Raised in California and transplanted to Utah. Married my college sweetheart from Montana, and we are raising 4 nuggets together. I love all things DIY projects and doing them on a budget. I don’t mind messing up and am ok with the 90/10 rule - nothing is perfect over here and it’s fine by me! Encouraging all ‘wanna-be’ DIYers to just get out there and try it! You will be so glad you did.”
Trying to think of what to get your guy (or friend, or partner, or YOU) for the holidays? How about building a man cave and filling it with tools that you love? I am partnering with The Home Depot to share my “Man Cave” Tool Gift Guide for the Holidays.
Shopping for the DIYer you love for the holidays can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. I decided this year I was going to build my Farmboy a Man Cave and fill it with tools he wanted (as well as ones he already owned). So I did the research for you – you are welcome! Enjoy this Tool Gift Guide for the Holidays!
Here is the space I am working with:
What a mess! I am excited to get this place cleaned up. It desperately needs it.
Below is the mock up mood board that I created with the ideas I had in my head. I love the idea of a weathered accent plank wall highlighted with pendant lights.
The Home Depot has all sorts of options for accent walls, lighting, and of course tools. From every price point to every level of DIYer, they have something for everyone!
Here is my process for this project:
Step One – Shop for Products
Step Two – Install Accent Wall
Step Three – Install New Lighting
Step Four – Assemble Cabinetry
Step Five – Install Cabinetry
Step Six – Add Tools
I estimated this project would take me 2 weeks to complete, with just a little bit of work each day. If you planned ahead and really focused your time and energy on the project, you could get in done it 2 days.
I know my local The Home Depot like the back of my hand because I shop there so much. I did a search online before I went into the store to see what else was available there. If you are unsure what you need, the employees are always super helpful – just ask them.
Watch my entire shopping experience on YouTube here:
I really appreciate that they have something for everyone here – from beginner to pro craftsman. When I was first starting out I was so nervous to approach the employees to ask questions because I really didn’t know what I was talking about. After hundreds of visits to numerous stores, I absolutely believe that there is room for everyone at The Home Depot.
Some things I needed were in the store, other things I needed were online. The great thing about The Home Depot is that you can order online and then have it shipped to the store or to your home. For this project I actually did all three options. I shopped the store and did the self checkout. I also ordered online and had most of the other items sent to my home. The large cabinets came quicker if they were shipped to the store, so I chose that option.
I had my teenage son pick up the in-store pick up. I just called ahead and they put his name on a list (he had to bring his ID as well). They loaded it all in the truck for him too! Below is a detailed list of what I used for this project as well as beginner and advanced tool options for you to think about.
Once this space was all cleaned out, I was ready to work and get the accent wall up.
First, find the studs and use a chalk line to create a straight edge to follow. This is where you will use the nail gun to attach the boards. If you can not find the studs, add two nails at opposite angles to lock the board into place.
Watch our entire installation process here:
Create a staggered pattern with boards and alternate the stain colors as well. A final note when installing is to make sure you use a level to ensure the boards are straight – do not go off of the ceiling because often it is NOT straight.
Lighting can be intimidating. It is for me, because of the wiring. Make sure you know what you are doing with electrical before trying it out for the first time.
My son helped me install these. I love how beautiful they are for such a great price!
I loved the look of the space with the accent wall and lighting together. Looks pretty close to my initial idea too!
I was nervous about putting this Husky set together because I hadn’t done it before. BUT IT WAS EASY! The directions were simple and basic. If I can do it, anyone can.
After the table we put together the cabinets. They were a little more complicated but not too bad. Just took a little bit more time to assemble.
My boys were super helpful through this process. Don’t be afraid to recruit help – you will be surprised how much teenagers can do!
Once again, so much easier that I thought it would be! I would definitely recommend having a helper there for the lifting, but even if you have to do it alone, you could. The Husky cabinets were lightweight and easy to attach to the wall. I love how this 5 piece set looks!
I had initially wanted to use a pegboard system to keep his tools organized. But once we had the cabinets up, we decided to just use shelving instead so the wood accent wall was the focal point.
This is the best part. All the tools I picked up for Mike arrived. Some were shipped and some I grabbed at the store. When filling up this space to surprise him, I left some in the box, opening some, and added tools he already owned.
Working on this project for my hubby was such a special treat. Having my children help me and show their appreciation for the dad made it even better. We love how it turned out.
What do you think? How close did we come to getting it like we imagined?
Make sure to check out my other posts about The Home Depot here, we just love this store! I hope you enjoyed this Tool Gift Guide for the Holidays!
MAKE SURE TO PIN THIS IDEA FOR LATER!