Well I figured I would start a thread to document my progress , tell my story, and get input on where the build is headed. This is my first ever theater in my first house. I had to give up controlling interest in the rest of the house to have my “man room”. Recently I was granted permission to start working on the room. Since then, my plans have changed and evolved into a dedicated theater room. I have been reading and studying for many years in preparation for this moment. Needless to say I’m excited to get the room to a point where I can play my first film…
So where the room started…
The room is roughly 13x25. It started out as possibly a mother in-law suite. It had hook ups for a sink sticking out of the wall and a second laundry room downstairs. The walls in the room had that cheap wood paneling and popcorn ceiling. All this had to go. So I ripped out the walls and put up drywall. Then I made the mistake of scraping off the popcorn ceiling. That took many hours and many gouges in the ceiling which had to be patched and sanded. The process sucked!! But the result was well worth it. My thought was painting a popcorn ceiling black would just not work out in the end, so lets get rid of it.
So the current state of the room has new drywall that is primed and the ceiling has 1 coat of black. I tried to get the “ mickey mouse ears” black at my home depot but the paint lady said that color was not in her system. So she said “what color are you looking for?”, I thought she must not know who mickey mouse is, and responded as black as you can make it. She mixed it with 12oz of black pigment and…its black I have chosen a wall color which is a dark purple, but have not painted yet due to other projects in the room that will dirty up the walls.
Over the weekend I built the screen frame and put some drywall on it. It should be in the 140” range once it is trimmed out. I will be spraying it with a silver fire mix.
The screen will be hung in front of a fireplace that is in the room and be movable in the situation I need access to build a fire. My next project will be to build a framing system on either side of the fireplace to bump out the hanging location about 2’. And I will be using a metal French cleat system(from HD) to hang the screen(which is becoming quite heavy) on either side of the fireplace.
After I build this and feel good that it will support the weight of the screen, I will remove it all from the room and refinish the hardwood floors, paint the walls, and trim out the room. Then move it all back in for the final install.
Once I figure out how to post the pics from my phone I will post the photos that I have taken. And will continue to post as the build continues. Thank you in advance for any comments or suggestions. The project is ever changing so only a few things are set in stone so far.