Man Cave Reveal!November 17, 2014 | FILED UNDER: Uncategorized
This was the biggest DIY project we’ve undertaken to date, and Ross gets all the credit for transforming a little 80 square foot room off of our laundry room into the modern industrial man cave that it is now.
While my idea of a DIY is a 30 minute craft, Ross decided he wanted to BUILD A WALL OF SHELVES from raw wood and unfinished pipes! I questioned the idea from the start. 😉 It definitely wasn’t the type of project I would be good at helping with and Ross hadn’t done much carpentry before. It seemed like so much work, and I just wanted the room done!
Well through endless hours of research, careful measuring, and working away in the backyard over the course of a number of weekends, Ross built this amazing shelving system and built-in desk to maximize the main wall in his man cave. It completely transformed the room and I am thoroughly impressed. It was so worth it!
With the shelves in place, we slowly chipped away at the rest of the room, taking our time to find just the right pieces to fit the space. Ross wanted to incorporate some personal elements from his days on the Penn hockey team, and I thought his idea for a wall of team photos dating back to the 1800s was perfection.
My main contribution to the room was scoring this vintage locker at a local antique and salvage store. I was won over by the blue color and thought it would be a great storage piece for the room, even though I wasn’t sure what Ross would actually put in it.
Well once Ross had those shelves done, he was unstoppable… he transformed the locker into WINE STORAGE!! Needless to say, it is my favorite addition to the room.
Check out this step-by-step tutorial for how we converted the locker to wine storage.
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Read on for lots more photos of the man cave and details of the process!!
How it Went from Empty Room to Awesome Man Cave
The wall of shelves Ross built really made the room and added a ton of functionality to the small space. Not only do they provide a ton of storage and display space, but they also house his TV and electronics, and allows the man cave to serve as an office as needed with a built in workspace for his computer.
Ross had seen similar shelves at Restoration Hardware and found a number of tutorials online from DIY bloggers who had built their own set of industrial shelves. He spent a lot of quality time upfront researching the different tutorials and came up with a blended approach.
Ross spent hours “aging” raw planks of wood with the help of a hodgepodge of tools from nails, to screwdrivers, to paint can openers. Pieces of wood that started like this…
…turned into these beauties that look like they have been salvaged from an old building instead of bought at Lowes!
Head here for the details of the tutorials Ross used and some tips and tricks he learned during the process!
The Gallery Wall
It took us awhile to figure out what to put on the walls. That’s always the hardest part of finishing a room, isn’t it?! Ross came up with the idea of framing some old Penn hockey team photos and I came across these raw wood frames on clearance at Michaels for $4 a piece .