Tuesday, June 21, 2011

"M" is for Mudroom

I built custom storage bins for MB's mudroom:


Bins with handles and monograms.


MB is a school friend who recently moved into a beautiful new home and was looking to make the best use of her mudroom cubby system.


She already had two places with baskets and was looking for another different, more decorative storage solution for off-season items.


I must give MB all the credit for coming up with the design: a tapered wooden bin with a handle.

I simply executed her design; building the bins to size (20"w x 12"h x 13"deep, 17"high at handle) painting, adding a handle and handpainted monogram.


I used about one sheet of 1/2" plywood ripped at 12".
I cut the four sides on an angle to get the tapered bottom:


Originally I had planned for an inset bottom using the 1/2" ply but that wasn't working out so great.
In the end the bottoms are 1/4" ply nailed from the bottom and it gives a much better finished look.


I painted the bins with two coats Benjamin Moore wedgewood gray matte.


Sanded to distress lightly.


Applied Minwax dark walnut stain.

For the monogram I used DFKai-SB font, printed the middle letter 6" tall, find the center of the box and line up the letter.  Simply trace letter with a ballpoint pen to get a light indent in the paint.


Paint in the indent using Behr french roast.
Add the remaining two letters on either side which are 4" tall.


Sealed with wipe-on Minwax poly satin finish.

One down, three to go:


For the handle I used an 18" embroidery hoop (1"wide x 1/4"thick), pried off the hardware and cut each circle in half.
Applied one coat of Minwax dark walnut stain and sealed with wipe-on Minwax poly satin finish.


Measured the handle height at 17" and screwed into the sides.  The handles are purely for decorative purposes, they will hold the bin but I wouldn't recommend carrying the bins around by the handle.





A fun challenge and a nice way to incorporate the family's personal touch while still serving a very useful purpose.





Thanks MB, I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them.



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44 comments:

  1. What a great idea! They are so cute! Love when something is useful and good looking. :)

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  2. Aw, the bins look terrific - and the whole space looks great too!

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  3. Love this space! Gonna pin this one!!

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  4. This is great I'm thinking of having my sweeties brother build me a two person cubby to sort of define my entryway. This is a cute idea mine has to be a moveable piece but still I'm saving your post to show him thanks for inspiring.

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  5. we need to be neighbors. NOW. i am sure we could use each other in a wonderful way!

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  6. These are so cool!! Thanks for sharing how you made them. They are very creative, and a pretty solution to those cubbies.
    Deb

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  7. These are so cool!! Thanks for sharing how you made them. They are very creative, and a pretty solution to those cubbies.
    Deb

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  8. I would love a storage area like that! So practical! You have made it look amazing!!! x

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  9. Wow, are you ever talented. Those bins look fantastic!!!

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  10. If you could be any more amazing, I'd hate you. This is swoon-worthy!

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  11. I am loving the bins in the mudroom. Wheres my miter saw? I am ready to get to work! Great job!!!!!

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  12. Love the bins! Well, I love the whole room--clean, neat, cheerful, useful.

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  13. I have mud room envy, I would love to have room for a mud room, your looks great!

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  14. This is an amazing space! I love how you used the embroidery hoops as handles, so creative.

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  15. You make this look so easy. It really is fresh and lovely. So clever ! xx Ava

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  16. These look fabulous! I'm jealous!
    http://sweetteaserendipity.blogspot.com

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  17. love what you used for the handles. awesome!

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  18. Hi Jaime...

    Ohh my...what a creative and talented lady you are! I really do love the tapered wooden bins that you built and decorated...they're awesome! They look so sweet in the cubbies of your friend's mudroom bench! Which by the way...is also awesome! I love how it's designed! Thank you so much for sharing this sweet project and tutorial with us!

    Warmest summery wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  19. It looks lovely and so functional too. I wish I had that much space. But a bin for each person, I might be able to find space for that. :)

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  20. These are great. I found you via Remodelaholic where I just posted a mudroom makeover. Bins like these would be perfect in my new space!

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  21. Absolutely love these bins--wish I had a mudroom!!

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  22. What the dang! I need me a mud room!

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  23. I've just stumbled upon your blog and I'm in love! Great ideas that I can't wait to try in our home. Thank you for sharing.

    Have a great weekend~
    Jo

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  24. These are soooo fabulous! And using an embroidery hoop for a handle?? Genius!

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  25. WOWSAS! That is an awesome project! The bins are so cool and the cubby is AMAZING! I need this!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  26. How absolutely beautiful and perfect!!! Wonderful! Thanks so much for linking up to All Things Furniture!
    :-)
    shaunna

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  27. Super cute! - I also love seeing someone else do lettering the old school way, like I do! ;)

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  28. Wow, Jaime! Those are great! I wondered what you used for a handle. I never would have thought to cut a hoop in half!

    The lettering looks great! I thought it was vinyl when I first saw the bins.

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  29. I'm not sure there is one post of yours that I don't LOVE!! I have featured you, yet again, because YOU do amazing work. Pop over and take a peek, if you'd like:

    http://delightfulorder.blogspot.com/2011/06/delightfully-inspiring-thursday-party_29.html

    DaNita

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  30. Great tutorial!! The design is perfect, the colors are perfect....i'm pinning this!! thanks for sharing!!

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  31. These are awesome! I totally need these in my mudroom now! I love the monograms, but I think I would have to use vinyl since I have a hard time painting inside the lines:)

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  32. Girl, your projects ROCK! I'm always impressed! Would you have time to put something together to do a guest post for me the first week of August? We will be at the beach and I'm trying to get my days filled. I'd love to have one of your tutorials!
    jen

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  33. These are awesome! I love the handles. You're so smart!!!

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  34. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Thanks for sharing! Found you through the link up today at Abode Love!

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  35. Honestly, one of my goals in life is to have a cubby bin/shelves like this. Yours is dreamworthy- gorgeous and functional!

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  36. This awesome mudroom has been saved in my pinterest board for some time now and I'm finally able to use it for our own mudroom re-do. Would you mind telling me what dimensions you used - cubby width and height? divider depth? bench seat depth and height?

    Thanks so much!

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  37. I would love a storage area like that! So practical! You have made it look amazing!!! x

    http://mudroomstorageideas.com

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