Attach the side pieces flush to the bottom of the bottom shelf by inserting 1¼” wood screws into pre-drilled holes (at least 2 per board). On one side of the shelf, secure the two 6” boards on the outside edges with the 4” board in between. Repeat for the other side. TIP: If you do not want the screws to show in the finished project, sink them slightly and cover them with wood putty and a light dab of stain. Make a mark on the inside of the side pieces, 9” above the top of the bottom shelf. Attach the second shelf in the same way, lining up the bottom of the shelf with the mark. Place the top on and secure in the same manner.
A throwback to the 1930s, this mudroom features floor-to-ceiling wood paneling. A long bench provides a seat for removing and storing rain boots and snow shoes, while shelves above ensure that this classic space stays as organized as possible.
This rustic foyer is the perfect dropping off space between garage and living areas of the home. A built-in storage bench provides a seating area when removing shoes and coats, and Spanish tile is easy to clean when mud is tracked in.
Add two simple reclaimed-wood slabs, and presto! This recessed niche, just inside the backyard door, becomes a mudroom. Barker Freeman Design Office architects needed little more than the shelving and a few hooks to create an ideal setup for removing shoes and stashing flotsam. Keeping the wall color the same as in the rest of the room allows for continuity, but the paler hue on the surrounding wall helps to define the space.
The upper level of the petite home has been transformed into a sleeping loft. The painted wood floors were part of the structure's original architecture (this area was a hay loft). For storage, built-in shelving and a custom hinged clothing rack were added.
Rustic barstools cozy up to the blue kitchen island painted with Benjamin Moore's "Blue Suede Shoes." Large glass pendant lights help visually balance the boldness of the island base with their size. The thick countertops were a splurge element for the homeowners but were balanced by more affordable pieces throughout the home.
In the mudroom, a rainbow of baskets makes a colorful and handy spot to stash everyday clutter: keys, phones, wallets. Underneath are wall hooks, benches and shoe cubbies, all of which allow bright sneakers and jackets to become a cheery part of the decor.