Finishing the Mudroom

Hello! Last week I shared the planning and construction of our mudroom bench.

Once we got the basic shelving and bench constructed, puttied the visible locations of screws, and applied one coat of paint (we used Oxford White by Sherwin Williams, the same as the trim in the rest of the house) it was time to tackle the bench top.

Some of the basic details on this are in my post from last week, but to refresh your memory, I insisted that the two pieces were joined at the corner of the bench with a 45 degree angle. Sounds easier than it was (or maybe not! ๐Ÿ˜…). After a LOT of measuring, planning, and re measuring, then measuring one last time, we drew the lines while the pieces were on the bench top. Because the wall isn’t EXACTLY straight, we tried to account for the unevenness in the wall. Its not much, but it made a difference. After that, I held each piece and crossed my fingers while my husband used the circular saw to cut them. Then we sanded them and did another dry fit:

After that it was time to join them together, putty the joint, and stain it. I chose mission brown by Cabot, and we got to work staining. Now is probably good time to say that we don’t have a ton of experience with stain. After one coat of stain and one coat of polyurethane (following instructions on the can) we ended up with this:

I don’t think the photo really translates how streaky it was in person. After it dried and became obvious it wasn’t getting any better, my husband started looking up how to remove the stain so it could be redone. Hint: there is no easy way. He ended up spending a few hours sanding it and then reapplied the stain using a special cloth made for staining. After that, he applied 3 coats of polyurethane and sanded the bench with high grit sandpaper in between each coat.

After that, we installed 1×2 on the face of the shelving and bench to trim them, puttied and then painted everything again. We ended up putting 2 coats of paint on the trim. Then we installed the bench top and it was time to decide what to do with the wall. We had already decided to remove the ugly electrical panel and spray paint it white (we used Rustoleum and it worked great!). We debated both board and batten and a shiplap look:

In the end, we went with board and batten because we thought it would look better with the electrical panel. I don’t regret the choice:

Then we puttied, caulked and painted (again! There’s a theme here…) and it looked like this:

We put up some hooks (I chose these) and moved right in! The only piece left is to add some crown molding but we are still weighing our options there (and enjoying a break from painting ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…)

Feels so good to be done and I’m so impressed at what a great job my husband did (he did 90% of the work, maybe more) that I keep finding all kinds of new projects. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyone else start a project that grew out of control before it was finished?

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