Back again with another Mudroom update! If you missed my first update you can check it out HERE. You don’t want to miss the before shots of this space! Today we wanted to share with you guys the DIY boot bench Jose made for the mudroom. I absolutely love having the boot bench in our mudroom because it’s a great spot to store all of our shoes!
One thing I really didn’t like about this spot before was that I didn’t have a good area for our shoes … So they would just end up a mess all over the floor. This DIY boot bench is a great way to keep us all more organized over here! We also have an outlet in the middle compartment of our bench so we can add a boot warmer in the future.
We decided to DIY our boot bench instead of buying one because it was so much more affordable & we could make it a custom size to our space. The boot bench needed to fit the entire length of the wall in our mudroom. Since we wanted to build this to fit the exact size of our wall and it was impossible for us to find one that size to buy. On top of that if we were to have had a custom one built by someone else that would have been very expensive as well. Another way we made this project more affordable was by using scrap wood. We used wood leftover from another home project, we really recommend saving your scrap wood for DIY projects like this! If you don’t have any scrap wood, you can purchase wood from your local retailer.
We wanted to add a little storage bench for all of our shoes and other little things we don’t want just hanging out all the time. A little fun fact about this bench, with the exception of hinges and the top boards, was made from scrap from initial mudroom remodel.
So let’s get right into it.
Step 1. Install the double ledger board level across the wall. I used a double ledger board style because we wanted a strong base to drill too as well provide a platform for the back hinge board.
Step 2. Frame your front walls for the bench. Since we were using scrap wood we made do with cutting in to fit four-piece of plywood and framing them with 1 x 3 pieces of select pine.
Step 3. Determine the depth and cut the joist like boards that will attach one side to the ledger board and onside to the front panel of the bench. Do this on the top and bottom of each side, and one at the center on the bottom only. When you attach the shiplap this will mend together the center seam.
Step 4. Attach the shiplap to the front panel and side.
Step 5. Attach the base to the front of the shiplap.
Step 6. Attach the back 3″ board to the top of the ledger board. Using a small gap, roughly 1/8″ gap the back of the boards evenly down the bench and install the hinges. We choose to have three lift-up lids and installed separators, one for each member of the family.
For now, that is our update on the mudroom, we still have a few things left to finish before the final reveal! I want to hang some art on the picture ledges, add a rug, and put up the rest of the pegboards. Once our floors are done we will be sharing a DIY on that, be on the lookout as that will be coming soon! Thank you guys so much for stopping by the blog today and every day. If you make this DIY boot bench tag me on Facebook or Instagram so I can see it! Xx Liz Marie
What colour is the door in your mud room?
Denise Lambers says
I love the pattern on the floor! Perfect! Colors!
Lisa Stonecipher says
Just beautiful ! Whah are the paint colors of your bench and floor pattern? Thank you !
Lisa Stonecipher says
Just gorgeous! What are your paint colors for your bench and both colors of floor pattern? Thank you !
PS – I love your book!
Thank you so much for this ideal. I really love everything you and your husband do to make your home so beautiful!! Hope you an Cope feel better soon.
Jen H says
I love the cushions on the bench! Where did you find them? My hubs is currently working on a bench thing for our kids school stuff, backpacks, shoes etc.
Diane ZWINGER says
I know you have mentioned Pier 1 as a source for your cushions previously, but I was wondering if these were custom made, because of the different sizes. I need to find one that is 45”. Do you have a source?
The Granary Gals says
I am wondering about your ceilings. Did remove all Sheetrock and expose the original floor boards? Thanks! Enjoy your posts and home.
Kelly Bradford says
I got the exact same ones from Pier One. Not sure if that is where Liz got hers. 🙂
Stephanie Bradley says
Hi Liz Marie,
Thanks for the tutorial , Jose is so talented! My husband Jim and I have always enjoyed working on diy projects for our home as well. I have a question for you and Jose. Our refrigerator broke down and we bought a new Kitchen Aide counter depth French door “ panel ready”, which is scheduled to arrive today !!!!! We want to create our own custom panels for it, by any chance would you have any tips, ideas or suggestions to help us with this project ?
Thank you so much, and I absolutely adore and admire all your openness about your infertility experiences as my daughter is going through the same thing. To know there are women like you sharing your personal experience is extremely helpful and so kind.
Happy New Year,
Maria Ward says
Well that is just plain AWESOME!!! I live in Vermont so I know how important a mudroom is with a place for the boots, coats, and stuff. It looks like you have created a beautiful yet utilitarian space!
I love it;)
Wonder what it looks like inside… is it one big door that lifts up… or multiple… have any shelves inside to coral the shoes.
What paint did you use on the floor?
Jason Myopic says
I love the color scheme in this room. The painted floor is gorgeous. The color on the door makes a statement, but isn’t too bold. It honestly reminds me of Martha Stewart’s homes!
Petes House says
Thanks for the info, I always enjoy the DIY blogs.
It is putty by fusion mineral!
They are from Pier 1, I believe they are sold out right now but they restock often!
Yes we did!
Colette Lefebvre says
Such a beautiful mud room!! Also searching for this same cushion @45 inches ????
Oh so neat! Love your solution for the shoe problem (same issue we have). I would love to see inside though!
Where did you get your bench cushions? I’m always looking for them, but I mush not call the the right name.
Is there any way your mother in law could briefly explain how she cut the one cushion shorter to fit? Did she remove the excess from the center, leaving both ends intact or did she remove one entire end and have to duplicate the rolled edges to match the rest of the edges? I purchased 2 of these and knew they’d be too long but I love them so much I plan to make one shorter. Her input would be so helpful. Thanks