I like when furniture are not only beautiful but also functional, and can be used as a good storage space. If your apartment is tiny, you would understand what I mean.
Some time ago I succeeded in creating my own piece of furniture, namely the shoe rack out of old bedside shelves. It was quite easy as I just painted them. Simple repainting made a stunning effect and gave an old rack a new lease of life. After some time, I started looking for another shoe rack inspirations because I thought it would be a wonderful idea to make them as gifts for newly wed friends or anyone who owns ugly shoe rack (finding people like that is not that hard, actually).
The best of the best ideas is Fruit Crate Shoe Bench, especially the one I found here on casa.com.br. They did it the way I always wanted: connected the two in one, a shoe rack with a bench. It looks cute and fresh. So nice that you would use it even in your bedroom, why not!?
I am going to do it soon. Probably will eat the whole crates of fruit for next few weeks, only to have this great material for my project!