As many of you already know, we recently had a plumbing fail in our basement, and my hubby’s newly finished man cave suffered a big loss. All the flooring had to be ripped out, the drywall had to be cut out, and a lot of the electronics and decor got wet and damaged.
Thus, we’re now in the process of getting ready for a major renovation. With that in mind, its fun to take your mind off the sucky part of this experience, by imagining how we might redecorate the space.
Coincidentally, I was just invited to participate in Man Crates Gifts for Men’s “Man Cave Makeover” campaign. Man Crates is an online source for sending your guy a gift he’ll laugh at, brag about, and probably grunt over while breaking it open with its included crow bar. Yup, they come with a crow bar! Highly covetable, these wooden crates come filled with things guys want – beer, beef jerky, grilling gadgets, barware, sweat-inducing spicy snacks, survival gear (in case of an zombie apololypse of course), golf goodies, and products for the poker player or old-school video gamer.
Man Crates asked me how I would decorate a Man Cave, and I have to say I would do exactly what the hubster and I did the first go-around – with an industrial aesthetic. You can check out this previous post that shows a lot of the items we used in our basement, like Edison light fixtures, stainless steel, etc.
For the purposes of this post, I’m thinking pie-in-the-sky, money is no object…and making a list of what I would do, if I could, without a budget or a hubby to stop the madness!
First, I love exposed brick…so I’d give one wall that treatment.
Next, there’d be a lot of exposed ductwork, beams and track lighting with grey walls. Black beams though (which is exactly what’s in our man-cave now)
I’d choose a comfy grey upholstered couch, and pair it with some reclaimed wood pieces, like a coffee table, console or media center.
There is no lack of cool industrial light fixtures available on the market today. I love cage lights, vintage barn lights, and even big mercury glass globes. Oh how to choose!?!
And of course, any self-respecting man-cave needs a game table – especially a pool table. Check out this baby (from Great Gatherings)…oak hardwood, mortise and tenon construction, decorative metal bolts…I think I can hear my husband moaning with pleasure already!
A bar is another given for a man-cave, and these bar stools make my heart go pitter-patter.
As for artwork, I’d do vintage maps…especially city maps, like this…
So there ya have it, my vision for an ideal man-cave – a place where he can enjoy solitude with his Xbox, or a Sunday in front of the big screen with his buddies!
Thank you Man Crates for the invitation to participate in your campaign.