Hello and welcome to The Old Summers Home! Today I’m going to show you how we took our entryway from dark, dreary and chaotic turning it into a bright and cheery farmhouse nook with great organizational features. You will see how our Mudroom Entryway Bench featuring shiplap walls has completely transformed our home!

Mudroom Entryway Before. Washer and dryer as soon as you walked in the door
The cupboard wasn’t always there in between appliances.

Previously when you walked into our home the first thing you would see was our laundry appliances; usually covered in whatever we were carrying when we came through the door. I tried curtains from the ceiling to hide them, even positioning them on the opposite wall. I contemplating building a wall around them but that would not work either. No matter what we tried nothing appealed to us. Nothing gave us the adequate space that we needed. It was always a complete nightmare coming home to this space. It was dull, dingy and an unorganized mess!

Our coat area consisted of a few hooks and this terrible breaker box in plain sight
Let’s move the appliances!

Our entryway was cut down so much by the appliances. There was limited space for jackets, back packs, boots etc. We had one upper row of hooks for my husband and I and a lower row for the three girls.

Straight ahead was a notched out nook for our breaker box. I’m not entirely sure why it came out so far, but then again there are a lot of things in this old house that don’t make sense haha. The breaker box was so unsightly, yuck.

Building our mudroom bench

Before & After of our mudroom entryway bench project featuring shiplap walls and tons of hooks and individualized spaces fro our family.
Before & After

We had some 16″ white shelving on hand. These were used in my different offices over the years as shelving and storage space. I figured this would be a perfect way to utilize them once and for all. I laid them out on the floor to get a better idea of where they should start and stop. We knew we wanted an ‘L’ shaped entryway bench. We also patched some draughty holes in this wall with spray foam where we felt a cool breeze coming in. This mudroom porch was an addition to the home years ago along with our master bedroom. I didn’t bother to fill any holes in the drywall because the shiplap wall above the benches would cover them.

Determining height and length of our mudroom bench. You can se the ugly breaker box here that we covered.
All cleared out and shelving laid on floor to get a rough idea for length of benches.

We determined what we wanted the height of the bench to be. Taking into consideration the thickness of the top board that will come in in the final stages. I used a level to mark along the wall where my white shelving board would sit. Then I screwed a piece of 1×4 to both walls to act as the back brace for top.

Cutting your melamine for Mudroom Entryway Bench

The beginning steps of our mudroom entryway bench it doesn't look like much but check out the after pics!

Using our table saw we cut the top of our bench pieces down to the correct lengths. We then cut another length of white shelving to the heights we would need to make the cubby compartments. Then we cut six pieces to our desired height minus the thickness of top board. We predrilled all of our holes and used 1/2 inch screws to put the melamine boards into place. Make sure to screw your top bench board top to the 1×4 run across the back brace along the wall.

Carbide blade for cutting melamine shelving will save you from chipping your boards.

*When cutting melamine shelving it is best to use a special carbide blade. One with a high number of teeth that is designed to cut masonite and plastic. You can also use painters tape to protect the shelving from chipping when you cut it. Simply draw your line on the board with a square. Then apply tape as close to centre over front and back of board. We did this for our first cut but because our blade was new and designed for masonite, chipping was minimal we didn’t need it for the remainder of the cuts.

Strapping the wall for shiplap

Strap your walls for your shiplap feature. This helps eliminate lots of extra holes and. creates a stronger durability when you apply your shiplap planks!

Next up we strapped the wall. I’m not going to go into too much detail in this post but you can read more about strapping your wall in our pallet wall post.

At this point Josh decided to start filling in the little nook beside the breaker box. I wanted my wall to go above that height to allow plenty of length for hanging jackets and such.

Creating our Shiplap wall

To make our shiplap planks I purchased 3/8ths good one side fir plywood from Timber Spirit just down the street. I had done a bit of research prior to buying my wood for this project. That’s how I discovered I would want something that was not too thin and would warp. This plywood is priced perfect for my budget at around $20 a sheet.

Cutting the shiplap planks

We used approximately 2 sheets for the shiplap wall. We set the blade to 6 inches and cut the length of the sheet of plywood. This gave us 8 strips of approximately 6″ by 8′. I gave them a quick light sand focusing on the cut edges.

Adding our Shiplap to our Mudroom Entryway bench

Installing the shiplap walls

To attach the shiplap to the strapping I used Josh’s nailer and air compressor. I used the mitre saw to cut the lengths I needed which makes this step quick and easy. The first boards were attached directly above the top of the bench keeping it flush all the way across.

When we built our garage they drew power from the breaker box down into the basement. The washer hid this cord previously. We decided to allow a gap at the back corner for it to fit against the wall. Then wracked our brains to figure out how to conceal it.

Once the first row is on, place your second board on top. Slide some nickels in to use as spacers between the rows. The nickels will help you keep an even gap between each shiplap board. Keep some extra nickels on hand because they tend to roll off out of reach haha.

Make sure you are nailing into your strapping as you attach your shiplap to the wall. You should also keep your level handy so you can ensure you don’t start going off from level.

Unlike our pallet wall I did not stagger the boards, rather I used full lengths against each section of wall making it seamless. If you do have to have seams you could always caulk the seams with paintable caulking before painting your shiplap wall.

Our shiplap wall completed and the breaker box finally concealed!
The shiplap wall pulls this mudroom entryway bench all together!

Concealing the breaker box

While I finished the shiplap wall Josh created a shiplap door and built up a box around the breaker box and we were finally able to conceal this unsightly area once and for all. The door pops on and off rather easily so we can still get access to the breaker box when needed.

Hiding that power cord

Josh took a left over piece of the plywood and ran it along the table saw creating an angle on the two long sides allowing it to fit perfectly into the corner. I then used this to conceal the power line to garage that is in the corner we talked about earlier.

Add some strength to Mudroom Bench

Deciding I wanted to add some strength and stability to our bench uprights I cut some more 1×4 to fit between each cubby along the floor. Then I attached it to the wall flush with floor by screwing into the studs. I made sure to check with my square for each cubby to ensure my upright was straight.

Choose a durable paint

Of course we all know mudrooms get a lot of traffic therefore I wanted to use some really durable paint that could stand up to ‘the children’. I went to my local Home Hardware to check out what they had. One of their friendly staff pointed me in the direction of their Designer door and trim paint. This stuff is the best of the best folks. Very durable, a bit pricy but totally worth it.

Now if you have never heard about the free paint plan at Home Hardware you need to check it out! After you purchase 6 (I believe) cans of paint you get your next free! This beautiful white door and trim paint was yours truly at no cost woot woot! I’m still so excited about this huge break in my budget haha.

Paint the shiplap walls

I used a roller to apply two thick coats of paint. Using an exact-o knife blade I skimmed through the nickel gaps after each coat so that they would not fill with paint.

When I’m doing multiple coats of paint I like to place my roller, brush and tray into a plastic shopping bag so it does not dry out and no need to wash in between coats, huge time saver!

Free white durable paint on the shiplap gives it an amazing open clean feeling

Adding details to our entryway

I wanted shelving at the top of the shiplap so while I was painting Josh started building the corbels I designed (omg I love them!). He did an amazing job using some wood we had on hand and a router. Damn good job if you ask me haha.

Our handmade corbels turned out amazing thanks to Josh's handiwork!
My beautiful corbels prior to paint!

Once all my painting was done I decided I wanted to give it a bit more detail. I painted up some strapping that I had made out of 2×4’s to add some detail to the bench frame. I think this adds a more expensive and built in look. While I was painting the trim I also painted the shelves that I had salvaged from the old cubby unit we had in our porch and painted up the corbels too. My excitement was getting the best of me and we pushed forward to finish.

Painting everything a clean crisp white allows me to add pops of colour with decor later in the future while maintaining a freshness overall look

Our Mudroom Entryway Bench Top

I wanted a beautiful stained wood top for the bench and went with my favourite 16 inch laminated pine shelving for this.

Laminated pine shelving stained with dark walnut and ebony creates one of my favourite stain finishes

We cut these boards the opposite of the first boards so that our joints didn’t overlap and give us a weak spot. We also added bit of length to each board so it would create an over hang on the two ends. This method worked amazingly; it is very strong and sturdy. I stained the laminated pine shelving dark walnut with ebony over top.

The bench top in place for our mudroom entryway bench area!
The contrast is real peeps! Love how it looks together!

Now it was time to install everything, we started with attaching the stained wood top to our bench. We predrilled from the bottom up and used wood glue in our seam. Because we put the shiplap on before the wood top we have a nice little overhang on the bench top front side to match the ends overhang. We calculated how much extra in the step above to ensure it was the same on all three sides.

Adding Trim Details

Once it was installed I moved on to installing the trim using the air nailer. It went very quickly since I had pre-cut everything prior to painting. I first ensured that all the pieces were in the correct spot before nailing into place because nothing is really square in our home so they were many different lengths.

Adding the Corbels and Shelving

Now we focused on installing our shelving and corbels. These are very strong which is perfect for the amount of weight we might put on that top shelf over the years. I can not tell you enough how much I love seeing these on the shiplap.

I’m so grateful that Josh made them for me and I didn’t need to use some sort of hideous metal bracket haha. These are all made from repurposed wood that we had on hand so no extra cost here!

Adding our hooks

Adding tons of hooks to mudroom entryway bench gives much need additional space for all our things!
Hooks, hooks, and more hooks!

Once that was all finished our next step was to install some hooks. Is it just me or does there never seem to be enough hooks in the house? Well because of that reason I decided on three double hooks for each of us.

I had purchased these as silver and just gave them a few quick coats of charcoal spray paint. Don’t forget to spray the screws too, simply push them into cardboard, plastic board or styrofoam to keep them up right. Love how they turned out!

We predrilled and marked everything with a level to ensure they were all unison. Quite a bit of measuring took place to ensure we didn’t drill in the wrong spots and cause any unwanted holes.

Spray paint silver hooks to your desired colour!

Seal the stained Mudroom Entryway Bench top

My final step for the entryway bench top was to add a few coats of polyurethane to seal the stained wood. I’m not fond of a lot of shine so I like to use a satin finish polyurethane.

I had used this sealer for our hardwood floors I found upstairs last fall and loved it. I was amazed at how the scent was not overpowering. Therefore I was not deterred with applying it in our home. This stuff goes a long way; I’ve done the girls floors, this mudroom bench, a few countertops and most recently my kitchen island. Still have a lot left to do re-coats over the coming years.

Adding some rug

We live in Saskatchewan and see a lot of winter and this floor was always soaked. I bought two large rugs and trimmed one down to size to fit in each cubby and this floor area is now completely covered solving our wet floor problems. Because of the piling I actually find it sweeps better than it vacuums which is right up my alley since I hate dragging out the vacuum for one small area.

Adding the finishing touches

Later I painted the ceiling a fresh white, would you believe it was a gross peachy rust colour?!? Yuck! For the walls I used two shades of teal that I fell in love with. One has a sort of sea foam mint colour to it and the other is a dark bold teal. The actual colour swatches are Splash and Key West by Premier paints at Canadian Tire.

After the painting was done I added farmhouse trim. Check out the tutorial to see how I trimmed this entire room for under $40!

Walls painted and farmhouse trim installed the after pic of our mudroom makeover
I can’t tell you how much I love this new makeover to our mudroom!

I’ve been building a bit of decor for this area as well. Keep your eye out for those tutorials!

Our Finished Mudroom Entryway Bench

This project took us two days to complete! Yes long days, mostly kid free days (school). Partially because I’m a maniac when I can’t wait to see the finished project but also because it really is much easier than it looks. Installing shiplap doesn’t take much time at all. The room however did not get painted and trimmed for a few more weeks.

I’m so proud to open my door now and welcome people into our beautiful new mudroom featuring these gorgeous shiplap walls and entryway bench. Usually winter clothing gets overwhelming but this year it was so much more manageable.

Small details such as the trim seen on lower part of bench bring a built custom designer look
Check out all the small details!

This room is now bright and airy with a welcoming overall feel. It functions well for our little family and brings me joy walking into our home. The new paint freshens everything up dramatically. The white shiplap is so clean and fresh and makes the room look even larger than I could have imagined.

Entryway mudroom bench featuring shiplap walls handmade corbels and shelving done by The Old Summers Home
Our finished mudroom entryway with shiplap walls and L shaped bench still blows my mind away.

Mudroom Entryway Bench Cost

This project looks like we spent hundreds of dollars. However being that I’m a hoarder and we repurposed so much of this project we did this very frugally.

The only things that we actually purchased were: $44 in plywood. $80 in laminated pine for the mudroom entryway bench top. Two carpets for approximately $80.

Everything else was made from repurposing. 2×4’s ripped down to create trim and strapping. The shelving from my past offices shelves. Hooks I hoard. Spray paint on hand. Oh yes and the saw blade I purchased at habitat for humanity at a killer deal! Not to mention my free paint from Home Hardware thanks to their customer paint appreciation card program! I love that this beautiful new feature didn’t break our bank account!

I’m so glad you could join us today at The Old Summers Home. I know this is quite a lengthy post but I really wanted to show you all the details that went into our favourite project in our home so far. I hope you loved seeing this makeover and that it inspires you to try it too!

Are you adding an entryway bench? Are you looking for more inspiration? Be sure to check out my Pinterest board where I saved all our favourites! Let us know what you think or ask us questions below. Happy crafting!

Until next time;

Jenn Summers

The Old Summers Home

Are you looking for a beautiful feature in your entryway? Our Mudroom/ Entryway bench featuring shiplap walls completely transformed our home. Now we have individualized compartments and lots of hooks and storage for our whole family. Come check out our before and afters and see the entire process at theoldsummershome.com
Do you want to create a grand entrance? Do you need extra storage and personalized space? Our  Mudroom Entryway bench featuring shiplap walls, handmade corbels and shelving, dose just that! Come check out our bright and airy entryway makeover by The Old Summers Home