Convert a tall, narrow cabinet into extra coat and shoe storage that looks great with this budget-friendly DIY makeover!
I’m just wrapping up the DIY details on the big Modern Farmhouse Laundry Room Makeover with this final tutorial. Today I’m explaining exactly how I made a standard tall, narrow broom cabinet look like custom coat and shoe storage in our mudroom. And the big secret to this DIY Tall Cabinet Makeover is trim. Nice trim work makes all the difference.
But don’t worry. This is an easy makeover. And these steps work on any cabinet you’ve removed the doors from, to make them look designed to be open! You can have this makeover done in a day, easy.
Now, let’s get this DIY Tall Cabinet Makeover into Coat and Shoe Storage makeover started!
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DIY Tall Cabinet Makeover into Coat and Shoe Storage- Materials Needed
- Brad Nailer with Brad Nails
- Miter Saw or Circular Saw
- Saw Cutting Guide, I highly recommend using one to get the straightest possible cuts
- 3/4″ Lumber or Plywood for the shelf
- A Rod and Rod Brackets for the Coats
- Trim (moulding) to match your style or room
- Wood Filler and Wood Glue
- Dremel Rotary Tool or Hand Saw to cut corner molding with a straight edge on one side and a miter on the other.
DIY Tall Cabinet Makeover into Coat and Shoe Storage – Build Steps
Start by removing the door and hiding the door hinge holes. You can hide them with corner moulding, like mine. Or by just filling the hinge holes with wood filler. Pick the option that you prefer. BUT if your cabinets are custom 3/4″ plywood built-ins, like mine, you might want to hide slightly crooked door openings with moulding, like I did. Use wood filler wherever needed for a seemless look. And finish with a 150-grit sanding.
Add a DIY Plywood Cabinet Liner that can be stained or painted if the inside of your cabinet isn’t very pretty and polished looking.
Add a Closet Pole Socket in any color, and a dowel from your local big box to hang your coats on.
Add a shelf divider near the bottom of the long cabinet to increase your shoe storage. Having the trim from the shelf overlap the cabinet frame gives it a true finished cabinetry look. Just check your windows with moulding, they look the same way.
Check out the original Mudroom Bench DIY to see how I converted our cabinets into a bench and hall tree for less than $100.
And be sure to check out the full Laundry Room Makeover for more inspiration.
Feeling inspired? Get out there and do your own DIY Tall Cabinet Makeover into Coat and Shoe Storage. Have fun and let me know if you have questions. Don’t forget to sign up for the Abbotts At Home email newsletter to get DIY, Remodeling, and Crafty ideas in your inbox.