Thursday, February 2, 2017

Plywood Shoe and Heels Shelf
3:22 PM

Plywood Shoe and Heels Shelf

Don't judge me for being a shoe hoarder. I have over 60 pairs of shoes (I see those judging eyes). I've been moved in for a year and have procrastinated on installing a shoe shelf system in the foyer closet. Woke up Saturday, took out the hand saw, a sheet of leftover plywood, a 2" x 1" beam in my garage and got to work.

I had leftover 7 layer AraucoPly from the desk project posted here. Love this plywood for its affordability and pretty grain. Cut 5 shelves 47.25" long x 12" wide, sanded all surfaces with 80 grit, then 240 for a smooth, splinter free finish. Left it raw with no stain.

Took the 2" x 1" beam and cut 10 pieces 12 inches long for the shelf brackets. Mounted the brackets
onto the left and right sides for shelf support using drywall anchors as needed.

I wanted a heels rack but didn't want the traditional moulding look I've seen on Pinterest. Headed to Home Depot, looked thru a few isles and liked the look of tile edging which was clean and simple. A long thin strip with circular holes. Picked up an 8 foot strip of PVC tile edging, $5.97. Cut it with a hand saw and mounted each strip right below each wood shelf for hanging heels. Used leftover wood boards to create the float mount by cutting them into 1" x 1" pieces (small enough to be hidden behind the PVC tile strip). 3 hidden float mounts per PVC tile strip (center, left and right). Float mounted the PVC strip about 1.5" away from the wall using washers and screws. Heels can be hung off the top edge or fit perfectly into each circular hole. This was actually the hardest part of the project, since the float mount was trial and error.

Happy with the end result. Ordered the 3 pack Kuled motion sensor LED lights to mount right under each shelf. I originally tried the Almatess brand, but the quality was not so good (will review these lights in a different post).

  • Circle saw
  • Hand saw
  • Measuring stick / tape
  • Pen
  • Drywall Anchors / Wood screws
  • 1 Sheet of pre sanded plywood - AraucoPly for it's pretty grain, after all "it's not just a pretty face"
  • 1 - 2" x 1" wood board, similar here 
  • Tile edging (PVC or metal - Note PVC tends to bend easier), available here.


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