I made this to fit in the entryway of our 99 year old home. It's the perfect size for it and it helped alleviate the clutter of shoes that bombarded our entryway. I saw another member on here made this cabinet in the apothercary style by using 1/4" plywood on top of the 1x8s and I loved how it turned out so I had to copy it. I then painted it black with a stained top and distressed edges. water based poly on top.
If you are going to build this I strongly suggest chain bolted to the studs (don't ask me how I know ;)