One of the priorities in planning the mudroom was to add in storage for both golf equipment and hockey things. “Adult toys”, if you will. This closet is so large and it’s location in the front room right when you walk in to the house is just perfect for these needs.
After we had the room demoed, lighting changed around and the new drywall put up I set my sights on planning some closet storage that would really work for us.
Full disclaimer and no judgement here, but my husband really likes his golf shoes. A lot. They all actually do get worn and he’s a bargain hunter at heart, so no complaints here. He may play more in a year than some people even do in a life-time and we all have our thing. #powertools. I mention it because since this was going to be a custom fit-out closet, I might as well make the shoes fit (hardy har-har)! So I did. 🙂
The first thing I did was level the ledge that ran across the back and deepened it for the shoes. It was about 1″ off from end to end so I cut some shims to fit before adding a new wood top to make this ledge about 14″ deep.
On the left side of the closet, I purchased two unfinished wood wall cabinets from Lowes. I can’t seem to find them online anymore right now, but they were $88.66 each.
I took the doors off to install and stacked one over each, securing them to the studs so we could have some closed door storage. I really wanted to be sure that if ever someone were to grab a door or shelf and lean on this unit to access something they wouldn’t budge. I feel very confident they’re not going anywhere. These will be great for things like small tools, car-cleanings fixings and miscellaneous sports things that don’t need to be out. Each cabinet is 12″ deep and 30″ wide/tall giving us an additional 5-feet of storage on top of the ledge. That’s very tall obviously, but will be great for storing those little used and seasonal items way up high.
On the right side, I added 1×2 supports off the cabinets, side and the rear walls for the shelves. The shelving boards were left over boards I kept from the pantry makeover a few years ago and that saved some dollars. I did my measurements and planning to finish each front edge with a 1×3 to add a beefier shelf look and create a more finished edge.
Jacob’s shoe boxes will fit perfectly on the first and (half of, Jacob) second shelf. We can use the top shelf for my tall riding-type boots and winter boots in the off season and I’m excited to have a place to store them upright so they maintain their shape. Birdie was so anxious to see what all the fuss was about, as usual.
To finish it up, I need to caulk, sand then prime/paint everything white-at least that’s the plan so far. I also need to add supports in there for hanging hockey attire to dry so I’m holding off until we finalize our ideas for that. I really want it to be quick and easy for after those late night games, but also keep things tidy and neat for both our sake. When it’s loaded up it just might bring a tear to Jacob’s eye.
I love how it turned out already and am pretty proud of myself if you don’t mind me saying so! I can’t believe the amount of storage it’s adding in such a small space. The two cabinets came to around $177 and I spent maybe $25 on wood for the shelves and cabinet hanging screws so for around $200 this is pretty great. Any mudroom or storage updates going on in your neck of the woods? Any tips for hockey storage? Pinterest is light on inspiration…