Now that we’ve hit the cold, rainy season in Oregon, we decided that it was high time we finished the mudroom storage wall we started back in May. Coats, scarves, rain jackets, hats, gloves, mittens, boots, and more have been strewn all over for months, and we just couldn’t take it anymore!
Back in May, we installed the planks using the back side of tongue and groove bead board that we had left over from a previous project. We cut the planks to fit in between the left side wall and the door frame on the right. We started at the bottom and nailed them in with a nail gun. It all went really quickly, but we didn’t have any of the materials to finish the wall–caulk, paint, a shelf, brackets, hooks, etc. And we got busy with summer vacations and school starting and whatnot, and didn’t finish it.
Once we decided to finish this wall, it was a very quick project–it only took two days, and most of that was waiting time! We started by filling in the nail holes with putty, letting them dry, and sanding them down. We caulked the seams down both sides of the planks, taped off the trim, and painted the planks once everything was dry and ready. We also painted the shelf, which is just a 12″-wide piece of wood from the hardware store. After the paint dried, we installed the shelf with black brackets and put in two rows of double hooks, one for backpacks, purses, and bags, and one for coats, hats, and scarves.
We should probably caulk the edges of the shelf and the seam between the shelf and wall at some point. But knowing our track record, that might happen next July! The last part of our plank wall storage system is a little cubby bench for shoes, gloves, etc. My husband built it a few years ago for the entryway in our old house, when we only had 3 kids. At some point in the near future, we’ll need to replace it with a new one that has six cubbies, one for each person in our family. We’re trying to decide if we want to keep it black, which hides dirt but looks really dark, or white, which will be nice and bright and absolutely filthy! It looks like a tight squeeze, and it will be, but we’ve measured, and there’s just enough room for a bench with six cubbies, each holding one of these little woven milk crates.
I can’t tell you how much well love this new organization system, and what a huge difference it has made in our mudroom. We still get the occasionally jacket tossed on the floor, but everybody is pretty good and putting things away. And it makes the room look great!