Thursday, September 1, 2011

Mudroom Bench

Are you sick of our mudroom yet?  I didn’t think so.

Today we’ll share with you how we built our mudroom bench.  I find this stuff boring but it will be a good resource for us in the future and it will hopefully help some of you out as well. At least there are some pretty pictures.

Nate is going to make us look like fancy bloggers with his SketchUp designs.  I’m going to let him explain this one because all I did was paint the thing….

We first purchased two 4x8 sheets of 3/4" MDF particle board.  We only used one sheet plus a little bit of the second.  We had a fair amount left over to build a shelf and then some. 

First, we started with our cut list:
- 4 - 15 1/2"x18"
- 40 1/2"x18"
- 3 - 18"x 2 1/2"
- 39 1/2"x 2 1/2"
- 22 1/2"x 18"
- 19"x 2 1/2"
- 14 3/4"x 2 1/2"
- 42 1/2"x 16 3/4"
- 24 1/16"x 16 3/4"

We started by connecting the two sides to the back board.  We used some wood glue between the two pieces and then used 2" finish nails in a nail gun.
How to build a mudroom bench DIY tutorial

We attached a small board to the front of the left hand board.  Then we attached the cross support.  We nailed the right side of the cross support.  On the left side we used a pocket hole jig (like we used for our West Elm Headboard Copy).  The jig was needed because there was nothing to nail into on the left side.

How to build a mudroom bench DIY tutorial

Moving on to the right side of the bench.  We built the right side the same way as we did the left side except the upper cross support needed pocket holes on both sides to attach to the side supports as there was nothing to nail it into.  Then we took the 14 3/4" x 2 1/2" piece and placed it in the top left side and nailed it in make sure the top had something to attach to.

How to build a mudroom bench DIY tutorial

How to build a mudroom bench DIY tutorial

Next, we put the two sides together, making sure they were square (or whatever angle the corner is you are placing the bench into), then we nailed them together through the upper supports in both directions.

How to build a mudroom bench DIY tutorial

Then we placed each top piece onto the bottoms and nailed down into the bottoms (after gluing, of course).

How to build a mudroom bench DIY tutorial 

We used a hand sander to smooth out the pieces that were placed together to ensure that were flush. We filled in all the nail holes and any gaps with wood filler.  We then sanded and repeated until the bench was smooth.  We then painted and placed the bench in the mudroom.

How to build a mudroom bench DIY tutorial

Now I can finally go watch Big Brother.  And Michelle wears 90’s soccer sandals too.  Don’t let her fool you.
Everyone thank Nate for writing that tutorial so willingly!!  Anyone have any questions?
Now for fun stuff, who’s watching HGTV Design Star.  I’m just getting caught up.  Who’s your favorite? 
Who’s watching Big Brother?  Who thinks this season is awful because they brought Rachel back?


  1. thank you nate for this tutorial :) its something my husband will definitely follow! great post michelle, have a nice day!

  2. This looks great! I really think the key is the sanding and the filling. And getting nice boards. Sometimes I'm a bit lazy about this and it really makes a difference. Great job!

    PS - I could only stomach one episode of Big Brother with Rachel. Ick.

  3. You two have some serious skills!

  4. I love this bench! I love the simple black and white clean look. Looks great!

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  5. Gorgeous bench! It really pays to take your time because it came out great!
    Thanks for stopping by!

  6. You guys have some pretty serious bench skills!

  7. Love your mud room! I want one!

  8. Impressive SketchUp drawings & great mudroom. You've got yourselves a nice functional space now.
    Good idea to use the spot under the bench for Ike's food dishes. I hate how ours are in the way and out in the open at our house.

  9. Looks SO good! I love the black (brown?) and white together. I'm with you on hating to write up tutorials though. Much more fun to look at pretty pictures!

  10. I like that Nate used "we" when we all know who that really means. :o) What a good husband! I'm looking forward to checking this place out very, very soon!

  11. I love the mud room, not sick of it at all! The bench is awesome, it seriously makes me wish we had a mud room. Maybe we need an addition. Ha.


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