Build a Unique Mudroom from Salvaged Building Materials!



There is just something extra rewarding about not only building things, but using salvage materials to do it. I love the feeling of knowing I’ve used something creatively that otherwise would have been trash. It’s also fun to know that your piece is definitely one of a kind!

This project is picture heavy! here’s what it entailed:

Tiling the Mudroom:

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I tiled with tile left over from other projects in the house. Hand laying the mosaic tiles and then laying the slate tiles.

Light fixture:

salvaged flush mount light fixture rewired and spray painted from second use

I found this awesome light fixture at Second Use in Seattle. It has such cool and thick bubble glass on it, it just needed little TLC (Rustoleum spray paint in oil rubbed bronze) and a rewire of the light socket. LOVE how this turned out! Crazy side note, I bought this for $90, yes spendy but I just loved it! I was browsing on ebay last week and saw the same fixture for $300 in the same vintage condition, so I think I scored on that one 😉

here it was all sad, before I gave it some TLC 🙂

salvage light fixture

Mudroom Bench:


This was a salvage piece of pine from Earthwise Architectural Salvage in Seattle. I was drawn to this super thick piece that I could make into a fun and simple industrial esque bench. I cut it the width that I needed it, then took the remaining piece and cut it equally in 1/2 for the legs of the bench. so literally only 2 cuts with my mitre saw.

I used my “proprietary” (just kidding) mix of black and dark walnut stain by Minwax to stain, doing 3 coats.  then finished off with 3 coast of semi-gloss polyurethane

here it is before:


And here are some fun pics after!

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Mudroom wall:

upcycled bleacher board salvage wall

This was my Favorite part of the project, I found some awesome Mahogany bleacher boards at Second use. I knew the moment I saw them, they were to be the backdrop to the mudroom wall.  I stripped a bit of the finish with the Citristrip paint stripper.  Then cut them to the right width with my mitre saw and then stenciled on significant dates in my families lives, and made it look like those were the seat numbers 🙂 then finished it with 3 coast of semi-gloss polyurethane. to attach it to the wall, I located the studs and used the same Lag bolts I used on the bench to tie in the “industrial esque” feel.

Freshly home from second Use

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Stripping them

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All finished!




Mudroom Hooks

mudroom hooks from vintage door knobs and door stops

Vintage Door Handles & Plates: We had so many door handles left over after we decided to remove some of the doors in our home, (not replace, simply remove several that opened up space in our home) I had to supplement with some found at Earthwise, Second Use & Re-store.  I initially was thinking I’d sandblast the metal and spray paint them different colors. I love the raw metal after I sandblasted it, that I just did a nice clear coat of polyurethane and kept the raw metal, blemished and all!

Vintage Door Stops: these are from our home, after we refinished and painted all the molding, I used some new-ish door stops, and with the leftover ones I sandblasted them and spray painted them oil rubbed bronze. Put them between the door handles and Vu.. Walla… hooks for coats and bags!

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Alas, the shelf on the top, the only Non-Salvaged piece in the whole project.. not even going to justify it with it’s own pic 😉

Let me know if you have questions! get creative, go to your local salve store and let your imagination have fun!

Happy DIY & Crafting



Questions? Comments? I'd love to hear!