DIY on a Dime: Glamming my Ikea Hemnes Shoe Cabinet


DIY on a Dime

Glamming my Ikea Hemnes Shoe Cabinet

This weekend, I found myself a little bored, itching to do a new project around the house. I wanted something pretty simple to share with everyone, while also not breaking the bank. So, I opted to hack my Ikea Hemnes shoe cabinet.

This Ikea Hemnes 4 Compartment shoe cabinet is only $100 on Ikea. It comes in dark brown / black, white and natural wood. I initially purchased the dark brown unit, thinking it would match my kitchen cabinets, not too far from the hallway foyer where the cabinet would take its residence.


As you can see from the pictures, the cabinet looks a little boring, it’s monotone with matching knobs.


What you’ll need:

  1. Ikea Hemnes Four Compartment Shoe Cabinet.

  2. Paint and primer. I used Behr Paint and Primer in one (high gloss) in Midnight Blue.

  3. 2.5” Angle Sash Brush for latex paint.

  4. Metallic Spray Paint. I used Rustoleum Metallic Gold.

  5. (4) Knobs. Mine are not available online. Similar here.

  6. DC Fix Decorative Self-Adhesive Film in Greay Marble

  7. DC Fix Film Applicator Kit

  8. Blue Painter’s Tape.

This project should only take one weekend, completing within two days and under $200 total.


First, I painted the base of the cabinet. Since the Behr paint is paint and primer in one, I didn’t need to prime the cabinet first. However, if you select a paint product that does not have already built in primer, you will need to prime your cabinet FIRST. If you prime your cabinet first, allow the primer to dry for at least 24 hours before painting.

I only used two coats of the Behr paint, allowing time to dry in between each coat (approximately 8 hours because I just couldn’t wait anymore).


Next, I lined blue painter’s tape with the base of the cabinet, creating a seamless line. Once the tape is in place, prime the legs and allow time to dry. Once dry, spray paint the legs with the gold spray paint.

Since my cabinet was already built, I also placed blue painters tape on the floor, around the leg, and placed a drop cloth around the cabinet so spray paint didn’t get everywhere.

FULL DISCLAIMER: I forgot to prime my legs while I was actually doing this project. Remember, my Behr paint is paint and primer in one, so I didn’t need to prime the actual cabinet. But, the spray paint is NOT paint and primer in one. Therefore, I ended up spray painting the cabinet legs at least five times before the paint finally took to the particle board wood. *eye roll*


Next, measure the top of the cabinet. I measured approximately 44” long (left to right) and 10” wide (back to front). These measurements should add additional length to cover the side trim of the top of the cabinet.

Once you cut your adhesive film to the appropriate measurements, begin applying to the top of the shoe cabinet. Use the felt applicator to assist in applying the film flatly to the surface. The felt applicator also assists in smoothing bubbles.


Lastly, I added the gold knobs.


Now, you’re ready to style your cabinet! i used artwork, flowers, books and family pictures.