Before-and-After Bar and Lounge Area Makeovers
Create your own scene with makeover ideas from House Crashers. From home theaters to sports-themed game rooms, view sleek living rooms and recreation spaces that are great for gathering and entertaining.
Before: Where's the Light?
The white walls are in need of some sprucing up, and the track lighting doesn't bring much light to this living space. The outdated bar is made with mahogany wood flooring, which leaves a heavy, dark look.
After: Bar Water Feature
The green soapstone countertops play off of the sage green walls in this fun hangout spot. The BAR sign is a water feature that uses a simple water pump to function. The Las Vegas-style bar area is equipped with a wine fridge to keep the drinks flowing along with the fountain.
Before: Massive Amounts of Junk
This 1,700-square-foot chaotic basement is filled with junk and exposed walls. The space needs different entertainment areas to fulfill the large space and to become the ultimate hangout spot.
After: 'Man Town' Basement
The new projection TV, granite bar countertop and custom poker table with a built-in tap create the ultimate man's cave. The stadium-style lighting, personalized scoreboard, green wall and chain link fence are all inspired by Fenway Park.
Before: Stuck in Another Era
The ugly orange carpet and old school horse decor give the room an old-fashioned look. The dark pine wall paneling and exposed ceiling are from the 60s, and the hefty built-in bar is a huge eyesore.
After: Urban Boston Den
The modular coffee table, built-in bar bump outs and iconic photographs of historic Boston are huge upgrades from the previous 1960s dark-wood paneling that use to flank these walls. The metallic cork flooring and hardwood ceiling add unexpected urban touches.
Before: Lacking Playfulness
This game room is anything but fun. The closed-in bar and lack of activities doesn't leave any room for play, and the blue tape has been on the water-damaged ceiling for years.
After: Metallic Wine Bar
This ultimate game room is now equipped with a wine bar and audio room. Corrugated roofing metal cover the bar and the wall behind it. A colorful suspended ceiling provides task lighting and makes the bar area a little cozier. The audio room with its bold purple foam tile is visible from the bar area window.
Before: Bland Living Space
This bland living room has tons of space but little light. An area rug covers up the old, stained carpet, and the lack of interesting elements adds to the boring look.
After: Lively Lounge Area
This one-of-a-kind water feature spans a large portion of the room making it a great conversation piece. The stained concrete floors, swinging chairs and orange and blue decor give life to the art of lounging.
Before: Too Much Separation
The unused brick fireplace separates the already small space, and the TV above is at an awkward angle. The new, sleek flooring needs furniture and accessories to match it.
After: Secret Agent Room
A large center console separates the lounge and dining area. A bar and two back-to-back TVs (to be seen from both sides) rise out of the console with a touch of a button. This hip space also includes a coffee table suspended from the ceiling, a fire feature on the dining room wall and artwork made from river rocks.
Before: Mismatched Styles
The fancy coffee table doesn't coordinate with the black sofa slipcovers and funky pillows. The carpet and bland walls give the space a tired look.
After: Retro, Modern Sitting Area
The silver hardwood flooring and zebra-print rug add funky touches to this lounge area. The entertainment center is made from recycled aluminum making it a chic and eco-friendly space.
Before: Completely Empty
A living room couldn't get more basic than this bare space. The wall conceals a tired kitchen, and the foul carpet flooring needs to be replaced.
After: Asian Modern Renovation
Bold geometric shapes give this Asian-inspired space a funky touch. The keyhole entry leads to a remodeled kitchen that has bamboo flooring and sliding shoji screens on the cabinets.
Before: Boring Game Room
The popcorn ceiling outdates this plain game room, and the large pool table takes up most of the space. Nobody can watch sports on the disconnected TV, making it a not-so-great place to gather friends.
After: Red Home Theater
This man's space is the perfect place to gather friends and watch sports. The room was turned into a home theater by adding soundproof walls and a DIY television screen surrounded by red tiles.
Before: Cluttered Home Gym
The sloppy drywall on the ceiling is just one of many problems in this back room. The outdated flooring, clutter and wood wall paneling add to the unfinished, uninviting look.
After: Suspended Shelving
Stone walls add texture to the space while the exposed ceiling joists provide a touch of industrial style. The shelves are suspended from the ceiling with galvanized chains, and a stand-up bar in the corner is perfect for entertaining guests.
Before: A Bulky Mess
The wood wall paneling and bulky shelving make the space feel dark and dreary. The outdated stone fireplace has no mantel, and the carpet flooring is in need of an update.
After: Sleek and Eco-Friendly
The eco-friendly wall panels and sleek fireplace give this space a modern look. The stone and concrete fireplace doubles as a bench for extra seating during large gatherings.