DIY Mudroom Lockers: use standard off the shelf hardware store cabinets and MDF to create custom mudroom lockers and storage solutions.
Prepping The Space
Before we built our DIY Mudroom Lockers, our small mudroom/laudry room was a mess. The lockers have helped us to get organized and find a place for everything. They are so much more functional, and I wish we’d built them sooner.
We started out with a room dominated with a shoe rack in the corner and a few over flowing hooks on the wall and turned it into something so much better.
Our first job was making a space for the DIY mudroom lockers. We removed the laundry sink that we never used. We used some standard off the shelf cabinets in for our set-up, and added valences and gables to make them all look built in.
Using Off The Shelf Cabinets
For the top of the lockers we used three small cabinets, and built an MDF valence to finish them off to the ceiling. The off the shelf stand cabinets from the hardware store were the cheapest and easiest option. We had to work around the measurements that were available, so we used graph paper to create a plan on paper were we slotted in the available cabinets, and then worked around them. On the other end of our lockers are a washer and dryer, and we also added a bank of cabinets for storage.
Once we had the upper cabinets put together and fixed to the wall, we filled in the spaces with MDK valances and gables to create a custom look.
Below the locker cabinets we built MDF cubbies, which hold a felt basket in each. This spot is perfect for everyones hats and gloves.
Below the cubbies is the main locker for each person. We built three because that’s what fit well in our small space.
After the top cabinets and cubbies were in place we added shiplap to the back of the locker wall. This added some interest and texture to the space. It also acts as a reinforcement for the hooks.
The shiplap goes down to the bench seat. We did a custom concrete seat for our bench seat, but wood would work great too. The seat is supported from underneath so it looks like it’s floating in the space.
Once the bench seat was in place we added the dividers to create the three individual lockers.
Painting and Finishing
After a little sanding and chalking, it was time to paint all the MDF and shiplap. I used Para Ultra Cabinet and Furniture Paint, Melamine Finish, WH04 Metropolitan. I matched it to the cabinets, and it looks great.
We also had to seal the concrete bench. Lastly we had to install the install the hooks in each locker and add the leather cabinet pulls to the cabinets. These leather cabinet pulls from Walnut are so beautiful. These are The Hawthorne Leather Drawer Pulls in Small. The colour is honey, and the finish is brass.
The cubbies baskets are made of felt so they won’t scratch the paint. And the gold on the baskets matches the rest of the gold in the room perfectly.
This project was a big one. My brother-in-law Shaun did an amazing job. We love it. Our only wish is that we’d done it sooner. It totally transferred the space and it’s so much more functional. It was so worth the investment. If you’re thinking about something like this to transform your space I highly recommend it. Not only is it more functional, it’s also beautiful now.
With DIY mudroom lockers, life really is a party.
See the transformation of the whole mudroom / laundry room in the makeover reveal here.
Also check out our Laundry Room Art Printables here.
You might also like our Kitchen Makeover here.