There are a lot of feet in our house. Big and Small. We are blessed to have a truly beautiful mud room that up until recently has had the unfortunate condition of being the largest tripping hazard in the county. Shoes would come off, flying, and land where they may...usually right in front of the entryway to the house. It was a nasty condition and had bothered us for some time. But I knew holding out for the right "shoe system" would be a wise choice since I really didn't have any good ideas on how to aesthetically corral a family's worth of shoes anyhow.
Then one day a free and BIG cabinet came our way and it just clicked! Pardon the not-so-great "before" pictures. We were so excited to tackle this project we started before thinking of documenting it.
It's a huge and heavy wooden cabinet with big wooden doors. It was ok enough but it was a lot to look at and made the mud room feel "heavy" if that makes any sense. At first I though of putting some pretty wallpaper on the doors or something but quickly realized how messy that would get. So Greg started removing the inner panels for me with a huge question mark look on his face and a plea from me to just "trust me". In this picture above you see the first panel removed.
Here are three of the panels and original knobs removed. And then I just knew what I was going to do. A quick run to the hardware store for some hardware cloth...
and voila! Shoe cabinet!
And a mud room that isn't a mess to walk through but a joy to be in!
You can see in this photo too that we replaced the old ceiling fan that was in the room when we first moved in with this antique one I found at an estate sale. It's really cool. Punched Tin. And quite possibly one of my favorite finds is this head board bench I picked up at a local used furniture place for peanuts.
Total cost for the project $18. $15 for the roll of hardware cloth and $3 for the new knobs (which I still have to paint) We did this in June but I wanted to wait to see if we'd actually use the cabinet or not and I have to say the mudroom is now always organized. I think it helps to be able to see the shoes inside so you know where to find the shoes you are looking for with out having to open the whole thing. It's great for the kids. All their shoes are on the bottom two shelves and the visibility is a huge help for them as well. Honestly, I don't think we'd use it if we had to constantly search and guess. The hardware cloth was just the right fix for this cabinet. It was on it's way to a landfill by the way when a friend stopped at our house first knowing that I love to modify furniture and thought I might have an idea for it. She was right and I love her for it!