My first idea was to build a mud room for our house, however we didn’t have any real spot to make one, so we decided to make the coat closet in the kitchen into a “mud closet” per say. I never realized it would be so difficult, mostly because we were dealing with a framed area so trying to get the pieces we made into a closet door frame was a bit frustrating.
I based my mudroom bench and shelf off Ana White's plan for a similar entryway set. Her site is absolutely amazing if you have
For the bench, we did the same 36” board for and 16” sides. I had actually added compartments before deciding to close in the front instead. Below is the new front piece I made and added 3 extra knobs we had from out kitchen drawers for decoration.
For the cushion, I took a piece of plywood and covered it in foam. I wanted it to match our kitchen curtains, but they are rather sheer, so before putting the material on, I wrapped it in some extra drop cloth material (here at 2IY we're bordering on a slightly unhealthy obsession with drop cloths at the moment). I used the nail gun to attach it to the plywood and then covered in the curtain material and restappled it.
Because the closet is rather small, I put the bench in first and then painted the walls. Once the walls dried I added a piece of bead board to the back and added already painted white corner edging to finish off the walls. Lastly we put up the shelf and repainted everything in a black paint with a high gloss to add a finishing touch.
Posted by: Stephanie