Shoes end up everywhere, especially if you have children. Some people take off their shoes as soon as they arrive home, tossing them in the entryway. Other people have special yard shoes that remain by the back door. The home becomes a hazard area when shoes litter the floor. A shoe cabinet allows you to neatly store shoes out of the way, reducing clutter and making footwear easy to find. It can be built behind a door, against a wall, or inside an existing cabinet.
You will need:
• 2×10 finished wood boards
• Circular saw or handsaw
• Galvanized wood screws
• Medium grit sandpaper
• Measuring tape
• Clean cloth
• Safety goggles
• Paint brush
Step 1: Put the boards on a flat surface and mark two 18-inch lengths for the cabinet side panels. Put on the safety goggles and cut the boards to size using the circular saw or handsaw.
Step 2: Cut two squares measuring 36 inches for shelves and one 38-inch square for your cabinet top.
Step 3: Sand the boards to remove sharp edges and splinters.
Step 4: Measure and mark 6 inches, 8 inches, 14 inches, and 16 inches from the top of both of the side panels. These indicate the shelf installation locations.
Step 5: Firmly hold one of the shelves against the side panel between the 6 and 8-inch marks. Make sure the shelf edge is flush against the side panel. Drill two wood screws into this panel and through the edge of the shelf.
Step 6: Repeat Step 5 with the other shelf, placing it between the 14 and 16-inch marks on the side panel.
Step 7: Put the other side panel against the opposite edge of the shelves, aligning the shelves between the 6 and 8-inch and 14 and 16-inch marks, respectively. At each location, drill two wood screws into the panel and the shelf edge.
Step 8: Reposition the cabinet to stand on its legs. Put the top board on top of the unit, centering it on top of the side panels. Drill two wood screws into the ends of each side panel.
Step 9: Lightly sand the cabinet and remove sanding dust with a cloth.
Step 10: Place newspapers under the standing cabinet and apply a coat of primer the outside and inside of the unit, including the areas under shelves. Let this dry and apply a second coat of primer, if necessary.
Step 11: After the primer has dried, apply a coat of paint to the cabinet. Let the paint dry and apply a second coat, if needed. Let the paint dry before moving the cabinet into its permanent location and filling it with shoes.