistency of construction paper, and is a great drop cloth alternative since you can tape it down and cover the exact amount of floor you want to protect.
“Brilliant!” I thought. I am protecting the garage floor and using up old supplies. Turns out, it was not so brilliant, but more on that later.
Next, I taped the sides of each shelf with Frog Tape, my favorite brand of painters tape, so I could get as messy as I want and keep the shelves’ plastic sides paint-free.
(Apologies for the dizzying birdseye view. Clearly I am new to this blogging thing and found it tough to get good shots when the project was on the floor!)
Then I got to painting. After painting two coats on everything, I came down Sunday morning, eager to flip my shelves and paint the other side, only to find that, thanks to my poor choice of rosin paper and the added summer humidity, everything was stuck to the paper. #DIYfail
Notice paper stuck on the side of the wood? I gingerly tried to get everything up and flipped with as little stuck-on rosin paper as possible.
Before painting the other side, I started sanding…
…which I realized would take a significant chunk of time on my own, so I called in the big guns to take on some of the sanding and scraping with me in order to save some time. You know you have a good husband when he is willing to spend Sunday morning sanding away, all in the name of a pretty home for his wife’s shoes.
After some sighing, head-shaking and laughing, we finished sanding and I painted the other side, let it dry, and with Dean’s help, put the shelving unit together the next day. Thankfully, it fit perfectly in its designated spot and I was able to get three pairs on each shelf as planned, though all flats had to be stacked on top of each other in order to make that equation work. And I found that with tall straps, wedges and heels making up a good portion of the collection, nine shelves fit better than ten.
I’m really happy with the final product and the whole room looks so much cleaner and bigger with the shoes stacked like this.
Takeaways for next time:
Lesson #1: Wet paint sticks to paper. Possible solution: Try sawhorses. Better for your back and for taking photos.
Lesson #2: Brush painting is quite time consuming and can easily be uneven on non-wall surfaces. Possible solution: Try spray paint.
Now on to figuring out how to store my boots!
Are you tight on fashion space? How do you store your shoes?