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October 25, 2011

{Grand Tutorial Locker System}

  If you didn't catch my feature post at Tatertots and Jello, let's revisit it! If you did, this project has an additional information in it.  It is a Grand Tuesday morning, isn't it?  I am pleased to meet you, I am Stacie from The Three Sweet Peas, and am VERY excited to be sharing with you a grand tutorial.  Let's be frank, Tatertots and Jello is a grand sort of blog and I felt it only appropriate for a VERY Grand Project.  
This has to rate as one of my favorite projects that the hubby has accomplished over our years of marriage.  An ENTRY LOCKER storage system.  GRAND, RIGHT?!  I mean, what is a mom to do when you have no place to store backpacks, coats, shoes, sports stuff..  Well, if you are like me, I would move them from one place to another to another.  I eventually found a cool antique piece, that made the space work, but ultimately it was still not my idea of a perfect entry way.  I wanted a furniture quality locker piece.  One day, while being "Pinspired," I FOUND a perfect locker system, that would work in my home, and the base unit was from IKEA, of all places.  And... so it went, I put my husband to work! 

    Hemnes Unit Dimensions:  
    Width: 58 5/8 "Depth: 18 1/2 "Height: 22 1/2 "
The actual dimensions of our unit is as follows, it will need to be adjusted to fit into your home:  The height of the actual unit is 92" measured from the floor to the top of the crown molding, from the floor to the first shelf is 66.5", from the floor to the second shelf is 78.5" and the total width of the unit is 57".  
The Lumber List that we used is below with the actual UPC codes and are from the Home Depot and Lowes.  The list does not include:  Liquid Nails, screws, caulking, paint, and any other miscellaneous tools needed to build.  
First things first!  We set out to calculate and figure out what would fit into our entry way space.  We found that the three drawer TV unit, Hemnes, from Ikea, fit our space perfectly.  We purchased the base unit, there was no turning back!  I was THRILLED!  My husband was NOT! 

While my husband was busy assembling the Hemnes
 piece, I took the top board of the unit and sanded the wood piece down to the bare wood.  It was stained with three coats of Minwax stain; walnut color, two coats of Ralph Lauren black glaze, & two coats of polyurethane.  This will need to be done before you can attach it to the furniture piece.   
 After the unit is assembled you will place the unit where it will sit permanently in your home.  It will need to be attached to the wall either by screws or nails.  Locate the studs and attach through the back. 
Attach a molding of your choice to the bottom of the unit.  We used a 5 7/8'.  This will be a personal preference but it will need to cover the entire bottom.  The molding corners will be cut at a 45 degree angle, and mitered together.  Attach to the unit. 
 Next we used 4 8' particle boards (exact measurement on collage).  You will attach the boards to the wall & bench with liquid nails.  We placed them on the bench like so.  
After the boards have completely dried you will place the smaller support boards on each side of the 8' boards for support.  There should be five total.  {You will not place the support board on the outside of the unit.}
The shelves width and height come next.  Our unit is pretty tall because we have EXTREMELY high ceilings.  Adjust the shelf height to fit your home.  
Shelf support edge that is showing is cut at 45 degree angle 
Finished Shelf's
Add crown molding and cut with a compound miter saw at 33.9 bevel and 31.6 miter for an outside, 90 degree cut.
Finished Molding
 You will add finish molding to the fronts, sides, and top of the unit.  After all of the moulding is in place get out your caulking gun and start filling in the holes.  This is a very long process but necessary for the finished look.  
The cabinet was painted Martha Stewart Heavy Cream.  The accessories are from Hobby Lobby.

And the finished product:

  Thank you Charming Nest!
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Emily said...

That is awesome! I used some pieces from ikea to make an entry way in my house and have a place for the kids stuff. Wish I had a wall I could put it against to go high like you did.

Onegirlruns said...

this transformation is nothing short of amazing! oh how i wish we had an ikea nearby. the closest one is two provinces over :(

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Wow! I'm impressed. Can you send your hubby my way? I love my husband very much but he's just not handy (although he does do all the laundry).

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

WOW is all I can say! Btw, I'm admiring all the creativity here. Hope you can swing by and join us, too, at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.

Gina said...

What I want to know is - what was the "grand" total price tag for this project? It looks pretty expensive once all is said and done.

corner shelving unit said...

What a wonderful transformation!! :)

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