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Ever scrolled through Pinterest lusting after gorgeous mudrooms with built-in benches and custom millwork?… Or am I just a lone weirdo?
For quite some time, I had grandiose visions for our fixer upper home. Then , we ran into some major setbacks and our reno budget began to spiral out of control. But sometimes, problems can create practical solutions.
Dreaming of a mudroom but don’t have a pot to piss in? Well, today I am going to share with ya’ll how we built a custom mudroom for under $200. (Updated 11-6-19: Scroll to the bottom to see this space now painted with white walls and new tile flooring)
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- 8D finish nails
- 6D finish nails
- white oil-based paint
- paint roller and paint brush
- coat hooks
Please forgive me for not having pictures of each step. My husband actually took pictures on his phone, and a few days later his phone completely died. Unfortunately, we could not retrieve the pics. For visual aide, I created a diagram below.
- Have sheets of wood cut to preferred bench dimensions. (Because we had a closet door to contend with, we chose not to build a bench the entire length of the wall. We centered it along the wall, with a foot of space on each side of the bench so that we could still open our closet door.
- With brads, attach beadboard sheets to wall making sure to attach to studs.
- Attach anchor plate to wall using 3” wood screws.
- Attach bottom plate to anchor plate by drilling pocket holes on edge that meets the anchor plate, securing with pocket screws.
5. Drill pocket holes on vertical supports on attaching edges (anchor plate, bottom plate, top plate) and attach to bottom plate and anchor plate with pocket screws.
6. Attach top plate to vertical supports with pocket screws.
7. Attach top plate to anchor plate with pocket holes and screws.
8. Attach top moulding (1×6 wide) to studs using 8D finishing nails.
9. Attach side mouldings (1×3) with 2” brads or 6D finishing nails.
11. Attach backing plate to studs with 6D finish nails.
12. Attach crown molding to backing plate with 2” brads.
13. Spackle and sand as needed.
14. Apply one to two coats of oil-based primer before applying oil-based white (gloss finish) paint with a paint roller. Then allow to dry overnight. I then did my top coat of paint with a brush (makes for a nicer texture).
15. Once paint has dried, caulk as needed.
16. Attach coat hooks.
This project took about a weekend to complete, but it had such a dramatic impact on our home. Not only do I think it is visually pleasing, it is such a functional and practical space for me and my family. It is going to be so handy when we have guests over for pool parties this summer.
The whitewashed herringbone frame just takes the print to a whole new level of awesomeness.
Implementing a very traditional take on millwork, I was a little concerned the space might come off as being too farmhouse or not modern- boho enough for my taste. But with the use of modern art work and this bohemian, kilim rug, I was able to achieve a nice balance in the space.
Of course the fabric on the pillows also provides a global and fresh vibe.
If you are a lover of beadboard and Modern Farmhouse design, you may also want to check out a tutorial I created for covering popcorn ceilings with beadboard planks. You can click here to read that tutorial. Looking to add some budget-friendly barn doors in your home?
Read my full tutorial for building modern farmhouse pantry doors for under $90 by clicking here.
**Updated 6-30-22** – We were finally able to replace our boring, builder-grade closet doors with these custom sliding barn doors…
Thanks again to Minted for providing me with this gorgeous art. If you are looking for unique art on a budget, you have to check them out.
Related Wood-working Posts:
- DIY Sliding Barn Door
- How To Install Luxury Vinyl Tile Over Existing Tile
- DIY Cabinets for Under $200
- DIY Bench with Cubbies for $115
Now get out there and design some good vibes.
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