Mudroom Before and After: Transforming Our Space With a DIY Coat Rack

10 Materials
4 Days


Nothing like a global pandemic to spur you into action, right? Here’s how we built a DIY entryway coat rack to give our room much-needed storage and some functionality.

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Prep wall for bench, shelves

We had old, outdated paneling. So the first step we had was to remove the baseboards and spackle over the grooves in the panels.

It took A LONG time but we got there eventually.

Build shoe storage bench and vertical slats

Set the cubby in place up against the wall. Screw 3-inch screws in from the inside corners through the plywood and into the wall. Wood fill over all the screws you can see – likely the ones going into the wall and the ones on the very top of the cubbies going down into the dividers, and give it all a good sanding.

Next, add vertical slats that go up to your top cubby. Add as many for however many cubbies you have.

Prime and paint

Give it all a coat of primer (which we always recommend before painting unfinished wood surfaces to minimize the grain look coming through your paint job) and then a couple coats of paint.

Make sure to check for areas that didn't get any primer and any drips. It's easier to correct before it dries.

Build and install your upper cubbies

If you didn’t do double duty earlier and build your upper cubbies at the same time as your shoe storage bench, just repeat that exact same process.

We installed them to align with the vertical slats and the lower cubbies.

Install any additional cabinets

We had an awkward doorway to our master bedroom we closed off with cabinets, but that's optional for whatever you want to do with the space.

Now you’re done! Just add some cute baskets (we used  these ones) to store shoes out of the way and keep all your junk out-of-sight in the upper cubbies with these  wire baskets!

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