Our house doesn't have a real "mudroom". In the southern US, mudrooms are not as common as in the north. Being a born-and-bred Yankee, I have long missed having one. Our garage is directly off our main hall, so it's not a real mudroom. I wanted the space to feel bigger and be more useable.
I started with 1x6s for verticals and 1x3s for the hortizontals. The top level is also a 1x3.
I have wanted a more defined "mudroom" area since I moved into the house. I have considered batten-and-board projects eye candy for, well....forever! Unknown to the Mr, my dream-like vision (ah!) was I like I was waiting for the one day when he would say he thought the hall would look better with some hooks. My vision came true and that was all I needed! Hooks he wanted! Hooks he got! So, he was planning his next business trip and I was measuring! .... Ironic isn't it how that seems to happen. :)
I think it's a BIG difference between the before and after.
Read on for the project bits and details (and befores, durings, and more afters)!
Sorry for the quality of the before pics. I became antsy and forgot to take photos before clearing out the room. These were taken for a different project last year. At least I think so. I would have assumed that I would have picked up the soccer duffle bag that the kids left in hall if I had intended to post them some day....
Darn, they look like they were from a cell phone! But they do get the point across. The space was "drone on-and-on" blah and well, to be blunt, uninteresting.
Ew!.... Even the wreaths weren't plumb! I didn't know that until seeing these before pics! Really!
I decided this space needed a two-section batten and board wall treatment. The ceilings are 9 feet high. I had originally taped out a one-section area, but it looked....well, stupid for this space. (It looks great in other spaces, just not here.)
|I taped out a line at about 62 inches high.|
|I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted, so I taped out the whole hall.|
When looking for ideas on variations on batten and board designs, I found some projects that remove the baseboards. They do that so the vertical will be at the same depth as the baseboard. Those projects look great, but I did not think that would look good in this space. If I removed the baseboards, I didn't think it would transition well into the adjoining areas.
Instead of removing the baseboards, I cut the angle of the verticals at 45 degrees. I think it transitions much better into this space. From eye-level, it also adds more visual interest.
One challenge I found was working around the security system panel and the light switches, all of which are a different heights. Since I insisted (to myself), that I needed to have the middle hortizonal, I needed to meet this challenge.
It's hard to see in the pictures of the wall that has the security panel section. but I changed the height of the middle hortizonal. That wall is very narrow and has a lot going on - a security panel and a 3-switch light switch. I didn't want to notch out the section on that wall since it is very narrow. (I did try to notch around it, but it looked stupid.) Instead, I cut the hortizonal down to a 1x4. The transition was smooth.
But, around the corner, there's a lone light switch. I decided to notch that one (shown here). To notch around the light switch, I marked the board so I knew where to cut. I didn't want to get out a jigsaw just for that cut, so I used a multi-tool cutter - My favorite! If only a power tool company would ask for my opinion.... hint-hint! :) . Easy and I love it!
Before painting, I patched up the nail and screw holes and caulked the edges between the boards. The lines are now seamless.
Bits and Details Summary
- Ledge height - About 62 inches
- Hortizonals - Pre-primed pine - 1x6 (I cut one down to 1x4 for one wall)
- Verticals - Pre-primed pine - 1x3
- Vertical Ledge - Pre-primed pine - 1x3
- Paint - Behr White
- Photography - Me :)
- Wine cork wreathes - Me :) ... I did a post on this project here
The Mr was surprised that his random comment saying hooks sounded interesting had turned in this! ...But I don't think he was surprised that another one of his business trips resulted in Me-and-Sawdust-and-Power tools-and-Paint.
The space looks bigger and lives larger! Do you have an organization project you love? Please share your ideas in the comment section. I'd love hear about!