Can This "Man Cave" Become Cottage Chic?

Good Questions

Pin it button big

Q: I just purchased a 1950s home that is my perfect cottage chic dream home in every way — except for this "man cave" addition that the previous homeowners added off the back of the house. The rest of the house is period perfect, with charming 1950s details, which makes the back room stand out like a sore thumb. I am a first time homeowner with a limited budget, which means that the changes to the room need to be wallet-friendly.

Pin it button big

I have considered painting the whole thing white to lighten up the space, but it would be an expensive job because of all the paneling (the walls and ceiling are real pine — not veneer) and it would require quite a bit of labor. Also, the wood is very good quality and it would be a shame to hide it like that. Can you think of anything (short of painting) that would make this room less "man cave" and more "cottage chic"?

Sent by BWing001

Editor: Leave your suggestions for BWing001 in the comments - thanks!

• Have a question for our community? Send us yours with a photo or two attached (questions with photos get answered first).

(Image credits: BWing001)

You Might Also Like

Promoted Stories

Categories

Main, Style, Good Questions

Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.