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Yet another twinned HEMNES shoe cabinet


Materials: HEMNES

I followed the footpath of ScrapHacker (Stockholm), Paolo (Canada) and Grace Wang (UK) to create a customized, double-sized Hemnes shoe cabinet that matches the colors of the black-white-red terrazzo floor of my hallway.

First repainted the legs, frames and the top. After a very light sanding on the factory paint job, I used Sparvar’s grey spray-based primer. It dries quickly and provide a nice surface to work on. Then I used Alpina’s XT high-gloss oil-based enamel with paint rollers to achieve a shiny surface. I used black on the legs and the frame items, and burgundy red on the top to create a “Mondrianesque” look. The surface is not 100% blister-free, but it will do in my relatively dim hallway.


I let the enamel to cure for 2 days, and assembled the two cabinets using the “Paolo-Grace method”, i.e. using only one of the pillars in the middle position. I was a bit afraid that I may not be precise enough when replicating the holes of the other pillar, but it was not that difficult after all, and I had no problem with the assembly.

Just like the others, I did not shorten the top boards, as I had enough space for the extra overhangs. I fixed them to the frame using the 8 screws that are in the package, and did not bother replicating the holes for the pins and wooden bits. For the screws you do not even need to drill the top board – it is soft enough to turn the screws in using an electric screwdriver.

So far I am happy with the result. I am really curious about how the paint job will withstand the wear and tear on the long run.

Thank you for the inspiration.