Boho Ikea Hemnes Shoe Cabinet Makeover

If you have a small hallway but need extra storage, then check out this post. I took the Ikea Hemnes shoe cabinet and gave it a makeover. I badly needed extra storage in my small entryway. However, when searching for pieces of furniture, I stumbled across the Ikea Hemnes shoe unit with four compartments.

I checked the measurements, and the depth was perfect for my small hallway. I needed a piece of furniture that gave me storage but wasn’t too deep.

Also, I styled it with the Ikea Stockholm round mirror to add more light to my small hallway. Check out how I achieved the look below.

Ikea Hemnes Shoe Cabinet Makeover

Measure your space!

How deep is the Ikea Hemnes shoe cabinet with four compartments?

The measurements for the Hemnes unit is:
Width: 107 cm, Depth: 22 cm, Height: 101 cm
As there are two Ikea Hemnes shoe units, I choose the one with four compartments. This option is narrower compared to the two drawer option.

However, I was worried about my front door not being able to open with ease. Thankfully, this Hemnes unit is only 22 cm deep. So, it allows for my front door to fully open.

If you are worried about your door hitting the Hemnes unit, you could use a bumper on the corner, or a door stopper to prevent banging. I’m loving how this unit now adds storage to my small hallway.

IKEA Hemnes Shoe Cabinet Makeover

How to paint the Ikea Hemnes shoe cabinet?

  1. Prep:

    Prep your piece by cleaning it down with a degreaser and giving it a scuff with some sandpaper. As you can see from my YouTube video, I painted the shoe cabinet disassembled. However, take extra care when assembling as freshly painted furniture can chip during the assembly.How to paint ikea hemnes

  2. Prime:

    To give my paint something to adhere to, I applied one coat of primer. I used Colourtrend prime two, and I used a roller to get a smooth finish. Make sure to follow the drying time of the paint between coats.How to paint Ikea Hemnes Primer

  3. Paint:

    I went for a durable eggshell finish for my Hemnes paint job. I applied two coats of Coloutrend “Keystone” and allowed each coat fully dry between applications. The eggshell finish has a slight sheen, and it is also more durable and perfect for a high traffic area like the hallway.How to paint Ikea Hemnes furniture

  4. Cure:

    Allow your piece to fully dry before assembling and take extra care to avoid chipping.Paint Ikea Hemnes shoe cabinet

How do you hang the Ikea Hemnes shoe cabinet?

The Hemnes shoe unit doesn’t come with fixing to attach it to the wall. However, it does include all of the pieces to assemble the piece. So, you will need to purchase a screw and fixing kit.

Be aware that different wall materials can support different loads of weight. For example, a wall made of plaster cannot support as much weight as walls made of wood, concrete or brick.

So, I attached my Hemnes shoe cabinet to a concrete wall. Using my drill, that has a hammer function, I drilled two holes. I then applied a wall plug and screwed the unit into the wall.

If you are attaching the unit to a plaster wall, try these special plugs for plaster.

Ikea Hemnes Show Cabinet

Styling my small hallway

I originally had a large mirror on this wall, and I loved how it made the hallway look bigger. Although this mirror was pretty, it wasn’t practical, and I needed the storage. So, I hung the round Ikea Stockholm mirror above the shoe unit to reflect the light. 

Using some dried flowers I had received as a gift before Christmas, I styled them in an old vase I had from Marks & Spencer. You can find similar here. 

Also, I have a basket on top that homes my face masks. I have a mini sanitising station at the door as I have a hand sanitiser and face mask basket to greet me when I come home. 

Small hallway storage idea

How many shoes can I fit inside the Hemnes unit?

The Hemnes shoe unit can hold eight pairs of shoes. However, if you are like me and have small feet, I can fit 10. Also, the Hemnes show unit is handy for storing scarves in Winter.

Ikea small hallway storage hack
Ikea small hallway storage hack
Catherine Carton Creative blogger

So, did you get inspired by my Ikea Hemnes shoe cabinet makeover? I hope you got some ideas from this post on adding storage and styling your small hallway using the Ikea piece.

Also, I did try to shop second-hand for a unit that would fit my hallway. However, some older pieces of furniture can be larger, and I like how Ikea pieces consider smaller homes.

You can get a better look at my small hallway makeover in my YouTube video, which I will leave below. I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for reading, Chat soon, Catherine.

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  1. Dana
    January 29, 2022 / 3:20 am

    Thanks for sharing! What is this adorable paint color??

  2. daintydressdiaries
    November 5, 2021 / 5:49 pm

    Thank you, it is form Wayfair x

  3. Mc
    November 1, 2021 / 12:47 pm

    I like the flower rug, where can I buy one?

  4. daintydressdiaries
    September 22, 2021 / 7:45 am

    Hi Sarah, the wood texture is nice and even when painted you can see the grain detail underneath x

  5. Sarah Battaleme
    September 15, 2021 / 8:09 pm

    Love this! I’m trying to choose the right piece to start out with bc the finishes have different textures. There’s a flat white or two wood texture colors. Which would you start with? Thank you!

  6. imane
    August 25, 2021 / 9:59 am

    bonjour, J’aimerai savoir d’où viens ton beau tapis fleuri stp merci et encore bravo

  7. sandra
    May 1, 2021 / 9:19 pm

    Wonderful job! love the choice of colour! do you know what size the hemnes doors are? I was wondering if I could use a superfront and which one. It would be so helpful if you could give me the size… I am looking everywhere for it and can’t find the dimensions of the individual doors. Thank you

  8. Sammi Jo
    April 14, 2021 / 2:35 pm

    Hi! This paint is from Ireland! Did you find it in the states? Or color match?

  9. daintydressdiaries
    April 5, 2021 / 8:25 pm

    Thanks! That is from Marks and Spencer x

  10. karima
    April 5, 2021 / 9:27 am

    Love it all. You’ve inspired me! Where did you get the vase?

  11. daintydressdiaries
    April 1, 2021 / 9:13 am

    Hiya, I got them dried flowers as part of a gift, but, you could try Etsy?

  12. Yen
    March 28, 2021 / 10:07 pm

    I love your design and thank you for your ideal.
    I also like your flowers can you tell me where can I get it?
    Thank you.

  13. daintydressdiaries
    March 20, 2021 / 9:21 am

    Hi Cheryl! I originally bought that from Aldi. Have you tried looking on Etsy for something similar?

  14. Cheryl DeKoevend
    March 20, 2021 / 2:58 am

    Where did you find your heart shaped door mat?
    I really enjoyed this step by step video.
    Thank you for explaining the steps.

  15. daintydressdiaries
    January 27, 2021 / 8:28 am

    Thanks Lindsey, thanks for commenting, good luck sorting your hallway x

  16. Lindsey Mary Forsyth
    January 22, 2021 / 8:22 pm

    That’s beautiful! You have such a talent and make ordinary things amazing! You have inspired me to sort my hall out- it’s terrible! We have a small hallway too but four of us so definitely need practical but I want it to be pretty like yours too!

  17. daintydressdiaries
    January 22, 2021 / 8:23 am

    Thanks Bridget, thanks for popping over and reading! I hope you have a lovely weekend x

  18. daintydressdiaries
    January 22, 2021 / 8:22 am

    Thanks Jackie, glad you like it x

  19. Charlotte
    January 22, 2021 / 4:43 am

    This looks beautiful! Great color choice and fit for the space, lovely and practical.

    Could I ask where you got your red dress from? I love the color and style, it’s so nice it almost distracted me from the Hemnes as the star of the show

  20. Bridget from Cali
    January 21, 2021 / 10:01 pm

    ♡Love♡ your cottage style & color palette. ◇ Beautiful transformation!◇ Obsessed w/the shallow profile of the Hemnes 4-dr shoe cabinet. Would line hallways w/’em everywhere for extra storage! Plus, my big boats take up more shoe space! The sexy Stockholm mirror adds an earthy industrial mod vibe that balances w/the ultra feminine. [Wall Art eye level is typically 57″ from floor to midway of piece. Might consider lowering yours to suit your petite size more too.] ☆God bless you!☆

  21. Jackie
    January 21, 2021 / 9:08 pm

    As always loved the upcyling you have the best ideas

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