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post #121 of 534
I just stumbled across this build. Looking good.

I know that this is Hawkeye country, but I would relax a litle bit in regards to the colors of the room, and keep things focused on the duty of the room... To watch movies and TV. If the lights are off 95% of the time that the room is in use (like they most likely will be), then don't focus too much on the need to feed your inner Hawkeye or Steeler. Tone things down a little bit. Maybe use the golden yellow color as an accent and not sure a predominant color in the room. Besides, you also should be thinking of resale value. Unless you find someone who is into a "loud" (visually) colored room of the Hawkeyes, then it could into a turn-off to them or another "gee, we will have to change that to our tastes too".

I mean, it IS your room in YOUR house, but I think that get the idea. Yellow is one of those colors that would definately reflect a lot of light around the room too.

So, do you want a cool (in your opinion) room that also can play movies, or do you want an amazing home theater that has a touch of the Hawkeyes and Steelers? With that much yellow (even if toned down a couple of shades) it will distract from the room's purpose.

(NOTE: I am still working in a brown theater waiting on time to finish up things and add a splash of color, but despite the fact that I am a die hard Michigan Wolverines fan, there will not be maze or blue in my room. Maybe out by my wet bar...)

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post #122 of 534
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Thanks Nick. Yeah, I know exactly what you're talking about. I'm a bit ahead of myself on the colors, but can't seem to get them out of my head. I've been toying with different ways to use it as an accent in the areas between the columns. Something like this:

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Or this:

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Just seeing Mario's room with that red made me think that would look "better" with gold! biggrin.gif

For a non-color update, I have the light tray up on half the room. Will post pics when it is complete later this week.
post #123 of 534
I'm glad you've come to terms with the Cardinal and Gold colors . . .

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post #124 of 534
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I'm glad you've come to terms with the Cardinal and Gold colors . . .
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Well, the loss to the directional Michigan school last weekend hurt worse than losing to you guys. It could be a reeeaaallly long season.frown.gif
post #125 of 534
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Well, the loss to the directional Michigan school last weekend hurt worse than losing to you guys. It could be a reeeaaallly long season.frown.gif

Look at the bright side...just more time to work on the theater!!! smile.gif
post #126 of 534
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Major milestone reached for me this weekend. Ready for mud and tape! Here’s an update to the saga from the past few weekends.
Filled soffits with insulation and repositioned conduit to make sure it avoided electrical runs.
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Added 2x2s and angle brackets to support light tray at front soffit.
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Installed light tray (19/32” playwood).
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Added final layer of 5/8” DW/GG to the bottom of the soffits, and cleaned out the room!

Screen wall
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Entry door
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Rear wall
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What a huge difference it makes to have everything out of the room! I can really picture the final product now, and am super motivated. Getting 2-3 quotes for the DW finishing this week, then it’s off to the races with priming and stage and riser construction.

BTW,if anyone local needs a DW lift, I now have one for sale. PM me.
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post #127 of 534
Looks great! Lots of progress. Are you tackling the mudding and taping yourself?
post #128 of 534
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Thanks Spaceman. I wouldn't have a problem doing the walls (since they will be covered with fabric), but the ceiling needs to be perfect. Decided to hire out the mud/tape for that reason.
post #129 of 534
Smart man!
post #130 of 534
Nice progress. Are you planning rope lights in the tray?
post #131 of 534
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Thanks! I am planning for rope lights in the tray, along with the cans. May go with the color changing LEDs like aaustin and mario. Those look pretty cool.
post #132 of 534
Looking good!

I always recommend the color changing LEDs highly. biggrin.gif
post #133 of 534
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Thanks Austin! If I remember right, you got yours off of eBay? Any particular seller or store you would recommend?
post #134 of 534
Nice progress! It is looking great.

Smart idea to hire out the drywall finishing. One thing I would recommend is taking a little bit of time to tape down some rosin paper to the floor - those drywall guys are super messy. It only takes $20 and a half hour but it makes cleanup a breeze.
post #135 of 534
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Nice progress! It is looking great.
Smart idea to hire out the drywall finishing. One thing I would recommend is taking a little bit of time to tape down some rosin paper to the floor - those drywall guys are super messy. It only takes $20 and a half hour but it makes cleanup a breeze.

totally agree i hired the drywall finishing it worth every penny .... you can take a good hanging job and ruin it if your not good at it and you a good drywall crew/guy can take an ok hanging job and make it look perfect

i wish i had put paper on the floor took me a good 3 hours of clean up,,, sweeping, shop vac and mopping to get rip of all the dust
post #136 of 534
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Thanks Brian. Yeah, I wish I would have kept the rest of the roll of paper from the house build 2.5 years ago. That is definitely the way to go, and I will be putting that down on the floor.

Thankfully, I know my limitations on DW finishing. I'm decent on small jobs and actually did a really good finishing on the bar wall when I attached it to an existing finished wall. However, ceilings are a different story.

BTW, any thoughts on texture for the ceiling, or leave it flat? The rest of the house has a knockdown texture on the ceiling. Not sure if I want that in the HT or not...
post #137 of 534
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Thanks Austin! If I remember right, you got yours off of eBay? Any particular seller or store you would recommend?

Yes, I did get mine off of eBay, but unfortunately the seller doesn't seem to carry them anymore. Here is a list that I put together for another forum member though.

RGB LED strips (30/meter):

http://www.ebay.com/itm/5M-30Leds-M-RGB-5050-Waterproof-SMD-LED-Lights-Flexible-Strip-/160688397549?pt=US_Car_Lighting&hash=item2569c65ced

I had to buy two strips for a total of 10 meters. They can be cut every few inches.

A remote and controller:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/44-Key-IR-Remote-Control-Controller-For-5050-RGB-LED-Light-Strip-two-outputs-/160774070507?pt=US_Lighting_Parts_and_Accessories&hash=item256ee1a0eb

I like this one since it has two outputs which can make installing multiple strands easier if you need to.

A power supply:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/LCD-AC-Power-Supply-Adapter-DC-12-Volt-6-Amp-12V-6A-/280869637229?pt=Laptop_Adapters_Chargers&hash=item4165228c6d

Each 5 meter length requires 3 amps of current. Since I ended up using about 8 meters, I bought a 6 amp power supply like the one that I linked to.
post #138 of 534
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Originally Posted by aaustin View Post

Yes, I did get mine off of eBay, but unfortunately the seller doesn't seem to carry them anymore. Here is a list that I put together for another forum member though.
RGB LED strips (30/meter):
http://www.ebay.com/itm/5M-30Leds-M-RGB-5050-Waterproof-SMD-LED-Lights-Flexible-Strip-/160688397549?pt=US_Car_Lighting&hash=item2569c65ced
I had to buy two strips for a total of 10 meters. They can be cut every few inches.
A remote and controller:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/44-Key-IR-Remote-Control-Controller-For-5050-RGB-LED-Light-Strip-two-outputs-/160774070507?pt=US_Lighting_Parts_and_Accessories&hash=item256ee1a0eb
I like this one since it has two outputs which can make installing multiple strands easier if you need to.
A power supply:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/LCD-AC-Power-Supply-Adapter-DC-12-Volt-6-Amp-12V-6A-/280869637229?pt=Laptop_Adapters_Chargers&hash=item4165228c6d
Each 5 meter length requires 3 amps of current. Since I ended up using about 8 meters, I bought a 6 amp power supply like the one that I linked to.
Austin, you are the man! Thanks for the links!!
post #139 of 534
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BTW, any thoughts on texture for the ceiling, or leave it flat? The rest of the house has a knockdown texture on the ceiling. Not sure if I want that in the HT or not...

I would vote for flat. I have texture throughout the house but I wanted it nice and smooth in the theater.
post #140 of 534
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BTW, any thoughts on texture for the ceiling, or leave it flat? The rest of the house has a knockdown texture on the ceiling. Not sure if I want that in the HT or not...

I think that would be decided mostly on personal preference. I had my drywall finisher put a knockdown on my theater ceiling, just to match the rest of my house.

However, if you plan on ever painting a star ceiling a smooth ceiling would likely be much easier to work with. A smooth ceiling might also give you a better look when using uplighting.
post #141 of 534
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the opinions guys. I agree that flat may give a smoother glow for the rope light. I also have a painted star ceiling in the back of my head for a future upgrade, so I think I will just go with flat. One of the DW finishers is coming over today, so I wanted to make a quick decision so I can get a good quote. Thanks again!
post #142 of 534
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BTW,if anyone local needs a DW lift, I now have one for sale. PM me.
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Well, that was fast. DW lift is gone! Went to sell it on Craigslist. Decided to do a search first to see if there were any others out there for pricing info. Two others for sale, and one guy looking for one to buy. Two emails, one phone call and 15 minutes later it was sold! Guy came and picked it up this morning. Ya gotta love Craigslist! (plus, I got what I paid for it. biggrin.gif)
post #143 of 534
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Decided on the winning DW finishing quote last night. Came home for lunch today, and they were just finishing up the first coat!!! Will be back tomorrow for coat number 2. If all goes well, I should be priming by mid-week! Pics to follow tonight.
post #144 of 534
Where are the pictures we were promised?!? biggrin.gif

Joking aside, that's great that they already have a first coat on. Those guys are good at what they do, I am sure the first coat looks better than what I would have after 3 coats.

This is getting exciting!
post #145 of 534
So far so good..
post #146 of 534
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Thanks for keeping me honest Brian, although this time it wasn't my fault. SWMBO had the camera, and I thought you deserved better than a cell phone pic wink.gif

These guys are definitely good at what they do. Two of them were here yesterday, and the 2nd coat went up today while we were out of town. One of the guys doing the work is the owner of the company, and they did all the other DW in our house when we built 2.5 years ago so I trust them. Here's a few shots of the progress.

Screen Wall
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Ceiling
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Rear Wall
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Light Tray Finished Edge
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I really like how that finished edge is turning out. Will be a shame to cover it up with trim...

Anyway, that's where we are as of Saturday night. They will come back to finish Monday/Tuesday, so I should have the room primed late next week. Really makes me want to get the screen and projector ordered...
post #147 of 534
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I am a serious slacker. In the last 2 weeks the only thing I've been able to do is prime the room.

Screen Wall
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Rear Wall
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Ceiling
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I primed with Valspar primer sealer for new drywall from Lowes. For the ceiling/soffit, I had them tint it as dark as they could. Since the walls will be covered with fabric and acoustical treatments, I just used it straight without tinting. That way the room can still be pretty light while I'm continuing to work in there.

I have the lumber for the riser, and hope to build that this week. Our last football game was Sunday, and our season is officially over with the banquet tonight. That frees up 4 nights a week for me. However, basketball starts on Thursday, but that is only 3 nights a week. I picked up a whole night during the week to work on the HT!! I should really fly now! rolleyes.gif
post #148 of 534
How the heck do I keep missing updates to your theater build thread???

Doh, (done in my best Homer Simpson voice) I wasn't subscribed.

If you ever need someone from Marion to come over and kick you in the pants to get working on this, let me know....

After being usable for several months, my room still doesn't have acoustical panels on the walls for some color and obvious sound improvement, the fiber optic star "window" isn't up (it is built since I took it from my previous theater), and my color changing rope lighting isn't up. I DID however, put up the crown moulding this past weekend. Just need to smooth out the joints along the long walls and make some corrections in the corners and repaint. Maybe I will do that tonight, then again, my track record of late will be that I won't and it will sit for another week. tongue.gif

It gets SO hard to truly finish once the projector and sound gear is in the room.
post #149 of 534
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Hey Nick. Pretty easy to miss these updates as they happen so infrequently...May need to take you up on the pants kickin' offer...

I was making decent progress on the weekends for a while, then life got in the way. That's how it goes I guess.

I'm about ready to pull the trigger on a Jamestown screen frame with the SeymourAV Centerstage material. Lead time is 3-4 weeks, so if I do that now it should give me extra motivation to be ready for it next month.
post #150 of 534
Time just flies on these things, even if you do a little every day. I'm coming up on 8 months on my project soon and I doubt I'll have a usable pre-version ready by this time next year. My deadline is set for mid-2017 (to have time to save up for proper screen and proper projector - have temporary ones to run on before then).
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