Wood shim shoe cabinet — and a prize contest!

Check it out, friends!

I picked up this bad boy at Goodwill for only $15! It’s actually a shoe cabinet — the “drawers” fold out! This is NOT a quality piece. Notice the paper laminate peeling from the corner of the before pic? This was a practical purchase for my family to HIDE THE SHOES! (Because shoes are always a problem.) Can anyone else relate?

Wood shim shoe cabinet  I  becauseiliketodecorate.com

This is an example that shows just how much you can transform what was simply a boring piece of furniture.

You’re probably wondering what products were used, etc. So here we go. Let’s start with my paint choice for the exterior. I used Glidden’s Gel Technology High-Gloss Trim & Door paint in Bright White and also painted the knobs with the same paint.
Wood shim shoe cabinet  I  becauseiliketodecorate.com

After planning out my alternating wood pattern, the shims were stained with Minwax Jacobean and glued onto the face of the cabinet “drawers” using Liquid Nails. This needs to dry for 24hrs and you’ll need clamps to hold the pieces into place as they dry. I used a miter saw to make a few cuts, but you could probably get away with just a hand saw since the shims are so thin.Wood shim shoe cabinet  I  becauseiliketodecorate.com

Wood shim shoe cabinet  I  becauseiliketodecorate.com

The best part about this project is how budget friendly it was. Wood shims are about $1.25 for a pack of 12, and the paint and stain were both purchased for another project — so that didn’t cost me anything. That brings my total to only $20 for a custom shoe cabinet that has that high-end look without the high-end price!

Wood shim shoe cabinet  I  becauseiliketodecorate.com


Now let’s talk about the contest portion of this post! This furniture piece is nameless. If you haven’t noticed by now, I usually name each furniture makeover something that fits its new character and style. So what do you think? Do you have a name for him or her? There are many ways that you can enter and increase your chances! Annnnnnnddddddddd……GO!

UPDATE: I’m having a bit of trouble with WordPress accepting the contest widget (hoping to get this fixed). Please click on the giveaway link below to enter the contest! There are 8 different ways to throw YOUR NAME in the hat!



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7 thoughts on “Wood shim shoe cabinet — and a prize contest!

  1. Robin

    That transformation is stylish! A great blend of hip modern + mid-century influence. Looks great and has a wonderful function {I have a similar shoe cabinet and it tops the list of fav furniture in our house because it is such a problem solver}. The giveaway entry didn’t allow me to enter a name, so here it is … “shim shim, hurray” … a play on words from a Mary Poppins song.

  2. Susan M.

    I immediately thought of “Shim Shimanee” – looks like Robin and I are on the same wavelength! But then I saw Jenna’s “Shoe Carrymore” and was so danged impressed.

  3. Meg

    Are some of the shorter pieces of shim layered over top of longer shims in order to achieve the 3D effect on the face of the drawers?

    Or, did you use shim with varying thicknesses?

    The reason I ask is because the shim I find at home improvement stores all seem to have the same thickness. If I applied these in an alternating pattern on the face of the drawer, I would end up with a flat drawer face, and not the wonderful 3D effect you achieved.

    I appreciate any additional feedback you could provide. Great job on your project!

    1. becauseiliketodecorate Post author

      Hi Meg, So sorry for not responding sooner. I am only aware of shims that are paper thin on one end then gradually get to about a 1/4 inch thick on the other end. It may look like they are the same thickness in the package because they are pressed together. Does that make sense? I hope this helps. I would go buy a package and open it up to see how they look inside.


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