Our Finished Home Gym! (Before & After)

Our home gym is finally finished, and I’m absolutely thrilled with how it turned out! It’s a little different from the other rooms I’ve done in our house because, while I used a lot of bright and fun colors in this room, I also used a whole lot of black. This combo wouldn’t work for me in a living room or other “public” space in our home, but I think it’s the perfect combo for a Kristi-style home gym. The colors on the walls let me enjoy the color I love so much, while all of the black keeps it from looking to juvenile or girly, which makes it a perfect space for Matt as well. (But he likes all of the color, too.)

So let me give you a quick tour around the finished room, and then I’ll go back and show you some before and after pictures so we can see how far this room has come.

I’ll start with my favorite corner in the room, which is the corner with my Bellicon rebounder. I have the 49-inch classic with the screw-on legs, T-bar handle, and standard mat.

Home gym with colorful striped walls, white sheer curtains and FLOR carpet squares.

If you’ve never tried out a Bellicon, it’s a whole different world from the spring rebounders that you get at your local sporting goods store. My mom gave me this as a “thank you” for remodeling her kitchen in early 2020, and it is by far my favorite piece of equipment in here.

To the right of the rebounder is our Swedish ladder (a.k.a., stall bars) which I purchased from The Beam Store. Our is the 78″ x 28″ model, and to make it match the rest of the wood in the room better, I sanded and stained the bars with a walnut stain. And hanging from the top bar of the Swedish ladder is our TRX suspension trainer. We have the TRX Home2 System.

The closet area of the room has two full-length mirrors, a TV, the Walmart dresser that I bought and then gave it a makeover here, and some black wire shelves from Home Depot. The shelves hold my Bosu ball, an 8-pound medicine ball, extra bungees for my rebounder, the air pump for my Bosu ball, etc.

In that corner of the closet, I also have a 20-pound barbell and (my favorite) a Bowflex SelectTech kettlebell. And of course, my absolute favorite thing in the closet is the “Sweat The Crazy Out” neon sign, which I ordered in the 30-inch size and gold yellow color, but I’m pretty sure they sent me orange instead. It was a happy accident, because I think the orange is perfect!

Lined up in front of the closet area, from left to right, is (1) a DB Method squat machine, (2) Matt’s Theracycle exercise bike (a bike specifically made for people with Parkinson’s and other neurological disorders), and (3) my WaterRower. I have the WaterRower Classic in American Black Walnut.

And finally, in this corner of the room, I have a basic flat bench and a set of dumbells.

So there’s the very basic overview and quick tour of our new home gym. Let’s take a look at some before and after pictures!

When we bought the house, this room was nothing but wood — wood floors, wood walls, and wood ceiling.

We had all of the paneling removed and new drywall installed. And in order to square up the room to the right of this one so that we could turn it into our new master bathroom, the entrance into this room doubled in length. So that’s why, when standing in the door of the room and looking towards the window, the entrance now looks longer and the window now looks smaller and further away.

This is the brightest room in the whole house for most of the day because the sun rises on that corner of the house, and there are three windows in here. With all of the paneling, it felt pretty dark, though.

And even though there’s quite a bit of black in the room, the room feels bright and vibrant now.

The original windows were single pane and very drafty because they wouldn’t close all the way.

So as part of the remodel in this area of the house, we had all new windows installed. And then I trimmed them out with the same trim style I use on all of the doors and windows in the house. You can find that tutorial here. It’s so easy because it requires no miter cuts!

The room originally had a rather small closet, accessed through this narrow door.

So during the remodel, we had the entire closet area opened up to this room. This included the closet that was accessible in this room, as well as the closet area that used to be accessible to the room next door, which is the guest bedroom. We had the closet door in the guest bedroom drywalled over, and both closets opened up to this room. It makes the room feel so much bigger.

In this photo, you can really see the difference in the entrance to the room. Before, you could see the door to the room from this corner.

And now, that entrance into the room is twice as long (and our hallway is much smaller) since we had that wall moved back into the hallway.

And of course, this room originally had only one door in the room.

But now this room has not only the doorway leading to the hallway, but it also has a new doorway leading to the master bathroom, which is just beyond that 15-lite French pocket door.

For now, this is the only way to access our new bathroom, but once we build our addition, the bathroom will be accessed through the master bedroom. I’ll probably still keep this doorway into the bathroom just because it’s so convenient to be able to have bathroom/shower access directly from the home gym, especially for Matt.

And finally, here’s the view of what used to be a solid wall separating this room from the master bedroom on the other side of that wall.

And here it is now with the door that leads to the new master bathroom.

Those are all of the before and after pictures I have for you, but here are a few more details.

Just inside the door from the hallway, I hung a set of patent illustrations for various types of barbells. They were an instant download from Etsy, which is my favorite kind of art to buy!

On the opposite wall is a “You Got This!” wood cutout sign that I also bought from an Etsy store. I purchased the 35″ x 29.5″ size in black matte.

The curtains in the room are from Amazon. I absolutely love these. The quality is amazing, and the sheer fabric is so pretty. I also love that they’re wide (52 inches) and come pinch pleated with adjustable drapery pins, so they’re ready to hang. You can also order a custom size.

The wood shades are also from Amazon. These are my absolute favorite shades ever. I used to buy them locally at Home Depot, and then they stopped carrying them. I was so excited to find them again on Amazon, and the company that sells them has great customer service. I ordered the cordless in the Rustic Walnut color, and after you place your order, you simply email the company, give them your order number and the exact measurements of your window, and they’ll cut them to fit.

For the walls, I used 15 different paint colors to create the stripes. You can find the paint colors listed here, and see how I painted the stripes on the walls here. All of the trim is Behr Polar Bear, and the black in the closet is Behr Limousine Leather, which is literally blacker than Behr Black.

The flooring in the room is FLOR carpet squares. These were so unbelievably easy to install, and made such a huge difference in the room! The pattern I used is called Rush Street in Black. and it couldn’t be more perfect for a home gym. Let’s just say that I’m completely sold on FLOR carpet tiles now.

The whole concept is brilliant (the fact that if one gets damaged, you can just switch out the one), and these seem like they’ll not only hold up perfectly to any abuse that Matt and I dish out at it, but they’ll also hold up to Cooper (our very energetic 100-pound dog) and Felicity (our curious cat with claws). But I will add that Felicity isn’t allowed in here very much, and she’s never allowed in here without supervision. So I have no idea how these would stand up to a cat that has full access and decides to turn the carpet squares into a scratching post.

I think I’ve covered pretty much everything, but if I left anything out that you’re wondering about, just let me know.

I’ll leave you with one more look around the room, without commentary, just because I can’t get enough of these beautiful colors. 😀

And that’s it! I’m officially down to the last room in the house — my studio. Woohoo!!!! It’s going to be a long project because that’s a huge room that needs a lot of work, but it’s the last one. I can hardly believe it!



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  1. I have enjoyed following along with your progress. This is a beautiful room that would motivate anyone to get in there and be active. Well done!

  2. Not ever having a dedicated exercise space in any home I have lived, I never dreamed one could actually be beautiful….but you have made this room inspiring and beautiful. One could never get discouraged working out in a space as this one….well done. This room will be so good for Matt. Having had a daughter with MS I know that s no easy feat. But this should do the trick for you and him. Congratulations!

  3. Everything looks fabulous, and yes, very conducive to spending some time in there! Enjoy and congratulations on another finished room that came out wonderful! By the way, is Matt’s gaming stuff in the dresser drawers? How will he use that area? So nice that everything will be organized and he can enjoy his hobby as well. So happy for you both!

  4. What in the world are we all going to do when you finish the house??? Will there be other projects going forward???

  5. Oh my gosh! This is the best exercise room ever! Congratulations on finishing this up and making it so beautiful as well as functional. Love it!

  6. It’s glorious! Although I must say that this rooms before picture was about the best one in the whole house.

  7. I am so happy for you and Matt! You now have a home that is beautiful and comfortable for Matt and yourself! Thank you for bringing us along! I love that you can now work on the studio and at the end of the day just shut the door on the progress mess and enjoy your home and family! And after the studio we get to see you build an addition! Such an exciting future!
    Sheila F.

  8. Wow. The room looks super. I love the color on the walls and though it was a lot of work, I think you will enjoy it for a long time. I know you are thrilled to get going on your studio full speed.

  9. So exciting ! Your momentum is exhilarating . Give us updates on how Matt is enjoying his new gaming area and how you both are enjoying your gym.

  10. You never settle….like many of us would….that is one stunning gym. Congratulations, your tenacity paid off in a big way.

  11. I have to say, I wasn’t crazy about the multi-stripes, but now I love it! I think the black helps to accent the colors and grounds the room. I’m also envious of your equipment. I have a cheap treadmill that I never use, so I’m reluctant to buy any more! I think I would love the rower, but to be honest, I hate to exercise, and will not invest more money on it! Lovely room to work out in though, and I’m sure you are glad it’s done!

  12. Kristi! I love this room! I’m a personal trainer and would love to train all my clients in such a wonderful space. You are an amazing person with impeccable taste! I sure wish we were neighbors because I’d try to convince you to barter with me…personal training for design/building expertise.

  13. So gorgeous! It’s amazing that anyone could/would paint those beautiful stripes on the walls! Every color is more beautiful than the next. Such a cheerful room! I must have missed the post where you decided not to use the black and gold light in the hall area. But that might also the area where your efforts to install a in the ceiling light were foiled by the mega wood beam! So happy for you! 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

  14. What an absolutely delightful room! It’s so cheerful, upbeat, and organized! Even I, couch potato that I am, would find it hard to not want to exercise in this room, lol. Are ya gonna show us a video of you working out???? This room is an excellent job well done, Kristi, May you and Matt enjoy it for years to come.

  15. You have knocked it out of the park! It is beautiful and truly functional. A very transformative result. Congratulations!!

  16. Great job! It is absolutely beautiful and well-appointed. You have done excellent work – as usual. 😀

  17. Another amazing makeover, Kristi! I wasn’t sure about the stripes but now that it’s all done, I love how the stripes pop and the black recedes.

  18. Looks great! I’m about to start on my home gym, however, my home gym will also be my home office so it will be a challenge. I want it to look like an office 90% of the time but the 10% of the time when I want to work out, I need it to function as a gym. Not sure how I’m going to swing this. I’m thinking a divider of some sort to hide the exercise equipment when I’m not using it will be the way to go. Anyways, I love your home gym and I’ll be happy if mine turns out even half as nice.

  19. Given that the studio used to be the garage, you have finished the renovations in your actual house building! Wow! I am looking forward to the new developments. Have fun you two!

  20. Did you decide not to install the black light fixture you ordered from Target? I thought it was going in the small entry into the gym area.

  21. Looks great! A home gym like this would motivate anyone to get moving. Where are you with your plans for the removal of the old sun room and the addition for your master bedroom and den?

  22. Kristi it is beautiful and amazing. It will be a JOY working out in your room. It will always be spring in your exercise room. ENJOY!

  23. As so many others have stated….WOW….!!! This is so beautiful and I would love to put it in my home exactly as it sits. I do have two questions. 1) what are the dimensions of this room? I kept thinking it was a fairly good size (as some pictures depict) however, a few of the pics here make it look much smaller. 2) how did you ever handle the electric panel in the closet? I must have missed that update. Enjoy your room.

  24. This is the most beautiful room EVER. It is absolutely spectacular. Truly, it would inspire me to work out all the time (and when I feel that way, I usually lie down until it passes) and I would love it! Kudos to you, Wonderwoman!!

  25. How is Matt liking the gym. I know you did it with him in mind. Has he got his video games set up & playing?