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post #211 of 302
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Thanks guys. I guess some of it is jealousy as they are tight on money but even if they had the money they wouldn’t spend it on a theater which is cool. To each their own I always say. If someone built a nice patio and pool it’s not my thing but I can appreciate a nice space, or even an elaborate wine cellar or humidor I can appreciate the craftsmanship and effort expended even if I don’t partake.

I’ll just try to ignore her comments. Won’t be easy, you all know how long and hard creating these spaces is. My brother who recommended against spending the money on the space will say it turned out well. It’s not something he would have done, or at least not to the level I did as he will have an open concept basement theater at some point. But he knows it’s what I wanted and for my first time constructing something without him he was impressed.

On the theater front I have the space outside the theater cleared and will be painting the ceiling this weekend. I may also pick up the tile if I can fit it in. I'm going with a 6"x24" walnut look tile, has a hand scraped texture to it.
Edited by design1stcode2nd - 3/26/13 at 12:15pm
post #212 of 302
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I only have 4 seats. Two of them are filled almost every night (wife & I), a third is warmed every few weeks when her friend joins us, and the fourth sits empty about 360 days of the year.

There ya go!
post #213 of 302
I actually have the opposite problem. I have a seven seat theater and depending on the night/school schedule I will have 10-14 teens in the theater. Standing and floor room only. However when my oldest goes to college then there might be some empty seats available.

On my version 2.0 I might have to reconsider my seating arrangements.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #214 of 302
Excellent job! Looks like a comfy space. I wish I had gone with microfiber chairs like you did.

Enjoy!
post #215 of 302
I'd say the best way to deal with the neighbor is to just be proud of what you have and what you've accomplished. In my experience, nothing pisses jealous people off more than someone that's not bothered by their snide remarks. The more jabs they make, the more it would make me smile. That said, I might not invite them back over for a movie either smile.gif

You should be proud. You've got an awesome space that most on this forum would be jealous of. The difference in us and your neighbor is we'll give you an 'atta boy biggrin.gif
post #216 of 302
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Originally Posted by design1stcode2nd View Post

Well they are sending a replacement and I get to keep the one I have so not too bad.
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Snap Frame is a super company. I have 7 of their frames. Their customer service is top notch. They were even willing to wait until my eBay Bucks came through and held the sale price for me. You really made out well on getting your damaged frame replaced and getting to keep the damaged one. I would love to have a spare "glass" on hand.
post #217 of 302
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Originally Posted by Spaceman View Post

Excellent job! Looks like a comfy space. I wish I had gone with microfiber chairs like you did.

Enjoy!
Thanks! I was originally looking for leather seating but since it was going to be a craigslist buy I had to take what I could get. They are warmer than leather but harder to clean and yet more friendly if a cat is in the room while we watch. It was a fantastic deal so I can’t complain and I’ve grown to like them. I paid less for 6 than most pay for half of one smile.gif
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I'd say the best way to deal with the neighbor is to just be proud of what you have and what you've accomplished. In my experience, nothing pisses jealous people off more than someone that's not bothered by their snide remarks. The more jabs they make, the more it would make me smile. That said, I might not invite them back over for a movie either smile.gif

You should be proud. You've got an awesome space that most on this forum would be jealous of. The difference in us and your neighbor is we'll give you an 'atta boy biggrin.gif
I knew I could count on you guys, that’s all we need the occasional 'atta boy, am I rght?
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Snap Frame is a super company. I have 7 of their frames. Their customer service is top notch. They were even willing to wait until my eBay Bucks came through and held the sale price for me. You really made out well on getting your damaged frame replaced and getting to keep the damaged one. I would love to have a spare "glass" on hand.
I have to say the second frame was packed very well although unfortunately my wife confiscated that one and has put a Twilight poster in it. Ughh, oh well I can always get more down the road at some point. The future lighted poster/TV will be for me.
post #218 of 302
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I have to say the second frame was packed very well although unfortunately my wife confiscated that one and has put a Twilight poster in it. Ughh, oh well I can always get more down the road at some point...........


You could always cover the glass with glitter (I would recommend a very thick coat) and tell your wife you were making it more closely resemble the source material by making it sparkle in bright light smile.gif
post #219 of 302
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Thanks! I was originally looking for leather seating but since it was going to be a craigslist buy I had to take what I could get. They are warmer than leather but harder to clean and yet more friendly if a cat is in the room while we watch. It was a fantastic deal so I can’t complain and I’ve grown to like them. I paid less for 6 than most pay for half of one smile.gif
I knew I could count on you guys, that’s all we need the occasional 'atta boy, am I rght?
I have to say the second frame was packed very well although unfortunately my wife confiscated that one and has put a Twilight poster in it. Ughh, oh well I can always get more down the road at some point. The future lighted poster/TV will be for me.

I have seen people mount Snap Frame Direct frames on to a DIY made light box for a very inexpensive lighed frame. Remember I said I wish I had another "glass" when you got to keep the damaged frame? Take the back out of the Snap Frame Direct frame, sandwich a double sided movie poster between two pieces of "glass", mount to a DIY light box. biggrin.gif
post #220 of 302
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Originally Posted by J_P_A View Post

You could always cover the glass with glitter (I would recommend a very thick coat) and tell your wife you were making it more closely resemble the source material by making it sparkle in bright light smile.gif
Brilliant! They are sparkly after all.
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I have seen people mount Snap Frame Direct frames on to a DIY made light box for a very inexpensive lighed frame. Remember I said I wish I had another "glass" when you got to keep the damaged frame? Take the back out of the Snap Frame Direct frame, sandwich a double sided movie poster between two pieces of "glass", mount to a DIY light box. biggrin.gif
When I was hanging the frame I thought of that. It could be mounted to a wooden frame, put in two florescent fixtures in on the left/right (or LED’s to the back), add hinges and a catch and you’d be set. Well at least that was my thought process.

My intention is to eventually hang a TV there on a 360 degree mount/arm so it can be used as a lighted poster and as an extra display just by rotating it (I have an HDMI cable run to that area).

Also instead of mounting directly to the drywall I used coated picture frame wire and hung it that way. Seems to work well and only one small hole in my wall for each.
post #221 of 302
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On to tile patterns. I’m going to try picking up the tile for the area outside the theater this Saturday. I won’t have an opportunity to start installing it until at least the 6th but I do need to decide on a pattern. I have installed a number of different tiles before, floor, backsplash, shower in a number of sizes 4x4, 6x6, 12,x12, 18x18 etc but I haven’t tried these wood look tiles before. They are 6” x 24” and I’ll be going with a 1/8” grout line. I’d prefer no grout line but that’s not really an option.

Anyway I have laid out two patterns, a traditional wood floor like pattern (as best you can with same length tiles) and a herringbone pattern. I don’t mind the extra work of the herringbone but it will take a bit longer and might cost an extra box of tile. No big deal they are only $2 something a sq/ft.

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Or

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post #222 of 302
I vote traditional.
post #223 of 302
traditional all the way.
post #224 of 302
Of the two I also vote for the traditional, however to throw something else out there what about a subway tile type pattern? Yes, no, maybe so? More for actual tile, but still something different.

Regards,

RTROSE
post #225 of 302
I like the idea or the herringbone pattern, but I think it might be too busy. If the space is large enough, you might be able to do a herringbone inlay in the center, or some sort of decorative border around the edge to spice things up a bit.
post #226 of 302
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Originally Posted by RTROSE View Post

Of the two I also vote for the traditional, however to throw something else out there what about a subway tile type pattern? Yes, no, maybe so? More for actual tile, but still something different.

Regards,

RTROSE
If the tile wasn’t a wood look and say slate-look or something similar a subway or running bond would be a nice choice.
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Originally Posted by J_P_A View Post

I like the idea or the herringbone pattern, but I think it might be too busy. If the space is large enough, you might be able to do a herringbone inlay in the center, or some sort of decorative border around the edge to spice things up a bit.

If it was a big area that would be a nice feature but its 11’ x 24’. The space will be pretty well filled by some sort of cabinet/server/buffet/bar, my L shaped desk, craft desk and kids toys so there probably won’t be an inch of tile visible around the perimeter except along the stairwell (it’s a smallish house by today’s standards).

I think I’ll stick with the traditional pattern. I’m going to stop by a local tile shop just to make sure I have what I want but I doubt that they will have anything as cheap that I’d like better. Plenty of things I’d like better but costing a bit more I’m sure. smile.gif
post #227 of 302
Hi, very nice theater!

Have you considered a border? If you go traditional and want to spice it up, adding a couple runs hereingboned at the corners of a border would look nice!
post #228 of 302
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Once get the tile I'll have to try some more patterns. Realistically I'll have to map out where all the furniture will be and rug(s) and see what will actually be visible. My family tends to cram a lot of stuff in a small space.

For anyone that has Directv have you run into a 775 error before? I've been having a loss of signal 775 error on the theater box. I've tried unplugging it, re-seating the coax unplugging the SWiM (signal booster I think) and so forth but i still get an intermittent 775 error.

Yesterday I swapped my DVR from the family room to the theater and I've run it for 2 hours and then 4 hours last night and no error. I then ran what was the theater DVR in the family room for an hour or so with no issue either. So it doesn't seem to be the cable or the box and I can't figure it out.

Perhaps the length of cable in the theater and the signal booster just wasn't enough for the box that was in the theater? I'm going to keep running it as is and see if anymore issues appear. Very perplexing. I can just see it now I have 5 people over for a game and it craps out on me.
post #229 of 302
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What should I do with this space?
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Sorry for the old picture but I don’t have one uploaded. Anyway it’s a 6’ wide space that was originally going to be something like this without the sink and fridge (just cabinets):
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With the current sequestration and unstable economy I can’t spend the money on it. Ideally I’d like to still have some storage space and a place to set things on top. So far I’m thinking of putting up some trim work, painted white and then putting a storage cabinet like a buffet or sideboard there from craigslist. I could also do a hutch but it would cover up the two outlets.

Sort of like this but probably not that fancy, the trim/paneling would be similar although not that high.
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Another option would be to make a nook with storage under the bench but it probably would never be used.
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Or it could be just made into storage cubbies with painted MDF. Then it will just become filled with child and wife junk like the basement was before.
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So sound off with some suggestions, I’ve had enough time off from construction and I need to get back in to it before it’s all yard work for the next 3 months.
post #230 of 302
Thanks guys. I guess some of it is jealousy as they are tight on money but even if they had the money they wouldn’t spend it on a theater which is cool. To each their own I always say. If someone built a nice patio and pool it’s not my thing but I can appreciate a nice space, or even an elaborate wine cellar or humidor I can appreciate the craftsmanship and effort expended even if I don’t partake.

I’ll just try to ignore her comments. Won’t be easy, you all know how long and hard creating these spaces is. My brother who recommended against spending the money on the space will say it turned out well. It’s not something he would have done, or at least not to the level I did as he will have an open concept basement theater at some point. But he knows it’s what I wanted and for my first time constructing something without him he was impressed.

On the theater front I have the space outside the theater cleared and will be painting the ceiling this weekend. I may also pick up the tile if I can fit it in. I'm going with a 6"x24" walnut look tile, has a hand scraped texture to it.


The one thing that I hear every now and then is, "When is your Theater going to be done?". Sometimes I receive a few messages saying I should start a Theater Thread. I've been working on my Theater for a couple of years, but other things come up that require a shift in priority. For example, I had to replace the water pump in my pickup truck. Two weeks later, I had to replace the water pump and knock sensors in my SUV. Then replace the washing machine, work on my mowers.. etc..etc.. My goal is to be 100% complete around football season. With work, fixing stuff and kids related activities.. I'm lucky I have completed what I have done so far..
post #231 of 302
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I don’t think I’ve laid floor tile in probably 10 years, my knees are killing me today. I got about a third of the tile outside the theater done. I decided just to go with a random traditional pattern as you would with a standard hardwood floor. I seem to get about 6 different lengths that way. I made sure I sanded the concrete to remove any joint compound and rough up the surface of the floor first.

I’ll have to wait until this weekend to go at it again, need to rest my knees (I did have pads on). I tell you one thing the beer after the day’s work was done was very sweet indeed.
post #232 of 302
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I should be able to get close to finishing laying the tile today.
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The nook area that was going to get cabinets is instead getting an antique sideboard. So I need to add a little contrast and interest to the area. The back wall will all be painted in white semi-gloss. I should be able to finish the trim sometime this week. That is alot of boxes to trim out. One done and eleven more to go.
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There is at most a quarter inch of clearance on each side, perfect fit for the space.
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Edited by design1stcode2nd - 4/28/13 at 1:10pm
post #233 of 302
Looks great. Pity it's hidden until you go to that end of the room, especially with all that detailing on the wall.
post #234 of 302
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I have a gallon of unopened exterior semi-gloss any reason I can't use this on the wood work? Normally i would use interior semi-gloss but I don't want to spend another $20-$30 if I don't have to.
post #235 of 302
I always get confused looking at your profile icon and think i went through your build already and that the theater has long been completed! Good going! love the above desk/cabinet in the picture!
post #236 of 302
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Thanks Vik.

I have just requested off from work on Tuesday to grout so I’ll need to finish my trim work and tile this weekend. I have about 90% of the tile in I just need to do the last two feet and around the stair rail/post. I’ll be removing the railing as it needs to be trimmed for the tile and for the sideboard to be moved. The spindles also had the paint default on them a number of years ago (just started flaking off) so those will be removed, sanded and repainted.

Once all that is done it will be time to tackle the DVD bookshelf outside the theater door.
post #237 of 302
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Tile is done and grouting will be done on Tuesday.
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Ran out of trim so one box will have to wait until tomorrow.
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post #238 of 302
Looking great, and that cabinet above looks awesome!
post #239 of 302
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Ran out of trim so one box will have to wait until tomorrow.

I HATE when that happens!

Looking really nice!
post #240 of 302
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Tuesday morning:
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11.5 hours and 6 blisters later :
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I'll have to get a shot of the grout bag as that color isn't anything like what's on the bag or when I mixed it up. It mixed up a very dark chocolate color and was a dark brown on the bag and dried like that. Oh well I'm sure some dirt will darken it over time smile.gif

I should get my shoe mold this week and hopefully install this weekend. Once that is done and the niche painted I can move most of the furniture back in. Then I'll strip and repaint the railing spindles and build the Media bookshelf.

Getting closer.

I really need to replace that spot flood in the middle fixture. All the CFL's I've tried burn out way too fast for some reason. I have PAR 30's in some but they are too long I need some sort of short neck bulb.
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