AN OUTGROWN PLAYROOM AND AN OUTDATED TV NOOK

Just wanted to give you readers an update on my next makeover and let you know that even though I haven’t posted for a little while there’s been a lot happening behind the scenes…

When we moved into our home ten years ago we quickly turned the bonus room into a playroom for our two young children. Fast forward ten years and those two children aren’t so young anymore (tears)! We’ve gotten rid of most of the toys and the room has sat in kind of a limbo stage for the past few years waiting for some new life.

Here is a recent photo:

This room became a dumping ground for various items and there were still some toys left.

I recently decided the room should become a media room/family room/teen hangout room. We would move our second television out of the master bedroom into this room and bring up the Xboxes (we have two of them) and video games from our family room downstairs so our kids can use this room as a place to hang with friends… which would also allow me and my husband to have the family room downstairs all to ourselves.

In order to transition our old playroom into this new media room there is a lot of work to be done!

The first problem I had to address in the room is this built-in TV nook:

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It was installed in the house when it was built in 2000. I love any sort of built-in furniture and this was probably a nice feature at the time, but televisions have changed drastically since 2000 and this is not working anymore. I cannot fit a decent size flat screen TV into this opening, and yet this is exactly where I want to put the TV in the room.

So my TV nook transformation began!

I started by removing the existing wood used for creating a space for media components and electronics. My son volunteered to help me with this so we had some nice mother-son demolition time.

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I then rebuilt the component space using select pine wood. I wanted a place to store the Xboxes and video games but didn’t like the look of the old one, nor the fact that the wood ran all the way to the back of the nook.

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At this point, I considered completely closing off the wall above the component area in order to hang the tv on the wall, however that wasn’t a feasible option. There is an outlet on the rear wall of the nook, and according to building codes that outlet needs to be accessible in case it ever needs some work done on it. As long as there is a way for an electrician to access it we’re okay, but closing off the wall would have prevented any access to it.

I also wanted to use that outlet to plug in all of the electronics so that all the cords could be hidden, so I needed access to the outlet too. I decided to close off an area along the top and the bottom of the opening. Here it is framed out…

(Keep in mind, this is the first time we’ve ever framed a wall or installed drywall so it doesn’t look perfect.)

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Next, my husband helped me add the sheetrock…

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Then we added joint tape, corner beads and joint compound. Here it is halfway done (I forgot to take a photo after it was completely finished)…

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Once the TV is hung the hole will be covered and it will appear as though the TV is just hung on the wall, yet simply removing it from the wall will allow for access to the rear outlet and all of the hidden cords (… something we’ll very rarely have to do anyway).

Next, I primed the drywall and painted the whole room a very pale gray (Benjamin Moore’s Intense White). I consider this color a great alternative to a standard cream color. Love it!

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Now that the wall was painted, I added some simple pine trim to finish off the front of the component area. By the way, the gap in the back is there to allow space for cords to run back to the outlet.

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Using leftover 2x4s, I created a structure between the opening and attached the mounting plate for the TV to it.

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Before hanging the TV, I needed to finish off the component space. I filled the holes in, stained it a dark walnut and sealed it with finishing wax. (NOTE: I wanted to stain all of the boards in the component space before installing them, but installing them with a nail gun left small holes that needed to be filled and stained, so I just waited to stain everything until after installation.)

Now it was time to add a little design to the area. I purchased a 2”x6”x8’ piece of reclaimed wood from a local salvage store. I cleaned it, gave it a quick sanding and finished it to match the component space. Then I mounted it to the wall below the TV in order to create a simple floating shelf. This shelf adds some definition and interest to the area and is also the perfect size for holding video games, game controllers, drinks or snacks.

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All that was left was to add the electronics!

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This isn’t the final look for this wall. I still need to decorate and accessorize which will really bring it to life (the right side of that shelf is just screaming for some decor). But I’ll share that with you when I do the final reveal of this room. In the meantime, it’s so nice to finally have the TV on the wall and usable!

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