Showing posts with label Man Cave. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Man Cave. Show all posts

Friday, March 31

Basement Makeover!

It's hard to believe it's been four years since we moved out of our house, gutted it and added on three stories - including a much ignored basement. Thanks to my obsessive decorating compulsion, I have decorated each room in this house at least twice...with the exception of the basement. But all that has changed my friends and I am SUPER duper excited to share with you the result. Here is the before:


And from another angle.


And now the after!



Ta da! What do you think? My goal with this space was to be warm and cozy yet still elegant. I wanted it to be a happy place for all of us to hang out in and I designed it especially for my husband who has long waited for a room of his own. Ha! The paint color is Benjamin Moore Evening Dove and it's the perfect shade of grayish blue. Not too dark and great for a media/game room.

But let's talk about the wall. THE WALL! It is amazing. Truly. And the very best part about it is that it is peel and stick and it took us just a few hours to install. PEEL AND STICK PEOPLE!!! Real wood. Dare I say that it was one of the easiest and most impactful home improvement projects ever? I think I shall!! The "S" is for our last name and we've had forever. Love this spot for it.


The reclaimed wood on the wall is from Stikwood and I must give credit where it's due...my husband found it online. For years we talked about doing this and explored lots of options including pallets but truthfully they sounded like a big old pain in the butt. Finding the pallets, breaking them down, pulling nails out, cutting them and installing them...ummmm....no thanks. So when a Google search for "reclaimed wood walls for lazy dummies' made Stikwood come up, we were thrilled. Super simple, easy to use and gorgeous! Totally in love and highly recommend (and no, they aren't paying me - I'm just that big of a fan)!


The next project was the barn door. When we renovated the house, this room was an add on and because we had a guest room on that same level, we did not feel like a door was necessary. Never one to give up a good design opportunity, a barn door quickly made the project list. I got this one from The Home Depot and as my awesome neighbor who saw me trying to lift it out of my car on my own during a snow storm will tell you, it is incredibly heavy. Frankly, it's a miracle my kids didn't come home and find me Flat Stanley underneath it in the snow. Thank God for Tom the neighbor! Installing this was no joke and may have included a few choice words but it was so worth it. It's gorgeous and really makes the room. 


I saved about $500 buying an unfinished door and staining it myself. I am pretty happy with how it turned out. Here's the before. The stain I bought went on in one coat no problemo.


One of the first things we bought when we decided to finally redecorate this room, was, of course, the giant TV. This one is a Samung smart tv that we got for a steal at the BJs around the corner. It is beautiful and everything a giant tv in a man cave should be.

So once we got the tv we had to find a media console or cabinet to fit it in. I think we explored every single option out there until we settled on the Ikea Liatorp set in grey. It came, and I am not exaggerating, in 9 boxes. NINE! And God love him, my husband painfully put each piece together. I will say that Ikea furniture has come a long, long way. It is really quite impressive in terms of quality, and compared to the other options we looked at, it was a bargain my friends.


Here's a shot of the nd of the room complete with a nod to my husband's alma mater Notre Dame. We are all set for football Saturdays next Fall. The striped lamp shade and the pillows all came from other places in our house but look better in here. I'm a big fan of shopping in your own house.


This air hockey table is what started the whole thing. This was a Christmas present and is now our family's favorite game. It is from Frontgate and I purchased it way back on Black Friday with a 40% discount. SCORE! ha ha

The roman shade is from Home Depot and they will cut them to fit your window for about 1/3 of the price of any of those window covering companies. Highly recommend them!


In case you haven't gotten it by now, I LOVE a discount. In fact, I don't think I've ever bought anything full price - especially online. There is always a discount code to be used. This pretty leather chair came from the Restoration Hardware outlet store near us. There is a teeny, tiny white mark on the arm but other than that, it's perfect. And comfy! It is on the regular RH website for $3300 in this size and style and we got it for less than a 1/3 of that which makes me love it that much more. The pillow is one I had in a different room and is a pretty Schumacher print I found on Etsy.


The dart board is also from Frontgate and I got this for FREE (no joke) because the first air hockey table they sent us was damaged and had to be replaced. They sent us a gift certificate for our tremendous pain and suffering and VOILA...we used it for some dart throwing action. The license plates underneath it are part decoration, part restoration. Apparently neither me nor my kids have very good eye sight or arm control and so tin plates protecting the wall were necessary. All of these were purchased legally from Ebay and represent places we've lived or worked.


Another shot of the room....


So let's talk about that ottoman shall we? Since you know me pretty well by now, you know I didn't get this on some fancy furniture website. Nope...I recovered this bad boy myself y'all. True story. How you ask???? Some great (discounted) fabric and my trusty staple gun.


Here is the before. This was a really old and pretty beat up leather storage ottoman we have had for years. I started by unscrewing the lid and taking it off. Then I just went to town with my staple gun, folding and shooting for about an hour. And there ya go...instant covered ottoman!




I found this great little side table at Home Goods but wanted to jazz it up a bit and make if fit the sporty theme of the room. So I painted these stripes to make it sort of kind of look like a basketball court. This is about as crafty as I get. I am terrible at crafts so I am proud of this puppy for sure. 


So there you have it...basement redux complete! We love it and have spent the majority of our time there since completing it. Welllll, except for the time I've spent redecorating my living room, but that's another blog post altogether!

Until the next room....
- Allie 

Friday, August 15

What The Hell Is A Man Cave Anyway?

In the "proof that the world is ending" category, it is 59 degrees here in Washington, DC in AUGUST!  Totally crazy and amazing all at the same time. With just two weeks until the college football season begins, it is really starting to feel like Fall. And it has got me thinking about how we are going to decorate our basement. In searching for inspiration for the space, I keep coming across rooms labeled as "Man Caves" which is a term I am adverse to.  I really prefer to not think of my husband as a neanderthal and perhaps more importantly, I am not sure why the basement has a gender. Bizarre. Anywhoooo…here is how the space looks now.
So clearly there is a lot of work to be done. Our plan is to move the couch that is currently in the great room to the basement and replace the really old and beaten up love seat and chair that are down there right now. I am thinking a whole wall of built ins with the tv in the middle and then the rest of the room is reserved for a bar and some fun games like a shuffle board table and maybe foosball. Given that my husband went to Notre Dame and is a huge Yankees fan, the room is sure to be decked out in sports memorabilia. Hmm…starting to sound dangerously like a man cave huh?  Oh..alright..if I have to give in and make it a man cave, then it can at least be a stylish one right? Here are a few that I found as inspiration.







All of these pictures are from my Pinterest Man Caves board. Ok…so I am embracing the term. And you know how much I hate the term DIY (see my post on this topic here) but can we talk about this brilliant dart board idea? Now if only I drank wine and had some extra corks lying around….
Ok, so now that we have a basic design direction, now how to incorporate the sports stuff? Not an easy task. I suppose we could go this route…which might make my hubby happy but might also give me vertigo every time I enter the basement. 

So let's stick with the more elegant approaches above and incorporate the sports theme in a more understated way shall we?


Alrighty then, now we have a design idea, and some way to incorporate the sports without being tacky. So all that's left is the bar. While the basement is pretty big, it's not huge so we'll need to find a bar that is on the smaller side to leave plenty of room for the other shenanigans. I really like this one from Pottery Barn.
 Or maybe we should go for the built in kind like this one. Which is quite awesome as well.
Obviously this space will take a back seat to the other more important rooms we still have to finish - like our master bedroom but with the chill in the air, it's fun to start dreaming. Here come the IRiSH!!!