Create a Stylish and Modern Shoe Cabinet: A Step-by-Step Guide

Look no further than the incredible IKEA hack we shared from on the @ikeahack Instagram page! She transformed an old shoe cabinet into a stunning and modern statement piece, and we’re here to tell you all about it. Keep reading to learn how you can achieve the same look in your own home.

Preparation is Key

Before you get started with your shoe cabinet makeover project, it’s essential to make sure you have all the necessary supplies and equipment. Some of the items you will need include:

  • Warm soapy water or a gentle cleaner
  • A 120-grit sandpaper
  • A screwdriver or drill
  • A hammer and chisel (if necessary)
  • High-quality furniture paint
  • Brushes or rollers
  • Scaffolding boards
  • Brackets
  • Screws
  • New hardware
  • Clear wax

Once you have all your supplies ready, it’s time to get started with the preparation phase. Start by removing any hardware or accessories from your shoe cabinet. Next, clean the entire cabinet thoroughly with warm soapy water or a gentle cleaner. Use a cloth or sponge to wipe down all surfaces and remove any dirt and grime.

Once the cabinet is clean and dry, use 120-grit sandpaper to sand down the entire surface. This step will create a smooth surface that will allow the new paint to adhere properly. Sand the edges and corners of the cabinet to create a more rounded and natural look.

Take the Top Off

If you want to create a more modern and open look, you can consider taking the top part of the cabinet off. To do this, you’ll need to unscrew any bolts or screws that are holding it in place. If necessary, use a hammer and chisel to pry it off gently. Be sure to keep the top part of the cabinet safe as you may want to use it in the future.

Paint with Blackjack

Now that your shoe cabinet is prepped and ready, it’s time to paint! We recommend using high-quality furniture paint, like blackjack, to achieve a sleek and modern look. Make sure to apply a couple of coats of paint, allowing each coat to dry completely before adding the next one.

To apply the paint, you can use a brush or a roller, depending on your preference. Be sure to cover all surfaces evenly, including the edges and corners. Allow the paint to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Cut and Sand Scaffolding Boards

For a unique and rustic top for your shoe cabinet, you can use scaffolding boards. First, measure and cut the boards to size using a saw. Then, use 120-grit sandpaper to sand down the entire surface, creating a smooth and even finish.

Sanding the edges of the boards will create a more rounded and natural look, so be sure to take your time with this step. You can also sand the corners of the boards to create a more weathered and distressed look if you prefer.

Attach Boards Using Brackets

To attach the scaffolding boards to the top of your shoe cabinet, you’ll need to use brackets. Choose brackets that are strong enough to hold the weight of the boards and attach them securely to the cabinet using screws.

Position the boards evenly and attach them using screws. Be sure to choose screws that are the right length for the thickness of the boards, and make sure they are not too long as to poke through the top surface.

Add New Hardware

Finally, you can add some new hardware to your shoe cabinet to give it a finishing touch. Choose hardware that matches the overall style of your piece, like wrought iron or brushed nickel. You can also consider adding new knobs or pulls to the cabinet doors for a more cohesive look.

Stylish and Modern Shoe


Seal with Clear Wax

Once your shoe cabinet is complete, it’s essential to seal the paint with clear wax. The wax will protect the paint and create a smooth and polished finish. Follow these steps to apply the wax:

  1. Use a soft cloth to apply a thin layer of wax to the entire surface of the cabinet. Be sure to cover all surfaces evenly, including the edges and corners.
  2. Allow the wax to dry for a few minutes before buffing it with a clean cloth. This step will create a smooth and polished finish and remove any excess wax.
  3. Repeat the waxing process as necessary until you achieve the desired level of protection and shine.

The Finished Result of Stylish and Modern Shoe Cabinet

Your transformed shoe cabinet is now a stunning and modern statement piece that adds style and functionality to your home. The combination of black paint and rustic wood top creates a unique and eye-catching look that is sure to impress your guests. Plus, the added hardware gives it a more polished and cohesive finish.


How long does it take to complete a shoe cabinet makeover project?

The time it takes to complete a shoe cabinet makeover project depends on the size of the cabinet and the level of detail you want to achieve. However, with the right supplies and preparation, you should be able to complete the project within a few days.  Can I use a different color of paint for my shoe cabinet?

Absolutely! You can use any color of paint you like for your shoe cabinet. Just make sure to choose a high-quality furniture paint that is specifically formulated for the type of surface you are painting.  What kind of hardware should I choose for my shoe cabinet?

The hardware you choose for your shoe cabinet depends on the overall style you are trying to achieve. For a rustic or industrial look, consider wrought iron or bronze hardware. For a more modern look, consider brushed nickel or chrome hardware.  Do I need any special tools or equipment for this project?

The tools and equipment you need for this project are relatively simple and can be found at most hardware or home improvement stores. You’ll need a screwdriver or drill, a hammer, and chisel (if necessary), a saw, sandpaper, paintbrushes or rollers, brackets, screws, and new hardware.  Can I use this same process for other furniture pieces, such as a dresser or bookshelf?

Yes! The process for transforming other furniture pieces is similar to the shoe cabinet makeover process. Just make sure to choose the right type of paint and supplies for the type of surface you are painting. And remember, preparation is key!