Keeping It All Together

May 6, 2015

This whole room makeover has us in quite the tizzy. TOMORROW is the big reveal of the office turned playroom. I hope you’ll be stopping by, because we are truly making a mad dash to the finish line. (Michael is painting the doors as I type this.) It’s been quite the undertaking – this “simple” room redo. I figured since we weren’t painting the room and weren’t doing any actual remodeling, it would be easy compared to other projects we have done. It really hasn’t been. I wasn’t prepared for how changing one room would affect nearly every other room in our home, and by that I mean, complete and utter explosion of chaos.

I’ve mentioned before that I am a recovering perfectionist. “Everything in its place and a place for everything.” Yes, (raises hand) that was me. And then, we had child #3. That’s when I found myself on the steep learning curve of letting go. I’d say I’ve done fairly well. I’ve learned to pick and choose my battles – for the most part. The thing about this room makeover, however, is that nothing was organized. Everything that was in the office had to come out of the office, and it had no place to go. Honestly, I think my left eye was starting to twitch. I just could not handle it. Since I couldn’t immediately remedy the situation, I noticed other things started bothering me, too. For example the coat / shoe closet.

coat closet shelves + inspiration photo on door

Actually, this closet had been driving me nuts for a while now. Despite putting shelves in there for the shoes, the shoes were always in a pile on the floor. I tried to ignore it (but also constantly fixed the shoes), because, frankly, making over the coat closet was definitely at the bottom of the list. However, with all the other chaos, I just couldn’t ignore it anymore. Something in my life needed to be organized! (Like I said recovering perfectionist.)

I wanted to replace our current entry table, seen here:


With a 5 drawer dresser like this:



We loved our entry table. Really. But I knew something more functional could be there instead. Dresser drawers would be much more functional and easier for the kids to keep organized. However, for the life of me, I could not find a dresser that I liked. I looked mostly on Craigslist. I didn’t want something too expensive, and I wanted it to have a well-loved, vintage feel. But alas, it just didn’t pan out, but this shoe cabinet from Ikea kept popping up when I would do online searches for shoe cabinets.



I didn’t hate it, but it’s not what I had in mind, either. It was just a little… Blah. That was until I saw it gussied up like this:

What a difference, right?! After seeing what Jen (from I Heart Organizing) did, I was convinced. So, we sold our entry table and moved the mirror to our bedroom. About a week later, we made an Ikea run and picked up the Hemnes cabinet. We decided to put it together and just see how we liked it before doing any sort of refinishing to it. To my surprise, I actually liked the way it looked as is.

Ikea Hemnes shoe cabinet |

Ikea Hemnes shoe cabinet |


It’s possible that I might paint it one day, but for now I don’t even know what color I would paint it. I really like the color that Jen used to refinish hers, but we have gray walls, so I wouldn’t want to add more gray.

It’s not the 5 drawer dresser I was hoping for, there are only 2 cabinets, but they are divided into shelves. The kids have the bottom cabinet. Emerson and Eleanor share a shelf, and Akira’s shoes are on the top shelf. Michael and I have the top cabinet. As for the top drawer, it’s holding a few stray chargers at the moment.

A few notes about the Hemnes:

We put our shoes in looking like this:

Ikea Hemnes shoe cabinet inside |

But when we open the cabinet, our shoes look like this:

Ikea Hemnes shoe cabinet |

Every single time. No matter how slowly we close the cabinet, the shoes still end up in a mess. Obviously, it’s because it was built to accommodate tennis shoes and not really flip-flops and flats, but still… Anyone else sensing the wink and the nudge from irony?

Also, the thing is really tall! It’s over 4 feet tall. That’s not an issue for us, but someone shorter may be inconvenienced. (You can see in the photo below that the top is almost even with the light switch.)

shoe cabinet 4

Overall, I’m pleased with it. As an added bonus, clearing out the bottom of the coat closet has made room for some of the things (e.g. my sewing machine) that needed a new home after being exiled from the office / playroom.

I hope you guys will stop by tomorrow for the big reveal!

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  • Reply Jody Powell May 6, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Pretty cabinet. If you ever paint it you could use an accent color, like red or turquoise. Does it not have back legs?

    • Reply Blair May 6, 2015 at 1:09 pm

      Thanks for the suggestions! No, it doesn’t have back legs. It’s made to be screwed into the wall, and back legs would be hindered by baseboards.

  • Reply mom May 6, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    i really like the cabinet don’t like the baskets thou ! But who I’m I …… Lol

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