Hemnes full+mudroom-734314

Published on June 13th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


DIY Mud Room

Materials: Hemnes Bookcase and Hemnes TV console

Description: Having three small kids I really needed a mudroom, but the cost of an addition was impossible. We had a neat little alcove in our dining room that seemed like the perfect place for a DIY mudroom. Ever the IKEA addict, I scoured their website looking for a solution, but was left disappointed with my options and their prices. I decided to take the hour long trek to my IKEA to scope out the AS-IS section. I found the HEMNES bookcase and TV console in a ugly sort of brownish color for a total of $80.00. I figured the TV stand could be a bench for my kiddos to sit and tie shoes and the drawers would be perfect for storing a couple of pairs of shoes for each kiddo and maybe their lunch boxes. I wanted to place the bookcase next to the TV console to close it up somewhat and make it a cozy little nook, however, side by side they wouldn’t fit in the alcove. At that point I didn’t care. For $80.00 I wasn’t leaving them there!

Here was my solution: The legs on the console were sawed off to make the unit bench height. Working within the confines of the alcove, the bookcase needed to be cut down by about 18″ and stacked on top of the console. (Don’t worry, it’s anchored!) I installed a closet pole for coats and such inside the bookcase. I wanted a door for it, but the HEMNES door was glass, which I couldn’t cut down. I wound up in the AS-IS section AGAIN scrounging for doors. I found a simple panel door to overlay the bookcase. (Since the HEMNES bookcase has the hinges inside I had to use regular old hinges on the outside.) I cut the door down to cover just the bottom part of the bookcase so that I could have baskets in the top two shelves.

I painted the entire thing white, which took several coats. I grabbed some wainscotting from my local home improvement store (approx $15) and also a bit of crown moulding (approx $8) and a bit of trim to create a shelf (approx $3) I painted that white as well. All in all I’m very happy with the result. I have no delusions that it will solve the “coats on the kitchen floor” problem, but at least they have a home!

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~ Jillian Pimental, Ma, USA

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10 Responses to DIY Mud Room

  1. Angela says:

    I think it looks great, I wouldn’t have thought of painting it, what sort of paint did you use? And did you need to sand it down first?

  2. Minna says:

    Hi! Looks great!
    My husband and I were at ikea last night and were looking at the Hemnes TV Stand to use as a window seat in our daughter’s room, but it seemed to give a lot when we sat on it. How’s it holding up?

  3. Minna says:

    Hi! My husband and I were looking at the Hemnes TV stands as a possible window seat, but it seemed to give a lot when we sat on it.
    Hows it holding up?


  4. Anonymous says:

    How high is the Hemnes TV console with the legs cut off?

  5. Carrie Serna says:

    HI there-so, I actually came up with this idea in my head last night for each side of my fireplace (we have 59″ on each side and the measurements of the hemnes tv unit fit perfectly)…so I google hemnes bookcase on top of hemnes tv unit and VOILA-there you are! I am wondering how it’s holding up? How tall are your ceilings? I’m super nervous about commiting to this b/c we live 5 hours from the nearest IKEA-we are planning a trip to get these items specifically. Thanks!

  6. Thanks for looking :)
    I chose not to cut the baseboard because I knew my husband would kill me for that. I wansn’t sure how it would all turn out and since I’m known to change my mind and re-do a project several times I thought I shouldn’t mess with it ;)

    And as far as why there are only two children in the photos, those are my two favorite kids. Hahahah. Just kidding. The true and funny story is I’m not really that great at updating family photos. In fact, when I was begging hubby to have a third child he said “How can we have a third when we don’t have any evidence of a second in our house?!” Of course I went right down to the beach and snapped those and framed them. We had our youngest nine months later ;)

  7. Anonymous says:

    Looks good – defines the space nicely! But I’m just curious – if you have 3 small kids why is there pictures of only 2 on the ledge?

  8. Sing says:

    Very nice!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Oh my goodness! This is Perfect! This is exactly what I need. We have an awkward double wide closet in our dining room, this would be SO much better! Thank you for posting!

    Anne Palmer Portland, OR

  10. Anonymous says:

    If you get rid of the gap between the bench and the wall on the right (cut the baseboard flush with the front of the bench and move the bench flush to the wall) it would have more of a “built in” look.

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