I began by first making 3 cubes of shoe shelves out of 3/4 oak plywood. After assembling I coated with joint compound and sanded smooth to get rid of grooves and grain. The hutch was assembled in 2 sections. I used a router to slide the shelves in so there were no screws visible. I applied primer/paint/ poly in these 5 large sections. The sections were then but in place in my mudroom and connected for installation. The bench top was custom measured to fit as the walls were not perfectly square. The bench top was stained/poly before the hutch was set into place. Paneling was attached to the back of the hutch unit before lifting in place. Barnwood was also installed where the hooks were attached for an added detail. I used 3/4 x 1/4 trim to finish the sides of the plywood and trimmed down mulion for the 1.5 inch sections needed for the bench trim and sides connecting to the wall to hide gaps left from un square walls.
Bench top: stain Briarsmoke with 2 coats of Minwax water based Polyacrylic Clear Satin.