Mud Room Part 2

Welcome to Mud Room Hack Part 2, click here if you missed part 1.

We pick up our Mud Room renovation with our trip to the lumber yard where we selected the wood for the bench.

At the lumber yard it’s important to be selective as you do not want a warped or flimsy piece of wood, additionally it’s important to pay attention to character in the grain.

After selecting the right piece that would serve as our bench

  • Check to find if there were any deep scratches in the wood. Luckily, for us there were only minor scratches to the board. So we began sanding the bench using #150 sandpaper,
    • Note the lower the grit number the coarser the sand paper, if we had deeper scratches in the board we would have started with a grit closer to #100 or lower.
    • Remember to sand with the grain of the board, going perpendicular will result in scratches that will be brought out when staining.

  • Once the board is smooth, grab a piece of scrap wood and clamp it to your bench.  Use this piece to practice your router cuts before using on the bench. Make sure the depth and edge of the cut is the one you’re looking for.
  • Use the router to cut the edges into the bench, lightly sand the routed edges with #150 grit paper until its smooth.
  • Once finished cutting the edge into the bench and sanding smooth, wipe the bench to remove all dust. It is important to maintain a dust free environment when staining!

  • Using a rag or a brush, apply the stain to the bench and be sure to get an even coat over the board. With a clean rag, wipe the excess stain off the bench. Should you want a deeper finish let the stain sit for 5-10 minutes before wiping down the bench.
    • We repeated this step 3 times before we got the finish we were looking for!
    • First time staining? Check out this site for helpful tips on how to do so: Tips on Staining Wood

  • Once the desired stain was achieved we finished the bench by applying Minwax Fast drying Polyurethane Clear Semi-Gloss. The polyurethane finish acts as a shield and will protect the wood during future use. When applying the finish follow the grain of the wood and use a nice brush.

  • Once the bench was complete we then framed out three cubbies, similar to earlier step when we mounted the media stand, by first identifying the studs.
  • After measuring the width of the opening, we divided the space into three cubbies by lightly marking up the wall on how we wanted them placed.
  • Following the markings, we first mounted a piece of trim that would serve as the coat hanger in the cubbies. Then by using the identified studs, we made sure this piece was screwed into several studs for strength purposes. We then completed framing the cubbies out.

  • Afterwards we cut the beat board to the widths and heights of the openings that we had framed out. Then mounted it in each individual cubby.

  • The beadboard was mounted using finishing nails and construction adhesive (insert adhesive)

  • Following the framing of cubbies and mounting of bead board. We turned our attention to the top shelf. We weren’t as selective with the wood for the top shelf, since we would not be staining the wood, we grabbed a shelf piece from home depot.

  • We painted the shelf before putting into place,  This step was done because of the available space it would be hard to paint in the given area.
  • We then cut the shelf to the appropriate size and put in place. We did not screw the top shelf in place.
  • Once the top shelf was in place, we installed the shelf hangers. These were found at Home Depot in the moulding section (we had trouble finding link online sorry!). Now that the shelf supports were in place, we screwed the shelf in place.

  • To achieve a more polished look we outlined the entire mud room in quarter round.
  • After the shelf and quarter round were installed we sanded the nails smooth. Always remember to vacuum and dust afterwards!
  • To finish the unit we then caulked gaps that could not be hidden. Then painted the entire mud room Ultra White from Behr.

  • Finally it was time to DECORATE!! Rather than building individual cubbies in the top shelf we thought even sized wicker baskets would be a great alternative.

  • At HomeGoods we found wicker baskets, grey pillows and a wreath. Additionally there are extra cubbies at the bottom of the unit for our outdoor pillows and the Hunter Boots have a new permanent parking spot 🙂 .

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