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Hallway Cube Towers and Shoe Storage

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I am a lucky gal to have a very wonderful friend in my life.

 This is my good friend Renee
Isn’t she beautiful? I wish I could have her hair and smile.  Renee has been a motivational force in my life. She talked me into doing my first triathlon two years ago. She was also a motivator for this blog! (So you should definitely thank her for that.) But, overall, she is just a fabulous friend who I enjoy spending time with.

A few months ago Renee called me with some super exciting news. She was pregnant with her second child. This was a much anticipated pregnancy and the phrase, “Good things come to those who wait” enters my thoughts when I think about how long she and her husband Toby have wanted this baby.

I wanted to do something very special for my good friend. Especially something to help with those pesky pregnancy nesting tendencies.  I knew that she had been struggling with storage solutions for the hallway between her garage and kitchen. This was her catch-all location and it was a narrow 38″ wide hallway I might add.

Plus, there are six doorways coming off this hall. Yup, talk about a challenge! This hall has access to a bathroom, a storage closet, the garage, the bonus room, the back deck and the kitchen.

Smack dab in the center of this hallway was a console unit that she bought in an effort to get some storage and organization. Well, needless-to-say, it wasn’t working for her.

She bought this console off of Craig’s List to help organize the hallway.

Renee, really needed a highly functioning location to store anything and everything that didn’t need to come into her home.

Initially I drew up some quick sketches and showed them to her and her hubby. They both liked the idea, so the next step was to take some measurements and tape out our plans.

We taped the outline of two storage towers, a bench with storage underneath, and coat hooks. (Do you like our hanging coats? The vertical strips of tape.)

Plus, we taped the footprint of the unit. It was very important to keep the shelves as shallow as possible, so as not to impede the traffic flow.

Renee was tasked with buying some baskets to use on the storage towers and picking out a paint color for the back of the towers. She knew she wanted bead board behind the coat storage and she wanted black coat hooks. Buying triple hooks allowed her to maximize the amount of coats and bags that could be hung.

Then we got to work. (Yes, I said we! Renee helped with all the steps, because she wanted to learn some new DIY skills. I think she learned a lot on this project!)

We used Ana White’s blog (previously Knockoff Wood) plans for the storage towers, but altered them to fit our size requirements. The tutorial for the rest of the storage unit that we built is here. In the meantime, I hope you will enjoy these after pictures!

First off, you might notice that the before pictures weren’t just cluttered. The lighting in their hallway was pretty dismal. Thanks mostly to a builder grade flush mount light fixture and one CFL bulb. But, we fixed that too.

So, do you recognize that chandelier?! My twitter followers saw the picture here. $10 at the Habitat ReStore! What a steal!

A pretty place for flowers and pictures on top of the unit.
Coats and bags have plenty of hanging space.
The cranberry red baskets allow each family member a place to put their things.
Plenty of shoe storage for the whole family.

Here is the tutorial for that cute little blue striped storage box above. Its purpose is to halt all the junk mail. Renee can flip through the mail and put the junk mail in there to be recycled.

So, what did we do with that big console? 

It is sitting happily around the corner in her large kitchen. Renee bought some storage bins that we used in the lower half for more storage.

Now Renee’s daughter has plenty of access to her arts and craft supplies.
And, because who doesn’t love a really amazing before and after!
47 replies
  1. Stephanie
    Stephanie says:

    What a good friend you are! That really frees up some space for her. I love how you went up with the storage, very clever. I can't believe how many doorways she has! What was the builder thinking? You came through for her, I think you are just as a good friend.

  2. Caitlin Campbell
    Caitlin Campbell says:

    Love it! You are so talented and I love how you even thought about painting the back of the shelves & light switch plate. I bet she is thrilled with the new found organization. I think by now you should be wearing some sort of cape….Pretty Handy Girl does it again!

  3. Hello!
    Hello! says:

    what a difference! not only does it look GREAT, you designed something very functional her family needed to stay organized!

  4. Carrie
    Carrie says:

    Fantastic, Brittany! If I ever build a new house again, I'm hiring you to walk through and give me ideas – never too much storage with four children! Love it!

  5. Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal
    Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal says:

    This really was a great solution! You did a fantastic job and it all looks so neat and organized. I love the baskets she got for the console unit, any idea where?

  6. Life in Rehab
    Life in Rehab says:

    I so need to do this. I have a storage bench with a back that has coat hooks, and it's just not adequate for 3 adults and 3 teens. Thanks for the idea, and I await your tutorial!

  7. Rhiannon
    Rhiannon says:

    oooh you are an amazing friend, im sure she is just as thankful to have you!
    Looks absolutely amazing, if you ever want to make another one you can always come by my house! LOL

  8. Renee
    Renee says:

    OMG! I love what you wrote and what you did for me. It was a huge gift, not only has it allowed me to be more organized, but I'm also so happy whenever it greets me as come in from the garage. And, it's so pretty! Love, love love it!!! I also loved that I learned so much and I look forward to tackling some bigger projects on my own. Thank you, thank you! Now, you and your hubby need to go on some dates before I have this baby.

  9. Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk
    Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk says:

    WOW — How is that for precision? That's very clever and we know it will work perfectly for all storage needs! Great post. Thank you for sharing it today at the Boardwalk Bragfest.

  10. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions
    Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    What a great project! So much better than the console/chest piece, which I really like in her kitchen.

  11. Spencer & Lorilyn Crum
    Spencer & Lorilyn Crum says:

    Love this! So amazing! I want a place to build one of these but there isn't a logical space in my house. I will instead vicariously live through these pictures. Great job!

  12. Courtney ~ French Country Cottage
    Courtney ~ French Country Cottage says:

    This is a fantastic project and you are a fantastic friend for making something like this for your friend! Great job!! 🙂

  13. One Heart
    One Heart says:

    This is perfect. I love all things that bring on organization and decluttering. Love it, love it, love it!! Great job.

  14. Nutbird
    Nutbird says:

    Hey, did you change your blog? I have been in Florida with next to no internet access. Who did it? It is beautiful!! I guess I'd better catch up. Do you travel? That is one really, really nice thing you did for your friend. You are too good at all this. I want an ebook.!!! Ann

  15. Leanne
    Leanne says:

    Beautiful job! I'm hosting We're Organized Wednesday until Saturday and would love for you to join the party. Hope to see your there.

  16. Su
    Su says:

    MY WORD!!!!!!! WOW!!!!! I am super impressed. I love the fresh flowers. . makes me smile!! I want to know where Renee got the baskets for the dresser that is not in her kitchen. . .and Brittany. . I want to know what sewing machine you recommend. . I saw it in your mom cave post. I have so many ideas rolling thru my brain.

  17. Attempting Aloha
    Attempting Aloha says:

    This is amazing! I haven't been brave enough to try any of Ana's plans yet. I think this may be my first one to try. I DESPERATELY need one in our entryway. Great job and aloha!

  18. Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy
    Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy says:

    What a great idea. If only I had a large wall! I totally need someplace for shoes and bags and stuff like that! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

  19. Vicki
    Vicki says:

    I am so happy to have found your blog. I love the hall cube towers! I don't have a large enough area for the whole design but I do have an area by our back door that would be perfect for just a tower for shoe storage!I do have a question on how the tower is attached to the wall. Is the tower simply attached to each end of the cleat?

  20. - Brittany
    - Brittany says:

    Vicki, the towers are attached by nailing or screwing down through the shelf and into the cleat below it. There are two cleats per tower. One under the top shelf and one under the bottom shelf. You can see the construction on the tutorial post (a few days after this one.)

  21. Jennifer Hutchinson
    Jennifer Hutchinson says:

    Love this hallway cabinet- looks so professional and built – in. Wanna to come to GA to my home and do the same thing! Love your blog and how you inspire me to take on “I-could-Never” projects!
    ~Jen @ hutchinsonherd.blogspot.com

  22. Bevely Bullock
    Bevely Bullock says:

    This is just what I was telling my husband I wanted in our mudd room. Now I can show him and with any luck I’ll have an awesome muddroom in no time. By the way, I showed him your counter top makeover and he was on the fence about doing it, then I did a test board and he loved it. So within the next couple of weeks I also will have granite counters. Thanks for all your wonderful Ideas. You are very creative and I love following you!!


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