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Hero Shot of Family Room

When designing the family, Mega Dens host and interior designer Anitra Mecadon, was inspired to create a 1920s, bootlegger bungalow vibe in a subtle way. "Anything you need to do as a family is incorporated into this space," says Anitra.

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Flowers on Wood Coffee Table

A play on classic stripes and vibrant red hues, the thoughtful mix of accessories are used to entertain the eye and energize the space.

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Recycled Wood Mirror

Modern and rustic, the Mega Dens team designed five live-edge wood mirrors displayed above the sofa.

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Family Room with Gaming Corner

The family room location remained the same during Blog Cabin's renovation. Adding steel ceiling beams, a fresh coat of paint and bamboo flooring are among the updates that brought this space back to life.

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Samsung Tablet on Circular Wood Coffee Table

A round wood coffee table is fashioned from a poplar tree stump that was struck by lightning. The Mega Dens team welded table legs from salvaged wood window sash weights.

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Reclaimed Wood Lake Hamilton Wall Art

Reclaimed roof planks and studs create a rustic canvas for this custom, hand-painted Lake Hamilton art piece.

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Stone Fireplace Closeup

Veneered recycled granite, in gray hues, clads the fireplace surround for a modern motif.

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Game Corner with Dartboard and Shuffleboard Table

A shuffleboard table, constructed from industrial-style shelving on rollers, provides extra storage for blankets, books and games.

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Shuffleboard Table Detail

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Dartboard and Oars

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Anchor Sculpture on Mantle

Statement-making pieces include a lighted anchor sign that shines brightly on the mantel.

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Fireplace in Family Room

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Fireplace Closeup

Inspired by the original structure, a gas fireplace provides warmth, ambiance and energy efficiency.

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JBL Wireless Speakers on Stone Fireplace

During the Blog Cabin's People Choice's voting period, the online community voted on a reclaimed mantel to be finished with a patina copper banding that fits with the room's décor.

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Family Room View Toward Fireplace

The media wall is cladded in Ipe Brazilian hardwood. Since the natural red hues competed with the room's aesthetic, "we used black tea as primer, with steel wool and vinegar to bring it down to a brown color," explains project manager Dylan Eastman.

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Couch and Table

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Chandelier Closeup

Sourced from a consignment shop, this antique chandelier invites charm and ambiance into the space.

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Hidden Media Storage

A 65-inch, flat-screen TV hangs on the custom-designed media wall, which incorporates hidden storage for electronics.

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Media Storage with Open Drawers

Rather than traditional hardware, rope drawer pulls add an unexpected rustic touch.

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Dish Hopper in Media Cabinet

A DVR system preloaded with movies and other electronics are neatly tucked away under the television.

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Family Room

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Shuffleboard Table Toward Office Door

The home's original glass door connects the family room to an office space that continues the vintage design approach.

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Green Glass Bottles on Hearth

Mismatched glass jars lend interest while not distracting from the grand fireplace design.

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Chaise Sofa on Gray Area Rug

Whether enjoying a fun-filled game night or a blockbuster movie on TV, this warm, inviting room offers the best of modern, bungalow living.

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About the show

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.

Special thanks to www.tourgeorgiafilm.com

Season 5, Episode 1

A Suburban Family Gets Their Big-City Edge Back with a Loft-Like Mega Den

Steve and Heidi Hausler used to live the big-city lifestyle in an intown loft, but moving to the suburbs and having a family has dulled their metropolitan edge. Anitra and the Mega Dens team will help them get their groove back in a new space loaded with loft-like details. The carpet comes up to expose the concrete floor but Anitra wants to make the rest of the cul-de-sac green with envy by staining the slab a sick shade of green that screams industrial chic, then stenciling on subtle accents that call to mind an old over-dyed carpet. Using the family's collection of mismatched dressers and cabinets and then adding a few secondhand store finds, she plans a furniture collage for an unused nook that will become wicked wine storage. Steve and Heidi get busy with pieces of a smoking hot ceiling treatment- a combination of artificially-aged wood and sleek metal beams that create a cool coffered look. Custom pieces complete the vibe, including a walk-up bar with a one-of-a-kind exotic wood top, repurposed school lockers that get a hot new hue, a storage bench upholstered with funky floor rugs, and a century-old Asian antique that has to be completely dismantled before being resurrected as a sweet entertainment center that's the perfect blend of old-school cool and big-city bad.

Wednesday
Jul 15
8am | 7c
Season 3, Episode 1

Beige Box Breakout

A three-generation extended family helps renovate their shared living room to include a grown-up wine bar, a fireplace with porcelain tiles that use hi-definition computer imagery to mimic natural stone, and kid-friendly storage cleverly hidden inside a train boxcar. After a stinky sump pump issue is resolved, single mom Barbara puts her DIY skills to the test and also conquers her fear of color with a refinished coffee table drenched in hot pink. The Mega Dens crew reuses, recycles, and repurposes by rocking out a custom entertainment center built from secondhand nightstands and turning a collection of antique doors into a one-of-a-kind wine bar. The end result is a gorgeous and fun multi-purpose space with something for every member of the family.

Thursday
Oct 1
8am | 7c
Season 3, 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.

Thursday
Nov 12
8am | 7c
Season 3, 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.

Thursday
Dec 3
8am | 7c
Season 3, 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.

Thursday
Dec 17
8am | 7c
Season 5, Episode 3

A Family of Entertainers Gets a Showstopping Mega Den That's Ready for Its Closeup

Lisa Anderson has legit film credits on her resume as a professional actress. Her husband Basil and their two kids play well over a dozen musical instruments in total. But this entertaining family has no place to entertain guests. Anitra and the team will turn the unused terrace level into a multi-room retreat for them all. Lisa plays the role of a DIY diva when she helps install a theatrical wall of mirrors with added elegance in the form of trim molding. The kids get involved with a spray-painted chandelier and wall sconces that use metal chainmail for some cool vintage-meets-va-va-voom. A tin ceiling provides some glitz and glamour overhead, and a coffee bar with wine chiller and beer tap gives the whole fam a place to lounge after the show. From mood-changing LED lights to a ballet bar to an antique dressing screen reborn as a kicking media console, the entire space will soon be ready for its closeup as the ultimate backstage hangout for the ultimate family of performers.

Friday
Jan 15
8am | 7c
Season 3, 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.

Friday
Apr 1
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 4, Episode 8

Rock 'n' Rustic Living Room

The Stocke men have grown used to their bachelor pad lifestyle, and their living room shows it. The Mega Dens team clears out the clutter... and their unused dining room right along with it! A new media center is served up instead, where the whole family can hang out and cozy up with state of the art electronics. In the living room, a dated stone fireplace gets rocked to the ground... and slick, shiny steel makes a heavy metal statement in its place. Big, bad built-ins add much needed storage, bamboo flooring keeps it all mess-free, and a custom bar and wine cabinet anchor the grow-up entertainment zone for Rob and fiance Christy. There are problems along the way, from tile that won't stick to the walls, and built-to-fit cabinets that... well, don't. But Anitra and the gang power through and find solutions, while showcasing easy ideas for DIYing everything from drapes to high-end artwork, all with simple materials and techniques. It all comes together in the end for a rock 'n' rustic Mega Den that's ready for full-family fun.

Monday
Nov 14
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 5, Episode 11

Taking Down the Wall of Contention to Create a Family-Friendly Mega Den

The Liebs never use their formal sitting room. Literally. They moved furniture in over two years ago, and haven't set foot in the space since. The family room, on the other hand, has become an adult hangout, a kids' playroom, and a cluttered and cramped mess. Something has to be done about the wall separating the two rooms, but Art and Jen can't decide what. They've nicknamed it The Wall of Contention. Anitra has no qualms about knocking that wall down to create one supersized space that will have something for everyone. She gets Jen over her fear of color and creates the Mega Den's new mood by having the family spread the comfortable color of blue jeans on the walls. An outdated built in wet bar is partially demo'd to become a funky freestanding beverage station with high end details. To class up the room's built in bookcases, Anitra and Joey build custom doors from scratch, using a salvaged steel gate cut in half and encased in mortise-and-tenoned lumber frames. Anitra adds appliques for extra style and a touch of Old World elegance. Mikey and Art reclad the fireplace in slick stone tile, and Anitra uses tape and paint to whip up a stenciled rug with one-of-a-kind flair. Finally, with wood reclaimed from another Mega Den, Jen builds large panels that become the doors that hide secret hidden storage. And Joey takes it over the top by hand-painting the entire wall to look like an old side-of-a-barn billboard that features the name of the family dog for that extra shot of personality. They may not have ever used that sitting room before but the Liebs may never leave it now that it's a Mega Den!

Tuesday
Nov 22
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 4, 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.

Friday
Jan 13
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 5, Episode 5

An Outdated Living Room Gets New Life and a Sunporch Moves Inside to Become the Not-Porch Mega Den

Bethany Anderson and her young son David are DIY junkies who built a bar and massive fireplace mantel in their living room. But the space still doesn't feel like home. Enter Anitra and the Mega Dens gang, who demo the pair's own builds to make way for a swanky two-room hangout. Bethany builds a new bar that keeps her glassware and bottles safely contained behind built-from-scratch doors. The brick fireplace gets a futuristic new look with 3-D concrete tiles that turn the entire structure into its own piece of art. And a neglected sunporch that was rarely used for anything but storage is completely reimagined. New framing, new insulation, new windows, a new vaulted ceiling, new flooring. It's no longer a seasonal sunporch, it's a genuine room of the home so this fun fam can spread out in style. And with clever Anitra touches like an industrial-chic rolling mudroom rack and candles made from heirloom birch logs, it's a Mega Den that suits Bethany and David to a perfect T.

Friday
Jan 27
8am | 7c
Season 5, Episode 1

A Suburban Family Gets Their Big-City Edge Back with a Loft-Like Mega Den

Steve and Heidi Hausler used to live the big-city lifestyle in an intown loft, but moving to the suburbs and having a family has dulled their metropolitan edge. Anitra and the Mega Dens team will help them get their groove back in a new space loaded with loft-like details. The carpet comes up to expose the concrete floor but Anitra wants to make the rest of the cul-de-sac green with envy by staining the slab a sick shade of green that screams industrial chic, then stenciling on subtle accents that call to mind an old over-dyed carpet. Using the family's collection of mismatched dressers and cabinets and then adding a few secondhand store finds, she plans a furniture collage for an unused nook that will become wicked wine storage. Steve and Heidi get busy with pieces of a smoking hot ceiling treatment- a combination of artificially-aged wood and sleek metal beams that create a cool coffered look. Custom pieces complete the vibe, including a walk-up bar with a one-of-a-kind exotic wood top, repurposed school lockers that get a hot new hue, a storage bench upholstered with funky floor rugs, and a century-old Asian antique that has to be completely dismantled before being resurrected as a sweet entertainment center that's the perfect blend of old-school cool and big-city bad.

Friday
Feb 3
8:30am | 7:30c
Season 5, Episode 13

Your Room's Underwear is Showing, but a Mega Den Will Dress You Up in Style

The Mehlbergers' rec room is guilty of Anitra's Number One design faux pas: exposed TV wires and cables everywhere! That's just the jump-off point for a total redesign that will bring swanky style to this forgotten room in their house. Anitra and the Mega Dens team construct an ambitious walnut entertainment center, with matching bookshelves, that will be recessed into the wall cleverly hiding all cables and wires in an accessible hallway behind. Lauren is put in charge of stripping away old layers of brown paint from an antique biscuit-making cabinet once owned by her grandmother only to have Anitra repurpose it as the workcenter of a brand new craft and sewing station hidden away in an unused closet. Steve rolls up his sleeves and helps build his new bar, getting hands-on with both the framing and the decorative finish detail. An intricate door panel becomes the front of the bar, with back bar storage and tall cabinets to match. The stone fireplace gets a new mantel, a chunk of live-edge tree pulled straight from Joey's own yard! And Anitra has a bright idea for reusing a collection of old crystal decanters that were collecting dust, she lops off the bottoms and turns them into hanging light pendants for over the bar! Add in a secret hideaway spot for the Mehlberger boys to hang out, read, and draw on the walls and this Mega Den easily turns the room no one ever used into the space no one will ever want to leave.

Friday
Mar 24
8am | 7c

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