For the first few years, it was a storage room. I moved stuff in and shoved it on shelves in a hurry, and being a single dad of three little girls I rarely had time to dig around much. Once Linda and I started clearing the room out I came across a real treasure...a box with several units of 15mm Macedonian cavalry that I had primed and mounted to paint, then moved and forgot.
|Hmm...check this out. A paint tray/soda carton with...wait, what's this?|
|Macedonian cavalry?? So THAT'S where they went!|
Meanwhile, back in the room crammed full of stuff, I started sorting through my mountains of miniatures and piles of princesses with help from Chef Rose (not sure what she was going to cook on, but she was dressed for the part!)
Then we started on the floor...
Linda is very keen on finding new ideas on Pinterest. She has come up with quite a few ways to use wooden pallets, which I can get free at work; I've used them in her garden, and have some ready to convert to shoe racks, storage shelves, etc. Well, she found a cool picture of using the pallet wood on the wall as ship lap, so we thought we'd try it. My buddy and co-worker Mike K very kindly shared some pallets that have 1"x6"x7' boards, and I soon had enough to do one wall for a really neat contrast.
I won't bore you with more step by step...and again, I kind of forgot to take many pics! So here are a few shots of the finished room. I tucked my old component stereo into the fireplace (inspector told me the flue is cracked and shouldn't be used), put in a couple of easy chairs and a bookcase of military history books and gaming books and I've got a comfy little hideaway to read or just stare at pictures.
Looking the other direction from the above photo, here's a good shot of the pallet wall and how I decorated it. I have my painting table to the left of the door, and inside the closet are plastic storage shelves of minis, terrain, and other gaming flotsam.
My sincere thanks to my awesome cousin Paula for helping so much with getting this room started, and especially to my wonderful wife Linda for caring enough to let me do this.