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Trophy room done (cost cutting ideas)
Last year I had a thread about cost cutting ideas for my trophy room addition in the basement. I recently finished it up and wanted to share what I did. These ideas won’t work for everyone but I love how mine turned out. My basement was unfinished so I chose to paint/stain the floors (2 different rooms). I like the paint better. I put a suspended ceiling in one and spray painted the other....I actually like the painted ceiling better. I just pulled the insulation out and sprayed it, joists and everything. I did build some frames for the light fixtures since I had some lumber left over. I used T 111 siding for the wainscoat and painted it. The accent walls are 1” x 6” tongue and groove, very easy to work with. I cut the boards all different lengths as I liked the effect. I did one small wall at an angle to change things up a little. The non accent walls are painted dry wall. The big room had 2 framed openings, hung black curtains in one that I keep closed and it turned out pretty cool. One thing I did that paid off was planning where I was going to hang my heavy mounts and doubling up/bracing the wall studs to make it easier when putting the lag bolts and screws in. I took pics of the walls before I put the drywall and boards on so I remember where everything was. Thanks for all the tips in my previous thread! John
Wow! Quite the room. Congratulations on preserving all of those memories. Now to put out a table and some chairs, invite some friends over and plan your next outing together. It looks great!
Great Job, Really cool trophy room!
Very nice job! A lot of work.
Very nice. I love the way that taxidermy mounts look against that lighter knotty pine tongue and groove. I once saw a cabin where the inside walls were all done with that and it just so happened the owner had mounts all over. I like yours better with only the upper half done in the pine.
Some pics where you can see the big picture
I need some details on your floors; What products did you use? Which is painted and which is stained? How did you prep the floors for each? etc...
I'm about ready to do floors in my basement and am undecided on what to do. I could certainly love having it turn out as well as yours did!
Cat, the green is stain, the tan is Behr concrete paint from Home Depot. You clean the floor and then etch it with muriatic acid. The paint rolls right on, only took one coat. Lots of different colors, great stuff and easy!
Awesome room, probably could spend days in there going through your memories.
impressive and well done and i wish i could hunt all those .
That is a fantastic Trophy Room Chief! Well done!
Excellent job, and a lot of very creative touches throughout!
Very nice collection. How high is your ceiling? It would be nice to put elk a little higher I suppose.
Awesome man. Thanks for posting the pics.
Awesome man. Thanks for posting the pics.
All i can say is WOW.. Entering that room would be like going on an African Safari. The mounts are incredible.
Thanks for the kind words, much appreciated! I love to have a couple of beers and walk around down there and reminisce. Pictures are a big deal to me and I cherish those as much as anything. The ceilings are 9’, dropping the suspended ceiling in makes that one room a little less than 8’
Awesome room!!! I also love pictures and still get them printed after my adventures. I'm assuming the floor stands are photo albums from the trips of the hunts from the animals they're in front of? It gives me some ideas for our next house.
We can't hardly save our trips or memories any better than you did well done!
Very well done, turned out great.
Great job, Jasper! Totally agree with you on the pics being a huge part of it all.
Nice job, really impressive room. I like the idea of all the framed photos also. It's like the room is more of a story rather than just a display of animal mounts. The military section, family members?
Gives me some ideas for my basement now. Mine is also 9 feet but I will put in a drop away ceiling just to cover all the duct work, water, and electrical lines. Will also be putting in a 15-20 yd archery range on one side.
Very nicely done!
That looks Great
Good luck, Robb
Great job Jasper. Awesome mounts.
Wonderful space to hang out and reflect on the good ol days and to plan for new ones .
Turned out real nice. I like the painted joists better too
Thanks again guys! When I’m down there I find myself looking at the pictures and other mementos more than the mounts TBH. One thing I’ve done on several of my favorite pics is have them enlarged and printed in canvas for a cool, different look. This pic of me on the horse in BC is my all time favorite and I have it in an 18” x 20” canvas. I use www.canvasdiscount.com - good deals. Buzz, the floor stands are photo albums and print outs of a few blogs I’ve written. Irish - yes, my Dad was an Air Force B 26 copilot and I’m a retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant. BBoy - you can still spray over all this duct work, etc. - they do it in restaurants all the time.
Super cool! You must really enjoy just going down and reliving some of those hunts from time to time. Thanks for sharing.
Really nice work. Great space to take in all the memories.
Very nice. I like how you also have so many pictures framed in there too.
Wow, that is very, very impressive!
Outstanding Jasper! This forum needs a "like" button.
You have a really nice room! I like the colors you use as they blend together nice. Is the folded flag from a family member?
Red, that was my Air Force retirement flag. Thanks
so nicely done tasteful not excessive
Buckslayer, that’s an awfully presumptuous statement don’t you think???
Jasper, looks like a great job to me and a labor of love !
Really nice job. Really nice!
Yea always one for sure
John, lots of great memories packed into that space. Nicely done. Paul USAF 59-63
Fantastic room John! Great buildout. Lots of creativity
I just saw the rest of the pictures, that is just flat out awesome!!!
Very tastefully done, and very pretty!
Thank you for sharing, and thank you for your service to this great country!
Great job, and excellent work.
Here's what I'm up against; I put down an old basketball court for part of my floor but as you can see the other rooms are cement. I was ok with that until I saw the pics of your basement and now I think I might paint them. Color selection will be difficult.
Scar, thanks brother! Cat, I love the tree and ceilings in your room. Personally I would paint the floors, will look great and make it easier to sweep as well. Lots of choices, even the stuff they use on garage floors if you need something to take more wear and tear
You used straight paint... no texture, grit, swirls, etc?
I know you answered this once before but I want to make sure I have it right; did you have to use etching acid or anything like that for the paint prep, or was it just clean the floor and paint it on? Really don't want to deal with flaking in a few years...
Behr concrete floor paint. Yes you need to etch with muriatic acid, apply and scrub with a hard bristle brush. Rolls on easy. There is more durable garage floor paint as well if you need it