If you are just happening to find this post then check out the Mudroom Bench and the Mudroom Upper Shelves posts first to catch up.
Today is our final part (3of 3) of our Mudroom lockers build.
Today we are putting together the midsection of the lockers. This was the most expensive of the three parts coming it at $110.
- (2) MDF 4″ x 8″ sheets ($72.64)
- (6) – 1″ x 2″ x 8″ ($17.88)
- Beadboard $19.97 (plus use leftover from Mudroom Locker Part 1 and 2)
Total Lumber Cost: $110.49
Additional supplies if you don’t have already:
- Gorilla Wood Glue
- SPAX MDF to Wood #6 1 1/2″ screws (found at Ace Hardware)
- DAP Paintable Caulk
- Primer and Paint Tools Needed:
- Tape measure
- Cordless drill
- Miter saw
- Table saw
- Corner clamps
- Kreg Jig and 1 1/4″ Kreg screws
- Brad nailer
- Air stapler
- Paint sprayer (isn’t necessary but super awesome)
This build is exactly like the mudroom bench without the stained bench part. So if you can build part 1 then this is easy peasy.
The top part (Mudroom Lockers Part 2) determined our depth. Since the cabinets I reused were 12″ in width that is how deep the midsection of the lockers will be.
So I had Lowes rip the MDF to 11 1/4″ strips (the extra 3/4″ will come from the face frames).
So then I cut 69 3/4″ x 11 1/4″ and then 5 boards 11 1/4″ by the height of your area minus 1 1/2″.
The 69 3/4″ measurement was the width of the area: 1 1/2″ for face frames.
Then evenly space all your boards and glue and clamp them together using corner clamps. Then use your Spax screws to screw in place.
Measure the space between each cubby and then cut two 2 1/2″ MDF strips in order to create supports for the top and bottom.
Drill two Kreg holes on each end and screw them in place with 1 1/4″ Kreg screws.
Rip a piece of your beadboard 1/4″ shorter than the entire midsection.
You will have to cut two in order to make sure the back is entirely covered. Use a stapler to tack it in place into the Kreg’d pieces.
Paint and prime the entire piece.
Find some muscle and have them help you move it on top of the bench.
Center it in place and then use 3″ cabinet screws to attach it to the studs in the wall going through the supports in the back.
Then cut a face frame for the top first and then all of the bottom “legs”. Glue them first and then air nail them.
Wood fill your holes and touch up paint.
Also, remember caulk is your friend. Because my walls weren’t perfectly square (I haven’t met a wall that was yet!) I had a pretty large gap. Nothing caulk couldn’t fill in.
At this point, I am nearly giddy as this project has dominated my work days for longer than I care to admit.
After I touch up painted I got to the fun part. Adding hooks and knobs. Woohoo!
Click here to read Mudroom Lockers Part 4: The Final Reveal
This is so awesome!! I’m building something very similar for my sister in-law’s mudroom. I know you mentioned you caulked all seams, but did you caulk where the “legs” meet the stained bench?
No, I did not. I am sure your sis-in-law is thrilled. 🙂
We loved this design so much that we are copying for our house! We noticed that you do not see the cabinet screws holding the lockers to the wall. How did you hide them?
I just painted over them so they look hidden. I am glad you love the idea and would love to hear how your lockers come out!
Love love this! totally about to get our DO on in the laundry/muddy. Question: are the divider/legs attached in any way along their length (aha bench depth) to the top of the bench? I know the most structural support comes though the mdf braces into the studs, but I feel like my lunatics would push against the dividers and snap them off is they were anchored all the way to the bench all the way out. Am I making any sense?
It’s just attached through the studs; however, it is very sturdy. You could always add L brackets though if you felt it needed more stability.
Just wanted to let you know we followed your plans to build the lockers (with a few tweaks to fit our needs) and they turned out fantastic! Thanks for the great plans and photos. Love the Kreg jig too, except for those wood plugs? Few final finishing touches to go but looks and functions great as is. I would love to email you a picture!
I really like this design … thank you for posting the detailed instructions. I plan to start next week, but I have a couple of questions. I will be buying cabinets for Part 2. Were you working with an 8′ ceiling? And were your cabinets 24″ or 30″ tall? I have an 8′ ceiling and have been debating between 24″ or 30″ tall cabinets. I want to maximize the storage up top, but I also want the lockers to be tall enough and I don’t want the cabinets to visually dominate the unit once it is complete. Thanks!