We have this rule in the house about not wearing shoes inside past the doorway. Ya I know it seems a little silly with the house being only 1/3rd habitable but really its the only way to keep the place reasonably clean....you know, since we are not the clean-freak types and we can not afford maid service. Besides, think about all the places the bottom of your shoes go. You use a dirty nasty public bathroom then you're going to go walk thru your house on the same floors your baby crawls on? Yuck!
We had a small shelf by the door but it didn't look really good and could not hold enough 'stuff'.
So, in secret for our 11yr anniversary I commissioned a local artist-fine furniture maker by the name of Paul M. to make us something a bit more classy to store our shoes. I think what he came up with is perfect and fits our needs exactly. You won't get him to compete with IKEA on prices but if you want something truly custom and high quality don't hesitate to contact him. He got the job done on time and on budget and I would not hesitate to recommend him.
WHO'S THE BEST HUSBAND ANYWHERE? I AM!
The big drawer is separated into thirds with a spots for my mail, Irene's mail and a power strip to charge our cell phones and camera batteries and what not. The two smaller drawers are full of gloves and sunglasses and assorted brick-a-brac.
Here's a shot of the cabinet coming together in the shop. Paul forgot to take a lot of 'making of' shots so these will have to do.
He used solid cherry and birds-eye maple plywood.
I like this pre-staining shot. You can see the different woods.