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.


My 2019 Home Decor Resolutions

2019 Home Decor Resolutions.png

Setting new reachable goals for my home.

  1. Style My Bookshelves

I have tons of books! In a perfect world, I’d own a huge 5,000 square foot home with a library to hold all of my hardcover and paperback treasures. But, until I hit the mega-millions, I have to make due with my space!


Quite honestly, I’m always nervous about putting too many books on my wall shelves, that are hung on each side of the fireplace and tv, creating a symmetrical look. I’ve displayed some of my favorites with pictures and chinoiserie vases. But, I still feel like they could use a revamping and a new look. So, re-styling all of the shelves in my living room is definitely on my to do list this year.


2. Finish Hanging Artwork

I’ve been to ten countries so far, and each time, I try to remember to find a really cool area where local artists display their work on the streets, for tourists to spend all of their money. Out of the ten places that I’ve been to, I’ve only hung FIVE of my paintings (*insert hand on forehead emoji here*)! I realize that for some silly reason, I’m indecisive on finding the perfect picture frame. These paintings are always a great talking point when entertaining in my home, reminiscing on where I’d been and how I magically lucked up on each artwork. I am ashamed to say that the unframed pieces are neatly rolled up, tucked away in a corner of the dining room, and I simply unroll them to show to friends and family when they visit. They are such beautiful paintings, that I have yet to display, and they each deserve their spotlight on my gallery wall.


3. DIY Projects

I absolutely HATE my kitchen. I have a few DIY projects that I’d like to tackle, but my kitchen is definitely one of them. My kitchen is very small, so, with dark cherry shaker cabinets and matching brown glass tile, it feels even smaller. I’m hoping to find ways to brighten this space and turn it into the (small) kitchen of my dreams.


4. Create a Luxurious Space for Entertaining

Thanks to the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art, i have these amazing posters replicating the official portraits of First Lady Michelle Obama by Amy Sherald, and President Barack Obama by Kehinde Wiley. My dining room is bright and colorful but I want it to feel luxurious. Creating a luxurious dining room that is still inviting for entertaining and hosting will bring more use out of the least used space in my home.


5. Organize! Organize! Organize!

Lastly, I have a lot of organizing and decluttering to do, thanks to watching Netflix’s Tidying Up! My pre-war “daylight row house” has a tiny closet in each bedroom. As you can see from the picture, I have so many dresses hanging that the actual clothing rod is bending towards the center. Sigh. This is just my winter clothes, babes. The show (and book) is great inspiration to get my juices going and organize everything. From my closets, to the pantry and the fridge. It’s time to declutter and purge what’s no longer useful.


What kind of projects do you intend to tackle in this new year?