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.
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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 something similar 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 actually 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. 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 insanely heavy and then also cut wrong. Ugh… I can’t cut steel. Plan B…
HVAC supply store to the rescue! I bought 4’x8′ sheets of flashing (which is honestly what 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):
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…
A gun rack left in my workshop when we moved in. I took out the screws to pull it apart, cleaned it 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.
The rack was the perfect way to display the hockey sticks and bat.
Once I had all the large metal pieces installed, I used my “stain” mix on tiny trim pieces from Home Depot to bring it all together.
This was a fun project and her husband was VERY surprised. He really likes it and sent me a very sweet thank you note.
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 many I have purchased all on my own). However, all opinions are strictly my own, and always will be)
Hobby Lobby and Home Depot have no idea who I am.