Make a Mudroom
A few linear feet of wall space by your door gives you all the area you need to fashion an orderly mudroom that functions well for the whole family. And the best part of the project: It's quick, easy, and affordable. If you love the look of those pricey built-ins or retail storage lockers, lust no more. Follow our step-by-step instructions and you're on your way to a satisfyingly attractive entry storage solution for a fraction of the cost.
Avoid the Clutter
DIY homeowners Steve Booth and Joanne Palmisano, author of Salvage Secrets: Transforming Reclaimed Materials into Design Concepts, faced the same dilemma so many families do: no dedicated mudroom to keep coats, bags, and shoes in order. A stretch of wall just inside the door offered enough space to create a drop zone for daily paraphernalia. Without a well-thought-out plan for storage, however, the area quickly became cluttered. Fortunately, a trip to the home improvement store provided the materials they needed to solve their problem.
Purchase Your Materials
If you want to set up an organized and attractive mudroom storage unit like theirs that makes optimum use of your wall space while going easy on your budget follow our step-by-step instructions. Before getting started, gather your materials:
1 - 4 x 8-foot prefinished white beaded plank paneling
2 - 1 3/8-inch x 6-foot pine cap trim molding
1 50-inch heavy duty peg shelf (ours is from Rucker Farms, ruckerfarmscreations.com)
1 47-inch classic shaker peg rack (ours is from Rucker Farms, ruckerfarmscreations.com)
1 tube Power Grab adhesive
6-8 2 1/2-inch dry wall screws
Primer, if using unprimed wood
White semi-gloss latex paint
Gather Your Tools
Make sure you have the tools on hand that you will need to complete the entire project:
-- Sand paper
-- Saw (if you don't have access to a saw, most home improvement stores will cut wood to size at the time of purchase.)
-- Caulking gun
-- Paint brush
-- Stud finder (optional)
-- Measuring tape
-- A willing assistant
Cut the beaded panel and 2 pieces of trim molding to 71 inches long.
Using the stud-finder and pencil, mark the areas on the wall where the studs are located in the space to be covered by the panel. It's best to have three studs behind the panel for optimum strength. Make your pencil marks about 80 inches high so that they remain visible after you've attached the panel to the wall.
Rough Up the Surface
Using the sandpaper, rough up the surface of the wall where you will be applying the beaded panel. Sand the back of the beaded panel as well. This will give both surfaces some tooth and help the glue adhere to them properly.
Determine Panel Placement
With the help of another person, place the cut panel on the wall to determine placement. The panel should sit evenly along the top of your baseboard molding. As your assistant holds the panel in place, make a pencil mark on the wall at the edge of the panel near the baseboard.
Apply the Adhesive
Place your tube of adhesive in the caulking gun and lay the panel face down in a flat area. Apply the adhesive to the back of the panel in a thin bead around all sides about 2 inches in from the sides. Also apply a line of adhesive from side to side every two inches from top to bottom.
Place the Panel
Pick up the panel and place the back side against the wall, resting it on top of the baseboard. Line up the panel with your pencil mark near the baseboard. Starting at the bottom, use your hands to press firmly up and across the panel. It takes about a minute for the adhesive to firm up so you have very little time to make corrections to your placement, if necessary.
Prep the Trim
Measure the placement of your trim pieces on either side of the panel so that the complete width measures 50 inches. With a pencil, mark the outside edge for each piece of trim. Apply a bead of adhesive to the back side of the vertical trim molding.
Place the Trim
Attach the trim molding to each vertical side of the paneling, using your pencil marks as guides on either side. Press the molding firmly from bottom to top to ensure a strong bond.
Make Your Marks
Center the top shelf on the top of the panel. Using your pencil marks on the wall as your guide, mark the placement of the studs on your shelf to determine the placement of your fastening screws. Take the shelf down and pre-drill 1/8-inch holes according to your marks. If you have fewer than three studs to attach your shelf, add a bead of adhesive around the back of the shelf.
Place the Shelf
Attach the 50-inch shelf above the panel. With the help of your assistant, hold the shelf in place and drill a 2 1/2-inch dry wall screw through each hole and into the wall studs until tight.
Hang the Peg Rack
Measure and mark the vertical center of your wall panel. Follow the same procedure to mark the 47-inch peg rack for screw placement. Pre-drill 1/8-inch holes in the shelf according to your marks. Again, if you have fewer than three studs to attach your rack, add a bead of adhesive around the back of the shelf. With the help of your assistant, center the rack horizontally at the vertical center of your panel and screw into place with dry wall screws.
Fill in the Gaps
Use a caulking gun to add a line of caulking below the top shelf, and around the peg rack, if necessary, to cover any gaps. If your wood is unfinished, prime the finished project and let dry. Paint with white semi-gloss latex paint. Let dry and admire your handiwork!
Break Down the Budget
Joann and Steve's new mudroom unit looks fabulous and cost approximately $300 total plus a bit of sweat equity. Here's the breakdown of their costs:
Prefinished beaded plank panel - $39.00
2 6-ft. pieces of trim molding - $14.00
50-inch peg shelf - $157.50
47-inch peg shelf - $46.06
Tube of adhesive - $4.32
Dry wall screws - $15.00/box
White caulking - $6.74
White paint - $12.00/quart
Up the Storage Quotient
A low bookcase gets a new role as a shoe and clutter organizer in this newly-designed mudroom. The ample surface offers space for catchalls to corral tabletop clutter such as mail, sunglasses, and newspapers while shelves and baskets organize shoes and sports gear below. Tuck in a small bench for putting on or taking off shoes and hang key hooks and cork board at the door and you've provided a home for all the stuff that accumulates at the door every day. In Joanne and Steve's mudroom another row of pegs under the window adds additional space to hang hats, caps, and binoculars.