Thursday 20 August 2020

Belated 5th Anniversary of the birth of the Man Cave

Afternoon #warmongers and #warhammercommunity I've had my man cave for 5 years now, it was originally installed on 27th July 2015 and as I've been a little busy this year with painting my kitchen, bathroom and fence panels I hadn't had time to celebrate.

Additionally, I'd been planning to repaint the shed so I thought I'd just wait a bit so I could share it's fresh new coats.

I had to sand this baby first, which was an absolute nightmare. So many people say preparation is important but I hate sanding. But I did it, washed it down and got two coats on the front and sides.

Once again I scrimped on the back, I only did one coat, it's a nightmare to get behind between the shed and the hedge and I'm constantly at risk of cramp or pulling my back again.

I'd previously filled in all the nail holes so it was much easier to paint this time round. I've a third of a tin of paint left, I may do that again next year and fill in some more gaps in all the corner strips and the bevelled timber. I'd thought about doing it this time but just wanted to get on with it. Hopefully I'll have more energy next time.

Also I painted all the metal work black. I used some matt black spray in some places - the door latches which immediately came off on the Cornish Cream paint. I also used matt black Humbrol enamel on the hinges, just to give it a nice touch.

As I continue to work from home and my wife needs her workspace on the landing back I may well have to tidy inside so I can set up my laptop and work from here. Surrounded by hobby I'll have to resist the temptation though and keep focussed! 😉


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    1. Cheers, it looks almost brand new again. In fact better than brand new, I never did the metalwork the first time. It also looks like the paint is a bit yellower than the original. Even so 5 year's had faded it a lot so it's pretty impressive. However, the outbuilding was painted white so I'm thinking I should have painted it white instead 😂 Maybe in 5 years!

  2. Looks good as new. Nice work there. Always good to have a dedicated hobby space and you really went the distance here to get it.

    1. It still amazes me what I achieved in fitting it out inside. Still some things I wished I'd done at the beginning - I chose a thinner plasterboard for the roof, it was easier to install and cheaper but it has bowed a bit. I could have avoided it with a wooden batten on the inside apex support but I didn't bother. Now I have to live with bowed bits. Maybe one day I'll get it all tidy too, but the outside does indeed look pretty fresh now! 😉