My mudroom has really come together. It’s been so exciting to see my plan fall into place. The space has become exactly what I had hoped for. The finishing touches are in place and the organization it’s provided has made an amazing impact on the whole family. Today I’d like to share two quick finishing touches: shiplap trim and the cabinet knobs and pulls.
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If you missed the previous posts on my farmhouse mudroom here is all you need to catch up…
All caught up? OK, great! Moving on!
This space was all about function. The more storage I could pack into 60 square feet, the better. I knew countertop would invite clutter, so double stacking the upper cabinets immediately above the countertop made the most sense for our family.
Double stacking left us with one problem…. A gap between the cabinets. From the front, this wasn’t visible at all. Standing at the sink the gap was obvious. I knew from working with the same cabinets in IronFish’s office this would happen. So, I had planned for this from the beginning.
My collection of leftover beadboard from various work projects came to mind immediately. I’m still loving the shiplap-look I achieved in the powder room by turning the wide plank side horizontal. And, since the powder room is immediately next to the mudroom, this was the perfect way to make the spaces flow together.
The PVC is tongue and groove and cuts with a utility knife. It went up with a bit of glue very quickly. Paint and caulk finished it off perfectly.
There are two ways to drill holes for the knobs. The hard way includes measuring and marking and hoping you aren’t slightly off.
I watched someone spend an entire day doing this in a kitchen.
Don’t do this.
There is a much easier and better way.
Yes, you could make your own, but the little investment one of these costs is worth all the time and hassle it will save you.
Just hold this in place, mark, and drill. It’s that simple. You can even hold it in place and drill if you want to skip a step. I do however recommend using a smaller drill bit and then using the correct drill bit sized for your screws.
This is my second template. The one I had in my old house I used a drill bit larger than the hole in the template. Not too big of a deal, until I went to use it on something I needed a smaller hole for.
I marked/pilot holes for every knob. Then I came back through with the correct drill bit. A quick switch to a Phillips head tip and all the knobs were in place.
There’s a template for these too! This is even more valuable than the knob template.
But should the drawer have one pull or two?
As usual, the internet provided a lot of opinions for both sides.
Ultimately, I decided to go with one in the center of each drawer, even the longer ones. Aesthetically, I love the look of two. But, I know my kids, they will still try to open the drawers with one. I felt this could cause wear and tear on my drawer. A central pull would reduce this since they wouldn’t pull on one side more than the other.
Decision made, I marked the center of the drawer.
Lining up the notch on the center line, I was quickly able to mark holes for the ideal placement.
Repeat drilling, screws in place and the pulls are installed!
Overall, clean up took longer than installing all of the knobs and pulls.
I’m still thinking of adding a shelf above the window for seasonal items. But, I’m really happy with the way the room looks and functions for now. Maybe the shelf will be added when the floors are done.
Still part of the elusive kitchen dream.
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For now, this is my favorite room in the house. So neat and tidy. Controlling clutter and making me happy!
Do you have a mudroom? Does it help with controlling the family clutter?