I’m so excited to participate in the Fall One Room Challenge for 2021! I’ll be doing a game room makeover (and it will be ready just in time for Christmas). Included will be some much needed storage and organization and a handful of fun DIY projects.
What’s the One Room Challenge?
The One Room Challenge happens twice a year in the Spring and the Fall, and is an online event where design influencers makeover entire rooms and document their progress on their blogs or on Instagram.
I’ll be participating here on my blog with weekly updates and projects throughout the 8 weeks, as well as in posting on my Instagram account. (If you aren’t following me on IG, head over and follow because I post almost daily on stories with tutorial and walk throughs of various projects).
I encourage you to check out the One Room Challenge site and browse the blog there as well, you will find so much inspiration from fellow designers and DIYers!
Game Room Makeover Plan and Budget
I know you’re probably ready to know what the space currently looks like and what my plan is! I can’t wait to add some functionality to this space.
This room was actually the location of my very first DIY project in this house, I made DIY Built-in Shelving for board games and baskets of kids toys.
However, the other side of the room is the video game and art display area, and it’s a disaster. I’m ready to tackle it and make the whole room complete!
Game Room Before
I feel like I need a disclaimer for this picture, I didn’t clean up the space because I wanted to show you how it looks on a ‘normal’ day. This will give you a sense of why I’m building the space that I am planning.
When planning out a project I make a bulleted list of what the space is used for, exactly what is currently being stored there, etc. This way, in my planning I can incorporate all of these into the build.
I know, it’s bad.
In taking inventory of this space, I need:
- sufficient counter space for easy charging of consoles and controllers for video games
- bins for video games
- art storage
- artwork display
- desk seating
And here is the wall opposite this one where I did the built in shelving.
Let’s make these two walls match a bit better!
New Game Room Makeover Design
I’m so excited about this new game room makeover design, it will add storage and functionality and will be really streamlined (and cool).
My kids are currently 6, 8 and 10 and my hope is that the design will carry them through the next handful of years of entertaining friends and hanging out together.
Game Room Design Mockup
The new plan will include a wall to wall built in for desk space and storage, along with artwork display and a ‘brick’ wall.
There will be a handful of DIY projects to tackle here to make this space pretty on a budget. Included will be:
- DIY built in media console and desk
- faux brick wall
- DIY picture frame shelving
- DIY faux marble countertop
- (possibly an interior french door makeover)
I hope you join along the next 8 weeks to see the transformation of this room!
Game Room Makeover Budget
I’ll be honest I don’t love talking about money, but, I do know that part of hoping to inspire you to try DIY projects in your own home is giving you an idea of what things cost (and showing you how you can make a big impact on a budget).
So, here is the rough breakdown, and yes, I almost always go over budget so I know budget for extras that I don’t know about yet, ha!
- unfinished wall cabinets = $310
- faux brick panels = $115
- joint compound/liquid nails/etc = $30
- hardware = $20
- plywood = $60
- paint/epoxy/supplies = $50
Total = $585 (rounding up to $600 for small extras)
I’ll be doing this project over 8 weeks as part of the one room challenge, so this helps me break down the budget to spread to out over time as well!
Considering that if I had to have a 12′ console built for this space it would cost much more than that alone, this will be a budget friendly way to renovate this space!