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Looking good Jason, making some good progress; it's too bad your thread gets little love
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Tom,

No kidding. I was hoping that having the extra pictures out there would help, but so far it' a no go. In the end, it's more for myself than anything, so if it lacks comments, at least I'll still have a good blog

There are several showcase theaters here getting much love, so hopefully it can get spread around some
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I really love the color on the walls, columns, and ceiling. It should be fun to see the brown on the bottom to really bring it together. Looking great so far! Keep up the good work!

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Thanks.

We ran into a slight snag today with mounting the sconces. The standard mounting bracket to the electrical box causes them to stick out to the point where you can see between the sconce and wall - essentially letting you peer right into the box. The electrician mentioned something about flush mounting brackets that may be available, so I'm hoping that works out well. 2 of the 4 sconces are pretty tight, but 1 sticks out some and the other sticks out way too far for my tastes.

It's always fun running into these little snags along the way.

Thanks again for the comments guys. I too am hoping that the brown bottom half will tie the red into the ceiling. My sconces and light trims are all of the brown shade, so they help as well.
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After two VERY thick coats of brown paint on the ceiling and soffit, those areas are now done. It seems no matter how many coats I do on ceilings, you can still always see faint brush marks when shining very bright light directly on the surface. Under normal conditions, it looks as smooth as silk.

My light trims also came today, so I'm looking forward to seeing how they pair up with the paint color on the soffit.

The plan for tonight is to get both coats of black paint on the both the columns and the front wall. If I'm lucky, we'll also be able to get the first coat of "theatre red" paint on the upper half of the side and back walls. I'll update with additional pictures once complete.


Looking good. I like those colors, but I thought you were going with Black Bean (is that black or brown, you mentioned brown)?
Also, what is the finish of this paint?

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Kezug,

The ceiling and soffit are Black Bean. It's a very dark brown. I didn't want a black ceiling, but wanted something very dark. the ceiling and soffit are both a matte finish.

I only needed 1 gallon of paint for the front wall and columns. Normally, I'd do a flat finish on the front wall, but I had to compromise here. Since the columns would most likely encounter fingerprints at some point, flat wouldn't work there. I decided to compromise and go with a satin finish. The left and right side of the stage will have columns to hide the mains, and the screen will take up the majority of the center of the wall, so I figured what little black paint that was exposed wouldn't matter too much if it wasn't flat black. On the flip side, you'll see 100% of the columns.

The theatre red and (coming soon) suede paint are both satin finishes. I've used this before and its seems to be durable while not too shiny, which would be bad for light reflection.
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A couple of pictures of the sconces on the columns. I'll get some better ones later with the SLR.



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For some reason I picture a couple of medieval battle-axes hanging between those two sconces; maybe you should run that by the wife and see if she approves
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Ha! I'm actually putting 2 posters up there. That's not the first time I've thought of a medieval theme though.
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the mplant has returned..

Well I must admit, the sconces don't look as I pictured them in my head... they actually came out BETTER!

Thanks for taking a dark picture too. I'm looking forward to seeing you add the final paint and carpeting with those babies lit up.


Oh, and I'd like to add that your wife did a great job with the laundry area. The color is a good, fresh look for that room. Not saying the theater is dirty or anything, but your cleaning clothes room should have that appeal. Theater colors are tight


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What was version 1.0 like?
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Well, the electrician was a no-show today. The plan was to wire up the master unit for the Spacer System as well as installing the rope light. I never received a call or e-mail back, so I'm hoping to find out what is going on this evening. I'm be out of town next Monday and Tuesday, so the install will most likely have to wait until Wednesday.
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Man this thead is great ! I'm starting mine (Bernies basement) and feel overwelmed by all these builds. I'm afraid I'll leave something out ! LOL
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Bernie,

Thanks for the kind words. Just plan one step at a time and you'll be fine. It seems overwhelming when you think of the entire project at once, but broken down into smaller bites, it's not bad at all.

Do you have a thread started yet? I'd love to see your plan.
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Bernie,

Thanks for the kind words. Just plan one step at a time and you'll be fine. It seems overwhelming when you think of the entire project at once, but broken down into smaller bites, it's not bad at all.

Do you have a thread started yet? I'd love to see your plan.

I'll definitly be picking brains here. LOL

Here's my thread, it's in the General theater/gameroom forum as I'm doing the whole basement !!! UGH
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1033966
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Finally got the electrical finished up. I'll post some pictures of the lights taken with my SLR in a few, but here's a link to a movie I made showing the transition between different scenes on the Lutron system. It's pretty slick.


Lights In Action!!!
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Here are some hi-res shots showing the progression between the different light scenes.










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Jason, things are looking pretty sweeet! Finish that baby up soon so I can make the short trek north to enjoy your hard work with you
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Jason, things are looking pretty sweeet! Finish that baby up soon so I can make the short trek north to enjoy your hard word with you

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Are ya gonna go there and yell at him?

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Thanks again to you local guys for keeping this thread alive We went and looked at doors today at Menards, so I'll probably be ordering them this weekend. I'd like to have them installed in the next two weeks. As far as this weekend - more painting and finishing up the riser.
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Finished the riser up tonight. All I have left to do is put a tread on the stair area. I'll post a pic or two once the dust settles, as we just finished about 15 minutes ago. I ended up runing two sets of speaker cables to the riser. One cable comes up through the surface to feed the back row of bass shakers, while the other cable runs through the riser and out the front to feed the front row of shakers. I'll be connecting the positves of each pair together, as well as the negatives, back at the equipment end of the cables. From there, I can feed a single positive and negative back into my shaker amp to power all 6. In the event that I need more power, I'm then free to break the rows up and run one set of cables to each amp.

We did manage to purchase the doors for the basement today. I went with 3-panel oak mastercraft doors:

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Here are some hi-res shots showing the progression between the different light scenes.


Looks really good. I see that your ceiling is painting in Black Bean (a brown) but from this shot, I can't tell that it is brown.

What color is the rope lighting?

To your eyes, what color does your brown look with the rope lighting on?

I ask because I am considering the same (or close) color on my ceiling.
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Doug,

If you compare the soffit/ceiling to the front wall, you can see the difference between the brown and black. With the lights dimmed or off, the ceiling appears black. I wanted to try to stick with browns just to do something different this time around.

The rope light is yellow, but produces an amber effect when put again the brown. The goal was to have the light be as close to possible as the amber coming off of the sconces. I feel like I pulled it off fairly well.

With the rope lights on, I'd say the ceiling appears a dark chocolate brown. Let me know if you'd like to see any closeup shots. I'll be more than happy to take some that show the color better. The cameras don't always do things justice though, so the Sherwin Williams sample would be the most accurate of course.
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If you compare the soffit/ceiling to the front wall, you can see the difference between the brown and black. With the lights dimmed or off, the ceiling appears black. I wanted to try to stick with browns just to do something different this time around.

The rope light is yellow, but produces an amber effect when put again the brown. The goal was to have the light be as close to possible as the amber coming off of the sconces. I feel like I pulled it off fairly well.

With the rope lights on, I'd say the ceiling appears a dark chocolate brown. Let me know if you'd like to see any closeup shots. I'll be more than happy to take some that show the color better. The cameras don't always do things justice though, so the Sherwin Williams sample would be the most accurate of course.


Thanks for the info. I too have an amber type sconce and was thinking to do yellow rope lighting as well. I am definitely going to go for it now that you mentioned it can be done.

Where did you end up getting your rope light?
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My rope light is an LED system from a company called Lumificient. Here's the website:

http://www.lumificient.com/products/r-lite/

I'm using the r-lite system, which has roughly 6 lights per foot. They're attached to a strip that is self adhesive, so I'm able to get a flat consistant track all of the way around the cove.
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My rope light is an LED system from a company called Lumificient. Here's the website:

http://www.lumificient.com/products/r-lite/

I'm using the r-lite system, which has roughly 6 lights per foot. They're attached to a strip that is self adhesive, so I'm able to get a flat consistant track all of the way around the cove.


Thanks...now I am curious how you installed your crown molding and how the light sits inside?
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Jason, 3 cups of coffee and 45 minutes later and I've read from beginning to end this morning. Great job! Thanks for posting record of all your work. I noticed on several occassions you felt like you were talking to yourself. I feel that way too. I'm sure you weren't though.

I love the color scheme!

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I think most people run a piece of 1" stock perpendicular to the wall to create a flat surface for the rope lighting to sit on. I am not sure if this is the method Jason went with but it seems that it works While we are on the topic and not to steal too much of Jasons thread time I ran into an example where they used frosted plexiglass to diffuse the light more creating a "softer" more even glow; not sure if anyone here has done something similar but it might create an interesting effect.
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Doug,

No crown molding there. The soffit was actually framed out that way:



The black lines represent the framing. We used 1X2 lumber for the soffits. It's a 3 piece design that mimics what crown would do. The red lines show how the drywall was attached, and the blue is the LED lighting. I don't have a picture available, but there is a conduit installed in the column next to the riser. A transformer and outlet are inside the column. Power is then routed through the conduit, up the column, and out the soffit. I believe the rope light is a total of 2 pieces.

Let me know if you'd like a closeup shot of the soffit. That might make it a little easier to see as well.
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