So this is where we were.. Walls painted, cubbies made and secured in place in the centre of the cupboard..
The first thing we did next was to put the shelf back across the top of the cubbies.. and support it with trim on each side..
We have this box in the garage with off cuts of all the various bit of trim and moulding that we've used in the house in the past and we found a perfect bit that Bill cut in half.
Previously the shelf and coat rail were supported by the same wall fixtures.. so those fixtures had to take the weight of all the coats, plus.. whatever we put on the shelves. But we have reconfigured that so the shelf is independant..
Most of the shelf's weight is taken by the cubes... so a smallish [albeit well secured] piece of moulding was plenty for the sides.
You can also see the new supports for the coat rack.. the other end is attatched to the side of the cubbies.
|Small piece of skirting board used to support the shelf.|
I've added hooks on the walls inside on both sides for hanging stuff that's awkward to store flat.
|yes I have a squash racket.. don't laugh.|
Eventually I will cover the remaining boxes too, probably in fabric offcuts, but let's face it that's hardly a priority.
I needed to trim the front edges of the cubbies to tidy up the finish.. and this is what I used.
When you get in stock blinds over here, although the store cuts them to the right width for you, they are standard lengths, and if you want you can remove the spare strips from the bottom to make them hang better.
And here we are.. the finished article.
The shoes and boots are now tidy and organised, and there are 3 extra pairs in here that we didn't have room for before.
There is more stuff stored away in boxes on the shelf.. which has freed up space in other rooms, and everything is easier to access.
There is just one last thing to do.. well two..
I have just noticed that I have to line the backs of the bottom 2 cubbies with the same paper.
And second, I found a cardboard box that fits perfectly into one of the empty cubbies..
I have a great fabric offcut which I will use to cover it and I'll attach a kitchen door handle to make it easier to pull out. Which will cost about $4 in total.. The ones they sell for the same purpose in Home Depot are $12, and they're only canvas so this will be sturdier.
Final photographs... before and after... so what do you think ??