I’ve been meaning to post this for a week or so now but haven’t had much time. We’ve been so busy filming models these past two weeks, it’s been hard for me to do much else. I wanted to post pictures and a video tour of our model closet area in our basement after I put the shelves up for shoes.
This is a picture of what the area looked like before we really did anything with it. The green table was left by the previous owners when we bought the house in August 2009. We finally got rid of it several years later. Unfortunately, the exposed air ducts and plumbing will always be an eyesore in our basement. *loud sigh* With it built in 1959, I don’t think the owner at the time had planned for it to be liveable, so they just put the stuff wherever without regard to future use.
I took down the pegboard (also there from the previous owners) and moved it to my crafting/woodworking cubbyhole.
About a month ago, I started thinking there was a LOT of space not being utilized, and it would be PERFECT for shoe shelves! We have a LOT of shoes in our model closet, and there are so many in plastic tubs we don’t see very often. So I thought I’d clean up the area some and move the junk.
The 6-foot boards fit in my Mustang thankfully, but I had to utilize the Jeep to transport the 12-foot boards. I had also gotten a pedicure that day, so my feet were FREEZING with the back window down the whole way home – during winter.
It was super easy to put these up. I just used cheap 98¢ shelf brackets for support and made sure the shelves were level. The 6-foot boards fit perfectly on this side, each holding about 10 pairs of heels. We decided to get all of the heels out of tubs so the heels wouldn’t scuff any other shoes while in storage. I squeezed a smaller shelf in for the bottom row because I couldn’t waste the space. It worked perfect for some of the flatter shoes. One shelf has a lot of empty space to allow for some expansion in those sizes.
I used side-pocket holes on the 12-foot boards to connect them with the 6-foot boards, and again, the cheap 98¢ shelf brackets.
In my opinion (and I’m a little biased), they turned out AMAZING!
One of these racks was originally for the high heel shoes. We were able to get more boots out of plastic tubs since all of the high heel shoes went on the new shelves I put up.
Here are the shoes and boots on the 12-foot shelves I put up. There. Are. So. Many.
We were able to get a lot more pairs of boots out of tubs, but we have so many shoes, we still have to store a LOT in plastic tubs, but they fit neatly under the bottom shelf.
We haven’t gotten every pair of boots put away in their place yet. I was hoping to get 4 plastic containers that are 105 quarts in size (far right tub in the picture above), but Wal-Mart didn’t have any in stock. I’ll have to order them online. So we have a few things just lying around right now.
We emptied all the blue plastic tubs you see in this picture below! YAY!
And here’s our clothes rack for items we use for Boots N Leather’s video.
After taking the pictures, I didn’t think they really did the “model closet” justice, so I filmed a little video tour of the model closet as well. Check out the video below!