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March 6, 2012

I was planning on revealing the man cave last week; however our grandson Jacs and his doctor had other plans! :o)
Come on with me..........
(if you would like to read more about the progress click here or here to follow all the links)

Looking up the stairs from the foyer. Although the stairs were the hardest part of the redo, they turned out rather nice.




The right hand side of the stairway, I have created a gallery wall for some of DH military awards, plaques, & berets. The crossbow (center) is handmade and was a gift to my father. The small needle point (bottom left) says "Freedom is the glory  of our nation."


In the shadow box are his berets: The black beret was the original beret that Rangers wore, before a certain idiot person decided to change it. The tan beret is what Rangers wore after the change and of course the burgundy beret which is worn by the 82nd.  The flag was presented to him at his retirement.
My WWII recruitment poster and a WWII mint set.

My WWII collector plates, Viet Nam wall collectors plate. DH  Viet Nam print and another picture of my father.

My "Military Wife" poem, another print and two  photos of DH.

At the top of the stairs is a small table (this is for our router and wireless router), DH military coin collection, two bibles (in shadow boxes on the left) and the door to the fourth bedroom and third bath.

As you turn into the man cave you have a place to sit and play chess, backgammon, checkers and dominoes; look through DH Army scrape book or admire my father's SF plaques.

This is the first of two built in book shelves. The top shelf has more of DH awards, medals and pictures of some of the men he had served with (pic right is from Hawaii; pic left is from Bosnia). The second shelf has all my military history books, a drawing and a mini Army football helmet. The bottom shelf (please excuse the cords), (center) the Airborne cracked glass print was given to me by my father, below it is a little collectors WWII train station. On either side are two more of my WWII collectors plates, which are displayed on small drawers from a cd storage chest. 


A close up.

Next is the entertainment console decorated with a mini Harley(that semi hides the DVD player), picture of DH and grandson and my antique hair clippers.

This is the built-in on the right. DH collects bears, especially Boyd's Bears. The 82nd plate (top shelf) is mine, they special ordered it from Poland, yes it is Polish Pottery. There is a paper weight and a hand carved piece of granite. Second shelf: again more of my books, a family photo taken from green ramp when DH came back from Iraq, Bottom shelf: two more of my books and the CD cabinet with two drawers removed and a few more of DH's bears.
Another pic of the built in, a glimpse of the window wall and my drop cloth curtains.

Left side of the window is another award and the "not alone" print from
Kirklands that I gave DH for Christmas.
On the right side of window: metal motorcycle signs and a hand carved
walking stick.

Next we have the recliners, my grandfathers smoking table, DH's "old age fund" piggy bank.
Bottom: you can barely see another bear and not shown are a few magazines, my fathers army/navy hymnal.


And finally the bar! I painted the inserts the color of the walls and recovered the bar stools in brown suede (the bar stools will probably be replaced soon). On the left are two irish blessings and two canisters. I wrapped jute twine around the top and hung a little tag, one has a 'P' the other a 'C' for peanuts and cookies/candy


The back of the bar (yes the shelves are empty) has a reproduction 1940's phone, wine decanter, our claddagh champagne glasses, a tic tac toe drinking game and a bottle night light!

Behind the bar is the liquor cabinet, mini frige and Moe! On the fridge is a glass candle holder wrapped 3/4 of the way with jute twine, it holds straws. (please ignore the Hank Williams JR doll). In front of Moe's home is a little plaque that reads "Grandparents fill the world with love".

Full view from landing. Sorry it is dark couldn't get the lighting right


Total cost: including flooring was about $1200. Majority of that went towards the recliners which cost $650 for both.








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18 comments

  1. It looks great! I wish I could get motivated to finish our basement off but it seems to be a space I avoid..perhaps because it is not "done"?
    Looks like a lot of memories are housed in your space. I really like that idea.

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  2. Good job! I love the pictures in the hallway! I would love to work toward something like that in my home! Hope your enjoying the new room!

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  3. It looks great, Tina. The floors look sooooo good and I love the bar. I still don't know how you got that thing up those stairs tho, lol.

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  4. Your man cave looks great! Thanks for becoming a new follower of my blog. I'm returning the favor!

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  5. What a great space! I am sure your men just love it up there!

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  6. Hi Tina!

    Whew! You sure got a lot for your money. I bet he is one happy guy... because he has this space AND that it is a done deal! Or is it?

    Thanks for sharing the progress at my Bunny Hop Party(s).

    xoxo Bunny Jean

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  7. Now that's what I call a real man cave. How do you ever get them out?! (But wait,...do we want to?!) LOL
    Looks amazing, thanks for linking.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  8. This man cave looks so organized!... my husband's "Man Cave" needs one of those bars! Ideas are now floating in my head! thanks for sharing, and God Bless our Troops and the USA.
    JoAnn
    sweetpepperrose.blogspot.com

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  9. Great idea! I like how you incorporated items that were meaningful into the decor.

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  10. Hi Tina, Great reveal of a charming space. I am sure your man loves his cave! Thanks for sharing, liz

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  11. It looks terrific, I'm sure he is thrilled. Thank you for linking up to the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop linky party. Hugs and wishes for a lovely week ahead. P.S. The new giveaway has started!

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  12. I love how you have decorated this with things that are personal and meaningful. It looks great!

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  13. Great man space, especially incorporating all of the personal touches! : ).. It looks super cozy and super manly. I'm sure that he will super enjoy it! Now, do you get to enjoy it too? Or is it more his room? I'm never sure when it's called a "Man cave". Lol. Hope you do as well! Great job!

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  14. Wow you have been busy! What a great man cave. All the memorabilia is so nice. Thanks for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

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  15. What a great space! I love your special details. How inspiring. Your blog is full of creativity and plenty of inspiration :)


    Have a blessed day.
    karianne

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  16. That looks great! Very comfortable!
    I saw your question about the shamrocks on The Tablescapers. The supermarkets here on LI always have them around St. Patricks Day.
    Congrats on your new grand baby, God bless!
    I am your newest follower.
    Kathleen

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  17. Great job! What an awesome place to hang, enjoy friends and make some new memories. Every man and woman needs a cave!

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