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So after the Mudroom Bench was built I moved onto the top portion of the lockers because I already had some cabinets that I was going to use as part of the build which would determine the middle part of the locker’s dimensions. 

Reusing the existing laundry room cabinets helped save money and gave me added storage above. 



Lumber Cost (all prices are Lowes):

  • (2) 2″ x 4″ – $6.36
  • Beadboard (leftover from the Mudroom Bench)
  • MDF for shelves (leftover from the Mudroom Bench)
  • 1″ x 2″ x 8″ – $2.98
  • Crown molding $14.17

Total Lumber Cost for Part 2 of the Lockers: $23.48

Additional Cost if you don’t have already:

Tools Needed:

Since I already had some cabinets that were over the washer and dryer I decided to reuse them so that it would save me time and money. 

While I don’t love the door style, it matches the kitchen. 

So when I re-face those cabinets down the road I will replace these doors as well.

mudroom before

So all I did was use my Kreg Jig Shelf Pin Kit and drilled holes (making sure not to go all the way through the sides of the cabinet) for shelf pins to sit on the right of the left cabinets and the left of the right cabinets.

This was my first time using this little tool.  I had gotten it at a blog conference called Haven a couple of years back.  It is fantastic!

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kreg shelf jig

Then I primed and painted the cabinets with my Finish Max Pro paint sprayer.

Next I attached 2″ x 4″ to the ceiling – you can screw or nail them in. 

This served two purposes.  One was for a place for me to attach crown molding the other was to serve as a place for me to screw my boards into to serve as a ceiling for the shelves in between the cabinets.

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Next I re-hung the cabinets (using the screws that came out of them when I took them down) left and right being sure to screw into studs.

Then I measured the width between the two cabinets and that became my measurement for the my shelves. 

I cut 5 shelves to that length out of the leftover MDF from the Mudroom Bench.

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I used some of the MDF for spacers at the top (see pic below) and then screwed one of those MDF shelves to the 2″ x 4″s at the top.

Then the rest were just held in place with the shelf pins

To nail the bottom shelf in place I just used my air gun to shoot nails through the sides of the cabinet (there was a lip) into the boards. 

I added one more shelf on top of the bottom shelf so that two shelves were literally stacked on top of each other. 

This allowed me to put a face frame on both of them and have them be even with the face frame rather than having a lip.  I hope that makes sense.

After the top and bottom shelves were hung I measured the inside and cut a piece of beadboard to fit.  I air nailed that in place and then caulked all the seams.

Next I cut my face frames and glued and air nailed them to my shelf fronts. 

Then I filled the holes with wood filler and primed and painted the shelves.  While that was drying I cut a piece of crown molding to cover the 2″ x 4″s and give it a finished look at the top.

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I purchased Byholma baskets in dark brown from IKEA. They were a perfect fit for those spaces.  Now I know these baskets and shelves are high. 

I can reach them all if I stand on the bench (but I am tall), which is why the bench sticks out further than the rest of the lockers. 

But I will never waste storage space. 

Even if it is high storage there are still seasonal items you can store up there right?

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mudroom lockers storage

Click here to read Mudroom Lockers Part 3: The Part Where the Coats Hang

Click here to read Mudroom Lockers Part 4: The Final Reveal

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  1. Hi Beckie, I wanted to respond to an email you sent me privately after I made a comment about your Google+ sponsored giveaway a while back. Your email doesn’t allow for replies. At the time, I decided to just let it go and not comment publicly, but I just finished reading a post from the much-beloved Young House Love bloggers where they’ve decided to stop blogging. If you read their most recent post announcing their decision to stop blogging, I think you may get an idea of what I was trying to convey in my comment on your blog. I clearly didn’t get my point across well and I am sorry I put you on the defensive. I was not saying I resent bloggers making money (b/c I don’t), just that the monetization of blogs has changed the tone of many blogs and, in my opinion, not for the better. I think you misread what I was saying as “entitlement,” when what I was trying to convey was that it (the focus on driving revenue) has taken some of the joy out of my experience as a reader. It sounds like lots of other blog readers have felt that, too. It’s not just your blog, but a sea-change in the industry. Thanks for being responsive to your readers. BTW, the mudroom lockers look great!

  2. Carrie,
    Thank you very much for clarifying what you meant. YHL departure has definitely got all the home decor bloggers thinking for sure. I adore John and Sherry personally and know they made the right decision for their family. You are right – sponsored opportunities have muddied the waters. I remember the very first post where I felt like “I sold out.” It was a $400 campaign for something I would never use and never encourage others to use. But I saw dollar signs and got sideways. I have tried very hard, failing often, at trying to not let that happen again. I felt yucky and want my voice to be authentic. I believe most bloggers would echo my sentiments but it is easy to get lost when you are trying to make a name for yourself and build a business and see dollar signs. There is a fine balance between making money, keeping your authentic voice and creating great content time and time again, continuing to reinvent yourself. I started blogging nearly 8 years ago. There were like 20 of us back then. HA! It has changed immensely. Some of the changes have been great and some have been awful. So forgive me if I was defensive. My blog has become my baby in a sense. I guess it is just this huge struggle daily as more and more opportunities are thrown my way. I say no to 97% of opportunities already. When I say yes I want my readers to know it is a product/service I can stand behind. The particular giveaway you commented on was definitely solely to build my Google + audience. I actually paid to be a part of it. Unfortunately, if I want to keep up and stay relevant in my niche, I have to build my social channels. It can be exhausting at times. I am sorry if your experience as a reader has been compromised. I hate that for sure, since you are the reason I blog. My readers matter to me, and their experience is important to me. I will definitely think through that lens more often after this exchange. Thanks for your kind response back. – Beckie

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