I've finally got some juicy pictures for you guys, so enough of me talking:|
An unassuming door leading to something magical.....
Couch's Eye View:
Empty spot on top left is for an NES
Empty spot on top right for Gamecube
Temporary home for my record collection until I need the space for more games:
There are more shevles to put up so things will get spaced out more and some of the stuff you see lying around in cardboard boxes will get unpacked, but its a great start. The next update should be just as exciting.
After having to postpone another 3 times we finally got together 2 days in a row to finish most of the work. We ran out of wood for the actual shelves and so did Home Depot, Home Hardware and Rona so we are temporarily stalled. Lucas figures he can get some ordered in so hopefully next week we can finish completely. For now we've got a large majority of it done though. I've just got to paint it now.
First 2 pics are the Primer, and next 3 pics are the first coat of paint.
So I finally got (mostly) everything in order. I got my friend to meet me at Home Depot and we picked up our first batch of supplies. It was very exciting for me becuase its definately feeling like its "happening" now. We brought them to my place and did one last look over what we wish to accomplish, to make sure we were on the same page. After hammering out some details and mixed messages we had I think we've got it figured out. But before we could start putting anything up, since we are mounting right on the wall, we decided it would be best to paint the room first. Or at least the closet where the shelving it being mounted.
So on Monday I took my son back to Home Depot with me and we bugged the painting department for a good 40 minutes asking questions, getting tips and buying paint and supplies for the walls and trim. I've painted about 4 rooms in the last year and a bit in preperation for painting this room, so I'm feeling more confident about it than I would have before.
Spent some time on Tuesday (with my little helper featured in a picture or two below), and cleared out the room, sanded the shelving boards, removing closet doors and taping off sections of the room with painters tape. The plan is to prime the room tomorrow night, first coat on the walls Thursday night, and hopefully a second coat during the day sometime on Thursday. I will find time to do the trim later on, its just important to get the closet painted first so we can get the shelves up this weekend.
Here are some "in progress" pictures of the game room:
Room has been emptied out except for shevling and painting supplies
Closer look at the supplies
A very helpful man. He saw me sanding the boards so he brought his "wipes" so that he could help also.
A lengthwise look down the closet after its been cleared out. It doesnt look big in the picture but it is 11 feet long and about three feet wide.
Now I wasnt sure how games did when left around paint fumes so I did the safe thing and cleared them all out of the room for now. Here are some even sadder pictures of games in storage
Just outside the game room. I had to cover the records because my stupid cats wanted to claw them.
Its horrible I know.
Living in the laundry room temporarily. So sad.....
Some of you forum members that have an especially keen eye and good memory for silly things may recognize some of the boxes shown above. So I just wanted to thank Logical123, Cverz, Izret, Tholly , NES Rules, Feechy and Antimind again. Not only did I play and cherish the games I got from all of you, but your boxes came in quite handy too!!
I've got some bad news. When I called the guy who was going to help me do some shelving today, and told him to come hungry cause we were going to make him a steak dinner, he said some roofing material that he had been waiting on for 3 weeks finally came in today. That meant he had to pull some overtime at work and couldnt make it to my place today. We reshceduled for Sunday afternoon, so now I've got my fingers crossed.
Its like Christmas has been postponed
The plans for the Saturday shevling consultation fell through, but luckily he was free Sunday afternoon. He Came over and I showed him the room and told him what I had in mind. He said it was all quite doable.
So if everything goes well next Wednesday we will be purchasing materials and starting to peice things together. We are going to line the entire back wall of the closet with adjustable shelving so that I can change the heights as my collection grows. There will be a solid, unadjustable board running along the top and bottom to give it a proper shelving look, but everything in the middle will be adjustable.
One of my concerns was the water shut off being along that wall, but he was come up with a suitable solution for that problem. We are going to build a box around it to keep it looking tidy and clean, but leave a small door with access to the shut off valve. This will take up some of the shevling space, but it only means I'll have to place large items in that particular area rather than rows of games.
Since we got done drawing and pricing everything out a little earlier than planned we had some time left over to play Contra, Sky Shark and Battletoads. A good afternoon!!
I'll try to draw up a rough outline of what I've got planned in Paint over the next few days just to give you an idea of what we will be doing next week.
Finally got an email back from my shelving guy. It reads like so:
"Hey. Sorry it took so long to get back to you. Congrats on the newhouse. I would love to hang out. Build some shelves and shoot stuff.The next couple weeks are a little busy but I can stop by on Saturdayfor a bit and we can come up with a plan for the shelves and set up atime to hang and build them. It will be fun. Let me know if thisSaturday work. And what time."
So i'll know more on Saturday after we discuss things a bit. Just a bit of positive news I thought I'd share with you guys.
Hey guys. I finally got everything in order (camera, batteries charged, pics loaded onto laptop and photobucket, some spare time, etc.) and have some pics of the new game room. We have spent our focus during the last week getting most other rooms set up for a family visit tonight and therefor left the gameroom in dissaray for now. I am also trying to get a hold of someone who can help me put up some proper shelving before I unpack everything. Anyway here it is at last:
Door leading into the new room. I took a pic of this because I may change out the door in the future depending on a few things.
Picture from the door looking in
Left of the door. Full of Records and speakers which wont be in the final product but are being kept here for storage until our visitors leave.
Futon, which will eventually be upgraded into a proper gaming couch.
This is the majority of my collection. It makes me a little sad not being able to see it.
I took this picture of the far right corner to show the alcove. It looks like the perfect size for an Arcade Cabinet......
Pictures of the massive closet from both sides.
It doesnt look like much now, but I've got a lot of plans for this room. All the music stuff will be in another area of the house so that will free up a lot of room. I've been playing around in Paint for the last few weeks with possible ideas to paint the room. I would like to get some custom shevling installed lining the entire closet. An Arcade Cabinet in the corner alcove. Custom entertainment center to hold all my consoles and have them hooked up simultaneously. Maybe some carpet and other things as they come to me.
First and most important goal is the shelving. I've had sub-par shelving for the last 2 years and really need to step it up. I've had a carpenter friend offer to help me build something once we got a house so now Im just trying to track him down and work out the details. After the shelving is up I'll have to see what I've got for money to spend and figure out what will come next.
NES_Rules also sent me some helpful info to make my Blog posts look a little spiffier so as the room comes together I'll hopefully be making improvements to my Blog posts at the same time. This one was kind of a rush job to get the pics up before our family comes to visit so I'll put more time into making the next look more unique.
Well we were able to get the moving truck a day earlier than expected. We wanted it for Sunday, but they are not open on Sunday so I grabbed my little brother to help and we picked up the truck Saturday at 11:30 and have it until early Monday morning. Yet we only have to pay for a one day rental which rocks!!
I was to eager to get moved in so instead of waiting for my wife to get off work and my dad to get home to help and a friend to get off work, my brother and I loaded and unloaded boxes all morning. My wife met up with us when we were just finishing up unloading our first full truckload at the new house. Shortly after that my dad got home and helped us load the heavier stuff (couches, dressers, etc.) onto the truck. We waited a little while (my first break all day, and I worked a graveyard shift the night before so I was tired). Hung out with my son for a bit, whom my mother had been taking care of all day so we could work on getting into the house.
My friend and father-in-law both came to help so we went and unloaded almost everything else. On Sunday we only have a very small amount of stuff left to move and then we can focus on painting/unpacking.
I've been playing around with Microsoft Paint for the last couple weeks and I think I know what I want to do with my game room paintwise. Im not very artistic, but I think I can handle what I have in mind with my skills (and maybe some help from my much more artistic wife). The only other room we are painting is my son's bedroom which has priority over my game room so I probably wont start painting the gameroom for a while yet.
Once I unpack my camera I'll take some snapshots of the game room in its current condition with all my games boxed up inside the room. I'll also try to take snap shots of any improvements I make to the room including painting, shelving, setup and any other adjustments I may make.
After having our trailer on the market for about 10-11 months we finally have an offer that we are accepting. The paperwork is done and signed so its a done deal. We get the money for it on August 14th.
We are going to be temporarily moving in with my parents for a month or two while we look for a house. Unfortunately about 90% (probably more) of my collection will be boxed up until we find a new home. But the positive side is that I will finally get my own game room!!!
I'm very excited about this and will be sure to blog the set up of the new room. I think I'll do something like before/during/after pics and may also be asking you guys for help when I think I need it.
Thanks for all the positive comments last time I posted something similar to this. This time its on paper so im set though.
I currently have my game collection partnered with some of our computer/filing/storage/odds & ends in our house. And to top it off there is no wall to enclose the room. Its not my ideal set up.
Today we finally got a reasonable offer on our Trailer. The person just has to wait for a response from the bank to see if they can get approved for the loan. If everything goes well we will be able to purchase our first home.
This will finally allow me to have the space to have a room dedicated to my hobby/collection. Wish me luck!!!