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Mudroom Shoe Organizer

Four kids, each with multiple pairs of shoes/boots/crocs/sandals = a VERY messy mudroom.  In order to keep my sanity, I needed to find a home for all these shoes, rather than have them splayed out all over my main floor!

By: Dana Caldwell

 

 

My messy mudroom – Before

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I modified an original Ana White plan ( http://ana-white.com  Laundry Bin Stacker) in order to have a basket for each of my kids.  I also used a laminated whitewood panel board instead of plywood because it is much cheaper and I didn’t have to wait around to have someone cut down the board for me.

Supplies:

  • whitewood panel board 1x16x8” from Home Depot (easier than waiting around to get plywood cut for you… and cheaper)  ($14)
  • kreg jig plus 1 1/4” pocket hole screws
  • Gorilla wood glue
  • 2×2” pine board ($3)
  • wood fill, 120 sand paper, primer, shellac for wood knots
  • 1 3/4 wood screws, drill
  • 4 plastic laundry baskets (Walmart $3 each)
  • decorative wood trim ($5)

Steps:

1) Cut wood to size (or have it cut at HD for you) according to how many baskets you want. For my project I used the following measurements:  top 26″, bottom 24.6″, sides 2 @ 48″ (modified from original plan).

Cut boards

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2) Using my Kreg Jig mini, I drilled  1 1/4” pocket holes along the top of the side boards (only top) at approx. every 5” (making sure there was a hole on each side about 1” from the end) and along both ends of the bottom pieces.

Sides

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Side holes

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Bottom piece holes

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3) Attach pieces together using screws and wood glue.

Completed frame

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4) cut inner wood ledges (to hold baskets in place) – 15 3/8” each. Pre-drill three holes along length of each piece.

5) Attach at desired height (according to plan), at a slight downward angle from front to back, to ensure baskets won’t slide out, using wood glue and screws.  I used a ruler and drew my slightly angled lines for each level, so it was easy to know where to place when I installed.

Installed ledges

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6) Fill holes with wood fill, shellac wood knots, sand and prime.

7) Paint entire unit , attach decorative trim to front if you want.

Finished project

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This simple project has worked out amazingly well. Even my 2-year-old knows to put her shoes away in her bin instead of leaving them on the floor!

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