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Published on October 2nd, 2008 | by Jules Yap


Narrow shoe cabinet for small landing strip

Idoia found the Sandnes shoe cabinet with 4 compartments (pix, right) too large for her space and decided to hack it into half.

She says, “It is the Sandnes shoe cabinet with 4 comparment (37 3/4 x 35 3/8″) [link to a vertical version, which hey, could have saved Idoia the hacking!] but it was too big for my hall entry (if you can call this small space a hall. I cut it, painted it in black and made a little decoupage on the corners so it looked kind of old.”

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14 Responses to Narrow shoe cabinet for small landing strip

  1. Anonymous says:

    What an absolutely brilliant idea. Mine was an unwanted piece of furniture but now that I’ve seen your idea I am going to do the same – and I have a space where it will fit perfectly. Thank you.

  2. Idoia says:

    Hi everybody, I am really happy to see this “hack” posted… It is great to read your comments. I would try to find the name of the paint I used so I can tell you, but I basically sand it lightly and paint over with a semi-gloss to gloss enamel. The vertical version of this cabinet was way to high for the space I had. I bought the clawfoot legs in a bricolage store and painted them (they were like 3 dolars each) I put a beautiful (and really retro) mirror over it and now it looks perfect, the rest of the apartment is kind of modern so this is an interesting contrast. Hope I could show more images…

  3. Anonymous says:

    I like how it goes with the wall!

  4. Nphorcer says:

    @ Linh Bui: color does’t go with the wall?

  5. Sithean says:

    Great hack! (And it goes perfectly with the wall.)

  6. spookymulder says:

    Nice hack though the collor doesn`t seem to go with the wall color.its kinda retro.Original color would have looked better.

    Linh Bui

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  8. Yes! As Anonymous above, I really like the clawfoot legs!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Does anyone know where to get those clawfoot legs? It doesn’t look like something IKEA would sell.

  10. Anonymous says:

    usually you just need to apply a bonding primer to the surface. lightly sand before hand. once that’s on, I’d use a semi-gloss to gloss enamel (more gloss = more durability) to paint the color of choice.

  11. Maciej says:

    Really nice.
    I have one question, how did she manage to paint over veneer? What paints should I use to paint it?

  12. Anonymous says:

    This is awesome, I love that cabinet and don’t have the room for it either.

    See this thread and comments for tips about painting laminate:

  13. Sara says:

    Yes! please do tell how you painted over the veneer!!!

  14. Anonymous says:

    LOVE it!!!

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