Corner Mudroom Bench with Cubbies – add beauty and function to your mudroom by adding cubbies. This step by step tutorial will show you how!
In part 1, I showed you how to build your Corner Bench. Don’t forget to check out that post first! (So sorry it took so long to get this second post up and running. Among other things, we had a wedding and a fire evacuation, and life has just been insane.)
DIY Mudroom Bench with Cubbies Tutorial
Tools I Used:
Table Saw (can use a circular saw with a Kreg Rip-Cut)
Ryobi Brad Nailer with 1 1/2″ nails
Kreg Jig and screws
Power Drill (I have a Ryobi)
Home Right Paint Sprayer (you can just use paintbrushes and/or a roller)
4″ x 8″ sheets of Primed Beadboard
Paint (I used Behr Premium Plus Ultra Bright White in a satin finish)
1/2″ x 3 1/2″ Primed MDF Trim (for the board and batten)
1/2″ x 7 1/4″ Primed MDF Trim (for the board and batten header)
4′ x 8′ sheets of 3/4 MDF (for cubbie top, bottom, dividers, and back support brackets)
Paint (I used Behr Premium Plus Ultra Bright White satin finish)
3″ screws for attaching cubby shelves to wall
Adding Beadboard and Trim to Mudroom Bench
1-Paint your beadboard. I used my HomeRight Paint Sprayer, and it was a HUGE timesaver. I like to lay my pieces horizontally after spraying to eliminate any drips while the paint dries. I just placed them on cardboard boxes.
2-Cut your beadboard with a table saw to fit your wall space. It only needs to come to the bottom of the upper cubby shelf. (We cut ours tall enough to come up to the top of the cubby, but found out we didn’t need it that tall.)
3- Use a brad nailer to attach the beadboard to the wall.
TIP: Decide where your vertical trim pieces are going to go, and mark the lines on the wall. Nail down those lines, and when you hang the trim it will cover your nail holes.
4- Use a nail gun to attach the board and batten and header to the beadboard.
Adding Upper Cubbies to Mudroom Bench
1-Prime and paint your corbels.
2- Hang the corbels flush with the top of the board and batten header. The corbels I used have metal hangers on the back. To make sure I was putting the screws in exactly the right place on the wall, I used a piece of waxed paper to mark the holes on the back of the corbels. Then I held the waxed paper up to the wall and marked where the screws should go.
I ended up with corbels that were perfectly aligned. Hooray!
3- Build your upper cubbies following the tutorial in Part 1. You will build the top cubbies exactly the same way you built the bottom bench, except for one difference. You do not need two pieces of MDF along the bottom. Just use one piece so the cubby shelf isn’t too heavy.
4- Find the studs in your wall and screw your cubby shelves to the wall through the support brackets using 3″ screws.
5- Cut pieces of beadboard to fit inside your cubbies, and use the nail gun to attach them to the support brackets at the back.
6- Paint your trim pieces and attach them to the front of the cubbies the same way you did on the bottom bench.
Adding Crown Molding to the Cubby Shelves
7- Attach an angled gusset to the top of the shelf. The purpose of the gusset is to have a larger solid surface to attach the crown molding to. Since the crown doesn’t touch the ceiling, you need this support. We found this video helpful for showing the process.
8-Cut your crown molding pieces. It can be tricky, but this tutorial was extremely helpful. We built the crown molding guide he suggested, and it was a lifesaver!!
Basically you build a little tray with scrap wood.
You place your crown molding in so that it sits at an angle.
Then you use the guide to hold your crown in place while you cut it with the chop saw.
(mine is upside down in the photo, but you get the idea)
After all the crown molding is installed, fill all the holes with spackling and caulk all the seams like you did for the bottom half. Let it all dry, then touch it up with paint.
Now you get to add hooks and accessorize! I needed to be able to hang clothes hangers, so we used plant pot hangers instead of regular hooks. It works like a charm!
I cannot tell you how much I love this space now! It is not only beautiful, it is so functional. It’s great having all the extra storage space.
And best of all, I now have somewhere to hang all the clean clothes until they get put away.
Here are a few more of my DIY projects: