The very first steps were the trickiest for me. I was working alone, so it was hard to get the pieces lined up and nailed in with only two hands. A nail gun would have been SO helpful. I’d highly recommend using one if you tackle this project.
Thankfully Jess came over to lend a hand and one of my husband’s buddies came by to see the progress and we totally put him to work as well!
I had this wood leftover and used it as additional support on the backside. It made the piece so much sturdier.
Have you used a Kreg Jig yet? I used the Kreg Jig Junior for this project and it worked so well. You use it to make pocket holes and it’s a piece of cake. If you’re planning any DIY woodworking projects, I’d recommend a Kreg Jig as one of your first purchases.
One thing I learned to love during this project was trim. It makes a rookie’s work look all fancy-pants professional.
Here’s a little tip that I figured out after making a few bad cuts when I was just trying to use a tape measure to get the length right.
If you’re planning a garage mudroom, make sure you check out the edge of your walls. I overlooked the concrete lip and had to go back and notch out each base piece.
I gave it a quick sanding… AKA I sanded for about 30 seconds before thinking, This is for the birds! Let’s get painting! Since I used a VERY cheap plywood it sucked the paint up and actually gave it more of a stained look, which I fell in love with.
I added some hooks to the back wall for backpacks, coats etc.. I didn’t have studs centered for each one, so I had to use mollys (wall anchors). I picked up the grey bins at Walmart for $3.00 each (they still have them- I checked this weekend)
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