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Shoe cabinet transformation from boring to interesting


I am one of those who prefer to take off their shoes in the entryway, so that it can be a no shoe zone in the bedroom, but the problem I faced was the lack of shoe cabinet designs in USA...well, at least, in my price range that is. So, I had to take things into my own hands and make something out of one of the boring, basic, plain cabinets that I could get my hands on... IKEA, it was.
This has been my proudest D.I.Y. project to date. I tackled it about a year ago, and still love it. Basically, I bought two cheap shoe cabinets that have very narrow depths which meant they would not eat any footage of my entryway. I then installed 3-D wall covers, that come in paintable white, onto the cabinet doors, then I painted them with the same green paint as my walls, and I spray painted the visible wood particle parts of the cabinets with a green hue slightly lighter than the wall paint, so the cabinets became two-toned, even though it may not be that visible in the picture. By choosing the wall paint as the primary color, they look blended into the wall, like an extension.  I then put in some cute daisy shaped aluminum knobs, and voila.
If you have any questions, please post a comment on this post...By the way, I am very new to blogging, and need some blog-lovin'. If you can visit my decor/design/food/life blog, http://eclectic-touch.blogspot.com/ , and if you like it, follow me, I will really appreciate it. Thanks in advance.

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eclectic-touch eclectic-touch 3 years 14 weeks
Fanusya, I am sorry my reply is late, as I just read your comment. . The wall covers are by Inhabit Living, they call them "wall flats". I got them cheap too, because I got the "2nd quality" wall flats, which have minor defects, and are $ 4.5 (compare that to its regular price of $ 86 - that is a HUGE difference). And almost all of the said minor defects in my case had to do with irregularities in the base color of the product which is off-white; and since I was going to paint them anyway, it was no issue for me. You can find the sale priced product here : http://www.inhabitliving.com/sale/braille-2nd-quality-wall-flats.html . And of course if you are not a fan of the braille look, you can pick other designs.
fanusya fanusya 3 years 17 weeks
I think its an awesome idea! Looks so nice ! Totally agree with you! i've looked through so many websites to find a stylish shoe cabinet.. no luck...:(... i guess i'll use your idea, but i wanted to ask you a question: Where did you get those 3d wall covers?
eclectic-touch eclectic-touch 3 years 25 weeks
Thank you, Julia.
Julia-Millay-Walsh Julia-Millay-Walsh 3 years 25 weeks
It's a cute mirror, nonetheless!
eclectic-touch eclectic-touch 3 years 26 weeks
It may seem like an unlikely choice to most of you perhaps, but my mirror choice was deliberate. Remember that my picture does not reflect real-life perspective that well. That said, large horizontal mirrors may work for many other entryways, but would not work for mine, because it would swallow the whole entryway, as the ceiling is dropped in that area, so the height of the entryway is very low; it is narrower than it looks in the picture. I obviously know the miracles of large mirrors and how they usually make places seem larger, but it is true mostly if the ceiling is at a reasonable height or if there is a window facing it or if the entryway is not too narrow. In my personal opinion, this entryway would not carry a large item on the wall very well, even if it were a reflective surface such as a mirror. You gotta see it in person to know what I mean. Plus, I really wanted that particular mirror and arranged it specifically so that it would fit in the space between the shoe cabinets , right above the two man hooks, because I liked that particular composition. And ultimately, I am very fond of it aesthetically and think it works way better. Well, for me, it does. Thanks though for giving suggestions.
EricaJane EricaJane 3 years 26 weeks
i agree with the bigger mirror. you could do something large horizontally.
eclectic-touch eclectic-touch 3 years 26 weeks
Thank you so much for your response, mslewis. The reason I used that mirror was, as you can see in this second close-up pic, http://i56.tinypic.com/ngvnfa.jpg, I really liked that particular mirror which came in one size. The height of the mirror is perfect as I have really short ceiling in the entryway that it could not take any mirror that had more height, as for its width it looks ok in person. Thank you for the well wishes for my blog. :) And please give us an update on the transformation of your entryway.
mslewis mslewis 3 years 26 weeks
That's really cute and has given me an idea. I have a narrow entryway and I desperately need some shoe storage. I might give this a try. Also, would like to suggest you put a bigger mirror above, otherwise this is a beautiful makeover. Good luck with the blog.
eclectic-touch eclectic-touch 3 years 27 weeks
Thank you, Lauren. :)
lauren lauren 3 years 27 weeks
That looks great!