Ballard-Style Mud Room Shelves {A Pinterest Challenge}

Ballard Style Mud Room Shelves - An Oregon Cottage

We finally completed our mudroom shelves! This room actually serves as both a laundry room and a mudroom and after organizing the laundry side a few months ago, I was anxious to tackle the gardening shelves on the mudroom side.

Uh-em…”anxious” here being a relative term since it was a few months ago. But (hopefully) you know what I mean: they bugged me every time I walked by and I would think, “we really need to finish those shelves.” Thank goodness for a good old Pinterest Challenge!

These were the inspiration pictures from my “For The Cottage” board on Pinterest:

Ballard Shelves

Ballard’s classic shelves.

BHG Kitchen Shelves

Chunky shelves from BHG

I was specifically looking for shelves with wide front molding that would help to hide a long shop light under the bottom shelf that I use to start seeds for my garden and I wanted to use the old porch brackets I’ve been storing since our porch remodel.

I’m happy to report both of these were accomplished plus we were able to build them with mostly scrap wood we had leftover from other projects. And you probably know I love it when that happens. And while I don’t have step-by-step pictures, I do have some tips and information on what we used – it’s a pretty easy diy project!

Ballard Style Shelf Details:

  • The brackets were on our front porch when we moved in, but when we expanded it, we didn’t have enough for all the new posts so we decided to leave them off rather than having new ones made. The are perfectly chunky and beefy- just the type I would’ve looked for anyway! You can buy new brackets or search salvage yards to find an old set.
  • The shelves are made from fir tongue-and-groove flooring leftover from the wood counters we made for the cabinet and laundry counter (see the full shot above for a peek at the cabinet top). They are held together by glue, the brackets and small pieces of plywood screwed in at the centers (no close-up of those plywood pieces: imagine rough edges, lots of screws and everything doused with paint to hide it. The “DIY cottage look” to us embraces imperfections…and using what you have!).

  • The front molding is made from two pieces. The widest molding is from our house remodeling – it’s actually our baseboards, attached upside down. We purchased the narrow molding and glued/nailed it along the top of the wide molding for definition.
  • The shelf backing on the top is a 1×6″ wide pine board screwed into the studs to provide more stability and a nice, finished look. The beadboard provides the backing to the lower shelf.

The narrow molding and 1×6 board, plus a few screws, were the only things we had to buy to complete our mudroom shelves. We already had the items I’ve mentioned plus wood glue, nails, and of course lots of filler and paint.

Knowing we can build things like this that serve a function, are beautiful, and sized to fit our space inexpensively by using things we’ve saved is one of the reasons it’s so hard to get rid of things when we’re done with a project. Though I do wonder: since we actually use things from our pile of scrap wood, why doesn’t it seem to get smaller? Probably due to the fact that there’s always another project we’re working on as perennial diy-er’s.

The cycle never ends…



Linking up with Young House Love and also Frugal Fridayat Shabby Nest.



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