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Organize Your Mudroom with This DIY Locker System

July 31, 2019

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.


Mudroom Before

The mudroom before it was cleaned and organized.

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.

The mudroom before the makeover.

Design Plans

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.

The Shanty 2 Chic locker tutorial that inspired my DIY project in the mudroom.
Shanty 2 Chic DIY locker system

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.

The mudroom got a fresh coat of paint.

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!

Cleaning the grout on my floors with a toothbrush and soapy water.

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!

Chris and Thomas build the DIY bench for the mudroom makeover.
Chris and Thomas build the bench

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 bench installation of our DIY bench & locker system project for the mudroom.

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.

Adding the backer to the top of the DIY locker system.

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.

Calking the new DIY bench & locker system in the mudroom.

We painted the built-in unit white and added double hooks to each cubby for maximum storage.

The completely finished DIY bench and locker system for our mudroom.
Side view of the DIY built in bench & locker system

Mudroom After

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.

DIY built-in bench for our mudroom makeover

This new mudroom bench coupled with my organizational tips for our playroom has transformed the garden level of this home.

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