A completed project! Hooray!
It’s been a busy year thus far. Project time has been virtually non-existent, and blogging time is at an all-time low. So for me to have a completed project AND a blog post is amazing! For it to be something as significant as a “mudroom” in my garage is even more amazing!
I started my Garage Makeover Series about a million years ago. Actually, it was more like 2 years ago, but still… that’s a long time. The “mudroom” idea popped up a few months ago when I tripped over my own shoes AGAIN. No joke. Check out what my situation was.
I didn’t even stage this photo. The shoes were all being stored on a rickety little shoe rack next to the door. Any time someone accidentally bumped into the rack (every day), half the shoes would fall off and land on the steps. Eventually, I just stopped putting them on the rack and kicked them off into a messy little pile in front of it. It was utter chaos.
I decided to put a stop to the madness. The other side of the door looked a little like this…
Sad… I know. I removed the shelf to clear way for a “mudroom” entrance with some shoe storage, a shelf, and some hangers. I keep putting the word “mudroom” in quotes because it isn’t technically a mudroom. It’s just a wall in my garage that I turned into some fancy storage. But naming a blog post “Fancy Garage Wall Storage” just didn’t have the same appeal. “Mudroom” is much more universal.
So let’s get down to it. I started with two shoe racks I purchased from Target. I suppose I could’ve built some that would’ve been sturdier and more attractive, but this was faster. Sometimes you just have to go the easy route.
I built the racks using the instructions in the box and lined them up side by side against the garage wall.
I used the hardware in the box to secure them to the wall, and I used some wood screws to connect them to each other. Then I went through my scrap wood pile and found a few good pieces of wood to use as a bench.
I cut the wood the length of the top of the shoe racks.
Then I used a hammer and nails to secure the wood to the top of the racks.
I went through my stores of paint and stain and found a nice English Chestnut Wood Finish.
I used an old cloth to stain the top and sides of the wood.
I went back to my scrap wood pile to find some wood for the border. I didn’t quite have what I needed so I ended up going to the hardware store to purchase it. I cut some 1x3s into 4 pieces of equal height. Then I added another piece across the top that I cut from a 1×4. I tried my best to drill wood screws in where there were studs, but it required a lot of trial and error. My stud finder was having a really difficult time with this wall. What I’m really saying is that there wasn’t much science to this part of the process. I made sure my wood was equally spaced, but I didn’t have any plans going in. I just eye-balled it.
Once my border was up, I added a shelf. I used two wooden brackets and a piece of 1×6 wood that I had in my scrap pile.
I hung the wooden brackets on the wood border and placed the shelf on top of that. I drilled wood screws into everything to make it as sturdy as possible.
Once the woodworking portion of the project was done, I moved on to the aesthetic portion. This is my least favorite part. I started by filling in all the holes and seams with spackle. I did this on the drywall and the wood.
Then I sealed all the cracks, lines, borders, edges, etc with a sealant I had.
I’ve been known to skip that step in the past and I always end up regretting it. So I spent a good deal of time on it for this particular project and it really paid off. I used a metal putty knife to clear away excess sealant. Then I let everything dry for a few hours and sanded it all down lightly.
I used a dry cloth to wipe the sand debris off the surfaces. Then I covered the bench wood with a plastic sheet and got to work painting. I started with a layer of primer on everything.
I let the primer dry and lightly sanded it. I wiped away the dust with my dry cloth and applied another coat of primer. Once the second layer dried, I sanded and wiped it again. Then I painted a layer of regular white paint. I followed it up with another layer after the first had dried.
I gave the paint a few days to completely dry. In the meantime, I purchased some hooks from the hardware store. I went with shiny gold double clothes hooks.
I measured out where I wanted to place them and marked the spots to drill the holes.
I screwed them straight into the wood on the top border below the shelf.
And that’s it! I removed the plastic covering the bench, put the plastic plate back on the outlet and organized all of our shoes.
Now I have a place to put my shoes that won’t be in anyone’s way. That bench and the wall hooks should come in handy as well. Especially on rainy days. If only I had the time to spackle and paint the entire garage so the ugly, old, mismatching drywall wasn’t visible…
Gosh, it feels good to be productive again. Hopefully I can ride this project train into April and get my house back on track for spring.
Shoe Racks (I bought two 15-unit organizers from Target)
Wood Planks for the Bench
4 1x3s (All cut the same height)
1 1×4 (Cut the length of the bench)
2 Wooden Shelf Brackets
1 1×6 (Cut the length of the bench)