I have a confession to make.
Instead of blogging this amazing before and after post, I’ve been sitting in my new Man Cave and enjoying the ambiance. I’ve watched movies; decorated a tree, and even savoured a glass (or three) of wine. And as I sat in my basement, caressed by the warm glow of the fireplace and feet cozily buried in my soft shag rug, I said to myself, “I’d better get my a** in gear.”
(Remember when I pledged that it was time to Take Back the Basement? I think I took it too literally.)
As such, here I am. Today, I’ll be revealing one room – the entertainment area - and showing you exactly how you can duplicate my efforts to complete your own Man Cave, with materials from Home Depot Canada!
But first, the “Before” and “After” -
It’s official: we have taken back the basement.
As you can see, not a toy in sight! The back of our basement is finally an adults-only zone. Here’s how we did it:
1) BEHR Premuim Plus Paint in Bolero (two back walls)
We decided to section off the entertainment area with a “statement” colour. Because it’s a basement, with artificial lighting galore, the true colour may not come through on your computer screen. However, the paint is a dark, burgundy red with a hint of rust. It’s warm and inviting and everything we pictured when we first began renovations.
Below: No Man Cave would be complete without the obligatory Scarface framed photo. Like I’ve never seen one of those before. My husband and I had *quite* the discussion on the necessity of its existence. (He won that battle.)
The Danstan adds sophisticated ambiance to our basement with its modern black frame and wide glowing ember bed. The tempered front glass provides an astonishing reflective surface, beautifully showcasing the patented flame technology, bringing the room to life. Retails for $299.00 and is sold online and in-store.
A pleasure to install! Honestly, for the handy type, less than 20 minutes from start to finish, promise. (And for the less handy type – not even breaking a sweat at about 30 minutes and you’ve got a beautiful fireplace.) We offset the fireplace on the ledgestone to create geometric interest; it’s angled more to the left than right, and is positioned 3 feet from the leather sectional, which is the manufacturer’s recommended distance.
Remember when I said the fireplace was a pleasure to install? This… not so much. The ledgestone is sectioned in rows of four… hence, between measuring, laying cement, cutting the stone and placing it just so, the total time for installation was close to 4 hours. Lucky for us our handy neighbour from EuroPro Contracting helped us transition this DIY to a DIFM (Do it For Me).
Notice the gorgeous shag pictured a few photos above? We just couldn’t complete a Man Cave without a trendy, soft, super sophisticated rug. Its high shine and multi texture is the perfect complement to leather and wood.
Okay, I know I have a Martha Stewart tree on my main floor. And it’s absolutely gorgeous. But with all the time we’ve been spending in our basement, I wanted to do something to bring the festivities downstairs. Hence, I splurged on this Pre-Lit Decorated Tree. At 6.5 feet, it’s small enough to fit into the corner, and with gorgeous copper and gold ornaments from Martha Stewart’s Celebrate Collection, I feel the holiday spirit even while hiding out in our Man Cave… and especially while sipping peppermint cocoa with Christmas carols playing softly in the background.
“If you love the glitz and the glamour of holiday entertaining, then you’ll appreciate the Celebrate collection for its warm and inviting look. Marked by bronze and gold décor, this theme includes sparkling wreaths, elegant baubles and swirl-patterned gold ribbon to ensure a sophisticated statement in any home.”
Special thanks to Home Depot Canada for making me a believer; with just a few small home renovations, we’re well on our way to realizing our dream of a posh, perfect basement retreat. Next for #ProjectManCave: our renovated powder room. In the meantime, if you’re inspired to create your own Man Cave, pop into the Home Depot Canada!