I have been busy traveling for work the past two weeks. While I was away, Mr. Spring decided to surprise me with a mini mudroom. I know…. He is definitely a keeper.
Like most people, we rarely use our front door. We come in our side door 99.9 per cent of the time, so right inside our house is the drop zone. When we first moved into our house, this area was all shelves. I decided that I like to sit when I am putting on my heavy duty snow boots, so I wanted to have a bench. A while back when my mom came to visit, we removed the shelves and slid in a bench we already owned. She and I roughly added some beadboard and called it a day.
I placed some bins that I already had on top of the top shelf which we didn’t tear down. Gracie likes to pose at this spot because often when we go down these stairs, she thinks she gets to go on a car ride.
Our original fix worked but it didn’t look finished. It always bothered Mr. Spring, and he wanted to do a built-in with storage underneath. He even took pictures for our blog during the process to go along with the surprise.
We love watching This Old House on television, and this past Christmas, Mr. Spring received a book titled This Old House Easy Upgrades Built-ins, Shelves, and Storage. Overall, Mr. Spring said he was happy with the explanation and directions.
When I was out of town the first week, he was busy around town purchasing supplies and cutting the wood in our driveway. He even told the neighbors not to mention to me that he was working on a project. Here, he ripped out the last shelf and started to build the box.
At the beginning of my second work week out of town, Mr. Spring dropped me off at the airport at 5 a.m., drove back home, and started working away on installing the bench before he headed to work. The joys of living in an old house and not having things straight made this bench a little harder to install. Trying to get it level gave him an extra challenge. You can really see how uneven our floor is at the back of our house (built in 1928) by the angle of the bottom board.
This hidden storage will come in handy as a place to hide our shoes and snow boots.
Next up, he was able to reuse the bead board that Mom and I semi-installed.
I arrived back home Saturday afternoon, and this is what it had looked like that morning before he installed the rest of the decorative shelf and painted. Remember – I had no clue this was all going on, and when I came home, I walked in the back door to discover it.
I am in love not only with the new mudroom bench, but how my husband is painting furniture white. This really fits with our house and the style. It is a good flow into our kitchen and really helps brighten up the area.
I can’t wait till my next business trip to see what Mr. Spring has up his sleeve.
Gracie loves the camera. Can’t you tell? And I love our new bench.
This Old House book image from google.