One-Hour Shoe Rack DIY

After we created our DIY wood hall tree, I really wanted a place for my husband to put his shoes. We previously had a little shelf system that actually belongs in a closet; it’s something that we put in the mud room when we moved in, and it never left. But now that I have this pretty hall tree for storage, I wanted some thing that matched it.

I had some scraps from the hall tree project, so I decided to take small pieces of 2 x 4 and use them as legs for a short shoe rack DIY. For the top I used a piece of scrap two-inch trim left over from my wood wall art project. So, if you’re keeping a tally, this project cost me nothing. What’s more, cutting and assembling the shoe rack took only a few minutes, as did filling the holes, sanding, and staining. Leaving it alone to dry was the most time-consuming part of the project! Here’s what I did.

Easy Shoe Rack DIY

Here’s a list of materials to create the same shoe rack with wood scraps you probably have in the garage.

You will need:

  • Six 2x4s cut to 6-inch lengths
  • 2 two-foot pieces of 2-inch trim
  • Minwax Wood Stain in Early American
  • Minwax Oil-based Satin Clear Coat
  • Six 2” wood screws
  • Wood glue
  • Wood filler (optional)

You could get fancy and use a Kreg pocket hole jig to make your screw holes less visible. But since I was using stainable wood filler to hide the screws anyway, it didn’t matter that I drilled down from the top.

First, I set up my raw pieces of wood and confirmed I liked the look.

Then, I pre-drilled all my holes and screwed all the pieces together. I used wood glue to adhere the supports on the underside of the top.

Once the shoe rack was together, I went over the whole piece with sandpaper to get it ready for stain. At this point I filled my screw holes with the stainable wood filler.

Next I stained the wood. After it was dry, I painted on two coats of clear. The top was the most important part to seal for me, since it will be holding shoes that will sometimes be wet or dirty.

Here’s the finished piece tucked under my hall tree.

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