Antonio's Knock-Out Gym Makeover

Antonio Ballatore transforms Mario Lopez's home and office gyms with a vintage boxing-inspired design.

  • Antonio Ballatore, winner of season four of HGTV Design Star, shows Mario Lopez his new gym.

  • Lopez is well known for his physique and has even published a book, Mario Lopez's Knockout Fitness, about his workout and diet regime. Even though he holds his fitness as a top priority, his gyms at his home and office are in bad condition.

  • Mario wants a masculine, vintage design that features an old school boxing vibe. Antonio creates a sunburst design by inlaying the blue and black rubber flooring. Artwork of a boxer wrapping his hands hangs on the back wall to add extra light and visual interest to the gym. To honor Mario's Mexican heritage, he creates one light box in green and the other in red with a replica of the eagle from the Mexican flag in the middle.

  • Since boxing is Mario's favorite sport, vintage boxing gear sets the tone for the new gym. Antonio creates one-of-a-kind wallpaper by printing old boxing posters on to distressed wood boards.

  • Antonio invites one of Mario's favorite boxers to visit him in his new gym. Sugar Ray Leonard is considered one of the best boxers of all time with three national Golden Glove titles, two Amateur Athletic Union championships, a gold medal at the 1975 Pan American Games and a gold medal at the 1976 Olympic Games.

  • Mario currently hosts the daily entertainment magazine program Extra and had a recurring role in the F/X series Nip/Tuck. Sugar Ray retired from boxing in 1997 and was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame the same year.

  • Mario likes having a place at the Extra studios to work out, so Antonio surprises him by redesigning his work gym. Faux tin ceiling tiles replace the standard white ones. Since the new tiles are a shiny gold when they arrive, Antonio's team uses different tints to give them an aged look. Antonio completes the room with photos of Mario's favorite boxers.

  • To give the walls an Old World feel, Antonio creates vacuum-formed brick walls. Vacuum form is a process where hard plastic is heated up and sucked onto a surface so that the plastic takes on the shape of the desired surface. The team ages the plastic by adding tint to a latex flat clear paint, watering it down and using a roller or sponge to apply it. Once the desired effect is achieved, seal it with clear latex.

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