Now that the wedding busy-ness is done, now I have time to refocus on my horses, and the upcoming riding time! I am SO excited!!!! And to really motivate myself, I have decided to do a makeover, an EXTREME makeover – tack room edition! Yes! I am finally going to have an awesome tack room!
And while I cannot WAIT for the afternoons of riding that will be coming soon, I want to really organize my space.
And I am still dealing with mud from the last few snow storms that dumped over 3 feet of snow at my house over the last couple of weeks. You gotta love March in Colorado. But while I am waiting for everything to dry out, I have decided to dedicate my tack room that is attached to my barn into a real tack room again.
And one of the biggest reasons I have decided to use this space as it was intended is because of the dust.
No matter how careful I am, and how much I try to keep the dust off of my tack, having my tack in my feed room just isn’t a good idea. I spend more time dusting off my tack than I do actually using it. But I’m a creature of habit, and I am not a fan of change. I like my everyday routine. And keeping all of my tack in my little barn is just something I have always done.
I think one of the biggest reasons is because there is no light in my tack room. But I have found a solution for that, which I will share with you in just a little bit.
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Making A Dedicated Tack Room, For Real
I have a tack room. It is a real, bon-a-fied tack room. But it has become a catch all for stuff that I just didn’t want to look at. And the first thing I needed to do was get rid of all of this stuff.
And yes, this tack room has become a catch all for everything I didn’t want to see. Like old blankets, ladders, boxes from orders I had placed, and well LOTS of stuff.
It’s funny how if I put everything out of sight I think it’s clean. But not really. Instead of purging stuff like I should when I no longer use it, I would just throw it in this storage space. I don’t know why I do this. Maybe it’s because this ‘stuff’ cost a lot of money, and I can’t bear to part with it. As if it means I still have the money I spent. I dunno. But I do know I need to use this space for hat it was intended to be, a tack room.
And this is something that I have been putting off because I just didn’t want to deal with it. But you know what? After I cleared out all of the junk, I felt MUCH better about the space. And staring at the beautiful emptiness of it, I decided I wanted to really do this right. And I have lots of paint, so why not really makeover this space with a paint job?
So once the space was empty and clean, I grabbed a gallon of paint, and painted all of the walls. It was only painting 2 half walls, and one full wall. Because the rest of it is metal, and I did not want to mess around with painting that.
An Affordable New Floor
And I had already redone the floor a couple of times with extra flooring material that I had. But I have recently found some really cool peel and stick floor tiles on Amazon. Of course, Amazon seems to have everything now, so why not floor tiles too?
I really like the stencil look. It is kind of farmhouse, kind of trendy. But the best part was how affordable the tiles were. $91.00 is what it cost me to give the floor a fresh new look.
The grey (or gray) goes nicely with the walls I think. And then I had some left over baseboards from other projects. So I gave them a fresh coat of paint, and wa-la! A gorgeous and finished look for my tack room!
I cannot tell you how excited I am about the way this looks! It’s not an afterthought anymore. It’s not a dark, dungeon-y look. It looks put together and finished. I love that.
Adding Cabinet Storage
I have a lot of ‘horse stuff’ that I want to have easy access too, but also to keep it hidden. Remember, everything needs to have a home right? So I found these garage cabinets at Home Depot for around $60.00 a piece.
And while I really wanted to have more, my space only allows for 2 cabinets. But what is really cool about these cabinets is how fast they are assembled, and how light they are. They offer instant storage and are super easy to put together.
I used them on the back wall and then made a countertop for extra storage, and a nice workspace for cleaning my tack, or whatever.
And I was having a hard time coming up with what to use as a topper for my cabinets, and again, I found my solution on Amazon.
This is contact paper. Yep. Contact paper. I found some leftover wood pieces and crafted a flat surface, and then covered the wood with high gloss marble contact paper.
It cost $27.00 for a large roll. Which is a lot more affordable than buying a countertop. And I put the top a little higher than the cabinets so I will be able to open them up easily.
Then I added a shelf on the upper portion of the wall for even more storage.
The biggest reason I can think of that I wasn’t using this space was because I had no lights. There is no electricity in my little tack room. So going out there at night, well it wasn’t pleasant.
I found a solar powered lighting fixture that I could add. And it has a remote control, so I can turn on the light when I walk into the tack room. And because I love the look of a chandelier, I found this on Amazon too:
Isn’t it pretty??!?!? The best part is it was less than $35.00! I just hung the chandelier over the light and now I have a little extra bling. I know, it’s really extra. But I couldn’t help myself. I needed it!
I also bought a light for out in front of the tack room. It’s also a solar light. So I can light up the space for when I am walking into my tack room.
And thankfully, my husband is VERY handy when it comes to hanging lights, amongst other things. He helped me by putting up both the lights, and running the wiring and attaching the solar panels to the barn. I am so lucky to have him!
Now that the tack room is painted, the floor is done, and there is light, all that is left to do is too hang up the fixtures. And when I say fixtures, I mean saddle racks, saddle pad racks, bridle racks, and extra hooks. Remember, everything needs a home. So by using the fixtures I already had, and use like crazy, my tack room is just about finished.
Extreme Makeover – Tack Room Edition
And now, my dream tack room is complete. And this is a place I am so proud of.
Not only is it gorgeous, but I have tons of storage space, and I should be able to keep it tidy because of all of the hang-ups I have created.
I am hopeful that by crafting this tack room, I will be more inclined to use the space, even though it is out of my normal routine. I mean, if I were to move I would have to get used to something different right? This way, I get to walk into an incredible space, and my tack won’t get as dusty! I really like that!
And the total cost for my makeover….
- Paint: Free
- Inside light and chandelier: $75.98
- Outdoor light: $59.39
- Flooring: $91.00
- Countertop: $27.99
- Baseboards: Free
- Cabinets: $119.00
- Saddle Racks: Free
- Saddle pad racks: Free
- Bridle Rack: Free
- Wall Hooks: $21.00
- Wall Shelf: Free
Total Cost: $394.36
Not to bad for a total makeover of a space, wouldn’t you agree? I am SO beyond happy with my tack room. This is my happy place. Talk about a She-Shed!
Extreme Makeover – Tack Room Edition
I even documented the entire process with a video. I could not take over such a large undertaking without documenting the process. And in case you are a more visual type person, you might enjoy the video I am making on this entire project. It isn’t quite done, but this will be my video for next Monday.
I don’t typically put so much work into a video. But for this one I make an exception. It is so much fun to watch the process, and to be able to see the before and after. I think I have finally gotten the tack room of my dreams. The only thing that would make this any better would be if I had running water in my barn. Maybe that will happen one day.
But for now, I am very pleased with my results, and am loving this space! Now I just have to make sure that I use it, and not get stuck in my old habits of using the hay barn for my tack room.