This article is a summary of a YouTube video "Building Our Dream Entertainment Center | Start to Finish DIY" by Golden Key Design

Transforming Our Family Room: From Dull to Stunning

TLDRWatch as we completely transform our family room with a dark color scheme, floating wood shelves, and a custom countertop. We also incorporate LED lighting to add a pop of excitement to the room.

Key insights

💡The first step in the process was planning out the design, opting for a darker color scheme and accenting with floating wood shelves and a custom countertop.

🔌Electrical work was necessary before mounting the cabinets, including installing a surge-protected recess outlet for the future TV and running speaker wires for a 5.1 surround sound system.

🛠️To create a seamless and custom look, Ikea Besta cabinets were used as the base and carefully mounted together, ensuring straight lines with a laser guide.

🏗️Covering up the existing wallpaper and exposed drywall was an important step, with 8-inch U-Cab boards used to achieve a clean and finished look.

🎥Finally, mounting the TV and adding a custom Yuka board slat wall completed the transformation, giving the room a modern and stylish feel.

Q&A

What color scheme did you choose for the family room?

We opted for a darker color scheme to create a cozy and sophisticated atmosphere. The room now features deep, rich tones that help set the mood.

What materials did you use for the custom countertop?

For the custom countertop, we used 1x12s and 1x6s to achieve the desired depth, and then glued and secured them together. The result is a beautiful and functional countertop.

Did you have to do any electrical work?

Yes, electrical work was necessary to accommodate the future TV and surround sound system. We installed a surge-protected recess outlet and ran speaker wires for a 5.1 surround sound setup.

How did you create the seamless look with the Ikea cabinets?

We carefully mounted the Ikea Besta cabinets together, ensuring straight lines with the help of a laser guide. This created the illusion of one seamless and custom-built cabinet.

How did you cover up the existing wallpaper and exposed drywall?

To cover up the wallpaper and exposed drywall, we used 8-inch U-Cab boards, cutting them into strips and carefully placing them over the wall. This created a clean and finished appearance.

Timestamped Summary

00:00Introduction - We are transforming our family room from dull to stunning.

01:00Planning the Design - We opted for a darker color scheme and planned to include floating wood shelves and a custom countertop.

02:00Mounting the Cabinets - We used Ikea Besta cabinets and carefully mounted them together to create a seamless and custom look.

03:00Electrical Work - We installed a surge-protected recess outlet for the future TV and ran speaker wires for a 5.1 surround sound system.

04:00Covering Up the Wall - We covered up the existing wallpaper and exposed drywall with 8-inch U-Cab boards to achieve a clean and finished look.

05:00Mounting the TV and Slat Wall - We mounted the TV and added a custom Yuka board slat wall for a modern and stylish finish.