We are a young couple remodeling our first house...one outdated / ugly thing at a time. This blog documents our remodel projects and ideas.
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11.22.2010

Me Woman, You Man Cave - Part 1, Art

Man Cave. I think it's every man's dream, and my hubby's got one. It's the extra bedroom and it is his place to store and stash his many, many hobbies and deconstruct bicycles....not for my touching. I have touched and remodeled everything else in the house, the way I wanted it. I thought the least I could do was have a dedicated space for the hubby, the Man Cave.

We have lived in the house over a year and I have held true to the "no-touching-the-man-cave" policy I set in place.......until now. It's like an itch you have to scratch or shaking Christmas presents.  I just couldn't wait any longer. And does the hubby know that I touched the Man Cave? Heck no! He's off at deer camp again which equals an entire weekend that I could be in the Man Cave, with free reign. He he he!  Basically - I'm like a little girl, giddy with anticipation.

Let me remind you of what the room looked like for an entire year before I entered it.


Where to start? I want to hang curtains, add pillows, and the room is in major need of something on the walls. Let's start with the something on the walls. And in the spirit of DIY, we need to make the artwork, of course! Since it is a Man Cave, I want the art to be simple, yet graphic and "manly"....but not dead animal-ish.

Needed supplies for graphic/simple/manly artwork: canvas, spraypaint, and masking tape.


To make the pattern, add strips of masking tape in no particular pattern to the canvas. Be sure to extend the strips onto the edges so the pattern continues. Here is what mine looks like while adding the tape.


After you get the tape on the canvas, it's time for spray paint.


Give the canvas two coats of spray paint and let it dry. Then the fun part, peeling off the tape.


Looks great! Yipee! Hang on the wall and enjoy. This was almost too easy; hardly took any time to make. Double yipee! 


Project cost breakdown:
Canvas                  $6.30 (30% off)
Tape                     $1.99 on sale
Paint                      $2.40 on sale
Total                     $10.69

I love it...especially for $10. And when the hubby got home, he loved it too - the entire room. (I'll post about the other projects I did in the room - no sew curtains from sheets, no sew pillows, and asymmetrical wall art grouping.) He thought the artwork was inspired by Van Halen's Frankenstein guitar...which it wasn't, but it does look similar. So now the artwork is extra great for a Man Cave.

Have y'all made any artwork lately? Ever made any artwork inspired from a guitar? What are your thoughts on a Man Cave? Should it be a no-woman / don't touch zone? Or is a little woman-design-touch okay?

16 comments:

Rachel said...

I think it looks great!

Anonymous said...

Daughter-in-law you are amazing! Thinking you should have your own t.v. show:)

Lisa said...

Love it!

healthybeth said...

Love this idea! Now I'm wondering what I can do for my house...

Remodel This House said...

Awww, thanks a bunch y'all! And Beth, we could have a lot of fun in a new/blank-canvas house!
~Bethany

C.R.A.F.T. said...

that is super cool...and easy! come on over on Monday and link up to MMM :) happy turkey day!

DanielleisNesting said...

This really looks amazing!

kpmattingly said...

Easy and inexpensive! Very good.

Anonymous said...

What color did you use? Looks like a pretty gray-blue. Is it, or is it just gray/

Remodel This House said...

It is Rustoleum Universal in Gloss Arctic Gray. I thought it would be more gray by the name, but it is a blue-gray color.
~Bethany

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