Ikea Shoe Cabinet, Turned Bar Cart!

The Ikea Hemnes shoe cabinet hack that I did about a year and a half ago was such a great addition to the entryway in our rental apartment, because it was incredibly practical, and added a lot of character to our otherwise boring and narrow entryway. It has also received a lot of love on pinterest and instagram, and a lot of people have messaged me to let me know they recreated our hack (and some even styled it the same way with the Ikea Stockholm mirror above!).

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So given my (and other people on the internet’s) love for this piece, I was pretty sad when I realized that we have even less of an entryway at our new house, and the closet at the top of our stairs makes the most sense to store all of our shoes and clutter, instead of this cute cabinet.

Since I was looking for another use for piece, and was also getting bored of our existing bar set up, I decided to change the shoe cabinet into a bar and liquor/wine storage, and I’m even more obsessed now!

I didn’t change anything from the original DIY at all, except for the decor. Essentially I just added all my pretty gin bottles, a letterboard, and some glasses and plants. At first I just had everything sitting on top of the cabinet, but I was missing having something larger above the cabinet (we moved the mirror into our bathroom), so I found this adorable little clear acrylic shelf from ikea and mounted it above the cabinet for some extra storage. I also came across the sweet “keep your gin up” quote on pinterest, and it’s probably never going to leave the letterboard at this point! It’s too perfect!

You can pretty much make anything into a bar cart setup, and this cabinet is no different! If you want a budget-friendly bar cabinet with lots of storage, this shoe cabinet is ideal. 

Check out the original Shoe Cabinet Hack post for the full DIY details.





  • Niki
    March 1, 2023 at 6:16 pm

    Hi ! I’m having a hard time finding the top board in the right measurements. Do you know where could I find it ?

  • Keara
    January 25, 2021 at 8:29 pm

    Love this!! I have been looking for a small space bar cabinet for months and haven’t found the right thing. Are the compartments the right size to store wine bottles in?

  • Michelle
    November 25, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    What are the demensions of the letterboard? I’m having a hard time finding the correct one?

    • Julie
      November 25, 2020 at 6:07 pm

      Hi! I’m not 100% sure if they still make them, as I bought this last year. But it’s 16″x20″!

  • Jessica
    September 9, 2020 at 11:57 pm

    Nevermind I found the original post!

  • Jessica
    September 9, 2020 at 11:40 pm

    How did you cover the holes from the cabinet for the handles?

  • Michelle
    May 25, 2020 at 11:45 pm

    How wide are each compartments?

  • Kerry Barahona
    April 27, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    Where did you get the letter board? It’s super cute! Thank you

    • Julie
      April 28, 2020 at 12:43 pm

      Hi Kerry!

      It’s from Target, but it’s the Magnolia Hearth and Hand brand 🙂

      • stacey
        July 6, 2020 at 9:52 pm

        Thank you for responding! I was wondering the same thing 😀


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