Friday, December 16, 2011

DIY Tapered Mudroom Bins

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

diy tapered mudroom bins

tapered mudroom bins

Painted with high gloss enamel and sealed with clear lacquer.

custom tapered mudroom bins

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

custom tapered bins for cubbies

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

custom monogrammed bins for cubbies

Here's the before:

mudroom cubbies before

And now with the new bins:

mudroom cubbies after

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.

how to build mudroom bins

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

trace handle cut out template

3. Cut out handle with jig saw:

jigsaw to cut out handles

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

predrill countersink hole

4. Add a bead of wood glue:

screw sides together

5. Screw sides together:

mudroom bins sides attached

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

natural wood mudroom bins

7. One coat primer:

primed wood bins

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

print out monogram to fit

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)

handpainted monogram on bins

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

handpainted personalized mudroom bins

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

clear lacquer seal

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

adhere white felt to base

mudroom bin in locker cubby

And now Hillary has a neat and organized mudroom.

diy mudroom bins

A place for everyone to store their things.

tapered monogrammed mudroom bins


  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!