DIY Mudroom Bench

Every now and then I take a look around my house and find an eyesore. This one in particular was located at my daily entrance and exit, my mudroom. Admittedly, this has been bothering me for far too long. A picture fell down in there like 6 months ago and had been just propped up on its side against a wall. There were tons of shoes including boots we only wear in the dead of winter (it’s May, people!) and the bench that I had in there was just too small for the space (I actually moved it to our foyer and it looks so much better in an open space where it can be appreciated for the antique beauty that it is.)

I trekked out to IKEA to see if they had any good mudroom solutions, but came up empty handed. My husband and I decided I could totally make something custom to fit the space for way less than I would spend on something at IKEA anyway. So I went home and sketched something up and decided I would go to Home Depot that following morning while he stayed home with our son.

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I picked up a pair of 2x4’s (actually, I totally only got one and had to make a second trip back to purchase a second one, which is not easy to do with a 2 month old,) and two 1x8x8 boards. I cut the 1x8’s down to 86 inches a piece, which is close to the length of the mudroom. With the 2x4’s I created three rectangles for support. The rectangles were created using two 8 inch pieces and two 16 inch pieces. I arranged the rectangles equal distance apart and attached them to the 1x8’s. After everything was sanded down and smooth, I stained the bench with “special walnut” and sealed it with a satin polycrilic finish.

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Materials needed:

  1. Two 2x4’s

  2. Two 1x8x8 common boards

  3. 2 1/2 inch wood screws

  4. 2 inch wood screws

  5. Miter Saw

  6. Hand Sander / sanding block

  7. Wood stain

  8. Polycrilic finish

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For more detail and a visual representation of this project, check out my project vlog below where I take you along for the creation and execution of this fun and easy project,.

DIY Tassel Macrame Chandelier

I recently had my first child and of course I prepared a nursery for him. You can check out my blog post about that here. Whenever I’m decorating (or often redecorating) a room I usually scan Pinterest for ideas. A lot of my nursery decor was inspired by regular bedroom set ups. I wanted my nursery to flow with the rest of my house and not necessarily look like a baby’s room. When it came to picking a pendant light, because there wasn’t one in this room previously, I was inspired by one I saw on the Anthropologie website, here. The price tag for this thing was hefty and while I was willing to splurge on certain items, a light was not one of them. So I decided to try my hand at making one and it worked out!

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Below are the steps I took to achieve this, but if you’d like a more in depth view of the process, please check out my youtube tutorial below.

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Living Room Refresh

Recently I posted about my new macrame hanging lights I made and installed in my living room here. I mentioned how I refreshed my entire living room from top to bottom, so I’m updating again to show you the final captures of this project. Included is some Christmas decor because well.. it’s that time of year.

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My gallery wall took some forethought and now that it’s done I actually want to expand it closer to the edges of back wall in my living room. I have a thing with hanging pictures, maybe it could be categorized as a commitment issue, but either way it takes me a lot of time, thought, and foresight for me to hang pictures on the wall. When I finally decided to hang this gallery wall I simply laid everything out on the floor and arranged it to my liking, took a picture on my phone in case I got lost at any point and started hanging. I didn’t do any fancy tricks with painters tape or brown paper like I’ve seen on Pinterest and it worked great for me.

I carefully chose the wall color, Naval by Sherwin Williams. Not to be confused with Navel by Sherwin Williams, an ultra bright shade of orange which was accidentally mixed for me at one point in this project when I returned to Lowe’s to grab another gallon. I had a nice little chuckle about that later, but the Lowe’s employee who mixed my paint did not seem as enthused.

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In the corner of my living room where I have lots of eastern light I decided to hang some plants. As you may know if you follow me on Youtube, Instagram, Pinterest, or here on my blog, I love to macrame, so I knotted up a few plant hangers and hung these plants I already had around the house.

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My coffee table in the center of the room has been cleared and decorated simply for Christmas. These decorations are actually leftover from my winter themed baby shower my sweet friend, Ashley threw for me recently. She found the little trees and the plaid charging pads at Target.

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This cozy little corner still needs some wall decor, but the hanging lights are a wonderful addition to the space. Check out my video tutorial for those here, where I list all of the materials used and give step by step directions on how to make these.

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I have been pining after these agate coasters from Anthropologie for almost a year now. The gold rim on them and perfect hue are unlike any others I’ve been able to find. There are tons of imitations out there but I kept going back to these. I just couldn’t wrap my mind around the price. And even on Black Friday when the entire store was 30% off I still couldn’t get on board. My husband knew how badly I wanted these for our living room and surprised me on my birthday with them. They’re the perfect addition to the space and they will flow perfectly into each season all year round.

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I decorated the mantel with some gorgeous faux eucalyptus garland from the Hearth & Hand collection art Target. I added some bulb lights through for dimension, and they look amazing at night with the fire going and the candles lit. The lanterns were something I visioned for next to the fireplace, but had a hard time finding the perfect ones without spending an arm and a leg. I ended up finding the larger one at Marshall’s and the smaller one at Target.

To watch my full video on the process of this room and to see what it looked like before, check out my video below.

Dutch Industrial Coffee Table - Restoration Hardware
Churchill Leather Chair with Nailheads - Restoration Hardware
Macrame Hanging Lights - Video Tutorial
Agate Coasters - Anthropologie
Harmony Down Filled 2-Piece Chaise Sectional - West Elm
Garland Eucalyptus Pinecone - Target