Smiling Mudroom

Difficulty
Intermediate
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About Project

This mudroom is DIY and I spent less than $150 on it! Check out the full tutorial, you will be amazed at how easy it is to build yourself!

We are very thankful to Columbia Forest Products for providing beautiful and healthy PureBond Plywood for this project. The cost of $148 reflects an average price of $48 a sheet of PureBond Plywood. For those of you who cannot find PureBond Plywood at your local Home Depot, ask the manager of the store to start carrying it. It is comparable in cost to other hardwood plywoods, but a healthier alternative.  And in the meantime, visit the PureBond website for other distributors and resellers.

Remember a few weeks back when I blogged about building a new mudroom just in time for fall?  I told you about the mudrooms that I would have loved to have built, but they just didn't quite fit my home.  

 Today, I'm going to show you the mudroom that I loved and used as inspiration for my new mudroom, from my Pinterest Board via Better Homes and Gardens.

Source: bhg.com via Ana on Pinterest

Why I Choose this Mudroom for Inspiration



This mudroom really appealed to me because it had a little extra fancy too it, and my blah tiny 6x7 mudroom with cheap peeling linoleum flooring really needed it.  

The mudroom also used all of the available space, from shelving on the tippity-top, to hooks all the way around, to under bench storage for shoes and boots.  Drawers could be added - I thought I'd make that decision after I built the mudroom system.
And finally, our mudroom floor has a cutout in the center for access to the crawlspace, so the bottom part needed to be open. Perfect, thanks Better Homes and Gardens for the inspiration!


My $148 Formaldehyde-Free DIY Version

And here's what I was able to come up with for $148 - made with PureBond Formaldehdye Free Plywood.  That's right, just two sheets of formaldehyde free plywood (remember our family is committed to NO more furniture made with formaldehyde that off gasses cancer causing carcinogens into our home), some 1x2s and 1x3s and a couple of sticks of trim, a gallon of buttery yellow paint, and some hooks, for a grand total of $148.  
I adore DIY.  It rocks. 

Perfect Fit

DIY isn't just about saving money.  When you choose to do-it-yourself, you make the decisions, and you can get EXACTLY what you want.  See my dirty boots that I wear up at the Momplex?  THAT cubby is sized to the width of the crawlspace opening, so my house betterment goals are in line with our house maintenance goals.
I also decided not to put drawers in because I have no where else to store boots in our house.  Drawers would take some of the height away from the under bench storage areas.  And Lord knows what this Alaska girl would do without a spot for her boots.

Hello Yellow!

Perhaps one of my most difficult DIY moments EVER for me was painting this beautiful PureBond Birch Plywood.  It was HARD to do.  I have such a love and appreciation for natural wood, and the birch grain was so beautiful and clear.  Not something I would enjoy painting over.  

Paintful Decision

But our bland mudroom really needed a pop of color.  We already have wood moulding and trim the space is so tiny, I just felt color was called for.  So I made a truly paintful decision.

Smiling House

I loved what John and Sherry of Young House Love said about their freshly painted yellow front door.  How each time they come home, it's like their house is smiling at them.  
I couldn't paint our house front door yellow . . . it just wouldn't work, trust me . . . so I decided the next way to get our house to smile at us when we come home would be the mudroom.
So this lover of reds, pinks, blues and greens (and neutrels) - did something very uncomfortable.  I bought a whole gallon of yellow paint.  Thanks John and Sherry for the inspiration, turns out going out of your comfort zone can be a good thing!

You Can DIY This Too!

Looks complicated?  NO WAY!!!  The hardest part about this mudroom (well, aside from painting the PureBond Birch Plywood) was getting it hung in the tiny mudroom.  And you'd have to do that if you bought a mudroom system anyway!
You'll see in this project plan that it's really simple - just a basic shelf on top, a super easy bench on bottom, and some fancy cut dividers making it look really complicated.  
YOU can build this!  Yes, YOU!
Dimensions
Dimensions are shown above. You can build to suit, just keep the bench supported every 2 to 3 feet at the most.

Preparation

Shopping List

2 - Full Sheets 3/4" thick PureBond Plywood (available at the Home Depot) cut into strips 15 1/2" long and 8 feet long, referred to as 1x16 boards in this plan.

3 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
4 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
1 - strip small crown moulding, 6 feet long
1 - edge moulding, 6 feet long
Hooks
Common Materials
1 1/4 inch finish nails
2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
primer
paint
paint brush
Cut List

TOP SHELF CUT LIST
2 - 1x16 @ 72"
4 - 1x16 @ 16"
1 - 1x3 @ 72"
1 - 1x2 @ 72"
4 - 1x2 @ 13 1/2"
1 - Crown Moulding Strip @ 72"
2 - 1x3 @ 23 1/8" (Sides - Optional if need to support shelf from back)
1 - 1x3 @ 22 3/4" (Center - Optional if need to support shelf from back)

BENCH CUT LIST
1 - 1x16 @ 72"
4 - 1x16 @ 17 1/4"
1 - 1x3 @ 72"
4 - 1x2 @ 15 1/2"
1 - Edge Moulding Strip @ 72"

CENTER CUT LIST
2 - 1x16 @ 47 7/8"
2 - 1x3 @ 23 7/8" (cut to fit)
1 - 1x3 @ 22 3/4" (cut to fit)
2 - 1x3 @ 14 3/4" (Optional sides for extra hooks)

Cutting Instructions

Have the Home Depot cut your PureBond plywood into 15 1/2" wide strips, 8 feet long. The strips will be easier to transport and cut. These strips will be referred to as 1x16 boards throughout the plan.

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Drill
Circular Saw
Jigsaw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
Level
General Instructions

Make sure you measure your mudroom carefully and are certain you can move the piece in. Mine was so tight of a fit, we had to remove moulding to get it in place.

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Instructions

Step 1

Build the box. This is the basic frame for the upper shelf. It will be fully framed, so nailgun lovers, nail away. I used Kreg Jig pocket holes, but you can also use 2" screws or nails - just adjust for square and use glue.

Step 2

On your shelf, nail the tops and bottom on. One thing I don't like about my shelf is the bottom trim makes pulling baskets straight out impossible - there's a little lip. This could be a good thing for you, I'll let you make the call.

Step 3

Trim exposed shelf dividers as shown above.

Step 4

And tack on some moulding for an added touch of fancy.

Step 5

Step 6

Just the top gets trim. Attach to all dividers for added structure and support.

Step 7

Now trim legs too.

Step 8

Followed by a touch of decorative edge moulding.

Step 9

Carefully draw out pattern as shown above. Cut with a jigsaw and sand rough edge. Make sure your two match. We actually clamped the two together and cut to ensure a perfect match.

Drill pocket holes along the top and bottom edge for assembly.

Step 10

Start assembling from the bottom up, installing bench and then dividers and then finally the top. Attach dividers to bench and shelf through pocket holes.

For a freestanding mudroom, you can add end dividers but you MUST support that top shelf by hanging it to studs in the wall (see next step).

Step 11

Make sure your upper shelf is well supported, screwed to at least two studs in the wall at minimum, on each end. If you used a freestanding design (no side walls) you MUST add blocking as shown above and screw through the blocking.

Attach the hook blocking as well. I used pocket holes to attach, and also nails and glue into the wall.

Step 12

And this is just to add a few more hooks. And a little more fancy.

Step 13

And this is not in the cut list, but with just 1 more 1x3, you could trim out the bench top as I did. Just in case your bench doesn't sit flush to the wall, or for a little extra color.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. 

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

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