Entryway Storage Cubbies

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So I’ve been trying to clean up my entryway a bit. Move some things out and clear the clutter a bit, but I still needed somewhere to put the stuff that I regularly use. I didn’t want anything fancy or big, and I didn’t want another bookshelf turned storage unit…I just wanted something I could dump stuff in.

So I was browsing pinterest as that’s what you (or at least what I do) for inspiration and came across Justin & Cassity’s Rustic Wall Storage Bins from Remodel Aholic. They where perfect for me, exactly what I was looking for. Not too fussy, just a simple place to dump everything I need to dump while keeping it confined to a single location.

2013-04-21-317 This is mine, it’s really great. I love it. It keeps everything off the floor – provides the clearance needed for the vacuum to get under the cubbies to clean – and keeps all the things I regularly dump by the front door “organized” into three categories; Pets – baggies, treats, leashes, and jackets in winter, My Running/Winter Gear – Gloves, Hats (I cant stand hair in my face when I’m running…), and scarves, and a shoe bin for the shoes I’m currently wearing…

Best part, it was supper cheap and easy to make! Justin and Cassity gave a really great tutorial that you should check out.

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Measure the area you want to put the finished piece, and figure out the angels you want – sorry I really cant remember which angle I ended up going with, but as you can see from the above picture (sorry about the sun glare), I tried out several angels before I cut the boards (I recommend a table or skill saw – I used a compound miter saw and it didn’t quite reach the end of the boards on the angel…)

From there you just nail (or screw) the boards together (highly recommend a nail gun for this part as life is so much easier with one…) I also like to glue my pieces to create an extra strong hold. If you do glue, let it dry before sanding.

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Then start staining… I’m really in love with Minwax’s Jacobean stain right now, and I don’t condition/pre treat my wood before staining as I personally really like how it comes out without the pre treat (there are LOTS of people who disagree with this so you should do a test piece first). Pine and other soft woods can sometimes go blotchy when you stain without conditioning the wood first, which is why so many people prefer to pre treat their wood, I think it adds to the rustic charm of the wood (or helps make it look older…) when you don’t….but again it’s a matter of personal choice and if you are unsure you should test it out on some of the scraps first.

So once I was done staining and applying the several cotes of poly I used some L brackets to attach it to the wall (I was supper lucky as 3 of the screws went into the studs) and filled it with my crap.

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The best part is that my cat Lily really loves it!

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She likes to try to help me open the door in the morning…

So tell me. Are you a dumper like me or are you more like my mom in that you put everything away upon entering the house? 

I’ll be sharing at these awesome parties. Check out my party page to share the love. 

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17 thoughts on “Entryway Storage Cubbies

  1. Love it. There’s always something left at the door! This is a great way to store them. LOVE the kitty picture – so cute! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

  2. Really a great catch all Ricki. The cat is too funny trying to open the door. I am pretty good at putting things away when I come home, but If I have something I’m not sure where I want it to go it ends up in the laundry room. As does projects I’m working on. Consequently I have to dejunk it often. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann
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  3. I am especially delighted to see where you have it because my wall is exactly like yours – little wall and then curved into a bay window area. And they’re the same color too! LOL!

    I like where you have it and it looks great there. Easy access for both in and out.

  4. How clever! I would need 5 of them to corral our stuff though. Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!

    Hugs,
    Deborah

    • Thank you Deborah, it works really great for me, but I know that if I had kids I’d need either a bigger one or at least a second one…

      I’m also finding for me that it helps encourage me to only have the stuff out that I’m actually using…

    • Thanks Becca. I really love it and it works great for me. I made it a while ago and so far its doing better than I expected it to.

  5. Great idea! I really try to keep things organized, but my husband is the one that leaves his stuff everywhere. I need him to keep his stuff where it’s supposed to be!

    • lol sorry Lisa, I completely understand. I’m OCD when it comes to putting things in their right spot when it comes to my kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, pretty much every room in the house but the entryway. So far I’m loving these cubbies as it keeps the mess contained.

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