Published on March 26th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Wedded Hemnes Shoe Cabinets [Twined and Painted]

Materials: IKEA Hemnes Shoe Cabinet

Description: Greatly inspired by the Twined Hemnes Shoe Cabinet Hack conducted by Paulo from Canada and ScrapHacker.com.

I wedded the two newly purchased Hemnes happily.

I took out one of the cabinet leg, so instead of having four legs and an ugly gap in between, we now have a three legged cabinet with no gap in between and a top board that is just a little over hanging on both sides.

I am a tool rookie, so pardon me for some of my terms.

- Two Hemnes Shoe Cabinets
- Electric drill (battery well charged)
- Different size drill heads
- Ruler
- Pencil

- Paint brushes (one big one small)
- Unwanted jars to hold paint
- Masking tape
- Cotton buds (to stop paint going into drawer pull holes)

- A massage
- Heat rubbing cream
- A place to stretch aching body parts

~ Grace Wang, London UK

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Jules Yap

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8 Responses to Wedded Hemnes Shoe Cabinets [Twined and Painted]

  1. Ryan says:

    I just did this over the weekend. It works out really well but is a bit tedious. You just need to take your time, measure twice (or thrice) and drill once (29 times) ;)

    Give yourself three or four hours to do this.

    I used the existing holes to find out the drill bit sizes needed (there are three different sizes in total) and used masking tape as a depth gauge so I knew how far to drill.

    I think an additional measuring tool that is really important (pretty much required) is a square of some sort. I used both a framing triangle and an adjustable square to get the hole positions just right.

    I screwed up a bit on the tops so they aren’t quite centered in the middle, so if anyone else tries this take your time on that part. I don’t think Grace’s instructions are quite accurate in that the new holes for the center aren’t quite centered within the width of the side boards, I think it is a tad bit more. Basically it should be half of the width of the leg (which is a bit more than twice the width of the sides.) Also make sure you take into account the veneer on the edge of the tops when measuring for this.

    The resulting piece is quite heavy and unwieldy so it probably goes without saying that you need help when moving it around and putting it up.

    The resulting piece has a top that is exactly 70 inches across, with about a 3 3/8″ overhang on each side, and the main piece is 63 and 3/4 inches across.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Great idea! How wide is it now that it is merged together?

  3. Ray says:

    Just finished doing this myself and it is awesome! The hardest part was getting the holes drilled exactly… I used a framers square to help with the measurements. Jules, this was an excellent post!

  4. Cbob says:

    Did anyone else have trouble assemblying the plastic holders for inside the cabinet?

  5. mars says:

    I am wondering if you can post the width of this? I am interested in trying to replicate it. thanks.

  6. Paulo says:

    Hi, Grace. This is the Paulo, from Canada.
    Really nice drawings!!!
    They show you are very respectful to your readers.

    You know the coincidence? I’ve just spent 1 month at London on holidays. Had I saw this post before, certainly I would had pay your family a visit. Next time, maybe! :)

    Bon Noël!

  7. Kay @ Slightly 0bsessed says:

    Great job! I love the colours used to customize the piece.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Good job!
    Perhaps one long board on top instead of the two would make the piece look more uniform.
    Nice hack, though.

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