Today I am sharing our mudroom makeover where we built a DIY locker system that is guaranteed to keep our stuff organized!
The mudroom in our third flip house was the first space that you saw when you walked in from the garage and it quickly became the dumping zone for all of our things. I really wanted to clean this space up and add some organization. Here is a little peek at the filthy mudroom before we got started on our project.
I had a vision of adding a built-in storage unit to the left of the space. It needs to be a place that can hold all of our stuff when we came in through the garage.
I was inspired by a Shanty 2 Chic built in bench tutorial and decided that this was the perfect project to get this space in fixed up to function for our family of four! Once I printed the tutorial from their site, I modified it slightly by making the locker system on top taller.
Cleaning & Prepping the Mudroom
I first needed to freshen up the walls with a new coat of paint. I used Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams and painted the trim a high gloss white. High gloss paint is a great option for high traffic areas in your home.
Next, I scrubbed the grout on the floors. To clean the floors, I used a toothbrush and a mixture of hot water, vinegar, dish soap and baking powder! This is a very satisfying job!
Building the locker system
First we needed to build the bench. For this project, I bought a Kreg Jig to make pocket holes and it was such a game changer! I can’t believe we have waited this long to buy one!
We built the bench with the two front legs and attached it firmly to the studs in the wall. I was very pleased that this DIY did not affect the radiators below! I applied a dark wood stain to the top of the bench and then got started on the cubby system.
The tutorial from Shanty 2 Chic was really easy. We had so much fun using the Kreg Jig to make this locker system look custom.
Once the top was assembled, we placed it on the bench and screwed it to the studs! It looked beautiful but then I had to calk every crack and hole in the cubbies. This part of the project was the most time consuming.
We painted the built-in unit white and added double hooks to each cubby for maximum storage.
I am so happy with how this project turned out! It truly turned this drab space into a functional and beautiful place for us to use every day.
This new mudroom bench coupled with my organizational tips for our playroom has transformed the garden level of this home.