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Organize Your Mudroom with This DIY Locker System

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Last Updated on December 10, 2023 by lindseymahoney

Today I am sharing our mudroom makeover where we built a DIY locker system that is guaranteed to keep us 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.

Mudroom Before

Here is a little peek at the filthy mudroom before we got started on our project.

The mudroom before the makeover.

The plan is to replace the small bench and cabinet with a built-in bench and locker cubbies to improve storage and organization.

The mudroom before it was cleaned and organized.

*For more inspiration, check out the charming mudroom makeover at our Toledo home!

DIY Locker System and Bench 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 fixed up to function for our family of four! Once I printed the tutorial from their site, I modified the plans slightly with taller locker cubbies.

Materials Used

  • 2×4 commonboard
  • 1×4 commonboard
  • 1×3 commonboard
  • 1×10 commonboard
  • 1×8 commonboard
  • Plywood
  • Wood stain
  • Paint
  • Caulk
  • Wood Filler
  • Hooks

Tools Used

  • Kreg jig
  • Table saw
  • Screws
  • Drill and Screwdriver
  • Nail gun and brad nails
  • Level

1 | Clean & Prep the Mudroom

First, I needed to freshen up the walls with paint.

The mudroom got a fresh coat of paint.

For the walls, I chose Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams, a beautiful green-blue color, and painted the trim a crisp white. A high-gloss paint sheen is a great option for high-traffic areas in your home.

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

Next, I scrubbed the grout on the floors. To clean the floors, I used a toothbrush and DIY grout cleaner that worked wonders! This is a very satisfying job!

2 | Build the Bench

The first step was to build the bench. Chris and Thomas took the lead and had it built in no time.

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

For this project, I bought a Kreg Jig to make pocket holes and it was such a game-changer! Hiding crew holes instantly elevates the look of DIY furniture.

I can’t believe we have waited this long to buy one!

DIY built-in bench and locker system for our mudroom

We built the bench with two front legs and attached it firmly to the studs in the wall. Attaching the bench to the wall is the perfect design for our mudroom with the radiator sitting directly underneath.

I applied a dark wood stain to the top of the bench and then got started on the cubby system.

3 | Build the Locker Hutch

DIY built-in bench and locker system for our mudroom

The Shanty 2 Chic instructions were really simple to follow to build the hutch. It consisted of various common board sizes and plywood for the back of the cubbies.

Once the top was assembled, we placed it on the bench and screwed it to the studs!

4 | Caulk the Cracks and Fill the Holes

DIY built-in bench and locker system for our mudroom

To create a truly finished look it is important to caulk all of the seams and fill screw holes with wood filler.

This is the most time-consuming part of the DIY.

5 | Paint the Locker System and Bench

DIY built-in bench and locker system for our mudroom

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

DIY built-in bench and locker system for our mudroom

DIY Locker System and Mudroom Reveal

DIY built-in bench and locker system for our mudroom

Isn’t she cute?! This DIY project turned our disorganized mudroom into a functional and beautiful place that we use every day.

DIY built-in bench and locker system for our mudroom

This new DIY locker system and bench coupled with my organizational tips for our playroom has transformed the garden level of our home.

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