Entry Shelves – aka Where I Put All of the Recovered Bins

I finally finished re-covering all 8 fabric bins.  It was a totally simple project, and actually didn’t take long at all.  I just get impatient, and bored of the repetition.  If you missed the details of that project, you can find it here.   I was pretty pleased with how they turned out – I even managed to get all of the handles on straight!

The bins were just a piece of a bigger project.  I’ve been posting about our entry/pantry/office makeover for months.  I’m so happy to say that the ‘Entry’ part of the makeover is done!  (Well, almost done.)

Right inside of our front door is a small alcove, where I’ve had Closet-Maid cubbies and fabric bins for years.  The cubbies were a couple of inches deeper than the alcove, so it made the space feel really tight, and prevented the door from opening the whole way.   Plus – the cubbies didn’t make the best use of the space – I kept stacking bins and baskets above and below the cubbies to try to add more storage space.  And (obviously!) it looks horrible!

I have seen so many cool projects that have started with a bookcase from Ikea, and ended with a beautiful, built in -looking cabinet.  Centsational Girl knocks this out of the park!



I told Kevin my idea, and showed him the pictures.  He tried to tell me that building shelves into the alcove would be much easier than trying to make an assembled set of shelves fit the space.  Whatever, Kevin.

I was determined to go the Centsational Girl route.  Obsessed.  I bought a Billy bookcase that was the closest fit to the space.  It was about 1/2 inch too deep, and 2 inches too narrow – nothing that a little trim couldn’t hide.   I put it together and propped it up, quite pleased with myself.  Kevin grumbled.

After several discussions about how to proceed, guess whose idea won?  Yep – the guy that operates the saw and drill.  :)

We ended up using Rubbermaid adjustable shelving from Home Depot.   Kevin had to trim the shelves and the side pieces because they were a bit too wide and too deep for the space.  He attached the side pieces directly to the wall.  (So it actually IS built-in, as opposed to my idea of making it LOOK built-in.  ugh.  Sometimes I wonder about myself.)

I have to say – it looked reeeeally rough when he was done building.  Caulk and paint were my best friends.  (I had to paint the sides and the bottom shelf, so I primed first.)

Then he attached some small trim pieces.  We couldn’t go wide with the trim because it sits so close to the door – there wasn’t enough room for big, fat, yummy trim.  I’ll save that for my next converting-an-Ikea-bookcase-to-a-built-in project.  :)

I added some bead-board wallpaper on the wall behind the shelf.  (I bought the wallpaper to use in my dining room, but I was afraid it wouldn’t hold up to kids sitting at the counter stools and kicking the wall.)  It was my first time hanging it, and I was so happy that is was really easy!

Each of my 4 Cs have a shelf.  The top shelves hold tons of extra paper products, and the bottom shelf catches extra shoes, paint cans, or whatever is looking for a home.

So why did I say that it’s only ‘almost’ done?

The green door hanging on the wall beside the cabinet was actually hung a bit too high.  (Does the door look familiar?  It’s the smaller sibling of our sliding bathroom door!  I knew I’d find a use for it eventually!)  We also need to attach hooks to the door for catching extra jackets and hanging wet snow clothes in the winter.

And did you happen to notice that the glass doorknob is missing from the front door?  It fell off last week, and I haven’t managed to fix it yet.  One thing at a time!

Much love,



  1. Love it Brenda!! It looks amazing – a huge transformation!

  2. This looks as if it has always fit the spot! Lovely :) Your husband sounds a lot like mine!

  3. Truly awesome! I think you utilized that space perfectly…and it looks so nice.


  4. I’m all about extra storage and this looks great Brenda! And I love that green door color!

  5. I can’t believe you made so many so fast! They are gorgeous, especially with that green door. The whole project is a winner!

  6. I love those recovered bins – so adorable and they look so chic on your shelves! What a beautiful entryway you have made! I love the storage solution that Centsational girl created too but your’s is just as stunning! Pinning!

  7. You and your hubby made a great DIY team with this project! You made such great use of this space for a ton of storage and it looks amazing!

  8. Brenda,
    I love your wonderful style and cottage!!!! Thanks for giving me wonderful ideas. Keep up the great job!!!
    Feeling Blessed,

  9. Your husband has many clones running around. Mine hung a big white nice cabinet from Ikea, on my laundry room wall. I expressed reservations , but he said “trust me.” One Sunday night, about 6 weeks ago, the big huge, filled, cabinet fell off the wall and literally exploded. I had just put the bottle of laundry soap back in the cabinet and was going up the stairs when the “bomb” hit. Fortunately my cat, who is the real live of my life, was not in the litterbox located underneath that cabinet. Had I still been in there, I would’ve been injured for sure. “Mr. Man” then wanted to put bashed up cabinet back together & rehang it. Years of bad language came out, the words practically fighting to be the first said out of my mouth. Cabinet is gone and now he’s telling me what I need in it’s place. A folding table with drawers blah, blah, blah. Just like when I wanted a new lawn mower as I did 95% of the yardwork.. I tore my rotator cuff trying to start the new mower he picked out, now he does all the mowing, & the yard looks lousy. If Im smart, I’ll let him design the laundry room his way. Then he can do all the laundry too. Problem is, I LIKE my clothes.

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