DIY Shoe cubby

One thing I love, is taking something old and making it different and better. I also love low-cost craft projects.

So when the daycare I worked for was going out of business, there was a lot of stuff up for grabs. I snagged this shoe cubby that we used to hold the kids shoes, with the intention of  updating it and using it for my own shoes.

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The first order of business was to clean it up, since obviously it had been well used over the years. I scraped the stickers off with a straight edge razor and cleaned the whole thing with a soap and water solution. I removed the shelves which made the cleaning process easier. The glue residue left a stain that I knew I’d have to cover.

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Next I spray painted the entire thing. I used white spray paint on the outside and a mint green spray paint on the shelves to add some interest. 
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Then to deal with the top I bought green paper to match my shelves and a gorgeous white lazer-cut paper from JoAnn’s. I used spray adhesive to secure it. The finished product looked like this:

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It has served me well for the past year and a half. It doesn’t have enough room to hold my boots and my boyfriends shoes are too large for the small cubby holes but for a project that cost under $10, I can’t complain.

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And because they’re always so fun, here’s a before and after for you!

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What awesome freebies have you updated with your own DIY touch? Let me know in the comments below.

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