Our “family room” is one big room at the back of the house. It’s our laundry, dining room, games room, living room and office – all in one room. I promise, it’s not as crap as it sounds.
Due to the location of existing plumbing, the laundry was always going to be on the right as you walk through the door. And since we wanted the dining table as close as possible to the kitchen, we made the dining area to the left as soon as you walk through the door.
(This is an old photo of our family room. The laundry is now on the right where that sexy brown floral armchair used to be. The peed-on blue couch was replaced by a linen cupboard.)
That left the far end of the room to become some sort of living/games/office combination. We played around with the space for a couple of years until I decided to pull my finger out and build a giant media wall.
Here is my sketch of what I wanted it to look like.
This media wall will have a TV on one side (the games side) and a computer on the other side (the office side). It will hold all of our office paperwork and craft supplies as well as board games, etc for the kids. I had a fair idea what I wanted it to look like and the number one thing was that it did NOT look like a craft room. I DIDN’T want a hundred different bright colours with each item displayed prominently on a chevron pegboard. I wanted quiet colours. I wanted calm. I wanted all the clutter hidden.
My inspiration was Thrifty Decor Chick’s library wall:
(Check out Thrifty Decor Chick’s beautiful house .)
She made that herself. Isn’t it gorgeous?! I may have been a little over ambitious with this idea. Luckily I didn’t realise the mammoth size of the job until I was balls deep and it was too late to turn back.
(Here we have Emma and #1 painting the future Media Wall space. You gotta train them young!)
The media wall has taken me a year so far. And counting. As of today I still have shelves and cornice (crown moulding) to go. And then the huge job of filling it all up so that it doesn’t look like a giant wall of clutter.
When I was planning this build a year ago I debated using MDF vs plywood. A lot of the tutorials I read suggested MDF would be better for building cupboards and as it was slightly cheaper I went ahead with the MDF. Word to the wise, people: DO NOT USE MDF. I assembled all the cupboards using my Kreg jig and every single piece has either split or pushed apart at the join.
All my cupboards look like this. Gaping joins. Drove me crazy. If I could do it all again I’d try plywood in a heartbeat.
Let me know if you’ve successfully joined MDF with a Kreg jig (and what your secret was!).