Monday, January 30, 2017

Laundry Room to 'Mudroom' Makeover

I have died and gone to heaven!

Laundry room organization heaven that is!

I am so excited to be sharing our most recent project with you! This was a labor of love. I knew I was going to love the end result or I seriously might not have finished it. lol.

It wasn't overly complicated or hard or anything. It was just a lot of trips to the hardware store and trying to find a time to work on it between naptime/bedtime (loud saws and hammering) and keeping the kids out of the way.

So technically, I don't know if I should call this a mudroom. I mean it is still my laundry room, but when someone says 'mudroom' this is the image it invokes.

Our laundry room is a small room that you pass through when coming into the house from the garage. The washer and dryer are awkwardly situated behind the door to the garage and there is a large utility sink that, as much as I love using it, sticks out too far into the room and is too close to the washer. The door actually bumps the sink most times I open/close it. We had a 'nine cube' for our shoes and other miscillaneous things. There was already a rack for hanging coats but it goes over the sink and as useful as it is, the coats hang down into the way of the washer/sink.

So my desire for some kind of mudroom shelf/bench/built in was born. I knew we needed space for shoes, coats, backpacks, and somewhere to put gloves/hats/scarves in the winter to be easily accessible but also not on the floor.

After telling my husband about my idea, he hit Pinterest (I know, right?!) and started finding ideas and inspiration that would work for our space. We combined the look of a couple different projects, but ultimately we used Ana White's Smiling Mudroom as a basic guide for the bench and shelves because it was really the only site that had actual plans. Then modified it to the length we wanted it and added shelves to the shoe part for even more storage.

First I removed the baseboard and quarter round in the are we were going to be working in. We started with the beadboard, our area needed two sheets. We got plywood from Home Depot and had them do the long cuts for us and I did the rest with circular saw and miter saw. I painted everything (for the shelves and bench) before assembling. I painted in my 1st graders room while he was at school so I could lock the door to make sure no one made a mess.

 We didn't have a pocket hole jig so we just made due with either seeing the screws or got creative about hiding them. Here's one of the dividers for the shoe shelves. We used a 1x2" to make a brace for the shelves.

Here you can see we also cut the corner of the bench to allow space to pass through when coming in the door. 

Like I said above, we didn't have a pocket hole jig so we had to figure out how to cover the screws, especially on the top of the bench where we attached each of the dividers. We got a sheet of super thin plywood, 7/32" thick. I had Home Depot cut this down again to the strip we needed for the top of the bench. I took it home and stained it, then glued it down to the top of the bench, and added 1x2" around the edge to finish it.

Next we built the upper shelves and focused on securing those to the walls.

As you can see I had a bit of trouble finding studs lol. I even bought a new stud finder but it just wasn't jiving with the beadboard so I resorted to more 'manual' options. I poked the holes in a place that was going to be covered by the shelf so it wasn't too big of a deal.

 So to attach the shelves to the wall, I first put a 1x4" on the wall, attached to studs, for the shelves to 'rest' on. while I held it, my husband drove screws through the back of the shelves (also 1x4"s) and into the studs. This was actually really hard, beadboard is a beast to get through. I highly recommend pre-drilling with a bit slightly smaller than the screws you are using.

Don't forget to test that it's secure....😉

From there, we finished the look with 3 more horizontal 1x4"s; one flush against the bench, 1 for the large coat hooks, and one for the smaller coat hooks.

Then we ran the 1x3"s vertically (6 of them) to line up with the shelves above and below. These were just punched on with a nailgun. Then came the hooks. And lastly a whole lot of caulk/woodfiller and then painting or touching up any last bits.

Now there is a place to sit and put on/take off shoes, hang coats and bags, and a place to put shoes so we're not tripping over them. I absolutely love how it turned out and I love that it actually makes the space feel more open than what we had in there before. I put some bins up in the cubbies that we already had to store hats and gloves in for now. In the summer, I'll put their sunglasses, sun hats, sunscreen, and any of the other summer essentials for quick access on the way out the door.

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  1. Wow! What a difference! I'm glad you trucked on through and finished this, now you have a little oasis for laundry instead of feeling all cramped.

    1. Thank you, I'm glad I trucked on through, too! I find myself going in there just to admire it :D so much better than before!

  2. Great job Alex! It's beautiful!!! How much did the project cost?

    1. Thank you, I'm loving it! I don't exactly how much, but my guess is about $200.


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