Shoe Cupboard

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Project by Ollie posted 06-10-2010 11:15 PM 2092 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was for a client to store an extensive shoe collection. It fits inside an existing alcove next to a very similar built in cupboard. This was designed to look like an extension of the existing cupboard.

I made the shelving unit first from 18mm mdf just using two side pieces with grooves routed out for the shelves to slide into, after it was painted (an absolute nightmare by the way) I installed the side frames in the alcove and slid the shelves in.
Then I turned my attention to the doors and frame to hang them on.
I decided to build a small stud wall to hang the doors from and then face the frame with matching mdf.
I used Blum kitchen hinges with the soft close piston attachments, I found these hinges to be very good quality and not too hard to fit once I worked out the offset and overlay stuff and made a small test door from scrap.

I found some handles to match another cupboard in the same room.

The main problem with this project was the painting, which I used a roller for to get the desired texture.
First 2 coats of mdf primer, then sand flat.
Next 2 coats of primer, more sanding.
Now one coat of satin topcoat, more sanding.
Final very careful satin topcoat.
Needless to say I am sick of sanding, and flies and dust landing on my fresh paint .

Anyway, I am quite happy with the results.

-- Ollie, UK.

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#1 posted 06-10-2010 11:43 PM

That’s just swell Ollie good job.

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#2 posted 06-10-2010 11:53 PM

Great project Ollie, so your client wouldn’t happen to be related to Imelda Marcos would they?

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#3 posted 06-11-2010 12:30 AM

My wife has a lot of shoes I don’t get it…...................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#4 posted 06-11-2010 06:19 AM

if only I had the space to store my shoes, I think I could fill 2 of these. You did a great job. I love the cabinet and agree that painting MDF is a nightmare.

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