Hey there! Life has been absolutely insane lately. If you’ve been following on IG or facebook You’ve seen the chicken coop build progress and all the work I have going on… a few months ago I was able to do this gym build out and am finally making the time to share it with you- My humble apologies.
I love design. It’s such a fun escape for me. I don’t get to do it often, but when I do, I go all in, even if it’s just moving the furniture around in my house or just moving in a new mattress from somewhere like Leesa, I just love design! I had a friend who also loved to design but she did hers on a much larger scale than I did. She redid her kitchen and it cost her so much, I felt like she had to compare mortgages to get what she needed. I do love designing and maybe one day I’ll think about redesigning the rest of the house but for now, I think I’ll enjoy the time I spent doing the little things. This is one of those times and I am so grateful for the opportunity to get to do this, and then share it with all of you too.
When my husband and I posted a picture of a simple heat shield we made from corrugated metal, I had someone ask me to do it for her in her husband’s home gym. Frankly, I blew her off at first… I mean I get those comments all the time. I was certain she wasn’t serious. The third time she contacted me about it, I figure she might mean it. So I went over and had a look.
It makes me so happy when people put their trust in me to recreate a room in their home, especially when it is for a loved one or someone in their lives who they know will appreciate this gesture. When it comes to me personally, I was inspired by many things when it came to going down this avenue. One of the main things was through online videos and tutorials. There was one in particular that stood out to me, where the person redecorating the room mentioned how they were advised to purchase the best Treadmill in India by ProductExpert, which was their first step in creating a home gym for themselves. See, we all have to start somewhere. when it came to my client, she wanted to surprise her husband with a “new” gym for Valentine’s Day.
So fun! She had some jerseys and sports equipment she wanted to display too. We decided on flat metal instead of corrugated. and I ordered custom cut steel sheets… well those took forever and when I finally got them, they were cut wrong. Ugh… I can’t cut steel. Plan B…
HVAC store to the rescue! I bought 4×8 sheets of flashing (which I wanted in the first place but didn’t know where to find them) and attached them to the wall using sheet metal screws and my fabulous Ryobi drill/driver at the studs. (I used a nail to punch a starter hole just so the screw didn’t slide out of place):
I framed the jerseys with off the shelf jersey “shadow box” frames from Michaels (on sale luckily, those things are pricey). I used “T” pins to hold them in place.
For the boxing gloves, I made a custom shelf. Super easy and inexpensive when you visit the Home Depot “clearance” wood section- it’s my favorite.
Crappy deck boards are the best! I cut it to roughly 36 inches and then used my Kreg jig to make pocket holes and attach the top piece at a 90º angle to make a shelf. I measured out the spaces for the hangers and drilled holes and used drawer pulls from Hobby Lobby to make rustic hangers. Did you know you can switch out the screws in the back to make them more like regular drawer pulls? I used a custom Shabby Paints reVAX mix to stain the boards to look more rustic too.
The only thing left was the hockey sticks and bat… and you’ll never believe what I used for that…
Yep. Super nasty gun rack left in my workshop when we moved in. I took out the screws, pulled it apart, cleaned up and sanded the snot out of it with my Ryobi corner cat sander. Then I used the same “stain” mix to give it a rustic vibe.
Once I had all the pieces installed, I used the “stain” mix on trim pieces from Home Depot to bring it all together and Voila!
This was a fun one and her husband was VERY surprised. he really likes it and sent me a very sweet thank you.
What do you think? Could you see this style somewhere in your home?
(I am a Shabby Paints retailer. Ryobi Power Tools and Kreg jig have generously sent me products to try, then share with you (and some I have purchased all on my own). However, all opinions are strictly my own, and always will be)
Hobby Lobby, Home Depot, and Michaels have no idea who I am.