Jul 12, 2011

{Mudroom Storage: Reveal!!}

Our mudroom storage unit is finished, y'all (minus the hooks)!  And I am so happy with the way it turned out!  It's everything I dreamed of and fulfills my wish list...read here

It's white and has corbels (love)! 
And it has just a little stained wood (love even more)!
And it's ready for us to hang our junk, to be cluttered up with our life's stuff, and to be used by our family. It's ready for it all!


The bench is made from two Hemnes TV consoles from IKEA (about $150 each) and some pine boards, stained to make the wooden top.  Read here to get more details on how we put the bench together.



Then, the games began as we pieced together the upper storage unit.  It was kind of like solving a puzzle.  Starting with two 1x12 boards on each side (6 foot tall) and then a grid in the middle with 1x4's (different lengths).
Then, we built the shelves out of 1x12 boards (8 foot tall).  Using the grids as support for the lower shelf, and 1x2's for the second shelf.
Above the shelves, we used a 1x8 on it's side to add all the trim moulding.  We found a great product at Home Depot that is two sided crown moulding.  It was easy, easier than we had anticipated...for realz, we were stressing about one thing...the crown moulding!  We made one cut with the compound miter saw set 33.9 bevel and 31.6 miter for an outside, 90 degree cut, the we flipped the other side of crown around, and we had a perfect mitered corner for the crown at top.

We added corbels from the Home Depot (they were about $9 each)...because I love them! 

See the mitered perfectness...
We trimmed it all out in lattice wood, and 1x3's (fronts of the boards) and 1x2's (fronts of shelf divisions).

We painted the whole thing (even the IKEA cabinets) with Sherwin Williams Extra White semi-gloss paint to match the existing trim in house (don't forget the FLOETROL).  It took about three coats of paint...but we think it was well worth the effort!  What do you think?

We still need to add hooks...but I am still looking for the perfect ones.  I have looked in several places...but the hunt continues!

Each top "cubbie" is made to fit two Branas baskets from IKEA...with the dimensions of 9x9x9.  I see a trip to Cincinnati in my future!
All in all...we did the calculations, and adding the cost of the cabinets, lumber, crown moulding, paint, corbels, and nails, it cost us about $600 do to the whole thing!  Considering that this was an upgrade offered by our builder at $1700, we saved about $1100.  I feel pretty darn good about that!

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93 comments:

  1. just found your blog through pinterest, and I am so happy I found it!

    We are building a house next Spring and this is exactly what I'm looking for, for our bootroom. I'm so glad that it can be done in a budget friendly way.

    Looking forward to seeing what you come up with next :)

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  2. I absolutely love the piece and I love your ingenuity even more! So beautiful!

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  3. Wow! I found you through Pinterest, too, and I have to say that the work is just amazing. We are going to be doing our mudroom soon and want to do something like this. Thank you so much for sharing...I'm sure we'll be back to read it again!

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  4. an amazing job! now if I only had a mudroom!

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  5. Oh my goodness. I just found your blog and I'm loving all that you have done. You work is beautiful. I'm doing some work on my house and need some ideas.Thanks for sharing. I am your newest follower. Come check out my blog and follow me too.

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  6. Found you through Pinterest as well. You've got a new follower. :) What an awesome project!!

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  7. Love it! Wish I had a place for something like it.

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  8. This is fabulous! I didn't even know about Floetrol either, I'll have to try it out! And...the world can always use more corbels! :)
    Love your blog!

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  9. This is absolutely incredible! I even showed your post to my hubby and asked him if we could do it. Great job!!

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  10. What a talented husband...it looks better than the builders option. You have fabulous taste...well done! It's my dream mudroom style. Found yor blog via Ucreate, and couldn't stop until I had seen every post!! Thank you for sharing.

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  11. I found you via u-create, and I'm so glad I did! Your mudroom storage is AMAZING!!!! I've been wanting to make custom cabinets and your post has truly INSPIRED me! After many years of it being on my my to-do list I think I may actually DO it!!! I look forward to many more posts from you. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Just found your blog through Pinterest! We're moving into a new home soon and this tutorial is perfect! Also love the fact that it started with IKEA products.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Wow. Found you via pinterest. This is one of the greatest IKEAhacks I've ever seen. Well done!

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  14. I featured this on my FB page...your blog is amazing!! If you ever want to link up some of your projects to my Thrifty Thursday, please do! :)

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  15. Wow, really fantastic. Congrats.

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  16. What a fabulous job! Please be sure to post images when it's in use and we can see how handy it is. Thanks!

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  17. Wow! You are one talented lady! Your mudroom looks great! Did you have to prime the IKEA consoles prior to painting them and did you use a brush or foam roller when painting? It looks AMAZING!!!
    -Michelle (found your blog via U-Create - it's fabulous!!!)

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  18. I love it I love it I love it!! I have been wanting this in my laundry room since we moved in our new house, and this looks totally doable (for my FIL). Thank you SO much for sharing! We spent hours in IKEA trying to use one of their pieces for a windowseat/desk/bookshelf combo and nothing would work with our measurements. This is just lovely!! I'm going to follow...

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  19. Amazing! I especially love what you did with the trim. I'd have never know this started with IKEA cabinets. It looks totally custom. If I click my heels together three times and say, "There's nothing like corbels, there's nothing like corbels, there's nothing like corbels" will you come build one for me? LOL!

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  20. OH.MY.GOSH!!!!! Simply amazing. I love that you showed the step-by-step process.

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  21. This is fabulous! I'll get my husband right on it. Thank you for the wonderful idea!

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  22. All of your comments were so kind! Thank you for your lovely words! It was a fun project!

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  23. Wow! What idea!!!!!!! Beautiful !!

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  24. Oh my gosh I LOVE it!! GREAT WORK!!!

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  25. Stunning! The crown molding really makes this whole thing pop!

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  26. Saw this on IKEA Hackers and *had* to click over. This is a stunning piece, absolutely STUNNING. May you enjoy the product of your hard work for many years to come!

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  27. WOW! This is beautiful! :D

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  28. What a terrific job! I've been planning the same type of project and will combine your ideas with mine for sure - have you tried looking for hooks at Lee Valley? I think they have several that suit the style of your project and you can shop online with them if you're not near a store. http://www.leevalley.com/en/hardware/page.aspx?p=50426&cat=3,40914&ap=1

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  29. Holy crap thats beautiful! I just found my next weekend project :D

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  30. i love how the bottom molding matches the baseboards makes it a perfect fit. =0)

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  31. Holy Moly!! What fantastic inspiration. One of the best to do ideas I have ever seen. Well done. So funny I am getting ready to push post comment and I seen somebody say Holy Crap...that is orginally my words exactly and then I changed them to Moly...see its not just me!!

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  32. Totally worth it!!! So darn cute =)

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  33. Just found you through Pinterest (as have others)and I cant believe you have done this as I have just designed the same thing (but a smaller version) for my house!!!! Using the same Hemnes tv unit but using the hemnes top as well. BUT why is it $150 in the US and $300 in Australia and our $ are about on par at the moment!!!Why does Ikea need to charge so much more here! Sorry just having my daily winge about costs here! Glad I found your blog though!

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  34. Turned out really nice. Great job! I found you through Ikea Hacker.

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  35. Wow, that looks incredible! Congratulations and well done.

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  36. Love the look. I would like that at my front hall. I am wondering how did you solve the weight issue. The TV bench only handle up to 90 lb, and no one in my house weight that little. thank you.

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  37. You are a genius. I rarely like anything I find on blog these days…. I can do better…I'm nice I don't tell anyone that!!!! But I am telling you you knocked my sox off. I love this unit and the imagination that saw this in a simple Ikea dresser thingy…genius.

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  38. @ It's Raining Jelly Beans...thank you! Others...thank you. Weight issue...bolted them to the wall. We don't really stand on it, so we thought it would be okay. Everything on top is also nailed and screwed to the wall, so no real weight is on it.

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    1. Similar question for the weight issue.. I'm not concerned with children sitting on it but do you think an adult (my 210 lb. husband) can sit on this to put shoes on, etc, and not have to worry about the bench? Going to IKEA this weekend to get started, thank you for the directions! AB

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  39. Love it, just wish my husband was able to help with a project like that. Thanks for the ideas!

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  40. This is simply fantastic. I have been scouring the web for something like this for weeks. As a matter of fact I went out and purchased the cabinets today and they are already assembled.
    It's worth mentioning that these are "real" wood cabinets not the mdf crap that you typically get. As for "weight" I'm not sure why that would be a concern but I weigh 230 lbs and I stood on them with with no problem. This is because of the real wood and the fact that the construction utilizes screws and dowels. Also worth noting is that since they are made of wood it will be very easy to paint them to your desired color.
    Again many thanks for posting this in such detail..

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  41. @Mike...so glad you are trying this. Lattice is a friend in this project, use it in between the benches and below before you add the molding trim below. Please contact me if you have any questions! And good luck!

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  42. Oh and BTW...we did paint our all Sherwin Williams Extra White latex semi-glass. They took paint wonderfully!

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  43. Found you on ikeahackers. This is such a great project!

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  44. I found the your bench post through pinterest and then this one after poking around your fabulous blog. I am so happy I found you! Hubby and I are on a fixer-upper house hunt and your site will be a wealth of knowledge! And this is amazing by the way!!!

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  45. WOW! I'm so impressed. I LOVE this project.

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  46. I love this!! I am always looking for new ideas to store coats! We just did a built in also about a month ago that I recently posted. You must love having this :) Visiting from tatertots!

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  47. WOW, this looks TOTALLY TOTALLY AMAZING!!! The crown molding and the stained wood top really makes it pop. You are totally my new hero!

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  48. What a great idea. I love transformations using inexpensive materials. This would've cost a small fortune if you had it built custom!

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  49. Este blog é uma representação exata de competências. Eu gosto da sua recomendação. Um grande conceito que reflete os pensamentos do escritor. Consultoria RH

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  50. WOW! I think you are my new favorite person ;) LOVE LOVE LOVE!! What an inspiration, I hope to do something like this one day, oops..... I meant make my husband do something like this one day! Seriously, thanks for sharing your talent with us :))

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  51. I love this! You make this look so easy. My husband may try his hand at it. Beautiful.
    I pinned it on Pinterest and it took off with repins and likes.

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  52. Pinterest too!
    I've been searching and searching for something to do with mine and this is PERFECT!!!!!

    Nice work!

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  53. Thank you, it's amazing! I'll try to built something like this somehow...

    By the way... in Russia Hemnes TV consoles cost over $250 each! So I think a have to find something more butget for the base.
    But your idea is a brilliant. Thanks a lot!

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  54. I would love to this in my entryway! Would you mind sharing the final dimensions with me so I can see if we would need to do any modifications?

    Thanks in advance for your help!

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  55. I love D.I.Y. projects and I happened to find this amazing project of yours through Pinterest. I have a bottom of an antique armoire with deep drawers, high base board, gorgeous handles, and love it. I took it home and made it into a bench with only a upholstered seat temporarly "too long" I knew in my head exactly what I wanted to build it into myself. Seeing your amazing work on your project has now inspired me to kick it into gear and get er done! Its nice to have the visual of how you made it come together. Thank-you so much for sharing.

    sincerely, Bobby-Jo

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  56. Love it!!! We are doing ours this weekend! I don't know if you'll see this in time but if you do PLEASE tell me what stain you used?? I love it and want to match it perfectly! Thanks for sharing your talents!!

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    1. We used 1 part English chestnut and 1 part special walnut. Minwax. Two coats of stain and 1 part poly. Good luck!

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  57. This is awesome. Excellent work! How did you paint the piece? Brush, Roller, Sprayer?

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    1. Combo small roller and purdy brush. Again, add floetrol!

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    2. I just found you through pinterst and my husband and I have started an ikea hack/built in. I used hemnes and expedit pieces. Did you sand the consoles before you painted them?

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  58. So amazing. I'm featuring this as part of my mud room wishes on a post on Thursday.

    I love how you took 2 Ikea shelves and made them so much better!

    Rachel
    http://www.holy-craft.blogspot.com

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  59. Looks great, one question the height? With the added pine top it is then the bench is about 24 inches high...is it to high if you did it again?

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    1. We don't think it's too high at all and would everything the same. I would say the bench stained boards added about a half an inch.

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  60. Imitation is the highest form of flattery - and we are SO gonna imitate this one. We've been trying to design a mud room for our four children for over a year and were at our wit's end. THANK YOU!!!!!! And thank you to Rachel at www.holy-craft.blogspot.com for featuring your amazing room!

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  61. So cool! I love what you did there, amazing! <3

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  62. What a fantastic idea! So clever- great inspiration!

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  63. It is fantastic.. We are modifying for our. Mud room with cabinets on top.. I was wondering if you have found any baskets that fit in the stand cubbies?

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  64. I found this via pinterest, and seriously, did you read my mind?! We have been making plans for our back entry and this is EXACTLY what I had in mind and you've mapped it all out for me! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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  65. Teehehehe. Yes, Ryland was charging WAYYY too much for their "family organizer". Go you for recreating it for much less! :) Shame that my Franklin floorplan doesn't have the space for it...

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  66. Have you figured out what to do with the space between the drawers and the bench area? We are doing this soon in our back entryway but I'd like to make the most of this space---any ideas?

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  67. Love it! Wish I had a place for something like this:)

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  68. Bravo! This is pure GENIUS! I adore everything about this project--even your wall color in the mud room. What color is that and where can I find it in the U.S.?

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  70. i am planning to do this but mine will be connected to a billy bookcase built-in from centsational girl....i do not own a miter or any table saw just circular or jig...can it still be done to make the plan for mud room and a built in billy actually look built in? also, i am a newbie will this be too much a challenge and would i be knee deep in something i can't finish?

    you are very talented Erin...thanks for your wonderful mud room plan

    marjo asheville, nc

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  71. This is incredibly awesome!!! Thanks for posting! (I like the bench alone, too, BTW...)

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  72. I love this! Can you send the dimensions of the finished work? Thanks

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  73. You are AMAZING!

    And you are saving me $3k+ on the custom build from the cabinet maker's quote. I cannot wait to see the look on the GC's face when I complete this & tell him I spent less than a quarter of what we were initially quoted (& this one is going to be prettier).

    Thank you!

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  74. You have inspired me! As soon as I saw this I knew I would be making one! I wanted shoe storage though, so when I went to Ikea I was on the humt for slighty different cabinets. I found them. Thank you so much for sharing! Is there a way for me to show you a picture of mine?

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  75. Great work! You really inspired me. For the shelves dividers at the top, did you use 1x8s or 1x12s?

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  76. Wow, that is just gorgeous! I have mudroom envy.

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  77. That is so gorgeous. Makes me wanna try it myself (but I know better. Haha). Maybe in the summer I will try it. Thanks for sharing.

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  78. Builder upgrades are ridiculous! This looks amazing. I found it thru Pinterest and saved for when we finally find a house we can agree on (or a lot to build on that's big enough to have an actual yard lol). Thanks for sharing!

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  79. A while ago I see, but this looks great! Will definitely consider that when we are doing our entryway area up later this year (supposedly, hehe)...

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  80. you said you painted the Ikea cabinets too...did you have to do anything to them to make sure the paint stuck and didn't peel off?

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  81. I love it! Totally awesome :)

    Jenny
    Www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  82. I really really want to do this! Do you have a supplies list somewhere? Beautiful!!

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  83. Love this project, are trying to replicate it exactly in our own home :) Could you tell me what type of boards you used for the lattice and shelf parts of the project? are they maple? someone is trying to get us to use melamine instead. Any thoughts? thanks!

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