Like the rustic crate idea.Shoe closet, every woman needs ones. This is a great idea for a loft apt or small apt. Use Glitterfarm Crates to add some color and stack the different sizes to fit shoes, boots and purses.
DIY inspiration: 3 old chairs --> bench. This would look much better if the 3 chairs matched.good use for a set missing one chair, or where a couple chairs have broken pieces and can cobbled together to make one.