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Incredible man caves -- and how to build your own

Sometimes a man just needs a room of his own where he can unwind and indulge his passion for baseball and beer. That's what the man cave is all about.

And some men? Well, they might also need to express their passion for cars. Or movies. Or ... taxidermy. That's where these amazing man caves from the Man Cave Site come in.

We've collected almost two dozen photos of the most extreme man caves we could find to inspire you. You might not believe your eyes.



Have we got you feeling like a kid again? Then take some tips from our "D-I-Why Not?" video host, Jeff Meacham, who shows homeowner Brian how to make space for his children's toys as well as his own big-boy toys.

The trick is how to store toys away - ready for the kids' playtime at a moment's notice - while also allowing room for typical man cave items like a cabinet bar, wall-mounted TV, comfy seating, tables for snacks, and sports memorabilia.

Follow the video tips and our project suggestions below to learn the secrets to creating a two-purpose spare room.

Here's what you'll need:

Tape measure and pencil
Stud finder
Liquid Nails
Wood oil
Paint roller brush and handle
Paint tray
Chalkboard paint
Prefabricated cabinet
Butcher block wood counter top
Straight pins
Storage baskets
Sports jerseys

Assemble your man cave bar from a prefabricated cabinet

Here's how to make this project

Once you've obtained and set up your prefabricated cabinet/bar and butcher block wood counter top, use a caulk gun to apply Liquid Nails in a controlled, continuous bead flow around the top edges of the cabinet. Carefully align the counter top to the cabinet and press it down firmly.  Allow it to dry.

DIY tip: Use Liquid Nails instead of conventional metal nails for a cleaner, faster, easier way to secure the counter top to the cabinet.

Apply wood oil to the counter top to seal and protect it

Now use wood oil to seal and protect the wood counter top. Working in the direction of the wood grain, apply the wood oil lightly and evenly with a clean rag.  Allow it to dry.

Next, apply the chalkboard paint to the cabinet doors.  Use a paint tray and a polyurethane roller brush to apply the paint carefully to the doors.  Allow it to dry.

DIY tip: Chalkboard paint applies well to almost any painting surface.  It's also erasable, washable, and durable. And your kids will love you for it because now they can "draw on the furniture" and you'll actually be happy they did!

Frame some favorite sports jerseys to display on a wall

Now create some man cave sports memorabilia.  Gather a few of your old sports team jerseys - or buy some of your favorite team shirts - and frame them for a wall decoration.  Here's how: simply slide a jersey over a piece of cardboard matching the shirt size (making sure the shirt is taut), pin the shirt to the cardboard, and mount the shirt in a glass frame to place on the wall.  It's that easy -  and impressive.

Finally, arrange your man cave seating, snack tables, cabinet bar, and TV as you please in your room, and store baskets of  toys neatly away inside the cabinet bar.

Now your ordinary spare room has become an amazing man cave

Now your spare room makeover is ready for double duty as a playroom or man cave any time you want.

Eager to try more "D-I-Why Not?" projects? Check out our latest videos. You can learn how to turn a spare room into an attractive home office. Or adorn a plain wall with custom-made photo frames. You can also do some decorative fall planting.

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