Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Adding Mudroom Built-Ins to the Garage

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As part of my garage makeover plans I wanted to add a 'mudroom' to the back wall. This was my inspiration photo:
Erin from a Charming Nest actually built it from 2 IKEA Hermes TV consoles.  Those cost $150 EACH plus she had to add all the wood on the top and build it in herself.  For a total cost of $600.  It *IS* gorgeous, but I needed to do it for half of that, although she was my inspiration 100%!

I wanted more shelving/cubbies for all the kids stuff, but I did want a bench for them to sit on and some low shelves for shoes.

So I went to Ikea and browsed around and here is what I came up with:
2 Billy Bookcases ($40/ea):
 A Billy Wall Shelf ($40):
And a Smadal TV Stand ($70):
Using the dimensions I sketched out my layout on the wall (like I previously did for my workshop) The pink lines indicate stud placement, which I knew would be important for hanging the wall shelf as well as securing the shelves to wall for earthquake safety:
I wanted to back the unit with plank style beadboard ($20) so I cut down a large sheet with a jig saw:
 It didn't need to be exact since I was covering up all the edges with shelving:
 Because the wall had an outlet right in the middle of where I wanted to place the built ins, I had to measure where exactly it would fall:
I then used the drill and the jig saw to cut out a hole for the outlet:
 
 I pulled the outlet through (and actually replaced it with a true white colored outlet and switch plate cover ($3))
After attaching the beadboard to the wall with paneling nails, I assembled all the bookcases and pushed them into place.  Because of my planning, I was able to hit two studs to hang the wall shelf without trouble:
Because the "white" color of Ikea furniture is not really white, I took a shelf in with me and had Home Depot color match it for me ($10) and I painted the paneling:
  After pushing the bottoms of each of the bookcases flat against the wall, it quickly became clear how NOT FLAT the drywall really was.  There were huge gaps behind the bookcases:
 After shimming and attaching each set of shelves to each other and to the wall with screws and L-brackets ($3), I was still left with quite a gap behind them:
 Nothing a little quarter round ($15) couldn't take care of. I also added quarter round on the outside of the bookcases for a finished look.

The last thing I wanted to do was add crown molding ($30) on the top of the cabinets for a finished look.  However, I ran into one major glitch: How do you add crown molding when the cabinetry changes height?
 After researching options, I decided I would put a super short return and end it where the cabinets met.
 You probably couldn't use this option if you were adding molding to cabinets with different elevations if they had doors since the doors wouldn't be able to open and close, but in my situation that was not a problem:
I think it came out great:
 I repeated the process with all the cabinets, and then caulked the gaps.  Lastly I added two corbels like my inspiration photo ($20) and 4 hooks ($18) and painted all the trim:
I didn't attach the TV stand/bench to the wall because I liked the ability to pull it out to sweep under it, and if I ever want to remove it in order to put in a second set of hooks, I will have that option.


 
 I think it came out AWESOME and I am so glad I did it.  Now I can't wait to finish the rest of the garage so I can use it without covering it in drywall dust!
Cost Breakdown:
Bookcases: $190
Beadboard: $20
Outlet/Switchplate: $3
Paint: $10
Wall mounting hardware: $3
Quarter Round: $15
 Crown: $30
Corbels: $20
Hooks: $18
Total Cost: $309!
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***UPDATE***
Due to the large number of inquiries I received about this post, I have posted a FAQ follow up.  If you have any questions about these built ins, please check there
 
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56 comments:

  1. Ooohhhh.... I like, I like!

    I think you might have a smidgen of a beadboard addiction. But don't seek help-- it's a productive addiction, for sure!

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  2. how freaking fabulous is that?

    I was looking at the same inspiration but for my bedroom. I need to put in some shelving, a closet and a TV. :)

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  3. Wow Kim!! Your built ins look awesome! I love the crown molding detail, you know I love moldings! I also like the different elevations! Can't wait for the rest of the garage to be finish!

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  4. Wow, it turned out fabulous. It makes me wish I lived near an IKEA so I could copy your exact design and layout!

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  5. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE it. It is gorgeous, not to mention the FAB price! I am totally doing that in my garage!

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  6. What a fabulous job! Loving see this room come together!

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  7. You did an amazing job, I love it!

    Shannon@SewSweetCottage

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  8. That is simply fantastic! What a great looking piece and great price as well. Nice problem solving as things went. Inspiring!
    KCoake
    www.realcoake.blogspot.com

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  9. This turned out fabulously!! Nice job! I'm so impressed :)

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  10. Really wanted to follow your blog on email & tried but got an error message that said this site doesn't have email activated. VERY SAD!!!

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  11. Oh this looks great! I love it. Wish we had room for something like this. :/

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  12. So very clever - I really like the ingenuity of this!

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  13. Turned out so fabulous! I wish I had this in my garage - or in my house for that matter! Just pinned!

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  14. THis is awesome! Love it! Want it! I'm featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

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  15. I love Ikea and I LOVE this creation!! I would love for you to come link this up at our link party...junkintheirtrunk.blogspot.com/2012/04/link-it-up-wednesday-24.html

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  16. Very Creative--they look AMAZING.

    Cheri from Its So Very Cheri

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  17. Looks amazing and I can't believe how inexpensive it came out! Great job!!

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  18. way to go! You did a great job with your ikea buit-ins. :)
    thanks for linking up and linking back to catch as catch can!
    gail

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  19. Great job. Thanks for sharing at the Sunday Round Up. can't wait to see what you share next week.
    Rose @ http://www.arosiesweethome.com/

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  20. Wow - this turned out awesome! Great idea to mark out where all of the studs are located on your diagram. I would so love to have the space for a mudroom.

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  21. What an amazing job! Lots of hard work, but oh so worth it. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party.

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  22. Genius! I am so impressed! I can't believe how you figured out all the little "bumps" to make it work. Amazing! Missi

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  23. Amazing! I love it! I want to see it in about 6 months to see how you have it all organized. It would be total chaos in my home!

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  24. That is great! Look at all that storage!
    Thanks for linking up this week - please come back next week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  25. Wow!! You did awesome on those shelves. They look like they came that way. I would LOVE it if you'd link this up at my blog, www.debtfreemommyblog.blogspot.com. It's open all week and you can link as many posts as you want.

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  26. OH! That is great and rather inexpensive. You do great work.

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  27. This turned out awesome! I love how you added the crown molding- very nice!

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  28. is the tv stand safe as a bench? do you use it?

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  29. The weight limit for the smadal TV stand is published as 110 pounds. I did add L brackets to it to make it more steady for when my kids stand on it (which they do to hang their coats) but I wasn't worried about it collapsing.

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  30. That is awesome. I'd love for you to link up to my party that opens tonight at 8pm EST. Hope to see you there.

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  31. What a FABULOUS project! I am pinning this! Totally awesome and you rock! :)

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  32. This turned out wonderful! And love the price tag! Thanks for sharing at Show & Share...featuring this in tomorrow's party! :)

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  33. This is being featured today at {Junk in their Trunk}...thanks for linking up!!

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  34. Seriously?! You are awesome! This totally rocks!

    --Katie
    @ Creatively Living

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  35. I love the built in look. We have a space not as big as yours, but this is definitely an inspiration piece. Great job!

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  36. WOW!! You did an awesome job. I'm totally beyond impressed with the crown molding.

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  37. Beautiful job! I am so inspired. This is on my DIY to-do list (long list!). Thank you so much for sharing your tips and tutorial! Love the result!

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  38. These are gorgeous! You're being featured.

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  39. Love, love, love it! You really do have the best projects for the best price! I love how they look so expensive, too!

    Take care,

    Trish

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  40. Great job, Kim!!! Somehow I missed this awesome post last week. I was swallowed into birthday party mode for my daughter. Could you share the color you came up with to match the IKEA "white"? Thanks, my friend!

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  41. wanted you to know that we featured this amazing project on our facebook page! :)

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  42. This is simply fantastic! I love it all. Kudos for a job well done!

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  43. I can't believe you built this for your garage, of all places! You have a sharp-looking garage!

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  44. This is awesome!!! Thanks for posting all of this. Can you post the final dimensions?

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  45. Ingenious! I love the fact that you took the affordable Ikea pieces and put them all together to make this wonderful piece with a built-in look! The bead board back brought it all together.

    My DIY brain is calculating the tremendous amount of money that you have saved as opposed to buying a pre-done (large!) piece, or having a custom built-in constructed. Great job!

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  46. Wow! I came up with the same idea for my entry! Right down to the bench! Mine dosen't have the left side on it, though. I love yours with the corbels on it too! We have not purchased the components yet as we need to figure out what to do with the air return and outlet that will fall right behind the bench. But man, I can't wait!

    We have a split entry house and I'm trying to figure out how to run the beadboard up the stairway as well. Do I angle it or go full height? Hmmm....

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  47. You did such an awesome job with this! This has provided great inspiration for a system I would like to use around my daughter's bed. Thanks!

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  48. Looks great! Thanks for the shout out! Erin

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  49. This turned out great! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  50. We followed your tutorial and it turned out awesome!!! Thanks so much for sharing and for the inspiration

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  51. Thanks for this wonderful tutorial. You did an outstanding job for such a reasonable cost.

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  52. Love it! You did a fantastic job. Glad my project could give you some inspiration to make it even better for your family! Erin from {A Charming Nest}

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  53. This really is an inspiration. I have a section in my office that I want to add a "locker effect" because I too am sans "mudroom". I think I will use the beadboard idea, cubbies for the top and bottom with trim and corbels. Thank you for sharing.

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