Family Room Built-In Cabinets

We love that our house has this great basement family room with lots of space for our three growing boys. Unfortunately, it lacked places to hide away all of the stuff that comes with three growing boys so we decided to DIY an AUH-MAZING storage solution.


We lucked out and had this wall with a one car garage on the other side. A garage that we want to turn into a bedroom eventually so eating up a little bit space for a lot of storage made perfect sense.

We started by building huge boxes out of MDF down in the shop. Once the boxes were built Micah smashed through the old wall and framed in the new space for the MDF cabinet boxes we built.

Carrying these boxes from the shop up to the basement was a big job for my little muscles. Poor Micah kept having to stop and let me readjust my grip. Moments like these make us miss our old neighborhood where we had plenty of neighbors who could help.

Once the boxes were in place we were ready for shelves. We personally love the clear Sterolite plastic bins. We buy ours at Home Depot and use them everywhere! You can see what’s in them & if the boys break them it’s not the end of the world. Before we started building the shelves we measured the biggest plastic bin and built the two bottom shelves tall enough to house them.

With shelving in it was time to paint! After a coat of primer and three coats of matte white the inside of the cabinets were ready to be organized!

I went through all of the toys and sorted them accordingly. Arranged all of our tubs, books, and games on the shelves and that’s how it sat for months. Life for our family and work for Micah just got super busy. There was no time for doors.

After feeling extra crazy for what seemed like forever Micah and I wanted to finish off the family room built-in cabinets to give ourselves a sense of accomplishment and sanity. We decided on a three panel style door.

To create these doors you need 1/2″ MDF  for the doors themselves and 1/4″ MDF for the panel detail.

We ripped down the 1/2″ sheets to the cabinet door dimensions.

Next we cut strips of 1/4″ MDF to crate the panel look.

2 strips the length of the door and then 2 strips to lay horizontally to create the three panels.

We attached the 14″ MDF to the doors with tiny nails.

Micah decided to spray all the doors since there were so many and we wanted a smooth finish. After 1 coat of primer; two coats of matte pure white paint by Behr and some dry time they were ready to hang.

We added a “dummy” door at the end to complete the wall and I’m SO glad we did! Who knew a wall of doors would make my heart swoon so much!

I loved the doors so much I really wanted something special for the pulls. I found these gorg pulls that were only $40 a piece….only. If you don’t know me well you might think I was being serious but I don’t EVER see myself spending that kind of cash per pull!

My brilliant husband came up with the idea of using angle iron for the pulls. I told him to tell me more….

He did even better and made me a sample. I seriously drooled a bit when I saw it! Oh blackened metal how you make me swoon!

I gave him the go ahead and within a blink of the eye we had our pulls. I’m not going to lie and say that I don’t stop to just stare at them but there is one problem…. these beauties just upped our basement game by a lot. As in everything else looks like crap next to them, but I keep telling myself that it takes time. It makes me feel better when I walk down there to tell the family room that I’m coming for it. Yes, I’m all that kinds of crazy.


Kid Friendly Bathroom Storage Labels

Kid Friendly Bathroom Storage {Dolen Diaries}

I have spent many hours drooling over all of the beautiful bathroom storage on so many lovely blogs. While they were gorgeous they were expensive and I would be so uptight that my boys would ruin my catalog moment. Which is rather silly because it’s bathroom storage. The kids hands are most likely going to be filthy when they are in need of a bandage or really anything in there. My boys love to play outside and it’s dirty out there! Haha! SoI put my catalog moment aside and created incredibly inexpensive and highly functional Kid Friendly Bathroom Storage.

I divided all of our bathroom supplies into categories that would fit into plastic shoe box size Storage Boxes.  Honestly, I knew it would be a disaster to have too much in a larger basket. I didn’t want the kids to have to rifle through larger baskets to find what they needed, stuff would be everywhere!

With all of my boxes ready, I needed to label them!

Supplies for Kid Friendly Labels:

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Check your business card makers website and they should have a template for you. It’s SO easy you simply choose your font {I chose Janda Elegant}, type, and print!

Pop the perforated cards out and then place them inside of the Laminating Pouches 

Make sure you space the cards out so there is plenty of room around the cards for the plastic to seal them.

Carefully, load the Laminating Pouches   into the Laminator.

I used to laminate all of my labels in my classroom to protect them from little hands and I’m a little disappointed that it took me so long to come up with this idea at home!

Now my labels are totally wipe able!

Use strong, sharp Scissors to cut the cards apart grab some Mounting Tape and you’re ready to start adhering your labels!

Simply cut the Mounting Tape, peel the backing off, and center on the container.

Peel off the front sticker and press the label onto the Mounting Tape.

The kids mostly get into the tub with the bandages and it’s held up great! A few dirty fingerprints were no problem now that I have these lovely laminated labels!

Looking for more kid {especially boy} friendly organizing ideas!?! You have to check these out….