It’s just about time for us to dive into this gigantic
ManCave project. ManCave just sounds so…primitive! In reality, this space will serve two purposes: a) a spot for all of Chris’ recreational equipment and b)a spot to hang out in/the BBQ area. Ok three things really, I tacked on the BBQ part there right at the end. So I wanted to find a more appealing and appropriate title for this space. Let me introduce you to The Barn. Since it’s a detached area from the main house, how appropriate in all the farmhouse glory to say “I’m going to The Barn sweetie.” This wife approves. With all the DIY goodness that is coming your way with this project over the next two months, I wanted to kick things off in true Fogue fashion with The Lowe’s List.
Just like we did with our very first remodel, the guest bathroom, I wanted to sort of break things out for you by projects and include everything we are purchasing to complete these projects. Think of this post as your index of the next month’s posts and our shopping list.
The Lowe’s List
We introduced you to this project last month with an inspirational Mood Board. After agreeing to all of our plans for this project, we did a little recon mission last weekend to check out our options. Now it’s time to put pen to paper and get that shopping list out there. We like to try and do most of our shopping for big projects all at once, especially when there is a discount promotion going on. So after a ton of research and pinning so many ideas to pinterest here is our list.
Installing an exterior door
The very first item we will need to cross off the list will be moving the existing door into the garage and making it an exterior door onto the patio. I hope the guys get their demo fix with this project because that is just about all that is needed here. Supplies will include
- Exterior Door with Frame
- Plywood to close the existing doorway
- exterior siding and trim
- interior molding
Seal the concrete floor
After much consideration over staining or sealing the concrete flooring, we decided to go with a simple seal. The dark cool grey of the concrete will provide a nice tone against the dark black/green walls I am planning to do. It’s also an easier process as we wouldn’t have to stain the floor prior to sealing it. To complete this task we will need the following supplies:
- Concrete Sealer
- New Shop Vac to help clean up
Frame the Closet
Once the floors are finished, we will frame a small wall length closet in the back of the room. This will include some custom built-ins. The plan is to use a simple OSB boarding for the interior walls. Items we will need:
- 2×4 lumber
- OSB Board
Finishing It Up
Not in a sense that the room is complete, but in that it would be considered a finished room. We will add insulation and sheetrock the rest of the room. At this time we will make any electrical wiring changes needed and add some LED light fixtures.
- Sheet Rock
- Drywall Screws
- Joint Tape
- Ceiling Paint
- Wall Paint
- Trim Paint
Next on the list is to build a wet bar. The room already has existing plumbing so a sink could easily go in. We will add a mini-fridge below the bar. This will provide additional entertaining and eating space. The bar will be lined with a decorative galvanized tin for that bar/bbq joint feel and the countertops will be made from concrete.
- Lumber for Frame
- Plumbing supplies
- Metal for surround
To finish up our Barn, we will add two wooden barn doors for the closet. Not only will this function as a door for storage, but will be a fun wall accent piece as a backdrop to the couch.
That rounds out the projects we have planned for The Barn. We are hoping to get this project completed by the end of July. Hopefully putting this out into the universe will spur on the completion. Personally, I’m most excited and anxious about the concrete countertops we plan to DIY. I’m curious if any of my readers have installed concrete countertops before. I would love any tips or tricks.