Hey all! It’s Corey again from Sawdust2Stitches. Now that kids are back in the routine of school, and parents have had their parties, it is time to get back into the swing of things. One thing I have noticed is that the “drop zone” has become a hazard area.
*Drop Zone n. – Area at which any, and all things are dropped, or discarded in the front entry way*
I kid you not, my 5 year old is down to his underwear before I even shut the garage door. (Where is that speed when we are picking up Legos ?! )
Moving on… The drop zone can become an unsightly danger zone at an impressive rate. I present to you a solution for the mayhem, enjoy!
Turn a Media Cabinet into a Mudroom Locker
DISCLAIMER:Unfortunately this is not a tutorial with detailed blueprints. The purpose of this post is meant to help spur ideas, help you think outside the box, and RETHINK THE POSSIBILITIES!… and all the jazz.
A good friend of mine picked this up at a garage sale for $10! For an all wood cabinet that was a good buy! What you can’t tell from the picture is that the original owner had given a good attempt at trying to give it a face lift. They had tried… and kind of failed. There were several layers of paint. No problem. We can work with that!
The last thing I wanted, was for this to look like a cabinet someone repainted, and stuck hooks it. In order to give it that “Locker” look I wanted, I needed to give it a seating space. So, I cut out part of the frame to make it recessed.
Although I had added a little bit of height to the base, it was still too short for my taste. That and so many lockers i had looked at, had overhead storage. Extra storage it always a bonus! So I constructed a frame and fastened it to the locker.
If I had simply set crates on top for storage it would have looked like an after thought. By adding the frame it looks like storage belongs and gives it height! All accomplished with using the wood I already had.
I also added the bench seating area.
I primed the unit and decided to go with a little two-tone action and stained the bench slats.
Once the primer dried I painted it Ultra Pure White by Behr.
I made a few custom crates, and stained them (Jacobean by Minwax) to match the bench seating.
The last thing I did was added some the hooks, handles, and knobs! Ta-Da!
So, before you toss that dated cabinet out on the curb, or walk past one sitting on the curb. Take a second to rethink it’s potential ! (At the risk of sounding like a motivational poster.) The possibilities are limitless!
Love giving old furniture new life! See how to put your entryway to work as a drop zone/mud room with these other creative ideas, too: