Now that winter is in full swing here in Indiana, and the coats, hats, and boots are out of storage…I thought I would share with you all how much we love our mudroom storage unit that we built back in the summer months…starting with two Hemnes TV Stands that we purchased for about $150 each. (I just checked online and the white stands are now $169, while the other colors are still just $149).
Make sure you click here if you haven’t already read about how we made it!To sum things up…WE LOVE IT! We really do. As far as we are concerned, it’s the best darn thing we have ever built with our own two hands. We use it every day. It gets cluttered, piled with stuff like stacks of papers, books, the dog leash…or whatever, and we love it even more!
We love that the top is stained wood and doesn’t show dirt, mud, or dog hair. What? You don’t have dog hair?
We love that we can find all of “The Kid’s” school stuff in the wee hours of the morning when we’re tired, and don’t really feel like frantically looking throughout the house for the hat, a missing single glove, and the field trip slip that you know you signed and put in a safe spot so that you would for sure remember in the morning.
(Hey…doesn’t it kind of look like that shark hat is eating that red jacket?)
We are so happy with it. Yes, we still need baskets for the top cubbies and we need to build something for the open drawers. In due time…patience is a virtue (I keep
saying repeating that to myself).
I was also thinking about how easy it would be for you all to do this yourself. Ikea also sells a three drawer Hemnes TV Stand for about $225…
It’s an easier and cheaper version of ours, but just as great and useful! A three drawer unit could be centered on a wall with the nailed wood grids to the wall behind it. Paint the grids and wall, add hooks, and be done! This would make three distinct hanging areas, but you could put two hooks in each section if you have a bigger family. Since the Hemnes TV stand tops are solid pine wood, you could always strip the paint off the top (or just sand it off using an orbital sander) and then stain or paint the top any color you wish…or not. Do what cha like!
Here’s what it would look like if you didn’t build it “up” with cubbies, corbels, and sides. I would use a 1x6 board on the horizontal piece at the top, and then cap it off for a 1x2 turned on its side. This would make a nice ledge for pictures.
It still would function just the same…and still looks just as fabulous, if you ask me. It’s just a thought!
So, there you have it…our mudroom storage unit in all of its glory!