The Art of a Finished Garage
There are these spaces I keep hearing about that are apparently called a ‘Man Cave’. Apparently this title is given to a space where a man can decorate with manly stuff like rough hune woods, dead animal heads, Harley Davidson memorability (even if that particular man doesn’t ride), lots of industrial steel finishes, and then throw and old gas pump in the corner and giant tv on the wall. Its seems to me that this idea of a ‘Man Cave’ is part of a movement to use terms like ‘Man Date’, ‘Bro-mance’, and ‘Man-scaping’ in what seems like an effort to add masculine qualities to otherwise sissy la la situations hoping to get some acceptance.
Let me spell this out for you:
- I don’t have Bro-mances, I have friends.
- I don’t go on Man-Dates, I hang out with my friends.
- I don’t Man-scape, I shave my head.
- And I surely don’t have a Man-cave, I have a Garage!
There is one thing that is coming from all this ‘Man Cave’ talk and that is some great repurposing ideas! I’m not talking about hanging a pallet on the wall and calling it art, although that can be done nicely, I’m talking about making a welder stand out of a engine crank, a flex plate, a brake drum, and some casters.
You see, the idea of ‘Garage Art’ isn’t new and what I see a lot of these ‘Man-Caves’ having is more of a garage/shop/industrial vibe. And while a shop or a garage is primarily for wrenching and building stuff that doesn’t mean the space has to be bland unpainted sheetrock walls with bare bulbs poking out of the ceiling. There is something cool about working in a themed and finished out garage that is well thought out and organized.
Having recently become a home owner again I’ve been thinking about how to finish out my own garage. Here are few of the cooler ideas I’ve stored on the Weld Burn Pinterest Page.