Maximizing a Small Space – Glenn’s Weekend Mudroom Project

In our house, there is never enough room for stuff. We have stuff everywhere, especially coats, jackets and backpacks. Taking a trip to Pinterest, which is a grand way to kill time, gives you many different options for home organization. If you have $100, a spare weekend and a spare wall, this project is for you.

 Maximizing a Small Space   Glenns Weekend Mudroom Project

I started off buying some white Cape Cod bead board from Lowe’s. You can choose between the wide or thin wainscoting strips. For this project, I chose the thin. I purchased it in 96″ lengths and cut in half.  I needed 2 packages that cost 18 bucks a piece. I attached to the wall using a brad nailer.

 Maximizing a Small Space   Glenns Weekend Mudroom Project

To reinforce the brad nails, I used liquid nails on each panel and then fit each piece into the other with a tongue and groove system.

 Maximizing a Small Space   Glenns Weekend Mudroom Project

I then attached a 1 x 4 board at about 40″ high so that the kids can hang their backpacks at a comfortable level. I attached the boards to the wall using 2″ construction screws.

 Maximizing a Small Space   Glenns Weekend Mudroom Project

After the board was painted, the project is finally starting to take shape.  Now to move on to the top shelf.

 Maximizing a Small Space   Glenns Weekend Mudroom Project

This was the most difficult part of the project.  I bough 2 corbels for each side of the shelf to make it look more decorative. The top piece is a 1 x 6, the bottom piece is a 1 x 8. I attached quarter round to the top shelf to give it a more rounded look, but you can always rout it if you have woodworking skills. I used a water putty to fill in all the gaps and spaces and then sanded it before painting it.

 Maximizing a Small Space   Glenns Weekend Mudroom Project

I bought these really cool hooks from Lowe’s in a Victorian finish. You can get any hooks you want, but I love that black distressed look. I gave everything 4 coats of enamel trim paint from Sherwin Williams. It gives it the right amount of durability as well as a good semi-gloss finish.

 Maximizing a Small Space   Glenns Weekend Mudroom Project

That’s it! I maximized a small area and now the kids have a place for all their stuff. Feel free to email me with any specific questions at glenn@star102cleveland.com. Good luck!! 😉

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