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In each episode of Mega Dens, host and interior designer Anitra Mecadon creates over-the-top rec-room sanctuaries while giving you the skills to renovate your own family space. These unbelievable room renovations feature incredible home theaters, innovative gaming areas, clever storage solutions and more. Anitra's rock 'n' roll approach to design transforms these rooms beyond the homeowners' wildest imaginations.

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Episode 8

Buddha Head and Purple Heart

A multi-cultural family breathes life into their blank-slate rec room with help from Anitra and the Mega Dens team. A narrow doorway separating two unused spaces is blown open to create on large family-friendly zone with two distinct personalities: a swanky media room with seating for grown-up get-togethers and a fun game room with shuffleboard and a kids' play loft with indoor slide. Joey uses super-rare Purple Heart wood to build the most striking entertainment center in Mega Dens history and then tops it off with the largest TV the team has ever used. There's also a heavy rustic-and-recycled vibe, with massive walnut timbers that are turned into a coffee table and a ceiling lamp made with just 300 yards of jute twine and glue. Add a custom wall mural featuring an eight-foot-tall Buddha head and Chinese lettering added by the homeowner and this Mega Den will blow everyone away.

Tuesday
Mar 10

8pm | 7c

Episode 3

Date Night in the Basement

Constantin and Christina have a supersized basement family room, but no ideas on how to use the space. Anitra and the Mega Dens team will give the couple their own personal entertainment zone. Highlights include a giant TV for private movie screenings, platform seating around a coffee table repurposed from antique doors, a bar/armoire hybrid that acts as a concession stand for grown-up refreshments, a beautiful accent wall made of strips of scrap lumber, a mini stage that recalls Christina's singer/songwriter past, and custom storage that gives Constantin a place to display souvenirs from his career in pro football.

Monday
Mar 16

10am | 9c

Episode 5

All Aboard for a Mega Den

The family room at David and Rebecca's house has become the end of the line for their kids' toys, leaving them no space to relax. Anitra and the Mega Dens crew will take it outside, transforming an underused screen porch into a stylish room they can use year-round, with new windows and doors, heating and air and a total redo of the exterior landscape. For the organizational-obsessed parents, they'll design plenty of built-in storage. For the train-obsessed little one, they'll design a choo-choo playhouse. And they'll give the room some long-overdue style by exposing the gorgeous brick at the fireplace.

Monday
Mar 16

10:30am | 9:30c

Episode 2

Crouching Table Hidden Flatscreen

With their third child on the way, Reid and Adrienne are quickly outgrowing their cramped older home, where the dining room and living room are swapped. Anitra and her team set things straight by providing good flow from room to room and dramatically modernizing the place. The living room gets a recessed TV that's hidden behind a mirror when it's turned off, an electric fireplace that changes colors with LED lighting, and a "built-in" camouflage for the unsightly laundry room door. A hand-crafted table made from rare olivewood and an antique feed trough becomes the dining room centerpiece, along with hidden storage and a kegerator for Dad. All of that, plus big-time upgrades in the kitchen make this a Mega Den that will keep on growing right along with this growing family.

Monday
Mar 16

11am | 10c

Episode 4

A Couple with a Fear of Color and Surprises Gets a New Basement with Bunk Beds and Laundry Room

A couple with three young children hopes to make their unfinished basement a usable part of the their home, but are out of ideas. Anitra and the gang whip up a plan for a family-friendly media center complete with built-in bunk beds for the little ones, along with a dedicated and stylish laundry room for this busy mom. Sparks fly when one homeowner reveals that she hates surprises and is afraid of color, two elements that are crucial to every Mega Den. The crew brings in vibrant color in the form of a custom-created piece of artwork that reflects the family's unique personality, and cutting-edge materials like vinyl flooring, actual river birch trees, and sheet metal that gets welded and rapid-rusted to become wall cladding. The homeowners remain skeptical right up to the bitter end of this tense project.

Monday
Mar 16

11:30am | 10:30c

Episode 6

Mega Dens Invades Maine to Give Blog Cabin 2012 a Family Fun Hangout

Host and interior designer Anitra Mecadon teams up with fellow DIY Network host Chris Grundy to trick out the top floor of Blog Cabin 2012. Together they turn the newly-finished attic space into a media center with a custom-built book-and-nap nook, an entertainment center with a decidedly barn vibe and a game table that uses the home's original wooden gutters as a poker chip tray. An old bedroom becomes a home office with a rustic desk built out of old barn siding, magazine racks made from shipping pallets and a desk chair created from an antique tractor seat found on-site. Anitra blends her own Mega Dens style with viewers' choices for everything from wall paint to a one-of-a-kind doghouse that will make one lucky winner the top dog when vacation rolls around.

Monday
Mar 16

12pm | 11c

Episode 8

Buddha Head and Purple Heart

A multi-cultural family breathes life into their blank-slate rec room with help from Anitra and the Mega Dens team. A narrow doorway separating two unused spaces is blown open to create on large family-friendly zone with two distinct personalities: a swanky media room with seating for grown-up get-togethers and a fun game room with shuffleboard and a kids' play loft with indoor slide. Joey uses super-rare Purple Heart wood to build the most striking entertainment center in Mega Dens history and then tops it off with the largest TV the team has ever used. There's also a heavy rustic-and-recycled vibe, with massive walnut timbers that are turned into a coffee table and a ceiling lamp made with just 300 yards of jute twine and glue. Add a custom wall mural featuring an eight-foot-tall Buddha head and Chinese lettering added by the homeowner and this Mega Den will blow everyone away.

Monday
Mar 16

12:30pm | 11:30c

Episode 10

Holy Stripes of Happiness

A family with three young children looks to spread out into their barely-finished basement, but they have no idea how. Anitra and the boys put them to work on a play loft for the kids and a custom media center that'll make family movie night shine. The grown-up half of the Mega Den comes to life with a swanky bar featuring repurposed nautical hardware, stylish bookcases and storage solutions, and sliding barn doors made from bargain-rack hollow-core doors. On the other side, the kids get a surprise combination arts-and-crafts studio and playroom, decked out in wild paint stripes running around the walls. Anitra works with some local salvage artists to custom-create a couple of killer tables from antique metalwork... and builds her own funky storage unit out of cheap garage shelving. Six-year-old Joey teams up with big Joey for some hands-on carpentry, and four-year-old Macey Jane learns the ancient Japanese art of suminagashi as they leave their own marks on the Mega Den. When it's all said and done, there's something here for everyone... in a family-friendly space no one will want to leave.

Monday
Mar 16

1pm | 12c

Episode 12

Teal Table and Pink Chairs

Tac and Dana's living room-and-dining-room combo was designed for entertaining, but the cold decor is a party crasher. The Mega Dens crew constructs a massive built in with sliding bookshelf units to elegantly hide a rocking media center and creates more square footage in the dining area by building a banquette seat with clever storage underneath. The couple falls in love all over again with the first piece of furniture they ever bought when Anitra strips it down and repaints it bright teal. A new dining table is built from 300-year-old timbers, and the chairs are given a hot pink coat, much to Tac's dismay. The kids use squirt guns to whip up a work of art, and the team uses flexible rubber molding to dress up a dull ceiling. The end result is a space that's still classy enough to be the living room, but fun and inviting enough to now live up to the name.

Monday
Mar 16

1:30pm | 12:30c

Episode 13

Melt With You

A jamming family wants to get the band back together, so Anitra and the team create a rock 'n roll Mega Den complete with a music room. Crews set the floor on fire with a red-hot concrete epoxy treatment that creates a one-of-a-kind effect. Mikey and Joey use exotic hardwoods to lend a touch of class to custom builds like a wooden-slat backdrop for the TV and an industrial-chic wine cellar door. One room of the Mega Den becomes an adults-only backstage cocktail lounge, with a long bar along one wall... that swings out to double in size and reveal hidden seating tucked underneath. The music room gets a daybed cobbled together from junk parts, to be used as a hangout during rehearsal or as an extra bed when visiting band mates need a place to crash. Everything fits the rock 'n roll lifestyle theme, right down to custom art made from melted LP records, making this Mega Den a certified #1 hit with the whole family.

Monday
Mar 16

2pm | 1c

Episode 7

A Buffet of Flowers

Mega Dens invades a 1920s bungalow to give one family some room to sprawl out. Blowing through an entry hallway to make it part of the expanded living room is a start but there's a mess to deal with,including old crumbling plaster, an unsafe dual-sided fireplace and animal skeletons in the walls. Anitra and the guys shore up the structural issues and trick the place out with custom furniture, like an antique sofa reupholstered with colorful saris, a hutch painted bright blue and cut in half to become two units, a hand-waxed desktop and wall shelving made from live-edge planks of tree with the bark still intact. Sleek tile graces the fireplaces, repurposed mantles go up, and one-of-a-kind artwork is placed on top to finish this Mega Den in style. In addition, Anitra gains a new admirer when she grants the gaming system wish of a love-struck eight-year-old boy.

Monday
Mar 16

2:30pm | 1:30c

Episode 10

Holy Stripes of Happiness

A family with three young children looks to spread out into their barely-finished basement, but they have no idea how. Anitra and the boys put them to work on a play loft for the kids and a custom media center that'll make family movie night shine. The grown-up half of the Mega Den comes to life with a swanky bar featuring repurposed nautical hardware, stylish bookcases and storage solutions, and sliding barn doors made from bargain-rack hollow-core doors. On the other side, the kids get a surprise combination arts-and-crafts studio and playroom, decked out in wild paint stripes running around the walls. Anitra works with some local salvage artists to custom-create a couple of killer tables from antique metalwork... and builds her own funky storage unit out of cheap garage shelving. Six-year-old Joey teams up with big Joey for some hands-on carpentry, and four-year-old Macey Jane learns the ancient Japanese art of suminagashi as they leave their own marks on the Mega Den. When it's all said and done, there's something here for everyone... in a family-friendly space no one will want to leave.

Tuesday
Mar 17

8pm | 7c

Episode 12

Teal Table and Pink Chairs

Tac and Dana's living room-and-dining-room combo was designed for entertaining, but the cold decor is a party crasher. The Mega Dens crew constructs a massive built in with sliding bookshelf units to elegantly hide a rocking media center and creates more square footage in the dining area by building a banquette seat with clever storage underneath. The couple falls in love all over again with the first piece of furniture they ever bought when Anitra strips it down and repaints it bright teal. A new dining table is built from 300-year-old timbers, and the chairs are given a hot pink coat, much to Tac's dismay. The kids use squirt guns to whip up a work of art, and the team uses flexible rubber molding to dress up a dull ceiling. The end result is a space that's still classy enough to be the living room, but fun and inviting enough to now live up to the name.

Tuesday
Mar 24

8pm | 7c

Episode 1

Fifty Shades of Grey

Laura and Sean have a huge family room with two columns that keep them from fully using the space. Anitra encases the columns inside a chic wall of wood and metal to give the space a split personality. On one side, a family-friendly hangout with oversized furniture and a huge TV, a custom-built bar, and updated built-ins at the fireplace. On the backside of the wall, the couple's two young children get built-in desks for arts and crafts. A kid-friendly slide gives them quick and fun access to the room, while ingenious storage cubbies are hidden under the stairs to contain the clutter when company comes over. But the O'Briens get busy with helping build their own Mega Den, too: Dad goes psycho with the demolition, Mom fires up her creative spark with a welding lesson, and the little ones get into the swing of things with a high-flying art project that may leave a lasting mark on more than just the canvas over the mantel.

Wednesday
Apr 29

8pm | 7c

Episode 2

Life's Too Short to Have a Crummy Rec Room

Dad tried to finish the downstairs rec room, but closed up all the space in boring drywall. Anitra and the team blow out the walls and bring in the custom for this active family. By building open boxes and mounting them on hidden brackets, the ugly support posts in the middle of the room become a room divider centerpiece that doubles as display shelves. Even the wood itself makes a statement after getting blowtorched to accentuate the wood grain. A wall full of odd angles is turned into monster storage space, where a new TV hides behind a geometric facade that can be closed off completely for a sleek look. A gorgeous built-from-scratch wine cabinet holds 300+ bottles and is recessed into the wall to take up zero floor space. The couple's two young children get a double-decker playloft, making fun sense of another awkward recess in the walls. Anitra gets funky with an elegant (really!) chandelier made from bicycle parts? rehabs an old dresser into a writing desk with character to spare? and turns a fake-antique table into a true-blue conversation piece in this Mega Den with something special for every member of the family.

Wednesday
May 6

8pm | 7c

Episode 3

Goodbye Playroom, Hello Yoga Studio with Adjoining Wine Cellar

With three daughters between 10 and 18, Tom and Penny have outgrown their home's playroom, used now for cramped yoga and family dodge ball games. Anitra and the Mega Dens crew are envisioning something swanky and cool that'll keep them all hanging around in serious style. First, they swap out daycare-center yellow for walls of modern colors and industrial sheet metal. Then a junk closet gets widened and given a coat of concrete in preparation for a rustic wine cellar that stores bottles in monster slabs of cedar stacked up like Lincoln logs. The old playroom? The drop ceiling is dropped entirely to create height, and a curved corner wall is added to break up the boxy feel and provide hidden storage behind. With ultra-cool flooring underfoot and a loft-worthy soffit suspended overhead, the space suddenly blossoms as a new yoga and dance studio. With electronics galore, chic details like a custom welded-steel banister, and jaw-dropping artwork created by the Clements girls, the playroom that's long been outgrown is now a high-end retreat that will grow with the Clements family for years to come.

Wednesday
May 13

8pm | 7c

Episode 4

Mega Dinos

The Berkleys' rec room is called "the dungeon," a place where outgrown toys go to die and one hangs out. Anitra and the team have a glitzy Vegas showplace in mind, starting with a thirty-five foot wall of elaborate trimwork that eliminates the need to hang ordinary artwork. Homeowners Keisha and Malcolm are DIY rookies, but they learn the ropes quickly as they rock out custom furniture and a sleek in-wall wine cabinet that's all part of their new swingin' bar and lounge. The centerpiece? A twelve-foot-long vinyl entertainment center inspired by a piece of Frank Sinatra's own collection! But this Mega Den also has a room dedicated to the kids, a playspace that can do double duty as a guest bedroom when company calls. Anitra and the boys create a unique piece that looks like a sectional sofa, sleeps like a pair of guest beds... and hides clutter like a massive toybox with hinged lids. But the real showstopper is a Mega-Mesozoic wall clad in a hundred actual toy dinosaurs... spray painted neon orange, just in case the effect wasn't over-the-top enough. The result is a swanky spot for the adults, a happening chill zone for the whole fam, and a fun and funky kids' room that really cleans up at a moment's notice.

Wednesday
May 20

8pm | 7c

Episode 5

The House of Hallways and Doors Finally Gets a Living Room Worth Living In

Brad and Heather's living room features a confusing maze of doorways that lead to hallways that render the room itself almost useless. Anitra reveals a plan to knock down some worthless walls and close up some awkward doorways to create a space where the couple's three daughters can spread out and play, and where the whole family will want to spend time together. Custom-built furniture is on tap, including an ornate chest of drawers that will be re-imagined as a killer bar for Brad? and an oversized side table that the boys literally cut down to size to become a cool coffee table. With the room's largest wall fully closed off for the first time, monster built-ins are constructed and will become a high-tech entertainment center. They'll have secret storage and a surprise study desk inside, all hidden by mirrored doors antiqued by Anitra and Heather right in the backyard. Even a plain dining room table gets transformed with a custom-cut sheet of cherry plywood that gives the piece the exact right-size top for the space. Sleek new tile cladding and a repurposed mantel breathe new life into the existing fireplace, and the crew shows a clever way to replicate expensive barn door hardware with galvanized plumbing pipe and casters. From the newfound feeling of height and space in the living room to the glitzy toys in the media center to the dual beer taps as the fire-engine red bar, the new living room/dining room is a stylish spot for Brad and Heather's whole family? with 'Mega' written all over it.

Wednesday
May 27

8pm | 7c

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