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?