Easily Transform a Cabinet Into Shoe Storage
Turn an unused cabinet into modern shoe storage with the addition of hairpin furniture legs and sliding storage shelves.
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- cabinet or dresser with at least one shelf
- hairpin furniture legs
- (4) center mount drawer slides
- (2) wooden furniture shelves
- (2) 0.375" square dowels
- wood glue
- brad nail gun + brad nails
- (2) 3/4" wood pieces
- wood screws
- small clear bins
Swap Out Legs
Instantly add modern flair to a cabinet or dresser by swapping out the existing legs with gold hairpin legs. This is a great time to change out any outdated hardware as well.
Cut premade furniture shelves to size. To create a lip to keep the storage bins in place, glue square dowels the length of the shelves on the top and bottom of each shelf (Image 1). Secure in place with 1-inch brad nails (Image 2).
Install Drawer Slides
Follow the instructions on the packaging for the drawer slides. For ours, we started by separating the slide. Next, attach the sliding piece to the underside of the shelves you just made (Image 1). Attach the bottom portion of the slides into the cabinet, making sure the slides will line up when finished. Some cabinets may have magnets in place to keep doors shut. If this is the case, add a 3/4-inch-thick piece of wood inside the cabinet before securing the slide on top of the wood (Image 2). This will raise your sliding shelf up enough to clear the magnet as you pull it in and out. Next, line the slides up and insert the shelves.
Use stacking shoe containers to maximize your shoe storage. This will also give a neat and organized appearance. On a budget? Opt for clear refrigerator storage containers instead.
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