Thursday, July 15, 2010

Transformation Thursday

Travis' Man Cave

Travis has finished his "Man cave," well for the most part at least, and I thought I would share his room with you all. He is super excited about it and I must admit that he did a good job. He has a little more stuff on the walls, or in general, then I would have done, (he likes a lot of stuff), but he pulled it together well. He used a lot of the thrifty items we found on a couple of our trips out and about. You can read more about each piece here and here. Is it sad when your husband finishes his room before you finish yours? All well, my craft room is coming along and is almost done.

Anyways, here is the hubby's new room.

Area next to window- Right side
-Small shelf with: Rain Stick from Costa Rica, small bowl from Haiti, Picture of New Orleans after Katrina
-Old trivet- thrifty find
-Picture collage Travis made a few years back
-And the Shield looking thing- he had made in Haiti

Area on the other side of the window: Left side
-Small shelf with statue his parents got Travis of a soldier, another small bowl from Haiti, Metal piece he had made in Haiti, and small Mayan temple from Belize
-Frog on the wall is from Costa Rica
-Picture of Travis jumping of a cliff in Jamaica

Travis used crates as shelves along one wall to put all his goodies on. Most are thrifty finds but some are also new or from travels.

Crate 1- Binoculars and binocular case, large bowl from Haiti, Glass lantern star from Iraq, wood monkey carving- Iraq, National Geographic from the 40s and 50s- estate sale, Motorcycle- new from Hobby Lobby, and Red lantern- old Railroad light, Scarf off the side is from Iraq as well.

Crate 2- Picture on top is from WY, small items in front are from Iraq, Old bottle- thrift find, Old travel brochures and maps- thrift find, Old wheel cap- flea market find

Crate 3- Old Globe- thrift find, Picture- Travis in a Helicopter in Haiti, Small airplane- Hobby Lobby, Item laid on top- small rug from Iraq that says Operation Iraqi Freedom, Old Lantern- thrift find, Small silver plate- Was a piece of Saddam Hussein's- has his seal in the center of it , Picture of Travis and his best friends, and that is sitting on a wooden box holding old sewing machine attachments- found at a flea market

Travis found this chandelier at the thrift store we love. I sanded, primed, and spray painted it a glossy light gray.

We just bought all these crates this past weekend at a flea market along with some other items, and Travis decided to make them his side table. He just bought a piece of glass and put it on top. Works well. (Click here to discover how much we payed for these awesome crates.)

View of left side of room.
Patton apparently wanted to be on our blog because he wouldn't move out of the way.

View of right side.
The ottoman just broke, see the huge pothole on the far side-lovely, so it looks like that will be ready for another redo. I did it a few years ago but it doesn't quite match the decor in here so I will be recovering it again and fixing the support bracket while I am at it.

View of the whole room.
He picked out the curtains from Lowes. The entertainment center got a new coat of brown paint over the white layer I put on it a few years back. Red chair got a slipcover put back on it. I say it all came together rather well.

So what do you think? Did he do pretty good?


  1. I seriously LOVE those coca-cola and pepsi crates. What a great find!! I want to go flea market shopping with YOU!

  2. He did a great job! I love how he used the crates on the wall to display all his special finds! Awesome job, Travis!

  3. I'd say he did! No man cave for my hubby, but hey. He has his piano. It's all he ever wanted lol.

  4. I love the chandelier! I'd never think to re-paint something like that!

  5. Great transformation! I love the crates with the lamp on them. Also, congratulations on your 100 followers. I always get so giddy when I get a new follower.

  6. Hi Allison!

    Stopping by for the first time to your sweet place here. Love what you did in this area. So many great details!

    Nice visiting with you!
    Kindly, ldh

  7. What a great room! We often watch the show "Man Caves" over here and my husband would love a man cave of his own too!

    Best wishes,

  8. Wow what a very cool getaway. Great job!

  9. Very nice! I especially love the crate table...very clever! :)

  10. Is that metal piece an Alabama A??

  11. This is great. I love the "man cave". It's even shaped like a cave. :)

  12. That turned out JUST great!! You are such a sweet wife to give him a lovely little Man Cave! :) I love all your added details!

  13. This is terrific! I bet he will really enjoy this.

  14. Hello-
    Popped over from Between Naps...
    Your husband is very creative! Great decorator too. Most gusy just throw it together and call it good.
    The crates for a side table is a super idea!


  15. He must be thrilled with the space - its gorgeous and inviting!

  16. Hey! He needs his own show on HGTV or DIY! The man's got talent!:-)

  17. So cool! I love the vintage accents! Thanks for sharing in the DIY Project Parade!


  18. LOVE LOVE LOVE the crate table! That is seriously awesome!!!

  19. I love all of the ideas and the table but I think it looks way too crowded in there. But I love things simple so who knows.

  20. To Anonymous-- I totally agree. It is too crowded but I let my husband do all the decorating since it was his room and this is how he wanted it and did it. I tried to convince him otherwise but he wouldn't have it. All well. Can't win every battle.


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