This week, we assembled the bench, installed it into the mudroom space, and put a final coat of paint on it. We decided to keep the bottom of the mudroom bench open because, well, our family needs to be able to kick off their shoes into a space without having to open a drawer or pulling out a basket. Although baskets or drawers would look beautiful, that just wouldn’t work for our family. We also installed some trim around the closet opening, and I painted the walls. We’re using Benjamin Moore’s Smoke Embers, which is we a nice true gray color. It’s all coming together nicely, but there is still much to do!
Next, we’ll be installing a 1×4 rail with hooks on it, and a shelf “supported” by some decorative corbels. Here’s a picture of the corbels being painted. We bought them at Home Depot for about $8 each.