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Upcycled entertainment unit as mud room

Growing in Experience
Growing in Experience


An old entertainment unit painted and fitted with hooks and used as a mud room feature to help the family stay organised.



The project


When I saw this old entertainment unit on Facebook Marketplace I instantly knew I wanted to turn it into a functional mud room for the whole family.




Step 1


First I removed all doors, hinges and screws. I then removed the decorative detailing from the sides and along the top of the piece and filled in the holes with wood filler.


Mudroom original.jpg


Step 2


Next up was to make the bottom left and right boards level with the centre. I measured out the height and used brad nails along the sides and back of the piece to secure them in.


Mudroom_base leveled.jpg


Step 3


Up next was designing the four separate lockers. To do this, I removed the lower shelving wood and with some spare wooden VJ panelling, I created a divider in the middle of the piece and also one down the bottom to create another small cubby. I used spare pieces of wood to cover the gaps in the middle sections, a lot of nails and a lot of wood filler. 



Step 4


Once all the holes were filled and gaps sealed, this piece was given a full scuff sand with the orbital sander. Seats were sanded down to raw timber and the whole piece was given a good washdown ready for primer and paint.




Mudroom Seats Sanded.jpg


Step 5


Finally, two coats of primer were added, and three coats of duck egg blue Dulux paint, along with two coats of Cabot's Matt Clear Varnish. Black coat hooks were added, baskets from Kmart and finally the job was complete ready for a family to use.


Mudroom paint complete.jpg


Mudroom_Baskets and Hooks.jpg


Mudroom Locker Close up.jpg


Mudroom Complete 1.jpg


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