I can’t say I have ever met a man who does not want his own space.Whether it’s a shop, a shed or who knows what, they all seem to rejoice when they are in there! Today I am sharing my husband’s man den. While I definitely wanted him to have most ( I didn’t really want this but I know that I had to let him to be the nice wife I wish to be) of the input this space doubles as an overflow entertaining area when we have guests so I wanted it to at least flow with the rest of our (my) style throughout the house.
Here I will share my Top 5 Tips!
Particulars:This space was an unfinished basement so with drywall,flooring, paint to every single detail in the room the investment was just under $14,000. The total square footage is 340 bringing it in at roughly $40 per square foot.
1- Choose durable finishes! We went with a commercial grade laminate flooring but added an extra layer of underlay for added warmth in winter & a good ole Costco rug to catch any spills. Dark laminate counters to hide a multitude of sins on the wet bar as well as a black granite under mount sink to keep any messes hidden! Add extra insulation for noise barrier if your TV is going to be loud on game night. This room mirrors a furnace room so we wanted all noise from that blocked as well as any flow to my office past that.
2. Do not cheap out on your bar/wine fridge. Do not. There is a huge difference in quality on these and for the few hundred dollar difference from an average one to a good to great one-it is worth it.Cheap ones a). don’t keep things cool and b). are noisy!
3. Don’t be afraid of custom orders. We wanted a 7 ft real wood bar table. Could not find one in our vibe so I did some snooping and found Daniel Nelson from Driftwood Works and we Facebook-ed back and forth until we found our grain and stain of choice and he had the table fabricated and a matching Dart Board Wall shipped to us in less than 3 weeks for $1000 both pieces!
4. Save where you can. We wanted a new couch and seating BUT real life took over and that is on the back burner so we used our old sectional and I dressed her up in easily cleaned throw pillows and blankets.We also decided to cut the cabinetry cost in half but not doing upper bar cabinets. We had glass shelves made from a local glass company with special mounts that can hold a lot of liquor weight.
5. Show who you are! My husband loves the outdoors, sports, and likes to entertain. We are both big kids at heart so the space is full of nods to all those things.
At the end of the day we ended up collaborating on a space that works for him and a space that I am not embarrassed about having to show guests- a true #WIN! We set our budget at the start and I am happy to say we hit our target. When we disagreed on any decisions I quickly moved on and showed him other options instead of sticking on anything and creating a “scene”. A true collaboration which is what life is all about!
Details are noted under the photos
Old Black Betty is hanging in there for a few more years! I
Seating for 6+
A Removable Tray top makes this piece a perfect indoor/outdoor server or snack porter:) It is from Walmart- $99
Welcome to the Man Cave
Custom Table iron worked with room for your feet. It is the perfect height for extra seating to watch a big game
3 stools in heather grey are super easy to clean. $99 bucks each from Sears.
The stain used on the table cleans easily and isn’t too dainty that you need coasters
Music, Travel and Hockey all represented here
The room is one big square essentially so I wanted a round table to improve the flow and found this one from Pier One for $480 and the handy side table that can be picked up and moved around as needed for $80 at Home Sense. The UGG Australia Throw is bananas and SO cozy, best 80$ you will EVER spend.
We framed up some of Roman and I’s favorite things: Big Cats, Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, Lyrics to a favorite Beatles Song & a photo of him fishing in Costa Rica. Great memories and inspiration belong everywhere!
Sit a while and pour a drink!
We chose light blocking cellular blinds since we get a lot of natural light in here during summer days.
Decanter with Crown is a must in this house. Antler was sourced from our garage! Pillows from Portfolio Interiors here in Kamloops at about $40 a piece and the decanter & marble server we both less than $15 again at Home Sense
We had this funky bulk head to deal with but at the end of the day it buffers the surround sound and adds to the focal point of the 65 inch LG 4K on the wall (not pictured)
This bad boy is 3.5 ft wide and 6 ft tall and is perfect for game night!
50$ shelf from Home Sense houses poker chips, cards, darts and SNACKS for movie nights.
We are currently waiting on a custom media shelf- real life doesn’t rush for photos apparently! I ordered the TV from Amazon it was here in less than 24 hours, is 65inch at was $1800
Seating for game day. Chairs wipe clean easy and tuck in under the custom table.
The wet bar is 9ft in total and MIL installed the backsplash for us:) The cabinets were made by Home depot as was theh laminate counter. We had a local installer put in both for under $300
Urban Barn had this great fish canvas and the standing moose, that I knew would be perfect. $300 for both
All accessories are sturdy and can survive drops, smashes and crashes- All these are Home Sense!
Framed Rolling Stone autographs and a Warhol print are touches personal to Roman.
Good old wooden sign goodness
I used a ship style mirror as a Tray to pull together a few nods to nautical in the room and we mounted INTO a stud the bottle opener.
Flooring is Arctic Ice from Costco. The guitar was a gift and all accessories are from Home Sense.
Records always ready to spin for guests. The bar sink and faucet are Delta and the combo was about $600. The bar fridge is a Kenmore dual temp with cedar shelving. $800
Wooden tic tac toe game, $40 from Home Sense.
100$ Marquee BAR lights- Bed Bath and Beyond
20$ Chalkboard sign to change up the seasonal signature drink
Never enough storage for Wine or Tunes