Last week I decided to redo my closet. However, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money or create a lot of waste. There’s so much you can do with paint and some scrap wood! I spent about $85 and have a closet that feels special and is so much more functional. You don’t have to have a big budget to have a space that works for you! Here’s how to make a DIY shoe organizer.
diy shoe organizer with scallops
Before, my closet was full my shoes thrown all over the ground. I hated the mess. We usually leave the closet door open and I wanted something pretty to look at! We had some scrap plywood and scallop trim so I thought we could be something cute. Want to see what I made?!
- 2 Sheets of Plywood
- Scalloped Trim
- Brad Nailer
- 18 Gauge Brad Nails
- Wood Filler
- White Paint
- Table Saw
Cut the plywood into the following pieces:
- 2 pieces- 12″x18″ (the legs)
- 1 piece- 12″x44″ (the top)
- 1 piece- 12″x42 1/2″ (the shelf)
step 1- cut
Start by cutting they plywood into the cut list. If you don’t have a table saw, have the wood cut at the hardware store. Most stores will do it for free.
step 2- assemble
Next, use a brad nail to attach the legs to the top. Make sure to use a triangle to keep the shoe shelf square.
9″ felt like the perfect distance between shelves. So we cut two pieces of plywood and used it for spacers to get the shelf in perfectly.
Then, my husband drew a line with a pencil so he could nail in the shelf perfect level. You now have the base of the shoe shelf! It won’t be super stable at this point, but the trim helps a lot. If you don’t add trim, you’ll probably want to add some support pieces of wood in the corners between the top and the shelf.
step 3- add the trim
And now, it’s time for some cuteness! Use a miter saw to cut the scalloped trim. I bought mine off of Etsy, but if you’re good with a skill saw or maybe a jig saw, you could make your own!
By nailing on the scalloped trim, it works nicely to stabilize the shelf.
To finish the shelf off, use wood filler on the seams and in all the brad nail marks. When the wood filler is dry, sand smooth.
step 4- paint
Finally, paint the shelf with paint. I used latex paint, but chalk paint would work too.
And that’s it! Isn’t that easy for a super cute shoe shelf?!
before and after
As you probably remember, here’s where we started with my closet. Fine, but nothing special. Plus those shoes in a messy pile didn’t bring me joy. The closet looked sad when it was empty. And since this house is also an Air BNB, I have to consider how it looks without clothes in it.
So I did what anyone would do and added some pink stripes! After painting the closet, here’s how it looked-
Cute, right?! Then, instead of the screws that used to act as hooks, I used actual hooks to hang my hat and bags. Plus, I put the shoe shelf in! Here it is!!!
Isn’t she lovely?!
Before I put all my husband’s stuff in the closet, I pretended like it was just mine to get some cute picture to show off this cute shoe shelf! I’m obsessed with the scalloped edge! Now I want a new pair of shoes 😉
Lucy and I are proud of our closet! Now that it’s done, I can’t help but think about how cute the rest of the bedroom can be. I’ve been contemplating fixing the parts I don’t like and the finished closet made me see how not me the rest of the room is. Ch-ch-changes are coming!
FYI, this moment with my rattan bag, hat, and vintage oval frame with butterflies is my favorite. Art in a closet can be a thing! Let’s surround ourselves with beauty!
Want to see the closet with my husband’s clothes in there too? Here’s reality-
Still pretty! Isn’t my husband a good sport for letting me paint the closet pink?! It’s a tiny closet, but thanks to my diy shoe organizer, it’s looking more put together. If you have a closet that isn’t quite working for you, look at it closer. Is there a small change you can make to work better for you? Do it.
We deserve to have pretty closets and special spots in our houses. Let’s make getting dressed a beautiful part of our day!
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Love it!! The stripes are sooo cute!!
Liz Wada says
Love it!!! But your dresses? I only see one. I know you have more than 1 or is the rack at the right height?
Ashley Wilson says
Hi Liz- all my dresses are on the lower row. You can’t see the bottom of them because the shelf is in front of them. I have about 20 dresses in here- maybe too many lol!
It’s so cute! I love the shoe shelf! Super creative closet!
Mary Rorer says
What is the item with the large pink tassels! A throw blanket, a shawl, it looks very interesting!
Ashley Wilson says
Hi Mary! That is a throw blanket from Kip and Co. It doesn’t look like they have anymore available. Which is sad because the giant tassels are my favorite.
April J Harris says
This is so lovely, Ashley! I love the pink and the scallops plus it’s all really functional too! Thank you for sharing and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party Community. I’m featuring this post at the party this week. Hope to ‘see’ you there! Take care, stay well, and I wish you a wonderful week!