The Gentleman’s home is his fortress. Literally, depending on what state you’re in. It is an expression of his self, his life, and his interests. It’s where he unwinds, where he relaxes, and where he welcomes friends and family.
So if you’re looking around your place and noticing that it could use a little pizzazz, there are tons of ways to spruce it up. Whether it’s a splash of color on the walls, some new furniture, or a few new appliances, there’s a ton of ways to make your place your own. One of the coolest things you can do, not just for your home’s sake but also as a testament to your abilities as a Gentleman is to throw in some DIY art and furniture.
“Art? What is that? I have plenty of posters.” And that’s totally cool. Posters are an awesome and easy way to break up the room with some color and some expression. However, if “pre-made” stuff isn’t speaking your language, let’s Rosetta Stone ourselves a new look. The cool thing about DIY decorating is that you can use anything around you to create something that speaks to you and of you, and makes your fortress that much cooler in the process. The only real limitation you have in a DIY project is your imagination. The Gentleman’s imagination is an awesome place.
The first thing to do is really think about the space you’re working with and what you want to put there. Be realistic with yourself about what you’re going to use the space for and what you want from it. If you’ve got a bare spot on the wall you want to fill, with some hanging decor nearby, think about what’ll work well in that space, and then go from there. If you have an empty corner in a room you wanna throw a new piece of furniture in, realistically consider how that’s going to impact your use of the space. Putting a 40 square foot bar in a 45 square foot space is probably going to cramp your style.
Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, let’s get to the fun part. Materials. DIY projects, as I said earlier, are limited only by your imagination. For example, if you keep your bottle caps from your beverages, all you need is some adhesive and a canvas (so to speak) and you can make just about anything you want. Sports team logo, city flag, color-coordinated mosaic…the list goes on. And that’s a pretty simple fix. A few hours and a little imagination, and bam, you’ve got a new conversation starter. Beer bottles, as well as wine corks and bottles, are other excellent examples of ways to put “garbage” to use.
If you’re a little more into the heavy DIY lifting, consider using some old pallets to make as you see above, just about anything. You can usually find pallets up for grabs on Craigslist or near just about any dumpster anywhere. If you see one you like near a store, be sure to ask the on-duty manager for permission to take it. If they say yes, it’s free wood; no one ever argues with free wood. By just removing a few boards, you can turn an old pallet into a bookshelf, a hanging shelf, or a planter. If you’re feeling a little more labor-intensive, you can completely dismantle a pallet and use the boards for anything. The coolest pallet project a Gentleman can do to spice the place up is build a full blown bar, which pallets are excellent for.
The artsier side of things might require a little more effort on the materials collection side. Spending a little money to ensure the ability to make your home awesome is well worth it. A Gentleman should always have a few things on hand, including some varying fasteners like superglue, hot glue, screws, nails, and the means by which to use these. It always helps to have a few different colors of paint and types of canvasses on hand, as well. From touching up items around the house to making homemade backgrounds and art, having the ability to add some color anything at a moments notice is a no-brainer. Besides, who doesn’t wanna look like this guy?
So there it is! An attempt to spark an interest in DIY home decor. There are literally millions of things you can do to make your fortress a damn good-looking one. We’ll cover some specific projects as we go, and we’d love to hear what you’re interested in or see what you’ve done, so get in touch. At the end of it all, just try something. See if it works. If it doesn’t, try something else. There’s no shame in failure. Every Gentleman knows this.