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post #151 of 225 Old 03-26-2012, 03:42 AM
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I've just finished reading this whole thread. Nice work. I initially thought you were crazy when I saw the blue, but the finished product looks great.

I can't wait to see what the future holds...
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I've just finished reading this whole thread. Nice work. I initially thought you were crazy when I saw the blue, but the finished product looks great.

I can't wait to see what the future holds...

Thanks!

I was having some serious doubts about my choice when I first started putting it on the wall since it was SO bright... Luckily it dried to be the color I was expecting!
Next step is to put my things back in there - and use the room a bit before making any more changes. We have a backlog of movies to watch

I will hopefully be starting on the bartop teardown next weekend so we can get the rebuild rolling.

That project is going to require some serious building skills that I'm not sure I actually possess.

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I like the colors, very lively when lit and subdued when dark, good choices. And I think a riser would be perfect in that room.
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I like the colors, very lively when lit and subdued when dark, good choices. And I think a riser would be perfect in that room.

Thank you! The color does completely disappear when I hit the "movie" setting on my lights.

I agree - a riser would be great in the room - plenty of space for it. It will happen in the future for certain. Right now I don't have the budget to get the right seating though. I would like to do a set of 3 for first row and loveseat for the second, or something similar.
The problem I see when doing a riser is "surround" channel location because of the shape of the right wall - but that is something to worry about later

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Moved most of the stuff back into the room.

TV and speakers first...


Then everything else... Just a big mess of pictures:

New curtain looks good, but the light switches need to change color somehow...




I need to figure out where on this wall the other 2 movie posters will go... Wife wants a bigger movie rack - so we'll see..


...and out the doors you can see the remaining posters and things... Also the red blanket that no longer matches

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Are you going to change the ceiling tiles? Or are you going to leave them? And a new rack for the movies would be nice something a little taller to fill the space and leave room for the ever-growing collection.
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Are you going to change the ceiling tiles? Or are you going to leave them? And a new rack for the movies would be nice something a little taller to fill the space and leave room for the ever-growing collection.

For the immediate future the tiles will remain white... Once the bar is complete I will be taking them over the int in-laws an spraying them black with the father inlaws paint setup.
We're looking at something taller for exactly that reason - to fill the area and make room!
There are still 2 posters to go up on that left wall - I'm not used to having all that wide open real estate!

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Aaron nice job! I like that blue. I am considering midnight blue for one wall and charcoal grey for the other. In that first pic, your canned lighting is just like mine, Two panels between. If that comes out 4 panels deep, you could replace those 8 panels (basically 2 panels wide by 4 panels deep) giving you the perfect opening for an inset Star Panel Ceiling. Basically a 4'x8' black panel would either rest on the existing drop ceiling frame or inset it with a frame with velvet wrap to make it look like you are looking in the ceiling. I know, I am evil lol. Just something to think about in the future. After all the work over the year I have to say thats one hell of a side project man. Good job.

(Wish I could get motivated like that.)

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Aaron nice job! I like that blue. I am considering midnight blue for one wall and charcoal grey for the other. In that first pic, your canned lighting is just like mine, Two panels between. If that comes out 4 panels deep, you could replace those 8 panels (basically 2 panels wide by 4 panels deep) giving you the perfect opening for an inset Star Panel Ceiling. Basically a 4'x8' black panel would either rest on the existing drop ceiling frame or inset it with a frame with velvet wrap to make it look like you are looking in the ceiling. I know, I am evil lol. Just something to think about in the future. After all the work over the year I have to say thats one hell of a side project man. Good job.

(Wish I could get motivated like that.)

Thanks!
You know, it is funny you mention doing that with the ceiling - I was sitting down there last night looking at the ceiling thinking about doing just that! LOL!
Midnight blue and charcoal grey would be nice, I had considered options along those lines as well. I just totally fell in love with this blue color when I saw it, even though it is brighter than "typical" for a theater.

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I'm currently debating about how to spend some birthday Amazon gift cards that I got... I have it narrowed down to a few things for the movie room, and a few things related to other hobbies...

The movie room options are:
1) Behringer DSP1124P - "Feedback Destroyer Pro"... which would require me to pick up a few additional items to be able to download settings from REW into the EQ.
2) APC G5BLK power center - to clean up my cord mess a bit and hopefully give better protection than my current power strips. Also has the theoretical benefit of "cleaning up" the power - if I believed in that I would probably consider that a good feature.
3) "Now Showing" sign with changeable letters... that would be cool, but honestly I don't know if I would use it very often...

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I really need to get my real camera downstairs and get some updated pictures... maybe after I finally clean up from the painting project...

No new updates - other than that the Harmony PS3 adapter I have has stopped working

Still trying to decide what to get for the room - leaning most heavily towards the DSP-1124P ... seems like it could be the most useful for the longest time...

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Looked at Craig's List for the first time yesterday - and discovered someone right down the street selling a pool table light for a great price. Soooo....


Looks like someone converted it to have a plug (plug is brown, wire is black) - but otherwise it is awesome and very solid... All metal. Colors fit the room perfectly

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New (to me) toy arrived today at work...
Picked up a used DSP-1124P from another forum member, and used my Amazon gift cards to order a Dayton mic, USB soundcard/phantom amp, XLR cables, and a MIDI to USB cable - those should arrive this week.


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Started out the day with a goal: hang the pool table light and get it wired before I had to leave to meet friends for a Pistons game... So here is a nice long photo filled story of the day.

Turned the pool table into a work bench and got a plan together with some help from my father in-law - got a late start as usual, so we only had a few hours to work with:


Plan was to run a 2x4 across some floor joists in the center of the table to mount some eye bolts into and to also use as a mounting platform for a box where an outlet would be installed in the ceiling.

While I got to work cutting the 2x4 and measuring for placement Gary figured out how the "mystery switch" in the basement was getting power and how we were going to use it to get power to our new light:


Turns out the "mystery switch" once was apparently a 3rd switch tied into controlling the can lights in the room - it ended up being a 4 wire bundle running into this rat next of wire:

I know it is a bad picture - but there are 3 standard romex lines and 1 5 wire bundle coming together in there...

After a lot of tile removal, wire tracing, swearing at the person that wired things previously, 2 trips to home depot because we got the wrong length eye bolts, and one instance of cutting a wire that was still live (OOPS!) - we got the lights hung!


Then we ran off to the basketball game - I'm not a huge sports fan, but we were given tickets and had access to the VIP lounge with free food and drinks... So we had an AMAZING time! The game ended up being pretty exciting right up until the end where we won!


And finally - a few shots without the stuff on the table:

The can lights cast a bit of a shadow - but dimming them makes things look perfect!



While we worked on the light - my wife organized her vodka ... Can you tell she likes flavored vodka?

(this is less than half of the different vodkas we have... We need help drinking it!)

For comparison - my absinthe collection is much smaller ... Only half a shelf!


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looking good my man but i have a question on your lights. those lutron ir's are not rated for cfl and led's are you running them and if you are do you notice any flickering or heisitations?
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looking good my man but i have a question on your lights. those lutron ir's are not rated for cfl and led's are you running them and if you are do you notice any flickering or heisitations?

Thank you!
I am just running standard bulbs in them. I haven't had good luck with dimmable CFLs in the past, so I just stayed with standard bulbs.

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Had a chance to really try out the pool table light tonight - I like it A LOT! I ended up just taking out the 2 can light bulbs that were over the table so we could have the rest of the area lit up without the annoying shadows on the table - that seemed to work out really well. I may look into running a separate switch for those 2 cans so I can have them on when we aren't playing and off when we are. Other thought was to get the directional "eyeball" fixtures and direct the light to the poker table and to the side wall... We'll see what ends up being a better option.
In the meantime - here is a low light cell phone pic of the table in use:

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Been gone for a while - because the update to the forum caused the app to no longer work... but now that I remembered to log in on a real computer - I can give you guys the update that I haven't updated the room at all wink.gif

Summer time has pretty much sucked up all of the time I would be using to do the bar rebuild - but hopefully soon I will get a chance to do it!

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So you have had six months! Any new updates?

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Well its been a really long time since I've logged on here... I ran into a "I have too many expensive hobbies" issue that made me cut back on my room renovation budget, but quite a few things have happened in the last 3 years.

The bar/pool table area got most of the attention in 2013 and 2014. We added quite a bit more signage and decoration:



We picked up a board for displaying the "drink specials" at our bar - here it is with the Halloween Specials still listed (from 2013 when the picture was taken):



... and here is a panoramic of the bar and the back wall that has the bar decorations... As you can see we haven't redone the bar yet, but we did temporarily add in some LED lights under the bar (also from 2013).


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In April of this year my wife decided we needed a Kegerator for the bar area... I documented the process fairly well with pictures to post on another site - I'll just copy that over here.

Anyway - we started with a Danby refrigerator (I don't know the model number but it is the one commonly used for this purpose), a couple of old Pepsi ball lock 5 gallon kegs, a nice stainless tap tower with stainless taps, and a 5lb CO2 tank. Sorry I can't provide better descriptions of the parts - but this was literally 100% my wife's project, I just did the labor.

Anyway - first step was to remove the can holders and other things from the door. I tackled that by first going around the perimeter with my Dremel, thinking it was going to be hollow and just pop off:



When I went to pull it off I realized the entire structure was filled with foam - I guess I should have expected that from a nice quality refrigerator! DOH!! I ended up going back with a hack saw and a large cake cutting knife to slice through the foam and make it nice and level:




We needed to find a surface layer for the door to prevent moisture from getting into the foam and to protect it... we spotted a plastic diffuser for a fluorescent light while walking at Home Depot and decided that would be perfect. I cut it to size with a plexiglass cutting tool - and it looked like this:


Used some tub sealing adhesive meant for bonding plastic to plastic to run a bead around the outside to seal it up good - and stuck it all together:


Put the seal back on the door... and it looks like it was made that way :



Next I turned my attention to the main body of the fridge. The top of the fridge has a plastic plate on it that was easily removed with 6 screws - the underside had a little hollow space right where the tap tower was going to be attached.


One of the instructional videos I watched advised filling in that space with a piece of ¼” plywood. So I cut a piece of plywood, slathered it with Liquid Nails, and slapped the pieces together with some weights to hold it as it dried:


Now it was time for the scary part - drilling a hole in a brand new really nice refrigerator! On the inside I located the center line by lining up with the rear screw of the light fixture - I measured about 1 inch closer to the rear… and drilled a hole up from the inside to mark the center of where my tower would sit. At this point I took off the plastic/wood top piece again to make things easier… I took my 1.5” hole saw and made a hole down from the top down… I knew there weren’t any coolant lines in that area, but it was still stressful for a second or two.


I taped up the hole with some heating duct tape to seal out any moisture from getting in and making things moldy:


I made a matching hole in the wood/plastic cover and after re-installing that I lined that hole with more tape to make sure it was really well sealed up. The rest was pretty easy - set the tower on top, get it centered, drill some pilot holes for some short screws, screw the tower into the plywood… and take more pictures!



We picked up a Badass Beer tap handle while at the homebrew store picking up some additional fittings for the air hookup - because… well why not?


Hooked up the CO2 and a keg full of Badass Lager:






First Pour:




… decided to rearrange some of the signs - seemed more appropriate to have the kegerator labeled as the “Cold Beer Testing Station”


Badass Lager sign looks better behind the bar. (I did center it better, but that picture turned out blurry):


Anyway... there it is!

I am going to put in a recessed light over the kegerator location and tie it in with the bar lighting... otherwise: Project Done!

The location of the Kegerator is pretty convenient - we were going to put it behind the bar originally, but we ended up putting it just off the end of the bar on the wall right next to one of the couches located there. The location lets people see it when the walk into the room, and it makes it easy for people to get their own refills.
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A friend made us 2 really nice tap handles using some scraps of exotic woods he had laying around... but ultimately we ended up using a handle we picked up at Bell's Brewery for the Oberon clone we brewed up:







More updates to post... I'll get around to those tomorrow - it is bed time!

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Alright - we've caught up to the last few weeks now. A few weekends ago my neighbor invited me over to check out his billiards room that he had just finished painting - he had painted the ceiling and one of the walls black. It looked AMAZING! That night I decided it was time I did something about my white ceiling. The next day I went to work.

I went out to Home depot and checked out the black paint options - I ended up picking up a can of brand name $3.50/can paint and a can of $.97/can paint to do a side by side comparison on a spare ceiling tile. After letting both dry (the expensive one dried in 15 minutes, cheap one took an hour) it was nearly impossible to tell the difference. Actually the cheap one looked more "flat" than the expensive one even though both were "flat black" - so I went back and bought a case of the cheap stuff.

I have 65 2'x2' tiles in the movie room... so this project is going to be bigger than I realized :blink:

I spent Saturday setting up a little paint booth area in my garage and working on the front section and the little side section (35 tiles)...



I wasn't thinking very clearly - possibly as a result of all of the paint fumes I was inhaling as a result of not using a proper respirator, but I installed the tiles once they were dry. Seems like a good idea but I didn't paint the track holding the tiles yet!! DOH!! Here is a photo of the almost completed front area:


At that point I realized 2 things: I needed a proper respirator and I needed to remove all of the rest of the tiles and not put them back until I painted the tracks... so Sunday night I made this beautiful pile of 30 tiles and various recessed lighting parts that needed to be painted:


Here is the room with the tiles missing... I really should have moved everything out when I started this project, but I kind of started it on a whim and didn't really think about the mess I was going to make. Room is going to need a thorough cleaning after I finish.


The one big problem I ran into is that my "touch up" can of Mouse Ears Black that I used for all of the black in my room when I painted it in 2012 had turned into a congealed chunk of black latex floating in a can of clear liquid! Luckily Home Depot was able to scan the label and recreate the paint for me (since they no longer carry Disney colors). While I'm painting the tracks I will be doing some other touch up work where I have accidentally bumped the black trim and scuffed it. I didn't check my can of Sorcerer's Hat Blue - but I am guessing it is probably equally bad - so I will have to get some of that to touch up the side walls while I'm at it.

At the end of the first day - this is where I was:

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Over the next few days I spent a bit of time each night painting tiles until the Sunday before Labor Day when I finally had some time to start painting the framing for the drop ceiling tiles.

I rushed things a bit and ended up having to do a lot of touch ups on the track and on the tiles as I was installing them... but all in all it looks pretty decent. Looks perfect at movie viewing levels of light I ran into a minor issue in that blue painter tape is hard to see on my blue walls - so I had to keep a wet rag handy to clean up when I accidentally painted where the tape wasn't! OOPS! In case anyone was wondering - the paint I used on the tiles was this: The trigger attachment made a world of difference. On average I was getting 3 2'x2' tiles out of one can of paint - just running out as I was finishing the edges on the 3rd tile each time. At $.97 per can it was very affordable.

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Tuesday night it was time to put the room back together!

Started out by removing my tape and plastic - to discover to my horror that the "easy release" tape removed a whole line of blue paint when it came off one section of wall!!!!



I ran out to the garage to grab my leftover paint from when we painted the room originally... to discover that it, like the can of Mouse Ears Black paint, had turned into a useless chunk. Luckily the "formula" is still mostly visible on top of the can, so there is a good chance Home Depot could make me a new batch. Still - this was not good news!

I proceeded with moving everything back into the room anyway - in the end it turned out looking pretty good!



In retrospect I should probably have gone with "flat" paint for the rails/tracks in the ceiling - but I went with "eggshell" so that I could use the paint to patch up a few areas that were painted black originally. For some reason back then I had done the black in an eggshell finish. The only reason it is a minor issue is that I had touched up a few tiles with the "mouse ears" paint, and those areas are slightly noticeable because they aren't "flat black" but have a slight sheen. I'm not worried about it though - most people will never notice.

The next morning I headed over to Home Depot to hope they could find the formula for the paint so I could get a proper match... luckily the lady working the paint counter was able to search it out under competitor's paint codes and find it for me! 5 minutes of work that evening and everything was all touched up and looking good again!

Anyway - that's where we stand now. Just finished watching Battle of the Five Armies in the room and I LOVE the way the room feels now with the black ceiling. The movie... wasn't as good as I had hoped, but that wasn't my room's fault

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After reading a lot about Elemental Designs subwoofers having driver failures that fry the amplifier I decided to davids50's advice and replace the driver on my sub with an Infinity 1260. Ordered it from CarStereoOnline - and it arrived yesterday. Unfortunately when I opened the box I discovered that they shipped me the WRONG SUB! On the packing slip it clearly said "Infinity Reference 1260" but someone had handwritten a "2" above it... and shipped me a 1262! Would have been a nice bonus since a 1262 was more expensive - BUT I have no use for a dual voice coil subwoofer!

Hoping that they will pay the shipping to send it back and get me the right subwoofer without too much hassle. I remembered after the fact that they are the same company that I ordered speakers for my Jeep from... and they only sent me one of the 2 pairs I ordered and gave me a lot of trouble about actually sending me the second pair of speakers.

Keeping my fingers crossed that this goes smoothly.

In other news I replaced my really cheap rear speakers with some (also cheap but better) Dayton Audio speakers. I haven't had a chance to set levels on them yet or test them out though. I will get some photos up later.

Also added some new wall decor... will post those pictures later too.

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This looks awesome! I am so jelly of your kegerator! I wanna some Badass Beer now.
That black drop ceiling makes a huge difference! I think I'm going to paint mine too!
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This looks awesome! I am so jelly of your kegerator! I wanna some Badass Beer now.
That black drop ceiling makes a huge difference! I think I'm going to paint mine too!
Haha! Thanks!
We actually just tapped a keg of a Chocolate Stout that we brewed a few weeks ago... the other tap is a hard cider that my wife made last month.




The black ceiling makes a HUGE difference, turns the room into a black hole when the lights are set for movie viewing.

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Nice space, everything looks amazing!
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Tried calling OnlineCarStereo today and ended up in their phone tree which gave me no options other than entering the last name of the person I wanted to talk to - but since I don't know anyone that works there's name, it was kind of useless.

If I haven't received a response by tomorrow to my first email or the followup I sent today I will have to see if PayPal can get this taken care of for me.

I really should have ordered from Amazon instead.

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