Hillarys Crafts Competition | A shoe rack IKEA hack!

My lovely friend Katie who writes at the blog Mami 2 Five  gave me the heads up recently about a fab craft competition that was being run by Hillarys – the people who make amazing window dressings.

The main aim of the competition was to turn a 1 metre square of their Roman blind fabric into a crafty creation.

Now, I’m no seamstress so this was the perfect opportunity for me to practice my sewing skills and create something lovely. After not much deliberation I settled on upcycling a shoe rack that we’ve been using in our bathroom as towel storage — a shoe rack IKEA hack, if you will ;)

I’ve been desperate to do something lovely with this sad little shoe rack for a while — it’s the perfect size for our bathroom and offers great storage but it was so ugly.

Exhibit A — The little IKEA shoe rack

So I decided to turn it into a little bench seat.

Perfect for the boys to sit on when they’re getting dry, still giving us the same storage as before and looking a LOT more pretty too.

Here’s what I did.

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I took one sad little IKEA shoe rack
shoe rack ikea hack
Got my craft head on — plus all of the tools I’d need for the job!
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Cut some 18mm MDF and some 2inch foam to fit the top of the shoe rack.
Then cut the lovely ‘Daisy Pistachio’ fabric into cushion sized pieces.

I made sure I left a couple of cm around each piece so I could turn them over and make a hem.patter_grey

I found a few internet tutorials on making piping.

Most of the tutorials I looked at said that the fabric needed to be cut on the bias but there really wasn’t enough fabric to do that. This one by A Summer Gypsy said that you don’t need to cut it on the bias and she was right!

I’m sure it could have been neater but it’s not bad for a first attempt!

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My first attempt at piping!
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Looking more like a cushion cover now — with half a zip added!
Hurray! The finished bench cushion.

Once I’d finished the cushion cover, I made a start on the shoe rack.

I had some Annie Sloan left over from my chest of drawers makeover, so used that. It was Old White I must say, I hadn’t anticipated how long it would take to paint! Because of all the tiny slats, it seemed to take forever; not on a par with painting the Forth Bridge, I grant you, but longer than I’d estimated!

I chose Annie Sloan’s ‘Old White’ Chalk Paint to paint the shoe rack
…and it took AGES!!

Once it was dry, I re-assembled it; glueing the joins and screwing the painted MDF board to the top of the shoe rack.

The finished cushion sits nicely on the top. Having said that, when I’ve got a little bit more time I may add some velcro strips just to keep it in place.

Here’s my finished bench seat in pride of place in the bathroom!

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No longer an ugly little shoe rack but a beautiful bench seat!
The lovely Hillarys ‘Daisy Pistachio’ fabric ties in nicely with our tiles and towels
Ta-daaah! No longer a shoe rack but a bench seat, with storage for towels.
My shoe rack IKEA hack completed :)

I’m delighted with how it’s turned out! It fits in so nicely with the bathroom now and we’ve got a little bench seat — as well as storage. So happy with my shoe rack IKEA hack!

Thanks so much to Hillarys Blinds for sending the fabric — amazing what you can do with a 1 meter square piece. It’s certainly given me the appetite to try some more upholstery projects — watch this space :)

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About Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

58 thoughts on “Hillarys Crafts Competition | A shoe rack IKEA hack!

  1. Well done! You deserve to be pretty pleased with yourself: that looks lovely and makes such a difference to your bathroom. And it’s a very impressive first attempt at a bench seat pad – I say this as someone who makes soft furnishings for a (part-time) living! Clap, clap!

    1. Aaah thanks SO much gorgeous!! SO pleased with it :) Looks a million times better than it did before. Totally loved seeing you this weekend — absolutely LOVED hanging out with all my blogging bests! x

  2. Ahhh I used the same fabric! I love what you’ve done, it looks perfect! Haha, this was the first time for me with piping, I didn’t even know that was what it was called before this project. You’ve done it so neatly, well done! Sabrina xx

  3. Wow, who would have thought that little shoe rack could become so magnificent.
    You did a fabulous job!

  4. Oh my gosh how much better does that look! Love it! I am shortly embarking on my first adventures with Annie Sloan chalk point, is it wrong to be this excited??? xx

  5. This is gorgeous and you are quite a dab hand with a sewing machine. I have one, and really should get it out more. I have forgotten all the basics though, so need to find a course locally. I love the new seat and rack, a fab idea! #twinklytuesday x

    1. Thanks so much lovely :) I’m pretty scared of the sewing machine if the truth be told!! I’m happy to hand sew, although this was good practice for me and the machine :) Nice straight lines!!! (ish!!) x

  6. I can’t believe the difference, what a transformation! I can’t sew for toffee, I wish I could though as I have so many ideas in my head. I love that chalk paint too, I used that shade to makeover an old bookcase and tv unit. It’s great stuff.

  7. Wow, I find it hard to believe that this is your first attempt at piping- you did a fantastic job! And I always love a good IKEA hack ;) I’m very impressed! #TwinklyTuesday

  8. This is amazing Caro – what a transformation. I cannot believe this your first attempt either – it looks so professional. :)

    Good luck in the competition. :)


    1. Thanks SO much lovely!! I’ve had it in my head to paint it for a while but the Hillarys comp gave the perfect excise to make a little cushion for it. So chuffed with how it turned out :)

  9. That’s a brilliant idea! It looks amazing! For not being a seamstress that’s a brilliant bit of sewing! x #TwinklyTuesday

  10. I LOVE how this turned out! It was such a great idea and it looks wonderful! This makes me want to try a project with piping. Thanks for sharing and hosting the #TwinklyTuesday link up!

  11. I love this! What a great idea, we used to have one of these shoe racks, but I hated it and got rid of it. Now I wish I had kept it to do this! :) x

  12. Hey Caro,

    What a cute bathroom shelf/bench you have made! I like what you have created!

    I’m new to the Twinkly Tuesday, and I ‘m glad to find your site.


  13. Wow, that looks fab! We have the same shoe rack in our hall and although it’s practical is rather ugly. I will have to give it a paint (I will set aside a few hours!)

    1. Funny isn’t it? I bet there are BILLIONS of these little shoe-racks up and down the country!! Bet none of them look quite like mine though :) Get your paints out — I’d love to see it when you’ve finished :)

  14. Well done – what a pretty transformation! I love the fabric :) Its great the amount of tutorials online to help with just about anything! Your cushion certainly doesn’t look like your first attempt – it looks very professional xx

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