Today, I’m excited to share with you all. the details of a project that I’ve been working on for several months. It’s been very hush hush, but I can finally reveal that I’ve worked on updating our media room as part of the 2021 Frog Tape Paintover Challenge.
The FrogTape paintover challenge is an annual event. Every year, 15 bloggers are chosen to create a room of their choice based on a design trend. I was assigned the theme: Live Well, so I opted to use this as an opportunity to begin work on the media room. I decided to start specifically with the bar area.
If you are looking to update your media room or home theater space, you’re in luck. In this blog post, I’ll walk you through my process for creating our modern yet cozy media room.
Before we get into the big media room reveal, I thought it would be important to share with you the before.
We haven’t done much to our media room since we moved into this house. Although it’s a space that we use for family time, I’ve always longed to revamp.
Whatever plans we’ve had for the media room always seem to be on the back burner, with other projects such as our huge Master bedroom makeover taking the majority of our time and attention this past year.
That’s why when I was given the theme Live well, I jumped at the opportunity to create the space that we have always dreamt of.
Armed with my FrogTape and a Pinterest board full of inspiration, I started to plan.
The goal was to upgrade the space and create a man cave where hubby can go to relax and hang out when he has friends over. It’ll also be a space where we can enjoy family games and movie nights.
I started planning this project before the holidays and teamed up with my friend Nicole from Poplar Creek Co for the renderings. She created the designs and we were blown away by just how amazing it looked.
I surprised hubby with the renderings over the holidays. He got to see what the space would look like once the project was complete. He was on board, so we decided to go ahead with the plans.
The space was already wired and had a good sound system in place. For the makeover, I repainted the walls and also purchased new furniture for the media room. I had previously also purchased a projector and screen. I’m looking forward to mounting them and getting good use out of it.
The bar area looks even better than I envisioned. More importantly, hubby is really pleased with the way everything turned out.
As I’m sure you’ve gathered from my home tours, my style preference is neutral. However, over the past year especially, I’ve been trying to incorporate more dark colors into various spaces in the house. I’ve been inspired by the many black room ideas that other bloggers have been creating. Most recently, I made the accent wall in the master bedroom a dark color.
For this project, I used the paint colour: INKWELL by Sherwin Williams. to achieve this look.
Thanks to FrogTape, I was able to get a really clean finish and sharp paint lines.
Designing The Rest Of The Media Room
Now that the bar area of the media room is complete, the space already looks more elevated.
We’re not quite done with the media room renovations and design, but my hope is that this newly designed bar area will be the motivation that’s needed to complete the rest of the room.
Some of the other areas that I plan to work on for the full media room reveal include building a bench under the screen area. I have never done this before so it is definitely going to be a learning moment. I have many other areas in the house where I plan to incorporate bench seating in the coming months. Creating the bench in the media room will be good practice for me.
I also have to do some electrical work for lighting.
Other tasks to complete include creating more paneling and figuring out inside and outside corners for crown molding. This is no small task as I learned while constructing the bar area. I will have a more detailed tutorial showing you how I created the bar area. This post will be coming soon.
I am excited to embark on this journey and see it to completion.