It's worked wonderfully and we still love it, however, something was missing.
And that something was shoe organization. I had been on the lookout for one that would fit the space between the center shelf and wall, but at only 22" wide, it was more narrow than any I had found. Then, it occurred to me, why don't I just make my own? It's an incredibly simple design that even the most novice woodworker can tackle.
With the wood pile in the garage being organized, I knew I had the materials to build one. In fact, I planned to use the old wood shelves that came out of the bathroom closet when I updated it.
I started by measuring the space to see what the dimensions of the shelf needed to be, then I made a simple sketch of what I wanted it to look like.
Then, it was just a matter of measuring and cutting my wood. I needed two side pieces that were 12" tall, and 2 shelf pieces that were 21" wide. Each side piece was 3/4" thick, so I made sure to subtract that number from the width of the shelf pieces, otherwise the entire thing would be too wide to fit.
Once I got everything cut, I used a finish nailer to attach all the pieces, then took it upstairs to test it out. Unfortunately, it didn't fit. The wood I was using was quite warped, and so it ended up being about 1/2" too wide at the bottom, but fit perfectly on top. Instead of taking the whole thing apart and re-cutting my wood, I decided to shorten the side piece that was against to the wall so that it rested on top of the baseboard, instead of on the floor. I measured the height of the baseboard, then cut that amount off the side piece with the table saw.
I tested the fit again, with much success this time around. Then, it was painting time. I used a sample pot that I already had. It is Hacienda Tile by Valspar.
Once everything was dry, I set it in place.
You can see here how it sits on top the baseboard on the shorter side.
The entire project took about 1 1/2 hours, from measuring to putting the shoes on it, and was super easy! And the best part: since I used all materials I already had, it cost me nothing!