Originally Posted by nickbuol
Can't wait to see these once they are on the walls. I think that 24" x 48" images are really impressive looking over the standard poster prints of 24" x 36". Of course, they are a lot more work too.
I have been making progress; I just wanted to have substantial progress before I shared pics.
Our basement on 7/19/17:
Shelves & books above red desk are my wife's. The shelving above the computers on the right are mine.
First, we had to get rid of some stuff! That's the challenge. So, I had to persuade my wife to get rid of some stuff. We're still working on that. But, it's relocated for now. We moved the shelves to the kids' bedrooms. I got rid of a bunch of the stuff that was on my shelves.
Then, I made some window inserts while she was trying to get rid of stuff. These are 2x4 boards with roll-fiberglass insulation inside. I used 3M spray adhesive on the paper sides to make it stick to the old blue sheet. Then I covered the fronts with black speaker fabric. (see last pic)
Then, we chose paints and painted about 2 weeks ago.
Then, I made frames for the acoustic panels this last weekend. I cheaped out and used some old OSB subfloor that was 3/4" thick. Mainly because I just couldn't stomach paying $12 per 8ft length of Poplar. I used the router on the inside edges and used a reciprotating saw to cut the insulation ends to the shorter 46.5" length.
I added another layer of very thin white fabric from wal-mart to the Despicable Me panel because the yellow insulation gave a slight yellow tint through the printed fabric.
Here's all the panels lined up sans panel 6, with printing defect):
Bigger picture is in the attachments.
Last night, I mounted some of the panels using z-brackets on top of a primed & painted piece of 2.5" wide MDF.
The full-size pic is in the attachments.
I really want to make another panel to fit below the window to the left of the Batman panel. Since the windows have inserts with regular roll insulation, and the panels are now hung, the room already has MUCH less echo.
Many thanks to all the advice in this thread and esp. to Nick.
I'm going to do some crown molding and led rope lighting, but I may just make a build thread and show how the room looked 9 years ago.