Friday, January 17, 2014

A Shoe Storage Solution with Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan

Is my front door the only one that is the gathering place for discarded shoes? I clean up piles like this on a daily basis. Daily. I decided something must be done. For one, the pile is not really easy on the eyes. For another, the shoes were blocking the heating vent.

In my search for a shoe storage solution (yes, I love alliteration) I stumbled upon this little cabinet at a thrift store for $6. I immediately knew it had to come home with me...regardless of whether it worked next to the front door or not. Isn't it cute? I love those legs.

With the help of my good friends at Annie Sloan Unfolded, I was able to transform my sad brown cabinet into the ultimate solution. 

Let me show you how Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan can update your furniture.

I used Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan in the color Florence in addition to the Clear Soft Wax.  

My little assistant pitched in and helped me paint the legs.

With Chalk Paint® you don't need to sand anything!

Because the cabinet was going to hold our shoes, I layered the bottom with glass tiles. I found these on sale for $2 a sheet and used one and a half sheets. The most expensive part was the grout!

When the paint is dry, gently rub some of the Annie Sloan Soft Wax over the cabinet to seal it.

Isn't she so cool?!? I love having a decorated area by the front door (did you check out the Carpe Diem download?) and having decor that serves a practical purpose is a huge plus.

I was provided Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan from Annie Sloan Unfolded, but the experience and opinions are 100% legit.


  1. It's really cute and I love the color and those cute little legs! I'm just wondering... there were five pairs of shoes in the before picture, and only three in the after. Are you planning a shelf for more shoes, or did you find a different method of keeping the shoes to three pairs? Or do they just get piled up in there and the three pairs is just for aesthetic picture-taking purposes? I only ask because we have the same problem, but instead of it just being the pairs we use the most beside the door, other pairs end up there too. I was just curious if this stored all the shoes or if you have to remind your family to take their lesser-used pairs of shoes to their rooms (which is what happens on a daily basis at this house).

    1. Naomi, you got me! I did stage the shoes for the picture, but there are usually a couple more pairs in the cabinet. It still looks infinitely better than it did before AND the heating vent is able to function which is always a good thing :)

    2. Hahaha alright, I was just wondering. Still really cute! If I ever find a piece of furniture like it I might do the same thing! I've been wondering about this mysterious chalk paint for a while now!

  2. Thanks for this post. I recently purchased a similar table for $5 at a thrift store. Now I know what kind of paint to use!


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