Before: Clogged and CrampedThese days it seems many TV and family rooms are morphing into game rooms. Homeowner Tom White and his two daughters, Megan and Kaylyn, want to turn their overcrowded TV room into a family game room where they can gather, play and hang out in a relaxed style. Designer Angelo Surmelis and the 24 Hour Design team have a plan to give this family exactly what they want.
The bulky couch is far too big for the room, and the family thinks it looks dated and drab.
After: Game-Friendly SeatingDifferent games require different seating, so the two side chairs are lightweight and can easily be moved. The dated wall paneling and the ceiling are painted muted green. By painting the ceiling the same color as the wall, it creates an optical illusion that makes the room seem bigger. The homeowner’s plain coffee table is repurposed to provide extra storage for remote controls and games. A box is built with top-opening, hinged doors and then fastened to the top of the coffee table. The entire piece is painted brown, then the family paints their own customized designs on top.
chairs: Ikea – Klappsta
wall coverings: Ikea - Hultet Dish
computer table: Ikea - Vika Amon
floor lamps: Ikea – Samtid
hanging lights: Ikea - Skimra Shade
sofa: Target - Milano Espresso Sofa
rug: Ikea – Karby
stool: Ikea – Traktor
end tables: Ikea - Venjan Tray
blinds: Lowe’s - Newell #/43255
Before: Unused and AwkwardIn one corner of the room is a wood-burning stove (not shown) that the homeowners have used just once in the past few years, so they are anxious to get rid of it.
After: Center StageThe tiled area where the stove stood now makes a great stage. Bamboo platters are hung on the wall near the drums to make for better acoustics and to add some visual interest to the walls. For a little geometric punch, curtains and throw pillows are made using bold black and white fabric. Strips of the fabric are also sewn onto the white curtains that hang in front of the sliding glass doors.
Dartboard ProjectThe base of the unit is made from store-bought shelving. For the top, plywood and molding are used to create a frame. The shelves and molding are painted brown. Ceiling tiles covered in felt are glued to the inside, top of the frame. These will provide a little cushion behind the dartboard. Black chalkboard paint is applied to the bottom portion of the frame, so there will be a place to keep score. Finally, a piece of molding is fastened onto the frame between the ceiling tiles and the chalkboard.