Keep your family organized with this easy-to-build storage locker for your entryway or mudroom.
- Measuring tape
- Drill or screw gun
- Pocket hole jig (such as the Kreg Jig)
- Forty-four 1¼-in. pocket hole screws
- 1-in. finish nails
- 2-in. finish nails
- Three 1-in. x 12-in. x 12-ft. pine or whitewood boards
- Four 1-in. x 2-in. x 8-ft. pine or whitewood boards
- One 1-in. x 3-in. x 4-ft. pine or whitewood board
- One ¼-in. x 48-in. x 96-in. sheet plywood, paneling or MDF (medium-density fiberboard)
- Wood glue
- Wood filler or 44 pocket hole plugs
- Sanding block and 120-grit sandpaper
- Brown paper bag for sanding
- Paintbrush, primer and paint
- 3 to 6 coat hooks
Two 1-in. x 12-in. x 67¼-in. (sides)
Three 1-in. x 12-in. x 46½-in. (shelves)
One 1-in. x 12-in. x 49½-in. (top)
Two 1-in. x 12-in. x 36½-in. (locker sides)
One 1-in. x 2-in. x 48-in. (header)
Two 1-in. x 2-in. x 65¾-in. (side trim)
One 1-in. x 2-in. x 49½-in. (crown)
One 1-in. x 3-in. x 45-in. (footer)
One ¼-in. x 48-in. x 68-in. (back)
- Drill pocket holes with the jig on the underside of both ends of all the shelves and the top edges of the sides. Starting at the bottom of the side boards, measure and mark three spots for the placement of the shelves. Measure 4¾ in., then leave a ¾-in. gap for a shelf; measure 10½ in. and leave another gap; and measure 36½ in. Use glue and 1¼-in. pocket hole screws to attach top to the sides, using a square for accurate right angles. Attach the shelves to the sides using the same method.
- Drill pocket holes on the tops and bottoms of the locker sides. Place the middle shelves 15 in. from the side boards. With glue and pocket hole screws, attach the locker sides to the shelves.
- With the cabinet face down, apply glue to the back edges of the shelves and sides. Carefully lay the plywood, paneling or MDF on top, and nail down with 1-in. nails. Nail to all sides, shelves, top and the locker sides.
- Build the face frame by drilling pocket holes (two per end) on both ends of the footer trim and the top ends of the side trim. Mark the side trim 3 in. from the bottom and attach the footer through the pocket holes to the side trim. Attach the header trim to the side trim through the pocket holes. Use the 2-in. finish nails to attach the face frame to the front of the cabinet, keeping all outside edges flush and level with the bottom of the cabinet. Use glue.
- Attach the crown to the top of the face frame. This will create a flat surface with the top and jut out slightly from the face frame. Attach with 2-in. finish nails and glue.
- Fill all pocket holes with plugs or wood filler and let dry completely. Sand the entire cabinet with sandpaper and vacuum up sanding residue. Wipe with a damp cloth to remove any remaining residue. Apply a water-based interior primer. Lightly sand with a brown paper bag. Follow with paint, brushing in the direction of the wood grain. Attach hooks to the sides of the locker cubbies.
Editor’s note: To see a technical drawing of this project, visit http://ana-white.com/country-woman-ana-white.
DIY Indoor Storage Locker designed by Ana White. Photography by Cassy Bartch.