11 Feb 2013

Mini Mudroom: Floating Bench Edition

** UPDATE:  This space is now finished!  You can view the reveal HERE.

Our mini mudroom is taking awhile for us to finish.  I have baby love and those "terrific twos" that have been occupying my brain and time these days.  We have, however, been plugging along and I wanted to share some of what we have done so far.  I am going to be posting some of the DIY projects as we get them done and hopefully be able to show y'all it totally finito soon. :)  Today's progress post is about the DIY bench Tech Guy built.


I was planning to let you see how we made the bench.  I got a pic of the frame we used to mount it (3 - 2x4's), but that's it.  I was planning to take a photo of the bench assembly after Tech Guy put it together, but after he dry fit it, it was so tight that there was no removing it without damaging the walls (oh dear!).  I ended up having to finish it in place.  

This is how we made the bench:  It was made from two oak veneer plywood pieces (one for the top and one for the front edge).  The two pieces were miter cut with a table saw so that they formed a 90 degree.  Tech Guy then put a cleat (scrap piece of wood) the length of the bench behind the joint in order to secure the two pieces together using screws and glue.  If you have questions drop me a line in the comments below or via email and I'll try to explain this better for you. 

I finished the bench to match our hardwoods which are natural oak and then polyurethaned it.  I am really pleased with the result and you can see above that Tech Guy did a pretty nice job with the joint.  It is super even. :)

Now for a little before and progress....

You can see that we have added some accessories already.  We made the coat hooks and I will be posting a how to soon.  We also got a glass pendant light that matches the turquoise in our kitchen backsplash perfectly.  We actually found it randomly when poking around at our local Habitat for Humanity Restore.  We've started the artwork by hanging some plates and are working on some DIY art for the other side.  I also have a DIY planned for the baskets that will go on that shelf.  

So it's coming along and I have lots more to share.  What do you think so far?  Am I going in the right direction?  I'd love to hear from you. :)

P.S.  If you missed my mini mudroom inspiration post you can find it here.
P.P.S. To see how we made our coat knobs click here.
P.P.P.S  Our mudroom now has some embellished baskets you can see them here.

43 comments:

  1. I'm loving watching your mudroom come together....our entryway is our next big project once we settle into this baby thing enough to have a big project :). Great job on the bench, and those knobs on the coat rack are wonderful!

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    1. Thanks! It has been great to have in our small space.

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  3. This looks great! I just recently found your blog. I was a fellow nominee in "The Hommie" on Apartment Therapy and I found your site up the list from mine. My blog is www.housecallsdesign.blogspot.com. I love your style and your house is beautfiul. The floating bench is perfect in this space. Can you tell me where you got your rug? I love the pattern and color. I am a novice at knitting and I am looking forward to follow more of your knitting projects as well.

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    1. Thanks Laura! You have a lovely home too - love all the cabinetry. The rug was purchased from HomeSense which is the Canadian version of HomeGoods. Knitting is such a relaxing hobby for me. I'm glad you found my blog and now I have found yours. Glad to have you here. :)

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  4. What a great idea. I love the look of it floating. Very cool. I am hosting a link party and would love it if you would link up. http://www.ifitsnotbaroquedesignblog.blogspot.com/

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  5. I really like your Scandanavian style.
    Your little grey heart hoodie is precious - mostly the baby in it : )
    Deb@LakeGirlPaints

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  6. lovely transformation. Especially I like the two Marimekko plates above to bring some color in the space. :)
    I stumbled upon your blog quite accidentally. I'm a Finn living in Massachusetts with my family (husband, 2 girls: 20months and 6, and miniature dachshund). I have a blog as well, if you're interested in having a peek (teatots.blogspot.com). I will definitely be back. :) Mukavaa keskiviikkoa!

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  7. Anu this space is so fresh and beautiful! Love the floating bench! Would love for you to share at the party tonight! xo Bridgett

    http://www.osiemoats.com/2013/02/link-up-party-2.html
    Done

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  8. what a great functional little corner!

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  9. what a perfect little addition to that space! Works perfect. Its bright and so pretty! I am also experiencing those so called "terrific twos."

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    1. Thanks! I can't believe how busy a two year-old can be! My guy has developped such a vivid imagination that it is difficult to get him to slow down/take some downtime. I hope you are having a great Valentine's Day,

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  10. So pretty! I love the simple look too!

    ikneadtobake.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much! Simple was what we were hoping for. :)

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  11. Love this! I have a space this would work great in! I'd like to invite you to link up to Show and Tell Saturday at Sassy Little Lady!

    http://www.sassylittlelady.com/blog/show-and-tell-saturday/show-and-tell-saturday-4-plus-a-giveaway

    Kathie

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  12. Love this! Perfect idea!!!

    http://www.everythingemilygblog.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks! The bench works well in our small space.

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  13. Very nice! I'd love to find a place to do exactly what you've done. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I'm glad you like it. If you do find a place for your mini mudroom I'd love to see what you do. :)

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  14. I love it! I wish my coat closet weren't so far from the front door or I would do this too. Looks very pretty. I found you at Tater Tots & Jello.

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  15. Love your mini mud room. I was wondering where you got the wire basket hanging on the right hand side of the mud room.

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    1. Thanks so much! The wire basket was purchased from HomeSense (Canada) which is the same company as HomeGoods. There were no manufacturer/brand name on it unfortunately.

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    2. I am a transplanted Canadian. Next time I go home I will have to take a look in HomeSense. I am sure these baskets were snagged as soon as they were put out, they are so great. I don't think we have a HomeGoods near we I live in the US. Must bing to check. I didn't know these were the same company. Thanks for letting me know where you got the basket!

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    3. No problem. :) Good luck with your basket search.

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  16. Oh, wow! What a great idea! I love the pillow too...did you make it? I would be so thrilled if you'd link this up at my party, going on now!
    http://www.oneartsymama.com/2013/02/shine-on-fridays-67-and-giveaway.html

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    1. Thanks and yes I made the pillow cover from some leftover fabric from another project. Thanks for letting me know about your party.

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  17. What a fabulous use of that space! And the pops of turquoise make it even more fabulous. Great project!

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  18. I love how simple yet stylish this space is!
    Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2013/creative-ideas-to-make/ have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks so much for the feature!

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  19. I love this! Such a good use of the space for a little space! Awesome!
    I would love if you link this to my party happening now!
    XO
    Isabelle
    http://lechateaudesfleurs.blogspot.com/

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  20. Just pinned to the Monday Funday pin board. LOVE! Thanks for sharing and linking up to Monday Funday!

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  21. What a fabulous transformation! beautiful and functional! Thank you for sharing at Monday Funday!

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  22. Came over from House of Hepworth's. Love the mini mudroom. Instead of having a messy closet, you have made a wonderful little mudroom. Okay. I have a similar situation and am thinking of transforming it like you did yours. Wonderful. I'm also following you. Linda Oooo.... would love to have you link your inspirational house stuff to What to do Weekends...starts tonight at 7. Linda

    http://www.craftsalamode.com/2013/02/welcome-to-what-to-do-weekends-party.html

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  23. Hi there! I saw your project on the Bower Power Linky Party, and now I'm LOVING this post! I love how wonderful this looks, and who functional!!! I'm from 'View From the Fridge', and we got a note about a Liebster Award . . . which I'm passing on to you. I think your stuff is so fun and creative! I really have no idea what this award is all about, but thought I'd play along . . . can't hurt. Check it out if you're interested (if not, we won't be offended :)).


    http://viewfromthefridge.com/2013/02/23/liebster-award/

    Have a good weekend!

    Steph and Katie
    viewfromthefridge.com

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  24. Excellent idea, it fits just right in the space you have and love the turquoise and wood look. Pinned under DIY faves, thanks. Cheers.

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  25. Very cute, what a difference! =)

    By the way, my blog is also named after our dog - and yours is really adorable (well, both your dog and your blog)!

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