You probably know by now that I’m trying to be as intentional about this summer as I can! 🙂 I’ve outlined several home projects that I wanted to accomplish before fall comes. The first major project I completed was a blast! I gave our lovely little coffee table a makeover and we were so pleased with the results. You can check out the before-and-after of that makeover here.
The next project I knew I wanted to conquer was finding a more logical, aesthetically-pleasing way to store our shoes. In college, we girls (7 of us in an apartment!) just flopped our shoes wherever we felt like it, which usually meant a pile by the door. Bjorn and I have been doing much of the same thing – but I wanted to stray from the college mentality of keeping things in piles. 🙂 We went with a little wire rack for a while, but it was time for a change!
^^ DEFINITELY a before picture 😉 ^^
I bought 5 ultra-simple wooden storage crates at SuperWalmart…along with a couple 99-cent plastic drop sheets and wood stain (okay, that was leftover from this project).
I stained one side of the crates and let them dry outside all day before carefully bringing them indoors overnight to continue drying while it sprinkled outside. 🙂 In the morning, I flipped them over and proceeded to stain the rest of each crate. Since I was going for a simple rustic look, I wasn’t super concerned about a “perfect finish” or flawless layers of the stain.
^^ What I stained on Day One. I’m a messy stainer but I don’t care. 🙂 ^^
^^ Flipped over and ready for Day Two of staining! ^^
Once the crates had dried for another day, I played around with different configurations of them. I settled on this setup:
Finally, I got our shoes organized (with shoes for other seasons in storage), added a couple home decor items we already had (including one of the tree-slice chalkboards I made for our engagement photos!), and hung up our initials.
The rustic details just added more character to this little corner of our home! I am so pleased with how our shoe crates turned out. We’ve got a new, easy-to-use storage system now – and we’re thrilled!
How about you? How do you store shoes at your place? If you try out this crate idea, let me know! Tag @hannahbeeolson on Twitter or Instagram and show us your creation! 🙂
Happy Friday, friends!