Another Project: Entryway Cubbies

I know. I’m supposed to be studying. And I am, really. Today I learned about anti-NMDA-receptor encephalitis, a disorder that I had never, ever heard of before. Ever. So much so that when I was taking a practice test and saw this as one of the answers, I thought it was a made-up disease. Turns out it is an exceedingly rare autoimmune disorder that wasn’t identified until 2007. Learn something new every day.
However, I decided that our entry way closet needed a serious makeover. We have a large double closet right where you enter the house, from the garage (where we SHOULD have a mud room, but don’t). Apparently, it is too difficult for some people to hang up their jacket on a hanger when entering the house. Therefore, my first solution was to put a bench and some hooks in the closet. That didn’t work. The hooks were too close together, jackets fell off of them, and the closet was still a mess. I’m a bit ashamed to show you what the closet looks like…but hey, people tell me their embarrassing problems all day. I should return the favor.
I told you it was bad. I wanted to take care of this problem before winter truly sets in. My answer- storage cubbies- one for each member of the family. Plans from Ana White, again.
Setting up to cut the plywood:
 Cutting plywood is a big pain in the butt.  Make sure you set up a good straight edge and clamp it down so that you can get accurate cuts with a circular saw.
Finished bases:
Finished hutch:

Putting it all together:
Painted and DONE!!
Alex likes his cubby so much that he wants it to be his “house.”
Roll your mouse over for the amazing before and after picture!

I’d consider that a success!  Total cost for everything- $320 and about 10 hours of labor.  Cost at Pottery Barn– $1400 plus shipping.  Not bad for a day’s work.

3 thoughts on “Another Project: Entryway Cubbies”

  1. Miss you, Marni. Make sure you study about mammal fish and organelles and don't leave one…or two…or three pairs of your undies in the cubbies and then wonder what inconsiderate pig left them there…


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