Saturday, June 8, 2013

A Place to Play

Whew! We've been busy and while we're not completely done, I have something to share; a Music Room for my husband's band practice. He's recently been playing with a new Celtic Rock band called Empty Flask (click on the link for more info on them) and wanted a nice place to play (one that's air conditioned mostly).

But this isn't about want to see Before and After Pictures, don't you?? (Bad lighting makes for fuzzy pics, but it's the best I could do.)

Here's what we started with:

A paneled room with a red stanchion holding up this side of the house
Speckled linoleum tiled floor
Retro lights (kinda cool, but not Empty Flask cool)
Windows that didn't open (maybe due to all the dirt!) and had vintage custom-made Sears drapery

Looking into room from down the hall

Baseboard Heating

Ugly, dirty red stanchion that would be too much trouble to remove

This is the beam that was boxed in and I already cleaned it and started painting

YAY! Drywall!

Guitar wall

This will be where the drums go

And now we have this:

The hanging pendant lights are simple pendants and industrial metal cages. The look is industrial and it throws some fun shadows around.

See those floating shelves? I'm super proud of them as they not only look amazing (IMHO) but solve a little issue of the bump out in the wall. They wrap around that oddity and need some stuff on them!

Here you can see the beam painted black - no need to box it in. The stanchion was painted out black also. It works for the space just fine.
The shelves are simple pine boards, built like a box with a open back to attach to a board on the wall so no hardware is showing. I stained them with n a mix of Jacobean and Ebony stain and then waxed with paste wax. At the moment, I'm deciding what type of decorative objects to place on them, but for now there's a mirror, some musical notes, and this:

a beer can found behind the paneling. Looks like the workers building this house might've quenched their thirst while working. Hmmm.....might explain some of the wonkiness in some areas...

The bar you might recognize from another room - it was cut in half and the top needs to be changed, but for now it's fine. This room has had new carpeting for over a year, but is just now losing it's wood paneling...I'll show you that when we're done with that!

This is just the start and there's a lot of wall space to decorate. My husband has a lot of stuff that he wants to put up. Should be fun working on that, but the basics are done and the band is here tomorrow for the first band practice in the house.

 What will I be doing while they're playing? Shopping ;)


  1. Very exciting Jill!! What a dramatic change. I'm sure lots of fun memories will now come of your new space. It looks great!! Xoxo

  2. Ah ha, I love their name. My middle son and his band currently practice in our old barber shop, we may never be able to take possession of it again!


  3. oooh much better! and yay so cool that your hubby is in a band! glad to hear from you! i was actually thinking of you yesterday and that i needed to check in on you!

  4. Looks so fresh and fun. My boys love drums. We left them with friends when we moved =( The bar works out great.

  5. Wow! It's so incredible! I LOVE those shelves and how they wrap around!!! And I'm so excited to hear about your hubby's band! How cool...

    SO glad to hear from you, girl!


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