Thursday, September 16, 2010

The New Man Cave!!

Clint now has a new and shiny place to call home...when it comes to video games and sporting events (besides hockey because hockey rocks!  Go Wings!).  We took our unfinished basement and made it livable space!  No drywall.  No carpet.  No drop ceiling.  Just the cement walls, linoleum tile floors, and wood beam ceiling.  Nothing wrong with finished basements.  We just could not afford to remodel the entire space.  Plus, with past water problems in the basement, we did not want to invest much and then have it ruined by a backup. 

But, before we dive into the reveal, lets show the befores:
The cinder block walls were repaired and water proofed.

We then painted the walls with concrete paint in a tan shade.  The old paneling (two small walls were paneling...yuck!) was painted over with white.

Also, we added a chalkboard wall!

And here is how it all turned out!

Chalk board wall is sporting our to-do list at the moment.
No man cave would be complete without a mini fridge.

Most of the items we already had like the couch, Michigan rug, posters, TV, and computer chair.  The TV stand was a gift from my mom to Clint as a birthday gift.  Clint now has big love for West Elm.  There are still some finishing touches to complete the space.  We also added another chair that was upstairs.  We would also love to add the Expedit Shelf from Ikea for more media storage and to divide the area (hide the boiler and hot water tank from view).

Here is the price break down:
- Concrete Patch  -  $7.00
- Drylok Paint  -  $25.00
- Concrete Paint  -  $5.00 (oops paint)
- Chalkboard Paint  -  $15.00
- Tan Rug  -  $50.00
- Lamp  -  $30.00
- Mini Fridge  -  $60.00
- Side Tables  -  $30.00 ($15 each)
- Storage Ottoman  -  $25.00
- Dart Board  -  $18.00
- Frames $40.00 total
- Pillow Covers $10.00 ($5 each)
- Misc. Decorating Items  -  $35.00
- Misc. Paint Supplies - $35.00

Total - $385.00!

Our actual budget was $500.00.  Thanks to Homegoods, Ikea, a local antique store, and finding deals on paint, we were able to save quite a bit of money!

We use the space everyday!  When I am doing laundry, I will fold and watch a little TV.  When Clint invites the guys over for football, it is nice to have the entire upstairs to myself.  Also, it was nice to give Clint a space of his own.  For some reason, he considers the rest of our home mine.

What do you think?  Does your man have a man cave?


Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog said...

Basements don't exist in central Texas, but I would totally whip up a man cave and send my guy down there if I could!

I've seen so many bloggers write about flooded basements... good thing you spent so little on your space!

the cape on the corner said...

i love the semi instant gratification and budget saving you've got going on down there. i know ALLLL about drylock and painting the cinderblock. we are taking it to finished basement level, and i flippin' can't wait. it will not be his man cave, tho, it will be our retro inspired dinerish movie lounge. lol.

fall boots, yes of course! altho i don't really wear them, i always envy those ppl whose calves they fit up! ha!

Scientific Housewife said...

Wow, looks awesome! My husband's man room is the last to be worked on in our house. We'd have to get internet and cable up there as well as electronics and furniture so it will take awhile.

Danielle and Clint said...

Kasey - Yes! Our goal was to have things on wheels or have it easy to move. That is why the computer chair became a seat.

Cape Buddy - Ugh..tell me about it with those boots! I was lucky to find a cute pair on sale last year that were flats. I think they are suppose to be a loose fit, but are snug on me. lol.

Kate@TwentySixToLife said...

Awesome work! The Hubs wants a man cave for our house too but we don't really have a good room for that. He would be so jealous of Clint's space!

Mrs. Chic said...

The space looks so much better, I love the chalk board wall perfect idea. I like how open and bright the room feels

My husband would be so jealous, he wants a man cave too!

Amanda said...

This looks awesome, even if it's not "finished". Great job you guys!

Kristin said...

Looks great. We also have a basement in need of work, so I am going to use this as inspiration!

jen @ homeinthecountry said...

great job! I bet your hubby is psyched to use it!

The chalkboard darts wall is genius. Love it!

dolores @ Welcome to My Humble Ablog said...

A man cave any guy can sink his teeth into. Great job and even better price list!

elizabeth said...

awesome job!!!! Like Texas we don't have basements in Florida - but I know my husband would love one. It looks great Danielle - enjoy it this sunday!!

Amanda @ Little House on the Corner said...

HOORAY for livable spaces! Way to get it done on a budget! I'm jealous. Our unfinished basement is definitely cave-y, but not in a good way. I'm with ya, I don't know how we'll ever have the money to finish it! Which is why we haven't even started doing anything in the past 2.5 years we've been here.... Anyway, well done!!

alanna rose said...

Super job!
I would love a man cave to send my husband too, especially now that football season is here :)

Oonafey said...

Mine doesn't watch t.v. Or play video games. He spends most of his time outside building something, fixing something, and making lots of noise. Our old house had a fancy detached garage and I never saw him.

We plan on building a nice, big garage next spring, though, so that's all the man cave he'll need.

Oonafey said...

Oh, and it looks great! I love the chalkboard wall and the dart board is awesome. I wish we had a dart board, but mine's not much for games either. Hmm... I make him sound boring, don't I? :D

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

There really isn't any point for most people to finish a basement. Many folks I know spent a lot on drywall and carpet or hardwood/laminte floors in the basement, and then got flooded. You did a great job with just paint and accessories!