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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 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
Season 5, Episode 4

What's More Mega Than a Tilt-a-Whirl? A Mega Den That Solves All Your Family's Space Issues

The Goulds' rec room has become a catch-all that no one uses. Anitra's team plans to give Dad his home office, their young daughters a play area, the whole family a hangout zone, and Mom the flexibility to accommodate overnight guests all in the same space! But things get off to a funky start when black mold is discovered lurking behind the walls. After remediation, the entire build is behind schedule, and everyone needs to pitch in. Ladd helps on a kids' playloft that doubles as a bunk bed, and Cindy lends a hand on a banquette bench that transforms into a full-size guest bed. Old beams become a new multipurpose table, and a pair of secondhand nightstands are reinvented as a killer media console to anchor the family fun zone. Nothing about this new Mega Den is easy, except for the hundreds of ways the Goulds will be able to use it every single day.

Tuesday
Dec 8
9am | 8c
Season 4, 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.

Sunday
Feb 21
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 4, Episode 9

Nights in Red Vinyl

The Jones Family has a huge rec room- with two TVs! But no one ever uses the place. Michelle calls it 'creepy,' her son Bryce says it's 'no fun,' and Tim doesn't know how to change their minds. But Anitra does! Her plan will turn up the swank factor to 11 in a family-friendly hangout zone that will call to mind a luxe hotel lobby. The floors are tiled in an elegant herringbone pattern, and the weirdly-textured walls get a more modern touch with chocolate-colored architectural finish. Tim and Michelle learn how to wrap long planks in red vinyl to clad two of the walls for a look inspired by retro airline lounges. To that end, a custom bar is created for adult entertainment, and the brick fireplace gets a facelift with sleek tile. But the room's centerpiece is an entertainment center so crazy, it actually came to Anitra in a dream. The crew spends most of the week figuring out how to countersink a live-edge slab of box elder wood into a another slab of wood- like a backward jigsaw puzzle- but the end result is worth all the trouble when these Joneses wind up with a sophisticated and fun Mega Den that will have everyone they know dying to keep up with them.

Tuesday
Feb 23
4:30am | 3:30c
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.

Wednesday
Feb 24
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 4, 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.

Thursday
Feb 25
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 5, Episode 12

Should We Stay or Should We Go? This Mega Den Will Decide It

The Gusts bought their home in a hurry, and now Dana wishes they hadn't. As a last-ditch attempt to convince her to cancel the moving men, Dave has called in Anitra and the Mega Dens team to transform their unused attic loft into the best room of the house! The space has been (and will always be) a play area for their three sons, so organization and storage is key. A series of custom built-ins will contain the clutter and are designed to make the most of the funky ceiling angles and actually make the room feel taller than it is. Mom gets handy for the first time ever with tools and helps prep a secondhand dresser for Anitra's most smashing paint job ever, a super-stylish Union Jack flag across the entire thing. The old stair railings are replaced, and the existing columns get an easy facelift with sleeves constructed from simple one-by lumber to become architectural statements all their own. Finally, the team tucks a built-in bed into one of the dormers for sleepover parties or impromptu relaxing in a swanky Mega Den that convinces Dana that her house is way cooler than she ever realized.

Friday
Mar 18
8am | 7c
Season 3, 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.

Friday
Apr 1
8:30am | 7:30c
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.

Friday
Apr 1
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 4, 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.

Friday
Nov 11
4:30am | 3:30c
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!

Sunday
Nov 20
4:30am | 3:30c
Season 5, Episode 8

Turning Carol's Shrine into a Sanctuary for Kitty and Chris

Kitty lives in the same home she grew up in, but it still stands the way her mom left it! No furniture has been moved, nothing has been altered, only one coat of (the same color) paint in over thirty years! The home has become a shrine to Kitty's mom instead of the sanctuary it should be for her and her boyfriend Chris. Anitra to the rescue! Old paneling, faded carpet, rotted subfloor, and inadequate floor joists make way for a hip, hot hangout that's more fitting with Kitty and Chris's style. Intricate molding dresses up a huge wall to get the update party started. Then Kitty tackles an out-of-code spiral staircase, learning to weld steel safety rods onto the banisters. After they dismantle a dangerous catwalk, Chris helps construct a new system that offers great overlook views while eliminating the potential for a fall. And since this home has history for Kitty, Anitra honors it big-time. The old floor joists become a banging new dining table, which is set back into a corner with custom bench seating that offers much needed storage underneath. The team transforms a sideboard into a low-slung media console, and manhandles a 500-pound solid teak tree stump into a one-of-a-kind rolling coffee table. Even Lily the dog feels the love as her crate gets dressed up with scrap wood to tie it into the finished Mega Den, one that pays homage to Kitty's amazing mom, while providing an amazing place for Kitty and Chris to call their own.

Friday
Feb 17
8am | 7c
Season 5, Episode 10

Revamping an RV Garage Loft into the East Wing of Family Fun

When the Schlesingers bought their home, they were intrigued by the inclusion in the listing of a space called The East Wing. They were less than thrilled to discover it was an oddly-shaped loft above an RV garage! The space has been Ben's haphazard man cave, but will now become a full-on family hangout with the help of Anitra and the Mega Dens team. Structural issues take center stage early as ceiling supports are found to be unattached and the floor has three crazy stairstep levels just a few feet inside the door. After those problems are fixed, let the custom begin! Ben, a DIYer himself, works on a surprise playhouse for twins Carter and Chloe and a walnut railing system for the upper portion of the loft. Kelly gets her power on by sanding down a magnificent slab of solid walnut destined to become the new bartop in their party zone. Anitra and Joey get stymied, but only briefly, by some stubborn stonework that will lend an earthy elegance to the space. Then she and Joey rock some rehab by sawing apart an old hutch and turning it into two pieces of a new kitchenette that will house a fridge and kegerator and offer even more entertainment options for family and friends. Last-minute touches like a sleeper sofa for overnight visitors, a refurbished pool table, and a killer media system turn The East Wing into a true Party Central and not just a catchy phrase to sell a house.

Tuesday
Aug 29
8am | 7c

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