Thursday, July 19, 2012

"L" is for Lockers

Build: mudroom locker and bench unit


My friend has four young kids who need designated, individual spaces to store their coats, shoes and all kinds of stuff kids collect.

And she lives in a very old house built way before 'mudrooms' were invented.

We drew up plans and I constructed what is now her new mudroom space just inside the door:





This transformation went from 6 hooks on the wall in the BEFORE picture

TO

 15 hooks inside 5 lockers, 5 large shoe baskets and 10 cubby shelves 

which all takes up just about the same amount of floor space.


Each locker has lots of hooks for backpacks, coats, umbrellas, sports gear, etc:


And these bottom baskets go WAY back, 22" deep, so there's plenty of room for multiple pairs of shoes and boots:


I drew up the plans by modifying a few of Ana White's plans to meet our size requirements.






Ultimately my plans looked like this:


The locker portion is 81"w x 68"h x 14"d and the bench is 80"w x 18"h x 24"d

Here's how I made the locker and bench units:

1. Construct bench box and add dividers:


2. Add face frame with 1x2s and back footer is a 1x4:


3. Prime and paint three coats Benjamin Moore high gloss white enamel:


4. Construct locker unit using 1x4s for shelf and base cross supports:


5. Prime and paint same as bench:


6. Prime and paint backing prior to attaching.
Secure lockers to bench with mending plates in back and L brackets in front sides.
Add hardware.


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inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
All Things Furniture @ Perfectly Imperfect
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
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Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming

41 comments:

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

LOVE them, jaime! they look AMAZING!!!!!

Creative Escapes said...

I could look at your sight all day - love it! These turned out great!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I love it. How fun is this. Such a great storage piece. Looks beautiful. Hugs, Marty

Okio B Designs said...

Wow! I mean really, wow! That turned out amazing! Wish I had a space for something like that in my house.

Jeanine

Katy said...

where are these L brackets located? curious.
looks great!

Emily said...

Man... I wish we had the space for that in our house. It would come in really handy when the kids start school and sports in a few years.

fatos said...

super and functional:)

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

Storage never looked so good!

Strawberries and Sweet Love said...

Wow! Very cool! I want one so bad!

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

Wow. You did a fantastic job. Looked complicated to me :) It's a great alternative to a mudroom....not many here in California. It's really beautiful! great job!

Vintage Street Designs said...

Wow..it is gorgeous!!! You did a beautiful job! ~ Judy

Tammigirl said...

What a lot of work! Wow! I really am impressed by these because they are also beautiful.

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

I'm so impressed! They are fantastic! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from DIY Project Parade. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House which goes live at 8am CST on Monday. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Um, wow! I'm stunned at your expertise with those power tools! Seriously ... this diy is WAY over my head ...

... but the results are simply amazing ...

:)

Linda

SweetPepperRose said...

Awesome project!
JoAnn

Alese said...

WOW! I bet they are so happy with that much more functional "mudroom." I LOVE this project! I blog over at http://www.2crafty4myskirt.blogspot.com/ Every Friday I feature a fellow crafter. I would love to feature you and this porject in an upcoming Friday. If you are interested please let me know toocraftyformyskirt@hotmail.com

Kei said...

Those are so gorgeous, they really make the place look smart! I love the look of lockers like that: both stylish and functional :)

Anneke {RustiChic} said...

Wow. I am seriously impressed. I know there was a lot of thought and work put into those! I love Ana White and what you've built here would definitely make her proud! :-)

Anneke {RustiChic} said...

Oops! Forgot to put my new page: www.thisthatandlife.com I'm not under RustChic anymore! ;-)

Steph @ somewhatsimple said...

Amazing!

DIY Show Off said...

Okay. Seriously. Can you fly into Pittsburgh?! You're awesome. This is amazing!

Kelly said...

So cool! I'd love to see it once it's all filled up with the stuff of 4 kids!

Liz said...

GREAT idea!! Liz

Between Blue and Yellow said...

Wow! That is fantastic, I really need something like that for my kitchen, thanks for the step by step.

Toodie said...

OMG, what a fabulous piece of work!!! I think I need one!

suzyq said...

Wow - absolutely brilliant!!!

Unknown said...

Love this! Where did you get the baskets from?

Unknown said...

Love this! Where did you get the baskets from?

Melissa said...

We really love this and are looking to copy it. I've been looking around at baskets and can't find anything close to the depth you found. Where did you find these baskets? Thanks!

Keeping My Cents said...

L.O.V.E. this. I want one so bad but inside my garage since I don't have space inside. Can you tell me how much the materials came to?

Lisa

Thomas said...

What wood did you use? Plywood? White Pine boards? I'm trying to build one my self but don't know what type or thickness to use. Thanks! And very impressive work!

Kneester said...

I am also curious about what type of wood you used as well? And any idea on what the materials cost you? Great project!

reachstars17 said...

Absolutely love this design! What's better than custom cubbies for your entryway or laundry room? Definitely will be trying your plan out!

remhed said...

How do you attach the shelves to the upright dividers? You can't screw / nail them in from the sides because there is a shelf on the other side of the divider!

Jaime Costiglio said...

Remhed the shelves are attached using pocket holes from the underside. Both units are built using pocket holes where ever possible and then filling the holes with plugs.

Steven Krumbah said...

I'm making one for some friends. unfortunately they too want painted, but oh well.

remhed said...

Thank you for the quick response Jaime- I couldn't see the pocket holes since you plugged them in! So the "feet" on the front of the bench is actually the 1x2 trim pieces, right? I assume that is plenty sturdy? You then say the back "footer" is a 1x4 but I can't see in the pic how you have that attached / arranged. The front feet are not 4" off the ground, so how are you doing that back footer? Thanks!

Jaime Costiglio said...

Remhed - yes the feet are 1x2 trim except at both ends which are solid 3/4" ply all the way back. The back footer is attached using pocket holes and a 1x4 is actually 3 1/2" high. So you have 3 1/2" on the front side from the bottom of the shelf to the floor. Add your 1x2 trim which is 1 1/2" wide (minus 3/4" to cover the shelf edge) and now you've only got 2 3/4" clearance from below the trim to the floor and that's what you're seeing in the pic.

Allison said...

This is almost exactly what I need for my kids. I am hoping my dad and I can build it. Thanks so much. One question for right now-I noticed that there is beadboard and trim up behind the cabinet. The room we are putting these in already has beadboard in it that goes about 30" up the wall with trim on top. How did you attach the unit to the wall with the beadboard and trim still in place?

Ann DeCapite said...

My husband is building this for me, and I am doing the painting. Did you use a paint sprayer, brush, or roller to do the painting?

Erin said...

Jaime, I'd also love to know where you got the baskets. Great job!!