Asked on Feb 23, 2019

How do I use real tree pieces as hooks & shelving in small mudroom?

Mary PooleAndreacaaSuzzi Williams Combs


I have a small mudroom that is very used in my big family. I am using materials at hand as this is my budget. Love the look of trees incorporated as shelving and hooks for coats, hats, etc. Also any stability ideas as well as vertical space saving,yet user friendly for short people ideas ? I have some corner spaces that can be utilized and would like ideas for these to be incorporated into shoe cubbies

4 answers
  • Fiddledd224
    on Feb 23, 2019

    Be very careful using natural materials for building materials---- wood is treated for several reasons, including stability and to kill bugs and dangerous things like algae and mold. Termites, too! I wouldn't risk it. Especially if you are hanging clothes from the hooks, which will get into them easily.

  • Suzzi Williams Combs
    Suzzi Williams Combs
    on Feb 23, 2019

    Use cedar or cypress. The easiest way to peel the bark is with a power washer.

  • Andreacaa
    on Feb 24, 2019

    If you are worried about bugs and mold like can always put the wood in your oven at a low temp to kill it. Just watch it so it doesn't ignite.

    Or Google it - must be some way to treat it if you don't want to use the oven.

  • Mary Poole
    Mary Poole
    on Mar 2, 2019

    I'm afraid I don't know, but I was entertaining the same idea. My situation is a front porch that we closed off, leaving some of the original posts sticking out from the wall a bit. The trouble is they are square-ish and look weird and I was hoping to cover them up either with real wood, or fake it somehow using something else. (hubby is fairly good with mud, stucco, plaster and cement.. I just don't know how willing he is going to be or even which material we should go for!) I may just take the lazy way out and purchase some branch shaped hooks to place onto the column- once you start hanging up coats, there won't be much left to see, but I really am hoping to cover it up instead. As for the shoes, it seems no matter what I do I end up with a mess anyway! I do think diy is the way to go for shoe storage however- purchased shoe racks always end up being flimsy, wobbly, and never quite the right size. Consider the sizes and types of shoes you will be storing. Good luck with your project!

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