PROJECT 9: How To Build A Multipurpose Mudroom Bench
Tools you’ll need for this project:
- Cordless finishing nail gun
- Power drill
- Compound mitre saw or handsaw and mitre box
- No More Nails construction glue
- DAP Alex paintable caulking
- Caulking gun
- Hammer & nails
- Painting supplies
- Mirror mastic
Maia’s shopping list:
- White storage bench
- Decorative panels (beadboard)
- Floating shelf
- Beveled wall mirror
- 4-6 small coat hooks
- 1 gallon semi-gloss paint (use a white to match the bench)
- 1 1″x6″ board of flat stock trim, cut to 36″
- 3 1″x3″ boards of flat stock trim, cut to size at home
1. Cut materials to size
Once you’ve gathered everything from the shopping list, ask a Home Depot associate about having the beadboard and 1×6 flat stock cut to the sizes show on our diagram, below. You will need to determine the height of the beadboard panel by subtracting the height of your baseboard from 3’-10”. You can have the 1×3 cut down as well to make it easier to handle. Be sure to leave the pieces at least a few inches longer than indicated on the diagram, as you will cut these pieces to size at home to ensure a good fit.
Note: These instructions use the exact measurements of the project featured in the video. If you’re altering the materials or size, speak to a Home Depot associate in-store for tips.
2. Paint beadboard, shelf, and flat stock trim
Use white paint in a semi-gloss finish for a fresh look that will stand up to wear-and-tear and match your existing wall trim. If your trim is not white, consider painting the bench unit pieces as well so the finished unit appears cohesive. If you opt to do paint the bench, you’ll want to sand each piece first so the paint adheres to the bench’s surface.
3. Assemble bench unit
While painted beadboard and trim is drying, assemble the bench unit according to the instructions in the package. (If you’re painting the bench as well, do so before building it and allow ample time to dry.)
4. Attach wall pieces
Locate the centre of where you want your mudroom bench to go and mark this on the baseboard. An extra set of hands is essential for the next steps, to help hold each piece in place:
- Rest the beadboard on top of the baseboard centred on the mark you made. Using a finishing nail gun, attach the board securely to the wall.
- Apply construction glue to the back of the 1×6 flat stock. Carefully place the 1×6 on the wall, fitting snuggly on top of the beadboard. Attach to the wall with the nail gun.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to attach the floating shelf to the wall directly above the 1×6.
- Apply mirror mastic to the back of the mirror. Rest the bottom of the mirror on the floating shelf and make sure it’s centred before gently pressing the mirror to the wall. Hold in place for a few moments.
- Use a tape measure to determine the finished measurements of your 1×3 trim pieces. Using a compound mitre saw or a hand saw and mitre box, cut the pieces to size. Be sure to mitre the top two corners, but leave the bottoms flat where the trim meets the baseboard.
- Apply construction glue to the back of the 1×3 flat stock and attach to the wall using the nail gun.
5. Fill holes and seams
Use white DAP caulking to fill in the seams between the flat stock and the other pieces, as well as the nail holes. Once dry use a small brush to touch up the paint where needed.
6. Attach hooks
Maia used four evenly-spaced hooks on the 1×6 flat stock. Measure horizontally and vertically to get the location of the bottom of each hook. You can use a level to make sure your marks are straight. Make sure you’re leaving enough room to reach below the shelf and hang items. The hooks should be lower than centre on the 1×6.
Hold a hook to the marked spots and use a pencil to draw the screw holes on the board. Pick a drill bit that is narrower than screws and drill pilot holes at the marks. Screw the hooks to the 1×6.
Place the assembled bench in front, clean the mirror, and you’re all ready to get organized.