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Pirate ship gameroom renovation project

By CaptainNeo

1 year ago

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    #1 1 year ago

    I've been going through the renovation process of converting my new gameroom to look like the hull of a pirate ship. It's been a ton of work, and taking way longer than anticipated. I'll try and document the process here. Here are the before pics. Basically 40% of the basement was finished, with drop ceiling and nice plush carpeting. Recessed lighting and nice solid doors. All of that is going to have to go.

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    #2 1 year ago

    so first thing I had to do, was pull out all the carpeting. Some of the renovations I have to backwards. Usually, start with the ceiling and work your way down. I had to get started due to time and work with the materials I had. Which was flooring. I plotted out the entire square footage to scale on graph paper, so I knew exactly how many games I could fit where and maximize game layout. This involved moving some walls, and building some walls to section off spaces. The basement had a section that went into a L pattern. The L was only 12 feet wide. Which doesn't allow for games to be across from each other and allow people to walk in between 2 people playing at the same time. Minimum is 14 feet. So i had to cut out a wall, and slide it to the far back wall. Then there was ceramic tile at the foot of the walk out sliding doors. Whoever put this tile in, knew what they were doing. Hammer couldn't even crack it. Jackhammer tile machine didn't even phase it. chemicals didn't budge it. Finally, Someone brought over a heavy duty jackhammer and that did the trick. Made a huge mess and chipped out some of the flooring in the process, but it got the job done. Since I moved a wall back, I had a big gap that needed a wall filled in to close off the other section. So that section was built as well

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    #3 1 year ago

    now the flooring is going in. I tried to find wood plank looking printed carpet to cut down on noise levels. couldn't find it anywhere. I can find it printed in almost anything else, except wood plank look. So I had to go with a vinyl plank. waterproof and suppose to be indestructible. No base material needed. Just lock and drop. Going fairly well overall. Also testing out some materials for the walls. Was going to do shiplap. But could not find it reasonable in bulk. Found some plank wallpaper. So decided to do the captains quarters in the wallpaper to test. Wall paper turned out to be a big PIA, due to the pattern didn't match up in all spots. only matches in one specific area, so each piece has to be matched exactly. Flooring is done in the captains quarters. The far back wall, I bought a custom mural to fit the entire wall. Turned out pretty good. only took 2 hours to install.

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    #4 1 year ago

    Flooring is a huge project. took 4 days to install 1200 sq ft. Even with my little helper. Wallpaper is up for the entire captains quarters. Drop ceiling removed. Also, have to build my spray booth for my workshop for playfield restorations. Which is hidden in a back room from the gameroom. Also, there are 2 rooms side by side. bathroom and a storage room next to it. The bathroom has a cabinet installed in the wall. problem is. The cabinet is 27" thick. So it hangs out into the little 6' X 7' storage room. Which takes up way to much space. And a little bathroom has no need for a 27" thick double stack cabinet. So I pulled the cabinet out. and cut it down to 7" thick. Pulled the back off, and reattached it and put it back in the wall. Now I have more room in the storage area and can easily put a stack of radioshack drawers where the cabinet used to hang out. Top it all off, I used the 20" part of the cabinet I cut off and made them into a free standing shelf which I also use in the storage area.

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    #5 1 year ago

    With flooring done through the entire place. Now I can start with the walls. I decided to go with a high end textured paneling that looks like wood planks. I really like the look of it. problem is, nobody caries it in stock and takes 3 weeks for it to come in. So I had to order it in 3 different sections. 1 was a test sample. 2nd was my main order, and 3rd was because I needed more than I thought. Also, been collecting these spanish style lanterns for the past 12 years, specifically for this project. Now i'm able to wire those up. Have them set with dimmers, and vintage LED bulbs. Also wired the ball bowler and fortune teller with their own wall switch, because they are a PIA to turn on and off on their own. Also had a drywall beam going between 2 sections of gameroom. So I chopped out the drywall, exposed the beam. Installed a faux beam that hugs around the support beam. Stained to match the faux.

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    #6 1 year ago

    So more paneling, which is taking way longer and needing way more sheets than anticipated. Since some of the walls are block. I can't do my wiring like I did in other places. So I built wood covers for outside mounted sockets and covered the wiring in wood trim. Hides well and you wont' really see it once games are lined up in front of it anyway. Also bought special doors for the bathroom and storage room. Which both have speakeasy little latch doors you can open. Now that the walls are done in the bowler room. I could finally start bringing some of my games home. loading games up so I could keep them out of the dust during the moving process. Paneling continuing around the main room.

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    #7 1 year ago

    So, now we are getting down the final stages. Stained all the woodwork that I left to a much darker color. took out the carpeting on the stairs. Which are natural wood. pulled out about 1000 staples from the carpet pad. Put up a top deck mural at the top of the stairs. Wanted it to appear as you enter topdeck and work your way down into the hull. So put up a mural, that has it's own LED lighting to light up the moon in the mural. Built it in a shadowbox and put a vintage leaded glass window in to make it appear as if you are looking outside. Gave it a 3d type effect as you walk down the stairs. Stained the staircase and put up the paneling in the entire staircase.

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    #8 1 year ago

    I like the barrel mural

    #9 1 year ago

    Looks great so far! Definitely following. Thread place holders only editable for 24 hours FYI. You can edit first post indefinitely.

    #10 1 year ago

    now I have 2 sets of lighting. I have strips of recessed can lights and the spanish lantern mood lighting. Recessed lights are for servicing games as they throw off a lot of light. Since i'm leaving the ceiling open, I had to find a solution to hide them, as they are ugly. So I built hinged screening doors to cover them. hides the cans well, especially when off, yet lets light through. Similar to the screens that are on topdeck to allow water to run through. When service lights are on, it's like topdeck sunlight coming in. Decided to paint all the wiring that is exposed and the bottom section of the beams. This really hides the upper area and things up in the ceiling. Started to move games into the main area and get things organized the way I want. The sliding glass door, and windows I have down there, will have murals setup, so it appears like you are looking out hull cutouts and see nighttime ocean water with a battle sailship. Which is in process.

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    #11 1 year ago

    Luckily, my water heater, and water softener, is along a wall. So I designed a rolling wall, which allows me to move the wall to get at the water softner and heater when I need to. Also hidden back there is a fridge for drinks when I host tournaments and league. so I can move the wall partially just to expose the fridge or all the way to service the softner. The door slides out into my workshop, but it's in the middle where it doesn't effect anything. Also sampled with wood printed contact paper to cover some of the ventilation duct work. Looks ok overall, and looks even better when gameroom lantern lighting is on.

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    #12 1 year ago
    Quoted from CaptainNeo:

    I've been going through the renovation of converting my gameroom to look like the hull of a pirate ship.

    Looks like you take being a Captain seriously.

    #13 1 year ago

    Man! That is awesome!!!

    #14 1 year ago

    This is looking incredible.

    #15 1 year ago

    That is looking great!

    #16 1 year ago

    I love it! What an amazing game room!

    #17 1 year ago

    Looks great, but where are the cannons?

    #18 1 year ago

    This awesome. I love when people pick a theme and go all for it!!!

    #19 1 year ago

    Great idea

    #20 1 year ago

    Wow.. just wow!

    #21 1 year ago

    Looking awesome!!! Sell me your Tutankham arcade game

    #22 1 year ago

    a pirate ship room with no hook, potc, black rose? ………..make this lad walk the plank! nice job on the room.

    #23 1 year ago
    Quoted from jorge5240:

    I love when people pick a theme and go for it!

    A while back a coworker was renovating their family room with a castle design theme. She knew I had some pinball machines and asked if there was a castle-themed pin they could look for. Medieval Madness was my recommendation, of course, but they had no idea what games cost and when they found out they were shocked (and dropped the idea).

    A few people think a pinball collection is cool, but most think we're crazy for spending so much money on our expensive toys.

    #24 1 year ago

    Looks great.

    Though I thought you'd paint it red. So with a battle raging upstairs, the kids in the hull don't get sick from the blood seeping down and can keep sending up cannon balls and powder.

    LTG : )

    #25 1 year ago
    Quoted from BudManPinFan:

    Looks great, but where are the cannons?

    On Ac/DC and I'd go with pirate themed games but most of them suck. Only one worth a shit is the jjp one. And I can't justify its cost.

    #26 1 year ago

    Looking good Neo. The lanterns add a very nice touch.

    #27 1 year ago

    Apparently you moved since the last time I was at your place (Ghostbusters time).

    #28 1 year ago

    Looks pretty cool. I like everything but the pinball machines

    #29 1 year ago

    This is sweet. Can't wait to see the finished product.

    #30 1 year ago

    Damn son. Just...damn.

    Ah-freakin-hoy Matey! Love it! Your imagination makes it real. Great work.

    #31 1 year ago
    Quoted from High_End_Pins:

    I like everything but the pinball machines

    LoL... Chris is about the only person in this forum that can get away with saying something like that.

    #32 1 year ago

    Need a canon facing out to other boat

    #33 1 year ago

    I was thinking on doing the cannon thing . But it would take up valuable pin space.

    #34 1 year ago

    Very cool!! Inspiring!

    #35 1 year ago

    I'm moving into your basement.

    #36 1 year ago
    Quoted from kcZ:

    Apparently you moved since the last time I was at your place (Ghostbusters time).

    yes, quite recently actually. Gives you a reason to stop out again.

    #37 1 year ago

    looks good! How do you like the vinyl tile floor? Got some water in the basement a few weeks ago and was able to save the carpet after removing the water and drying out the carpet, but the pad was toast. So I either replace the pad and restretch the carpet, or bite the bullet and put down vinyl plank flooring. Did you put down a thermal barrier? Is it cold on bare feet?

    #38 1 year ago

    Following. Looks awesome.

    #39 1 year ago
    Quoted from curiusgeorge:

    looks good! How do you like the vinyl tile floor? Got some water in the basement a few weeks ago and was able to save the carpet after removing the water and drying out the carpet, but the pad was toast. So I either replace the pad and restretch the carpet, or bite the bullet and put down vinyl plank flooring. Did you put down a thermal barrier? Is it cold on bare feet?

    it's basically like laminate flooring, but it's made out of all PVC material. So it's solid plastic all the way through. You can put a thermal barrier down if you want, but you don't have to. Comes in a variety of thicknesses. Stuff I have is 6mm. Really thick and solid. It does a pretty good job of providing a barrier by itself. But I don't have to worry about it fluffing from water either spilling or leaking.

    #40 1 year ago


    #41 1 year ago

    Did you buy Slashs' pirate chic?

    #42 1 year ago

    Putting a huge treasure map on the ceiling would be fun , stiff necks for everyone

    Also gotta have the pirate sail ( on the wall would look cool)with skull or at least a skull flag

    #43 1 year ago

    I'm impressed with theme and not skimping on the look. Something i do see but i understand money not spent on games means less games. Few suggestions is fridge should look a treasure chest,maybe a sail on the moving wall as rvdv had said. As for cannon issue build the pinball sub to look like cannon seeing they go under the machines anyway and to go way overboard add fog machine tied to various games to run after either replay is awarded or high score. Need small circuit to a start timer that may have to adjusted to allow fog machine to run enough to get effect.
    Yes i thought of the real parrot idea but that may not be worth the actual cost involved and it may not be a fan of noise from machines.

    #44 1 year ago
    Quoted from Brazy:

    Did you buy Slashs' pirate chic?

    slash has a pirate wench? I actually have 3 different ones. I have the captain which you see in some of the pics. I have another in a battle stance, which you havn't seen yet. and another climbing a rope. Which i'll show soon.

    #45 1 year ago

    Here are the pirate wenches I have. Been collecting these for about 9 to 10 years, for when I finally moved and had room to do this project. Similar to the spanish lantern collection. The sliding wall room is done. Games are leveled and this is where they are staying. Bowler room is still in process on the arrangement. As you can play games when straight. it's a little tight. Angling the games gives the player more space to stand. But also makes for a gap where games could be, So i'm doing some angled till they are past the bowler, and then straight, where there is plenty of standing room. I put the virtual pin on the far end, because it's not used for tournaments or league anyway. LOTR is also down there, because it's not allowed during tournaments and league, due to long ball times. Sinbad and joker poker are nice to have at that angle, because the backbox key lock is on the left side of the head, making access easy in this format.

    Also my dad found me 100ft of actual ship rope. Very heavy stuff. So i'll have to figure out a fun way to use this rope.

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    #47 1 year ago

    once I get the rest of the beams painted. i'll be able to start moving the other 60% of my games over.

    #48 1 year ago

    Looks fantastic but honestly I assumed the reason you were building this was because you owned a POTC or jjpotc. I really like that game.

    #49 1 year ago

    Is there a pirate wench collectors website where they think your pinballs are kinda cool and different?

    #50 1 year ago
    Quoted from RCA1:

    Is there a pirate wench collectors website where they think your pinballs are kinda cool and different?

    Looks like E.T. is a prisoner on the pirate ship.

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