Well, I'm super giddy! And if you think, "Yeah..? And..?" about this, then you're more than welcome to come back later.
Because this is freaking exciting!
In my attempt to bring more order to my garage, I created a lazy-girl's to-do list
Let's just get that mud room item checked off, thank you!
As I mentioned in earlier posts, I'd asked Ana White to draw up the plans for me, and oh boy, did she deliver?! This plan was a concoction of the PB Kids Vintage School Lockers, a cubby with a roll-out bench and PB Modular Entryway Lockers (heh heh.. it's like a plan soup!). I wanted so badly to order the nameplates from Pottery Barn, but to buy two customized nameplates was more than all of the other hardware, combined. And it wouldn't match. So I'll have to figure something else out.... I'm also debating putting some bungee cords on the front of the bench for balls... of course I'll share if I do!
A system like this needs to be secured to your walls. The bridge should be secured into studs, and for the other pieces to sit flush with the front, they need to be ON the wall, too. Also, pieces taller than they are wide are more likely to tip when kiddos climb on them, and we want to keep those boogers safe. So... SECURE these pieces!
I'd planned on removing my baseboards and sitting these against the wall since conceptualizing them. Something I failed to notice was that my home's foundation sits above the garage floor, and it juts out into the garage.
To deal with this, I had to cut my beautifully finished pieces. It was a pain. Take note of your baseboards before painting! I had to make four cuts, so for accuracy, I created a template.
(isn't that wood grain beautimus? I almost cried when I first put the paint on)
After I secured the pieces to the wall, I took the cell pic below and couldn't help but thinking that it just needed something...
So I painted the wall and installed all the hardware.
If you follow me on Facebook, you already got a glimpse of it (if you don't, click over and like me :-)!).
Obviously, there's a handle on the tall locker and hooks attached to a 1x3 (screwed into studs), but these are my favorite part...
(something to note: one of my favorite things about PureBond - the plywood I used - is that there are rarely voids in the plies so the need for edge banding is based on preference, not necessity. Also, a mix of the last two photos is a good representation of the blue. The other pictures are coming out really, really bright! Sorry I can't help with the color - it's from the OOPS bin at Lowe's).
Let's get into some beauty shots. The tall locker has two shelves (but of course I spaced on getting pictures), making it great for storing extra cleaning supplies (or TP - you should always have that in excess!).
One locker for each girl. Heavy coats, back packs and swimming "junk" (vest for Baby Goats, floating toys for the big kid) are in there. And did I take a picture?
You have to try hard to be as awesome as I...
Up next for my garage organization? A yard sale! I can't get a full shot of the garage because I have gone through every nook of my home, finding stuff that I am sure I won't have any use for anymore (and attempting to sell some furniture that I don't love so that I'll just have to build some that I do!). It's all been dumped in the place I'm focusing on organizing.
Back to the lockers! Go check out the plans on Ana White's page and bombard her with lovely comments about the plans. It really is an honor to work with her :-)
**UPDATE** I've added a FAQ post about the mudroom here.
*I am not being paid for this post, and all opinions expressed are mine - even if I sound like an infomercial ;-) I am being reimbursed for some of the supplies I used, but that hasn't swayed my opinion at all. Promise!