Friday, January 20, 2012

J’s Laundry/Mud Room; progress part 3

Last post I caught you up to the end of the first weekend on the laundry/mudroom project. 

If you’ve missed any of the earlier posts on this project you can click on these links to catch up.

Mudroom/Laundry project inspiration

The REAL Inspiration for J’s Laundry /Mudroom

J’s Laundry/Mudroom plans and day 1 demolition

J’s Laundry/Mud Room progress part 2

So I hated packing everything up and getting back to real life, but alas, it must be.

Come the next Friday morning I was eagerly pounding on J’s door, trying to get him to answer.  (I think he just pulled the pillow over his head and rolled over)

See, he had just worked 11 days straight because he’s in the reserves and the last weekend was his one weekend a month drill.

Add to that me making him work late into the night on the house when he had been working all day long, well, he was pretty worn out!

I’m thinking maybe he wasn’t as excited about starting early as I was! ;)

Well this weekend he was off Friday through Monday and I wanted to take full advantage of every minute we had.

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There he is, doesn’t he look thrilled to see me?  lol

(I’m really kidding here, he was great about it and I had my own key to get in anyway.  But I know he had to have been exhausted!)

Yurah had to work all weekend so it was just the two of us.

As usual I didn’t get a lot of step by step photos…..who am I kidding?  I didn’t even  pull out the camera until the end of the day!  I’ll just have to tell you what we did.

First thing was to attach the side panel to the cubbies. 


It was cut to match the depth of the top cubby section but the bench section was a few inches deeper so I had to add a piece to the bottom to go all the way to the front of the bench. (huh? what did she just say? Clear as mud, I know.)

I could have used a saw to cut the plywood for this in one piece, but chose instead to go the easy route when cutting and make it one strip of the same width.  I then used my biscuit joiner to “widen” the bottom by adding a strip of plywood to the front. While it seems like an extra step it’s really easier than trying to get the cut right all in one piece. I also could have used the kreg pocket hole jig for this step, but my drill battery was charging and this was just as easy.


I then had to add facing strips to all the raw front edges of the cubbies to finish them off.



The board and batten look on the wall serves 2 purposes.  One, a support cleat for the top cubby, and two, a solid place to screw the hooks into without worrying about using anchors or hitting the studs.

The plan is to have 2 levels of hooks, so we went with 2 cross pieces. I thought it would be fun to “mirror” the cubby sections by using the thinner vertical batten strips.

J and I ran over to a nearby hardware store to pick up painting supplies.  We also needed to get some 1X boards to use for the facings. Oh, and caulk, lots of caulk!  While out we made a stop to look at hooks I had found at my favorite dollar store.  This place sells closeouts from other places and everything is a dollar or less.  I saw some coat hooks there that I thought would work,  J was in agreement so we picked them up and brought them home to try out. $12 for 12 hooks was not bad!

No pictures of them yet, but we quickly discovered we had to add another board under the top cubby to accommodate the size of the hooks.  I’m so glad we thought to check before going too far!. 


Here’s the final layout.


After lots of filling and caulking and sanding the first coat of primer was ready to go on.

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I’m starting to get excited about it now that it’s beginning to look like it’s really supposed to!

That’s it for this progress report. 

Until next time….


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  1. Oh my goodness. I love how it is looking! Great job. I wish I had room for something like that!


  2. I love this look. I want to do something similar for my own mudroom. Great inspiration! Thanks!

  3. Good gravy!!! I am sending you a map RIGHT NOW to my house!!! This is AWESOME!!!

    ;-D robelyn

  4. Yup. Fabulous! I really like how you did the board and batten.

  5. I love the board and batten! I think it's my favorite part. I'm glad ya'll didn't put dividers all the way up (the width of the cubbies below) I like it all open like it is!
    Ohh, how I wish I had a room like this--oh wait I sort of do... I hate the layout of my house! No one would ever buy this house. :(
    way to go "mom" J and Yurah are lucky to have ya!

  6. Oh Rose it's looking great!! Thanks for sharing! (J and Yurah also!)

  7. I would love to have a mudroom like that. It looks fabulous!!!

  8. It's looking really good. I can't wait to see it completed.

  9. Oh I'm getting excited too! That looks great so far!!!

  10. FABULOUS!!! i am in awe that you did all of this will a bit of help from the helpers, the fact that you managed to make it come together so professionally is amazing, i am so gung ho to start my diy course now and get stuck in to doing our scullery/ laundry now, cant wait to see your next project, you are such an inspiration

  11. Rose, it is looking so beautiful. You literally have me sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see this done. I love what you have done so far. You never cease to amaze me with your talents. You are such an inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs, Deb


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