Braden Entryway Mail Sorter/Locker/Shoe drawer

Submitted by Megbech on Fri, 09/02/2011 - 21:20

This is the greatest website ever! Thank you so much Ana White! Anyway, this was my first project. Our family room was a mess - shoes everywhere, coats strewn, you name it. We don't have a mud room - you just walk in from the garage to BAM, the family room. So the mess needs to be contained and organized and the Braden Shoe Drawer, Locker and Mail Sorter/Phone Charger was our answer! I would have loved to have done the locker-mail sorter-locker layout but space is limited in the room so I was only able to make one locker. I did make a 3rd drawer, per Ana's awesome wood cutting instructions and that drawer is in a storage closet. So, pay attention to her cutting instructions - she knows what she's talking about! I had some left over wood (1x10) and used that as a divider in the shoe drawer to keep each kids' shoes separate.

Estimated Cost
$250 (for hutch/locker, mail sorter, three drawers)
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
Finish Used
Kilz Primer, Olympic High-Gloss Antique White paint. Two coats put on very sparingly (dryly). I painted the small mail slots and inner side panels of the mail sorter prior to building after reading previous posters' tips - totally worth it.
Recommended Skill Level



Sat, 09/03/2011 - 12:59

This looks great for a first build! The drawers are great for hiding the shoes and I love the mail sorter. Awesome job!


Thu, 12/01/2011 - 13:26

I'm new to Ana's site & I desperately need to find a Mud Room Locker System & since I don't have an office downstairs I either need a desk put in my kitchen or a mail sorter system of some kind! You did a fabulous job but I have to admit that I'm terrified to even start this project!!!!! I'm afraid that I'll make a huge mess of it!!!! Any suggestions for a newbie???? Thanks a million!

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