Friday, December 16, 2011

"M" is for Mudroom #3

I built custom size monogrammed bins for Hillary's mudroom.

Painted with high gloss enamel and sealed with clear lacquer.

They are sleek, you can see the glossy finish here:

The bright turquoise color matches the cushions from the kitchen chairs:

Here's the before:

And now with the new bins:

Here's how I made the bins:

1. Cut pieces to size using 1/2" plywood.
To achieve the tapered look the bottom measurement is 1.5" less on each side than the top.

2. Make a template for the cut out handle and mark each face piece:

3. Cut out handle with jig saw:

4. Assemble.
Pre-drill your holes with a countersink bit, I used #6 x 1 1/2" wood screws:

4. Add a bead of wood glue:

5. Screw sides together:

6. Once all four sides are together, nail on 1/4" plywood bottom.
Putty and sand.

7. One coat primer:

8. Two coats Benjamin Moore fog mist hi gloss enamel on interior, three coats on exterior:
Prepare the monogram, print out letter to size:

Using a ballpoint pen trace the letter to leave an indent in the wood.

9. Paint inside the indent:
(Benjamin Moore fairytale blue hi gloss enamel)

10. Print out remaining letters smaller and do the same:

11. Seal the face piece with Rustoleum spray clear lacquer, three coats:

12. Apply white felt to bottom using spray adhesive.
Cut to fit each bin as size will vary, once adhered trim edges:

And now Hillary has a neat and organized mudroom.

A place for everyone to store their things.

I'm linking up to:

Whatcha Got Weekend @ Lolly Jane
SAS @ Funky Junk
Weekend Wrap Up @ Tatertots & Jello
Sundae Scoop @ I Heart Naptime
Sister Sunday @ Sisters of the Wild West
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
DIY Project Parade @ The DIY Showoff
Made by You Mondays @ Skip to My Lou
Making the World Cuter @ Making the World Cuter
Nifty Thrifty @ Coastal Charm
Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Good Life @ A Beach Cottage
Delightfully Inspiring @ Delightful Order
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Tickled Pink @ 504 Main
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl
Feathered Nest @ French Country Cottage
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
All Things Furniture @ Perfectly Imperfect
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
POWW @ Primitive & Proper
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Build(hers) Club @ Sawdust & Paperscraps


  1. Very nice! I will be making some -- when I can find the time. What a great addition to the shelves.

  2. Fantastic work! I love that you built the boxes by hand instead of just buying them and then customizing. That's just impressive and the difference in that room is really noticeable.

  3. How cute...ove the look!


  4. those are fantastic- I'm so pinning them so I don't forget about them

  5. Love this post. I do so need to do some organizing around my own house - would be nice to have a mudroom. Lol. Thanks for sharing this!

    xo from Christa of Rhett Didn't Give A Damn

  6. WOW when I clicked over I thought it would be vinyl monograms on store bought bins. I am so impressed that you made these from scratch!

  7. This is such a great idea! I would love for you to share this post at my "Best of 2011" link party, along with any other posts you are most proud of from this year.

  8. Love these boxes you made! Is there anyway you would give approximate sizes or a sketch on scrap paper on the 4 pieces of wood that make up the side of the box? I would like to make a few of these but just cannot figure out the angles for the taper. Thanks!