DIY Drawer turned Shoe Rack

My daughter has more shoes then my entire house hold put together.  And she’s only 2!  After our fire, we had so much amazing support from the community and Myra didn’t go with out a thing, especially shoes!  I needed to come up with a solution, the floor just wasn’t cutting it any more.  I had picked up a couple of lonely drawers from a bid site one day with Myra’s shoes on my mind. Here’s a quick tutorial on a great kids shoe storage!

I cut 2 pieces of 1/2″ x 1/2″ wood to the width of the drawer.  Then I used my trusty Gorilla Glue and some finishing nails to stick them to the drawer sides.  This created the ledge for the new shelf!

Then I cut a piece that would fit for the shelf.  I used 1/4″ plywood that I had laying around for this!  Then I sanded all the edges so that it was smooth to touch.

Sorry I didn’t take any pictures for the above steps… this is an older project and I’ve now learned to take pictures of everything!


This is chalk paint that I’m using!  I mostly use Benjamin Moore’s Chalk Paint because I work at North Langley Benjamin Moore 🙂 On the new bare wood I added I had to paint two coats for best coverage.  But the drawer sides and front were already white, so I just needed to paint one coat.



I had some old kitchen knobs that I thought would look cute as little mini legs for this shoe storage!  I just drilled holes and put them on. So simple and so cute.

When all the paint was dry, I added a coat of Minwax clear wax for protection.  I just used a lint free rag (an old tee shirt works) and wiped it on in a circular motion.

After this was complete, I measured the inside of the drawer and cut out a piece of wallpaper I had.  I had bought three double rolls of this beautiful wallpaper from my coworker who didn’t want it anymore.  I just love it!  I’m dedicating one roll to projects like this one and the play kitchen and book nook I previously made.  The other 2 will be an accent wall in our daughters room when we rebuild.

Now if you don’t have some wallpaper on hand, and don’t want to order a roll for a small project like this, you can always use a wrapping paper that you love!


I took a brush and brushed on a nice even coat of Dynamic Heavy Duty Wallpaper Adhesive.  I worked in about 5″ sections to make sure I could squeeze out any excess glue.


Oh boy it’s looking so cute!

I placed the shelf on the brackets I glued on and VOILA! A cute little shelf for our daughters shoes


Oh I just love this wallpaper


It holds up to 10 pairs of shoes.  Each drawer will be different of course.  And as my daughter grows, less and less shoes will fit on it, and then I will use this as a cute nic nac shelf for her little princesses and toys.


Thanks so much for tuning it!

Take a look at the 80’s headboard turned book nook and the Ikea play kitchen I redid for our daughter that uses this wallpaper!

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