Extreme Living Room Makeover

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Project by Thepps posted 11-22-2011 09:11 PM 4747 views 14 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally got around to updating our living room.



Removed the existing entertainment center that the home builder built and replaced with new one. Floor to ceiling, beaded face frames, full inset drawers and doors, dovetails, divided light glass doors, crown molding.
For the entertainment center style, I mostly followed the New Yankee Workshop kitchen series that Norm did.
Also added a coffered ceiling to add some character.
Changed pendant lighting (they all seemed out of place) to recessed lighting. Added surround sound speakers. Changed wood burning fireplace to gas. Painted all the walls.

Entertainment center is made out of birch. Ceiling beams and crown are mdf.

Took about a month to build and another 2 weeks to install everything.

Just for size reference, ceiling height is 9’2”, room size is about 17’ x 16’, 5 1/4” stock crown, and it’s a 40” tv.
The biggest problem with putting an entertainment center in the corner is that its very difficult to get a large tv to fit in the space. I can probably fit up to 42” or 46”, but no larger. The larger the tv, the more the corner cabinet has to extend out from the wall and the more floor space it needs.

Some construction photos:

Thanks for looking!

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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#1 posted 11-22-2011 09:21 PM

this is a great improvement

and just in time for the holidays too

everybody happy now


-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 11-22-2011 09:36 PM

Wow, this is gorgeous! Great Great job on the ceiling beams. I was wondering how you built them. Thanks for the “in progress” pics. Great talent and great execution!!!!


-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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#3 posted 11-22-2011 10:06 PM

Very, very nice. Looking at your projects this looks to be on par with the overall high quality you routinely achieve.

What method do you use for the beaded face frames, and how do you typically attach the face frame?

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#4 posted 11-22-2011 10:18 PM

Thanks. I mill the beads directly into the face frame. It’s a little more difficult, but then I don’t have to nail the beads to the frame and I don’t have to worry about a joint line ever showing. I bought a beaded frame router set from woodline.

Works pretty well. Setup is time consuming.

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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#5 posted 11-22-2011 11:03 PM

Very nice! Beautiful job all around. That’s a lot of work! Well done.

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, [email protected] Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#6 posted 11-22-2011 11:43 PM

Nice work!

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#7 posted 11-23-2011 01:32 AM

wow is all i can say….looks like a new room

-- may not always be right,but,never in doubt.

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#8 posted 11-23-2011 04:42 AM

You guys have been watching too much Divine Design! Looks awesome though – especially the ceiling!

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#9 posted 11-23-2011 01:57 PM

Great job! Love the ceiling and love the Insets! I know that is a lot of work. Well done!

-- Randon Riegsecker,

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#10 posted 11-23-2011 06:49 PM

What a great improvement… Superb Work and craftsmanship!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 11-23-2011 09:22 PM

Awesome work! You’ve inspired me to post some pics of my recently completed dining. I may put them up after T-day.

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#12 posted 11-23-2011 09:27 PM

You did a wonderful job. This is nice.

-- David in Palm Bay, FL

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#13 posted 02-01-2012 02:49 AM


All I can say is, “you are good!”

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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