New Mud Room Sketches and Progress

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I’m converting our old dark small laundry area into a new larger mud room, well-lit, with many utilitarian features, and some novel construction features. The new laundry area went into the old unused formal living room (see my other projects.) Two years ago I installed a new window where there wasn’t one to get proper daylight into the space. When I converted the living room, I cut a new arched doorway into old laundry area, and removed a closet. I also had to remove some non-structural headers. Now the space was opening up and getting better light! I also worked some magic with the oak floor, re-arranging boards to where the closet used to be. Then I began to build a box beam and posts where the old header used to be. I changed the ceiling from popcorned drywall to stained bead board. Meanwhile, I found a nice antique stained glass window with ideal dimensions for an interior window to light the stairwell behind the wall. It fit neatly between the studs! I built a matching “shallow” shelf unit with similar proportions and shelf spacing, and installed both between the studs, making a beautiful and functional upper wall panel. I installed a new light to light the window at night from the back, and re-wired other electrical, with neat junction boxes. The two small quarter-inch oak panels are removable, held in place by tiny screws, which allows access to electrical services. I can easily change or add services to these areas. The lower panel is V-groove 1×6 attached to an inexpensive quarter-inch thick plywood panel with edge moldings. The upper panel junction is hidden by a slightly protruding lip in the stained wood section. Now the lower panel is removable also! I commit the woodworker’s/trim carpenter’s heresy (punishable by a suitable medieval torture device) of EXPOSING THE HARDWARE. (Obscene!) I did it with a stained wood panel in the laundry room above the backsplash and loved it. Trick is to use screws that look decent , like black square-hole cabinet-maker’s screws. You can re-paint them white if you want. I’ve built the mud room work sink (see my projects) and that piece will be installed soon. I’m trying to balance light and dark in this area so some panels will be golden oak stain and some will be painted white. This room will be in heavy use shortly as a dog feeding station, second pantry, work sink for me, shoe storage and removable bench, and more. I’m interested in what you guys think of removable panels?

-- Fran B, Residential Designer

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#1 posted 05-10-2012 04:06 PM

That looks great. I love the idea of the removable panel. As far as exposed hardware If you can make it look good then there is no reason not to. When I make something large for the house, I try to make it for the present but also what could possibly happen in the future. It looks like you are making great use of the space. I wish I could do that with my house but it would require I large remodel. The balance between natural wood and white painted surfaces is well done. Excellent build.

I need to get some of my projects posted. I have been too busy with projects to post any. Thanks to everyone on this site I have been getting ideas for projects and solutions for projects I am working on.

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#2 posted 05-10-2012 11:22 PM

Good, thanks WoodRat! Yes, It’s ME that has to go back into a wall and add something, correct something, etc., so now I make everything I can … UN-ATTACHABLE.

-- Fran B, Residential Designer

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#3 posted 05-11-2012 03:43 AM

I call my house my ” 10 year weekend project from hell” due to the amount of changes we are always working on; sounds like your weekend stuff is doing the same..LOL. I love the mudroom. Have you thought of adding a dogwashing station in it? It can double as a mop sink. I love the removable panel; we’ve done that ,too, in a few spaces, mainly for waterlines, though. The beadboard ceiling makes me drool. Great work, Fran

-- I'm so busy I don't know if I found a rope or lost a horse...

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#4 posted 05-11-2012 04:24 AM

Nicely done, thats the thing I like about home ownership, always something to be done, less chance of me getting into trouble elsewhere.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#5 posted 05-11-2012 02:26 PM

Marty: ‘zactly! Stay PROductive, not DEstructive. Juriathe: Yes, same here, long term project. Dog washing won’t happen in that space I think. We talked about it. I have at least one hundred pounder, so dog washing can only happen in a BIG place.

-- Fran B, Residential Designer

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