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post #1 of 25
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Hi All,

We recently moved into a new house that had the basement already finished. I have made it into a functional theater with a pool table and bar. It is divided into three different areas. One one side of the room is the projector with seats. In the middle is the pool table. And on the other side is the bar.

I am looking to spice it up a little and make it mine. I want to redo the bar area for sure. I was thinking of building a new bar out of tall cabinets for the base. I also would like to do something different with the walls. It's all white walls now. I REALLY like what Dinger did to his basement, but I'm not sure that I'm enough of DIYer to be able to make mine look that nice when I'm done.

So I'm starting this thread to show what I've got now and get some input on ideas that I may not be thinking about. I'm in the planning stage with the idea that I will start working on things this spring.
post #2 of 25
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Here are some pictures of what it looks like now:
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post #3 of 25
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And a couple more:
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post #4 of 25
Wow, nice space. Looks like you have all the items needed for a perfect game/entertainment room. I would only change one thing...get rid of the Green Bay items....

Really, I would just add some color on those walls. But once you do that, the light color carpet might look out of place.

I would consider, adding a half wall to further divide the viewing room from the pool table area. That way, you have some division of space, but still maintain the open feel.

I really dont see a need to make too many changes, its all there...add some color and it will dramatically change the look of the space.
post #5 of 25
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Hi Doug,

Thanks for your post. I'm thinking along those same lines - add some color and it will make a huge difference. I may also add a little trim here and there to make it look a little nicer. As for all the Green and Gold... well, you know...
post #6 of 25
We've had a game room or area in our home since we bought our first pinball machine back in 76.

In our latest and current house we had a pool table for about 12 years. It was a fun thing to have and our sons enjoyed having in the house but over time I learned that unless you are a "serious" pool player - defined as you actually can set up and make a lot of shots and like to play daily - a pool table takes up a LOT of room and very few people can play pool well.

No offense to pool but it's like golf or chess - a lot of people know the names of the pieces or clubs but practically none actually play well.

Said all that to show why we finally got that big 'ol thing out of our game area which gave us enough room for things most EVERYBODY like to stand around and play - a row of pinball machines and commercial foosball and coin-op dart machine. Neither we nor any of our family and friends miss the pool table and with the above variety of games we can have 24 playing at the same time.

Took a mess of words to suggest you diversify - maybe make room for several smaller game options. Since we have tavern taste we pawn shopped and have some classic beer neons on the walls around our bar and three antique beer mirrors.

Anyhow - nice big area you have there - already great for watching the big screen and having some fun in.
Best of Luck
post #7 of 25
Got to agree with adding color to the walls and even the ceiling. Very nice room btw. Really like it a lot.
post #8 of 25
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Thanks, NewdadMike. The Mrs. and I were looking it over today and I think that's what we are going to do. Some color and some trim. Should give it enough pizazz. We might change up the bar a little, but I'm going to monitor some of the other threads for ideas before we attack that one.
post #9 of 25
I think it would look good with some Packer Green on the walls
post #10 of 25
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I was thinking either forest green for the walls -- or forest green for about 3 feet up, then some trim white trim all the way around, and a gold (not bright yellow) for the top. I can't quite picture how that would look but my wife thinks it would look really good.
post #11 of 25
That is the dilemma that every packer fan must face, how to show your support for the Pack and not look tacky. Green and Gold attire is totally acceptable around Green Bay, but that is about it.

I think your idea of going for different shades of the Packers colors is a good one if you do want to go for green and gold. More Packers circa 1969 not 2009.

Looks like you have a good multi purpose room there, good luck fine tuning it!
post #12 of 25
I think you have ideas for decorating, now work on your gear. Get those front speakers off the floor and get the rears above the seats! Since you don't have a back wall that is relatively close to the seats try putting them in the tray ceiling area a few feet from the seats and angled down. Use your stands on the front L and R speakers and place the center on top of your equipment cabinet. You will need to put it as far forward as you can so that it doesn't affect your projected image.
post #13 of 25
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Originally Posted by pmac3522 View Post

Looks like you have a good multi purpose room there, good luck fine tuning it!

Thanks. A very fun work in progress.

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Originally Posted by In2Photos View Post

I think you have ideas for decorating, now work on your gear. Get those front speakers off the floor and get the rears above the seats! Since you don't have a back wall that is relatively close to the seats try putting them in the tray ceiling area a few feet from the seats and angled down. Use your stands on the front L and R speakers and place the center on top of your equipment cabinet. You will need to put it as far forward as you can so that it doesn't affect your projected image.

Good thoughts. But I'm not sure what you mean by tray ceiling area??
post #14 of 25
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Originally Posted by mknoebel View Post

Good thoughts. But I'm not sure what you mean by tray ceiling area??

It looks like you have a tray ceiling above the seating area. Basically it is raised from the rest of the ceiling. I see some pictures or something up toward the front of the opening. If you take a picture from the screen area toward the back of the room I could mark the location for you.
post #15 of 25
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Originally Posted by In2Photos View Post

It looks like you have a tray ceiling above the seating area. Basically it is raised from the rest of the ceiling. I see some pictures or something up toward the front of the opening. If you take a picture from the screen area toward the back of the room I could mark the location for you.

That area is above the pool table. The ceiling above the chairs is flat.
post #16 of 25
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Originally Posted by mknoebel View Post

That area is above the pool table. The ceiling above the chairs is flat.

Well sure it is. But the soffits around the area create the tray.

anyway, this is what I was thinking.
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post #17 of 25
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I see what you are saying. And I like that idea. I think it also would keep the dog from knocking the speaker off the stands!
post #18 of 25
As everyone has said I would paint. Maybe add some pendant lighting above the bar. I would also change out those wide recessed lighting trims for something like this.

http://www.lightingfx.com/item--6-In...ion-Kit--R016L

I switched mine out and IMO it gives the room a much sleeker, theater like look. I believe Home Depot carries a cheaper model.
post #19 of 25
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Looking for more advise here:

We thought that it might look nice to put a little accent "brick" around the screen. (stole that idea from a couple of theaters we saw here!). We found this:


at Floor and Decor for $8.50/piece (2 feet x 6 inches).

The original thought was to put the screen on this wall (over the window):



and then put the brick around it on that wall. The problem with that is mounting the projector. If you can see where the pool table light is now, I have the light attached pretty low because there are no studs any higher than that. Because of that, I would have to mount the projector at the base of the low part there, and it would hang down pretty far (it would probably be about 5ish feet above the ground if mounted there). We tried it and just didn't like the way it looked.

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So here's the latest plan and we are looking for thoughts. We keep the screen on the wall where it is now:



We are thinking of centering the screen on the part of the wall between the wall all the way to right and where the ceiling gets low to the left (about where the pool cues are right now). And then we will still "brick" that part of the wall.

To help with separation, we are also considering building pillars or adding something on that wall.

Open to thoughts and suggestions!
post #20 of 25
first off i love all the packers stuff you got in there looks really good!!! you have a nice little space down there for watching the pack it would look really good with some green and gold
post #21 of 25
MIke, that's recently how I built my bar: using tall cabinets ("wall" cabinets as opposed to "base"). They are 8.5 feet wide (4 sets) and 12 inches deep and then i have a 12-inch countertop overhang after that. The trick was adequate support beneath both the cabinets (also allowing you to build overall bar up to the right height) and the granite top. But was not that diificult and came out nice IMO. Plus we now have extra storage space (which we use for glassware, games, etc. as only 12 in. deep).
post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by Midwben View Post

first off i love all the packers stuff you got in there looks really good!!! you have a nice little space down there for watching the pack it would look really good with some green and gold

Thanks! Yeah, the I'm thinking the walls are going to be Gold (not Packer yellow). It is the Sunday hangout for sure!

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Originally Posted by hmmm5 View Post

MIke, that's recently how I built my bar: using tall cabinets ("wall" cabinets as opposed to "base"). They are 8.5 feet wide (4 sets) and 12 inches deep and then i have a 12-inch countertop overhang after that. The trick was adequate support beneath both the cabinets (also allowing you to build overall bar up to the right height) and the granite top. But was not that diificult and came out nice IMO. Plus we now have extra storage space (which we use for glassware, games, etc. as only 12 in. deep).

I was thinking of using cabinets too. Did you (or anyone) find a good deal on some? I've priced a few and it seems like an expensive way to go. I need to find a cabinet seconds or factory store.
post #23 of 25
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Going back to my post from 2/16, we are still trying to move the room around a little bit so that the screen would be where the window is now. But I'm having a hard time figuring out how to mount the projector. Here is a picture of the area where the projector would need to go if we moved the screen:



Toward the left side of the picture I think you can see where I mounted the projector to try it, then patched it back up. It just hangs too low there (comes down to about 5-6 feet off the ground). In the cut out area that is higher, there are no studs to hang a projector from.

Anyone have thoughts on how this could work?

Here is another picture of that part of the ceiling. The lower part on the right side of the picture is where we tried it.

post #24 of 25
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Some progress on the basement. We ended up painting the walls mustard gold - ish. A couple of spots need a second coat, but I think it fits for us. Here is a picture of the new bar that we built:








I am very happy with the way it turned out... except one thing. They cut a hole for the kegerator tower, but now it sits pretty low.




Anyone have thoughts on how I could raise up the tower a little bit??
(I also posted this in the "bar build" thread. Sorry for the dupe but I wanted to add my progress here also!)
post #25 of 25
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Couple more of the newly painted and rearranged area....








Next project, how to better hide the cords coming out of the projector!
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