the built-ins in our front room made much more sense for us as shoe storage instead of displaying knick-knacks or books.
however...i have a lot of shoes. i don't think i have an excessive amount -- just too many to fit comfortably in the built-ins. aaand since i'm not willing to get rid of any of my shoes...i asked fish to add a shelf.
1. i wanted some of the shelves tall enough to store heels
2. removing and reinstalling shelves would be more work
3. the shelves are hidden by a curtain anyway
so i asked fish to simply bisect the lowest opening with a new shelf.
he installed the shelf.
i painted the back wall with an $2 oops! find.
i added some baskets.
well...i, uh...still had too many shoes to comfortably fit in the built-ins. and i couldn't go asking fish to add another shelf -- then he might think i had a shoe-buying problem.
although, he did ask why i needed so many sneakers.
answer: i like running in colorful tennies.
my solution: i stored my sandals and flats standing up in baskets. it looks nice and neat and they're still easy to grab.
i found these baskets at home goods --
wrong color, but right size...and right price!
nothing a little gold spraypaint can't fix!
look at how much room my sneakers have on the bottom shelf!!
fish installed an identical shelf on his and K's side -- we thought the two shorter shelves on bottom would be perfect for K's shoes.
this is what their side usually looks like:
eh, i'm not upset. fish works hard for us -- i know keeping his shoes orderly isn't really a high priority for him. that's why there's a curtain!
OH. MY. GOD.
did *I* buy all those???
answer: no. i did not buy the crocs.
i swear i did not realize K had this many shoes.
after painting the back wall...
no additional baskets needed.