Welcome to the first DIY/Home Improvement post of 2017.
Although refreshes are underway in several rooms (yes, it’s totally crazy here), I decided to honor the NFL play-offs and impending Super Bowl by kicking off (yes, pun intended –heaven help me) with a few posts from the man cave (AKA basement) remake.
First up is a chat about how we found our design direction with the help of Stikwood peel and stick planking.
Planking Made Easy with Stikwood Peel and Stick
Begin at the Beginning
Whether you’re finishing a basement from scratch or refreshing one that’s outdated, the first planning step should include the walls, ceiling, and floor. And over the course of this refresh, we will circle back to talk about these more —and even create an easy-to-follow checklist.
But because I had to take this particular discussion one step further, this post will zero in on what eventually developed as the micro decor center at the bottom of the stairs.
And here’s why.
This post is sponsored by Stikwood, but as always, all opinions and project selections are 100% my own.
Negotiate the Terms
When the guys realized that buckets of paint and nifty new accessories were invading their territory, they got very vocal, very quickly. You see, on the main floor, they had pretty much left me alone, except for asking that I not make it look “girly.”
But this time was different.
It was way beyond not wanting “girly.”
It was not wanting girly —on steriods.
I tell you, they wanted a certain look and a certain function —and weren’t shy about laying down the decorating law.
Said look could not, under any circumstances, involve painting or covering everything in white — aqua — or God forbid —PINK.
And said function must revolve around comfortable seating and a 12-by-10 foot projection TV screen with a monstrous surround sound.
So what, I ask you, is a girl to do?
Find a Decor-Style Compromise
Of course, like any self-respecting do-it-yourselfer, I turned to the masterminds at Pinterest. I found photos —loads and loads of photos —only to be knocked down. Time and time again.
Batter up. Strike out.
Oh wait. Wrong sport. But you get my drift.
And then finally, an ah-ha moment.
I stopped showing the entire photo and started asking them to point out things they liked about a select few of the photos.
And by doing this, I was able to come up with a list of acceptable decorating options.
Transition from the Main Floor
Sadly, there isn’t a whole lot I can do in the space from the top of the stairs to the bottom. Since the stairwell basically looks like a tilted bowling alley, the high, straight, and narrow walls will just have to be painted a nice light neutral (AKA white –but you didn’t hear it from me).
I could and did concentrate on creating a cohesive look from the hutch that sits at the top of the stairs to the bookcase at the bottom. Even though each space has a slightly different design flavor, they are more cohesive because of accessory color choices, neutral paint in the stairwell (not the old gold shown in this photo), and rustic elements.
If you haven’t seen the top of the stairs, here’s a peek and the link to the post that explains how to remove builder’s grade cabinets and replace them with a piece of furniture. Click here for the full post.
Notice the white and aqua accessories?
So yea, the guys had a point.
How to Sneak in White and a Bit of Aqua/blue
OK. So let’s recap. We have the hutch at the top of the stairs made from reclaimed antique pine filled with exiled white and aqua accessories. Then, heading down the stairs the paint color will be a light neutral that is color-matched to a WHITE textural wall treatment that the guys just loved — that, coincidentally, just happened to be installed at the bottom of the stairs.
You See Where I’m Going With This?
Once the guys liked the white wall treatment from Stikwood, getting white on the rest of walls was really a piece of cake.
Albeit, maybe a bit tricky, but recognize this. Their beef was with flat, white walls and slip covered sofas for an overall farmhouse look.
Check this out —we went with an entirely different look.
Let Them Think They Thought of It
So the miracle real-wood planking system that tripped the basement into the light fantastic arrives in planks that are pre-cut to about 5 or 6 different lengths. And the back has three strips of adhesive with a peel-away cover.
All you have to do is plan how the planks lay out, cut (usually one per row) to fit to size, and then peel away the covers so they can be stuck to the wall.
The planks are made to push up against one another to create this wonderful plank line. There is no need to use spacers in between. And how about that texture?
The seams that butt the planks end-to-end are staggered for an authentic look. Having multiple sizes really helped me plan out where the seams would land and I only had one plank to cut-to-size per row.
Notice, too, the nail holes located on each piece of planking. Don’t you just love all these little details?
Honestly, it looks just like I ripped the planking off of Grandma’s old home place, but these are so much safer and easier to install.
And the planks provide a fabulous backdrop for a collection of rustic and aqua/blue accessories. All 100% guy-approved.
Funny how that worked out. *winkwink*
But like I said before —you didn’t hear it from me.
Posts are coming that will share how this modern-rustic-industrial design comes together DIY-style and wraps around into the TV room.
But for now…
Three cheers for….
Hooray for Stikwood and for kicking-off the man cave remake. For more information about planning, ordering, and installing, please click here to visit the Stikwood website.
And hooray for my sweet blogger friend, Stephanie, who helped me decipher what kind of decor was on these guys’ minds. Treat yourself to a visit at her very colorful and globally influenced blog by clicking here Casa Watkins Living.
And hooray for my sweet blogger friend, Carolann, who nailed it by identifying urban industrial as my guys most liked decor style. It was a turning point in the whole design plan. You can visit her lifestyle blog by clicking here Sassy Townhouse Living.