10 Apr

Climbing the Walls

I left you hanging in my master closet renovation project post and for that I’m sorry. But I knew you’d be so impressed with this shoe storage solution that all would be forgiven.

Okay, so once the clothes were up there was about a foot and a half of wasted space in the back corner of the closet. Originally, my shoes were on one of those over-the-door wire jobs that never seemed to let the door fully close. I wanted to make use of that corner space but Pinterest failed me creatively. Frustrated, I started roaming around the house for inspiration.

At some point, I discovered my size 7 1/2s fit pretty well upside down on a door knob. With that in mind, I walked the garage and shop looking for something similar in size and shape. The ‘aha’ moment came when I eyed the legs on some project tables.

Simple Shoe Storage

So, I pulled spindles, stretchers and stiles out of my random chair parts box and cut them down on the chop saw.

Simple Shoe Storage

Then I drilled holes in the ‘bottom’ of each piece and spray painted them black. Once they dried, I roughed them up a bit and applied a coat of wax.

Simple Shoe Storage

Rummaging around in the scrap wood pile I found some plywood. That got measured, cut and drilled {6 evenly spaced holes along each piece} before sanding it all down.

Simple Shoe Storage

I brushed on some ebony stain and let it dry overnight.

Simple Shoe Storage

The following day up on the wall they went.

Since the hanger pieces were different sizes, I tried my best to line them up so the shoe pairings would hang uniformly. If I was making this for belts, scarves or jewelry I definitely would have varied the pieces for more visual interest.

Simple Shoe Storage

I’m sorta bummed that the shoes (which hang perfectly and take up very little space) cover up the pegs. I’m half tempted to make more of these for coats to hang in the mud room.

Simple Shoe Storage

…which is next up on the To Do List. Seriously, it never ends. Oh and before I forget thanks so much for the awesome feedback on the DIY Daily Magazine I published last week. Look for the May edition at the end of the month.

Simple Shoe Storage

3 thoughts on “Climbing the Walls

    • Donna – The shoes don’t touch the wall so scuffing isn’t a concern for me. However, if someone else constructs something similar and uses ‘hooks’ that are shorter than mine they might take this into consideration. Thanks for the tip!

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