Friday, June 22, 2012

Mud Room Lockers


The lockers were created because we built an addition.  Our house had two bedrooms, that meant 3 kids in one room!  Ok, when they are little, but the oldest is 9...  So, we decided to build on a master suite and in the process made the mud room/laundry room larger.
Above you can see the old location of the washer and dryer.  This is the first thing you would see as you came in the back door.  I decided to reposition them in the transitional area between the old house and the addition.  I thought this helped with the flow of the addition.  That meant I had a huge blank wall to work with as you can see below.

This is what I was left with.  As soon as I started working on the plans I knew I wanted open lockers, one slot for each of us.  In the transitional area I put in a "normal" closet that is yet to have doors.  I'm wanting to so something with some old doors dad has in the barn for the closet, but what is to be determined.  So, in the meantime it is open.  But unlike in the picture has trim and the walls have been painted!
I had Marlin O'Conner who has worked on my house before build these lockers.  I got some pictures off the Internet that showed a few designs of what I was imagining and I gave him the dimensions that I wanted.

Below you can see the new home of the washer/dryer.
I kept the mud room red and depending on the time of day this room can be pretty dark, so I wanted to go white with the lockers.  Maybe not the best idea with kids, but...  I also knew I wanted to stain the seat.  I painted the lockers white first.  Then, once that was nice and dry I taped it off so I could stain the seat.



It was a hard decision to decide if I wanted to put hooks on only the back, on the sides, or all three.  In the end I went with a multiple hook on the back.


Well I guess I had never worked with painters tape and stain because it was tragic!  I didn't take a picture because I was too upset, but the stain totally seaped under the tape and ruined my perfect paint job!  So, I stained and waxed the seat and then went back and touched up ALL the white locker edges.  It still wasn't as perfect as it had been the first go round, but as my husband said the kids are going to have it trashed as soon as they start using it, so don't worry about it.

Originally I wanted to not be matchy matchy in my cubbies, but in the end the baskets from Target looked the best.  On the side of the lockers I nailed a clipboard for each kid with their "stuff" on it.  It is a nice place other than the fridge to put artwork, notes, etc.



Finished project!


While I went with matchy for the cubbies, on top I have old stuff from grandma's.  Here is my grandpa's onld milking stool.


Here is a Grain Belt Beer box that I dug out of the barn and cleaned up along with some old milk jars.


And an old egg basket with an ironstone bowl.


This is a god view to show you how much storage I now have.  You can see the kitchen on the right.  The lockers as you come in the back door.  Off to the left the realy coat closet, minus the door, and to the left of that a pick of the door that leads to my master suite.  Happy Dance!!

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4 comments:

  1. This is fabulous! I soooo want someone to build me one:-)

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  2. oh i'd love a mudroom. one as pretty as this would be a plus.

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  3. I would really like the dimensions of these?

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  4. I just wanted to let you know that I got your message and I will measure them for you, but it's going to be next week before I can do it. I have my first big show as a vendor tomorrow! Thanks for asking!

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