Mudroom Lockers Part 2

So after the Mudroom Bench was built I moved onto the top portion of the lockers because I already had some cabinets that I was going to use as part of the build which would determine the middle part of the locker’s dimensions.  Reusing the existing laundry room cabinets helped save money and gave me added storage above.  P.S. While this isn’t a sponsored project I do link to my affiliate links should you decide to purchase.

DIY Build Mudroom Lockers part 2 Upper Storage

Lumber Cost (all prices are Lowes):

(2) 2” x 4” $6.36

Beadboard (leftover from the Mudroom Bench)

MDF for shelves (leftover from the Mudroom Bench)

1” x 2” x 8’ $2.98

crown molding $14.17

Total Lumber Cost for Part 2 of the Lockers: $23.48


Additional Cost if you don’t have already:

Shelf Pins

DAP Paintable Caulk

Wood Filler

Tools Needed:


Kreg Shelf Pin Jig

Paint and Primer

Table Saw

Not necessary but awesome: Finish Max Pro Paint Sprayer


Since I already had some cabinets that were over the washer and dryer I decided to reuse them so that it would save me time and money.  While I don’t love the door style, it matches the kitchen.  So when I re-face those cabinets down the road I will replace these doors as well.

mudroom before

So all I did was use my Kreg Jig Shelf Pin Kit and drilled holes (making sure not to go all the way through the sides of the cabinet) for shelf pins to sit on the right of the left cabinets and the left of the right cabinets. This was my first time using this little tool.  I had gotten it at a blog conference called Haven a couple of years back.  It is fantastic!

kreg jig shelf kreg shelf jig

Then I primed and painted the cabinets with my Finish Max Pro paint sprayer.

Next I attached 2” x 4’s to the ceiling – you can screw or nail them in.  This served two purposes.  One was for a place for me to attach crown molding the other was to serve as a place for me to screw my boards into to serve as a ceiling for the shelves in between the cabinets.

building mudroom lockers

Next I re-hung the cabinets (using the screws that came out of them when I took them down) left and right being sure to screw into studs. Then I measured the width between the two cabinets and that became my measurement for the my shelves.  I cut 5 shelves to that length out of the leftover MDF from the Mudroom Bench.

mudroom lockers top storage

I used some of the MDF for spacers at the top (see pic below) and then screwed one of those MDF shelves to the 2” x 4s at the top. Then the rest were just held in place with the shelf pins.  To nail the bottom shelf in place I just used my air gun to shoot nails through the sides of the cabinet (there was a lip) into the boards.  I added one more shelf on top of the bottom shelf so that two shelves were literally stacked on top of each other.  This allowed me to put a face frame on both of them and have them be even with the face frame rather than having a lip.  I hope that makes sense.

DIY mudroom lockers

After the top and bottom shelves were hung I measured the inside and cut a piece of beadboard to fit.  I air nailed that in place and then caulked all the seams.

Next I cut my face frames and glued and air nailed them to my shelf fronts.  Then I filled the holes with wood filler and primed and painted the shelves.  While that was drying I cut a piece of crown molding to cover the 2” x 4”s and give it a finished look at the top.

built in mudroom lockers

I purchased Byholma baskets in dark brown from IKEA. They were a perfect fit for those spaces.  Now I know these baskets and shelves are high.  I can reach them all if I stand on the bench (but I am tall), which is why the bench sticks out further than the rest of the lockers.  But I will never waste storage space.  Even if it is high storage there are still seasonal items you can store up there right?

how to build built-in mudroom lockers

mudroom lockers storage

Click here to read Mudroom Lockers Part 3: The Part Where the Coats Hang

Click here to read Mudroom Lockers Part 4: The Final Reveal