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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 3, 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.

Wednesday
Mar 25
8am | 7c
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.

Thursday
Jun 18
8am | 7c
Season 5, Episode 7

Cleaning Up and Coolifying Jill's Mega Distaster

Jill and Susan are big fans of the show, so much so that Jill tried DIYing her own Mega Den. But her efforts have completely scared the rest of the family out of the rec room. Anitra and the team to the rescue! Jill's black ceiling was meant to create the illusion of space, but makes the room feel like a cramped cave so a new grid of shiny tin tiles is the first order of business. Everyone takes turns busting stone off the dated fireplace to make way for an artsy treatment that uses scrap wood from every Mega Den ever built! Anitra wraps the massive built-ins in sleek black faux alligator vinyl and shows an inexpensive trick for making matching doors to totally hide the clutter! And the larger-than-life bar that dominated the space before? Bye-bye. In its place, Anitra and Mikey bang out a curved serving space that mixes rustic wood, rusty metal, and rocking LED lighting. Jill and Susan had the right idea for their Mega Den, but after a week with Anitra and the boys, they truly have one of the sickest Mega Dens ever constructed!

Wednesday
Sep 16
8am | 7c
Season 3, 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.

Thursday
Oct 22
8am | 7c
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 25
8am | 7c
Season 4, Episode 12

Taming the Toy Takeover

The Wilsons' ranch home is being taken over toys! As a result, their two main rooms are cramped and cluttered, leaving them with nowhere to go. Anitra and the Mega Dens team blows out the wall between the two spaces to create one sprawling family zone that includes true seating for a crowd, a media center, a computer work area for the grown-ups, and a twenty-five-foot run of built-in storage made to look like simple wall paneling. The end result is a huge family gathering space with something for everyone... a room so perfectly suited to them, it changes their mind about selling the home.

Tuesday
Nov 15
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.

Saturday
Nov 19
4:30am | 3:30c
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
Dec 30
8am | 7c
Season 5, Episode 7

Cleaning Up and Coolifying Jill's Mega Distaster

Jill and Susan are big fans of the show, so much so that Jill tried DIYing her own Mega Den. But her efforts have completely scared the rest of the family out of the rec room. Anitra and the team to the rescue! Jill's black ceiling was meant to create the illusion of space, but makes the room feel like a cramped cave so a new grid of shiny tin tiles is the first order of business. Everyone takes turns busting stone off the dated fireplace to make way for an artsy treatment that uses scrap wood from every Mega Den ever built! Anitra wraps the massive built-ins in sleek black faux alligator vinyl and shows an inexpensive trick for making matching doors to totally hide the clutter! And the larger-than-life bar that dominated the space before? Bye-bye. In its place, Anitra and Mikey bang out a curved serving space that mixes rustic wood, rusty metal, and rocking LED lighting. Jill and Susan had the right idea for their Mega Den, but after a week with Anitra and the boys, they truly have one of the sickest Mega Dens ever constructed!

Friday
Feb 10
8am | 7c
Season 5, Episode 9

Dressed for Mega Success with Crazy Costumes and a Dope DJ Booth

The Black family loves to dance, and they love to dress up in costumes for any occasion. Anitra and the Mega Dens team are ready to turn their plain basement into a fun destination where this family can get the party started in style! The whole Black clan dons overalls and fake mustaches to demo the 80s-era bar, then Lauren goes to work with Mikey on a replacement: a tabletop that will pull away from the wall for 360-degree use and hide wine storage underneath. Joey uses scrap pieces pulled from previous Mega Dens to create a patchwork-themed media console that Anitra compares to hobo pants, but insists it will be a good thing. The surprise centerpiece of the room comes together piece by piece, a classic red British phone booth that will serve as the entryway to the guest bedroom and bathroom? and be the ideal spot for quick costume changes. But the family has a surprise of their own for Anitra when they show up to brick a wall of the basement wearing T-shirts with her high school cheerleader photo on them! From indestructible vinyl flooring to simple accent lighting built entirely from scratch to a kicking DJ booth complete with turntables, lights, lasers, and a fog machine hidden in a classy sideboard buffet, this Mega Den will help the Black family dance the night away!

Friday
Feb 24
8am | 7c
Season 4, 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.

Sunday
Apr 23
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 5, Episode 9

Dressed for Mega Success with Crazy Costumes and a Dope DJ Booth

The Black family loves to dance, and they love to dress up in costumes for any occasion. Anitra and the Mega Dens team are ready to turn their plain basement into a fun destination where this family can get the party started in style! The whole Black clan dons overalls and fake mustaches to demo the 80s-era bar, then Lauren goes to work with Mikey on a replacement: a tabletop that will pull away from the wall for 360-degree use and hide wine storage underneath. Joey uses scrap pieces pulled from previous Mega Dens to create a patchwork-themed media console that Anitra compares to hobo pants, but insists it will be a good thing. The surprise centerpiece of the room comes together piece by piece, a classic red British phone booth that will serve as the entryway to the guest bedroom and bathroom? and be the ideal spot for quick costume changes. But the family has a surprise of their own for Anitra when they show up to brick a wall of the basement wearing T-shirts with her high school cheerleader photo on them! From indestructible vinyl flooring to simple accent lighting built entirely from scratch to a kicking DJ booth complete with turntables, lights, lasers, and a fog machine hidden in a classy sideboard buffet, this Mega Den will help the Black family dance the night away!

Tuesday
Aug 22
8am | 7c
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.

Tuesday
Sep 19
8am | 7c

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