Monday, January 17, 2011

building the exercise room

When I first came up with this crazy idea to carve out some space in the basement for exercising, I thought we could just hang some curtains to section off the space. It was Mr. Cabin who suggested we actually build a real room with real walls and a real door. I don't know why I am suprized with the way it came out. After all, this man did build me an entire cabin- he evidentally knows what he is doing! Yet his carpentry skills never cease to amaze.
He turned an icky section of the basement that looked like this-

...into this.

Because Mr. Cabin loathes spackling and sanding we decided not use traditional sheetrock. He suggested this beadboard paneling and because I love the cottage look of beadboard, I was all for it.

I wanted to leave the beams exposed in the ceiling but they were pretty disgusting and Mr. Cabin said it wouldn't look good so instead he used cedar planking.
I love the rustic combination of the cedar and the beadboard.

Mr. Cabin suprized me with these recessed lights and trim rings.

We used carpet tiles on the floor. The floor is very uneven so this was the easiest option.

Now that the building is done, it is my turn to decorate and turn it into an exercise room.
It has to be one heck of an inviting and invigorating space that I will use all the time. If I don't, Mr.Cabin has threathened to turn the room into his video game lounge!


  1. Wow, great job! I love the beadboard paneling, cedar planking ceiling, and lighting. I wish I had a room like that for just the exercise equipment.

  2. Looks great! I love that you used the beadboard! I just might like exercising a little more, if I had a beautiful place like yours to exercise in! Have fun :)

  3. It is going to be a great exercise room. I love the beadboard and especially the cedar ceiling! Have fun getting it ready and be sure to share your journey!

  4. Hi there! What a great place to get your exercise. So inspiring.


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