Mudroom Locker Final Reveal

YAY!!  Woohoo!  Celebrate good times come on!  Here is the final reveal of my mudroom lockers I have been sharing about all last week.  My ceilings are 9’ tall so these extend all the way to the top giving us some great, but high, storage.  More importantly, it gives us a place for shoes and jackets.  So I am in full-on training mode to get my family to utilize these after throwing their stuff everywhere.  Momma is guilty too!

DIY Build a Mudroom for Under $400

I decided to go with an oil rubbed bronze finish on the hardware.  I haven’t used that dark finish for a while and I thought it would look fabulous paired with the Dove White paint and Dark Walnut stain of the bench.


The hooks I used were the 3” oil rubbed bronze hooks for $2.35 each at D Lawless Hardware, which is a steal compared to big box stores.  I also got 4 of the octogan knobs at $2.00 each for the cabinets above.


I had a dilemma going on as to where to hang the hooks. My daughter can’t reach those high hooks without climbing on top of the bench. I didn’t want to enable her to rely on me to hang her jacket up – UGH! But I really wanted the hooks to be symmetrical.  And many of my brilliant Insta followers suggested 3M Command Hooks at her height.  DUH!  Why didn’t I think of that?  That was the perfect solution.  And they are easily removable when she gets a little bigger.  I did this for Isaac too at the height he could reach.  But for beauty sake, I hung the oil rubbed bronze hooks at the same height in all four cubbies – using three in each cubby.


The baskets at the top were the Dark Brown Byholma baskets from IKEA (dk. brown not available any longer).  They are $7.99 a piece and matched the Dark Walnut stain on the bench.


I was going to make some pull out bins for our shoes.  But after the build, I wanted something quick and easy so I went store bought.  After a bunch of research, I found these galvanized bins at Wal-Mart .  (Hint: if you decide to purchase them I would buy them online and ship to store since they aren’t readily available in stores – at least by me. These are size large which are no longer available, the link is for the small size so make sure to determine what size would work for you).  They are the perfect height since let’s be honest, we try and shove our shoes in without pulling them out anyway.  And I love mixing the metals of the silver galvanized bins with the oil rubbed bronze hooks.



So here is my breakdown of cost:

Lumber Cost:

$93.85 for the bench

$24.48 for the upper storage since I already had those cabinets

$110.49 for the midsection

Total: $228.82


The other supply costs:

Caulk ($2.28), Wood Filler ($7.97), and Dark Walnut Stain ($7.88)

Total: $18.13

Byholma Baskets and Galvanized Bins: $73.43

Money spent to seal off plumbing: $8.47

Hardware: $36.20

Total: $365.05 plus tax/shipping


I certainly think that is a great deal to create what I created.  The amount of storage and having a great drop zone is important to me.  I can’t handle backpacks and shoes everywhere – it is one of my biggest pet peeves.


In the top cabinets, I keep some overflow items – like extra paper towels, Ziploc bags, etc.  I also keep water bottles for when I go on a bike ride or workout.  The baskets are empty right now but I am guessing it will be where we keep mine and Tim’s gloves and hats in the winter since the kids have a bin in the Trones bins I hung.


Since this is the only room in my new house that is organized and functional sometimes I just sit on the floor and bask in it.  Seriously.  I know, I am sick.


With the un-square walls, I was second-guessing the wood bench top and was thisclose to just painting everything white.  I am so glad I pushed through the challenge and made it happen.  The contrast is beautiful.



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mudroom backpack wall board and batten