I was so tired of seeing my kitchen table covered in coats, backpacks, purses… I’m thrilled with my new mudroom which now holds our belongings perfectly.
My husband did a fantastic job on this project. I’m going to explain it in as much detail as I can. If you have any questions for him, please feel free to ask in the comment section.
Most of the supplies came from IKEA. We bought 4 White Billy Bookcases (15 3/4”x11”x79 1/2”) and 8 Hemnes Hooks.
After putting together two of the bookcases, my husband decided to install some of the leftover shelves between the inside bookcases. They are perfect for helmets, shopping bags…
In order to do this, he had to add holes on the outside of the 2 bookcase panels that would be in the middle of the mudroom lockers. He propped up those panels and drilled all the way through them from the inside. The top and bottom ones must be done for the stable shelves. You can pick whatever other spots you want the adjustable shelves.
Our baseboards were too big for the cutouts in these bookcases so my husband had to saw larger sections at each bottom.
Put the extra shelf holders in the drilled holes where needed as seen in the picture above.
The hooks were attached through the bookcases into a board screwed into wall studs. We wanted the hooks to be very stable. I knew my kids and I would be hanging heavy backpacks and purses. Sections need to be cut out of the back of the bookcases for the board if you choose this option.
We added crown molding just to make it extra pretty since it is covering an entire wall of my craft room and I have to look at it often. He used a nail gun to install it. I covered the holes with filler after this picture was taken:
You can also see a screw in the picture above where he connected the bookcases. This added additional stability.
Here is the final product:
I still need to add these nifty hole plugs I also found at IKEA:
I’m happy to report it is heavily used. My kitchen table has finally been reclaimed.
I want to thank PolkaDotChair.com for her great idea that inspired this project. I pinned her post months ago for my husband to see. I absolutely love the inside shelves and crown molding he added for me.
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