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My DIY Theater Marquee....build thread... in the spirit of RH

Hey guys. I’ve got another fun project I’m completing. My theater entrance. I thought I’d do a quick tutorial, in order to help others.

I’m going to be trying to match a piece of furniture from Restoration Hardware(RH).

The finish is “Waxed Black” (it’s like a satin black...sort of-rustic)


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Here is my entrance starting with the surround.


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Using 3/4 MDF


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Header panel is up


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And now for the lighting..... the outlet installed is “half hot”

This is so I can control the main lights with a wall switch, then I’ll also have the Phillips hue lightstrip on the top, which is controlled via WiFi.


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So in regards to ripping the MDF to length... There is simply no substitution for a “track saw”... Wow, you can cut an 8’ piece of MDF absolutely perfectly straight, with basically no “tear-out” (single operator....try that on your table saw). I freakn love this thing!!


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The bottom header board is going up.

These clamps are perfect.


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There will be a Phillips hue light strip above the marquee.


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So I can control it WiFi. And match or contrast the bar area.


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The main kit is only 80”......so I needed an extension


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So now I can match the bar lighting or do independent colors. Phillips hue is not the cheapest option, but very “user friendly”.


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Lastly(for the day)..... I need to wire up
The spot lighting. These are LEDs that you can change color(temp) with a switch....which I really like.Click image for larger version

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I am going to use Philips Hue products for my theater as well. Right now it's a work in progress and I have one color bulb in the room so I can tell my Google Mini when to turn it of and one or what ever else I want. They aren't cheap is right, but should last longer then a normal bulb.

You marquee looks great. Do you have a build thread for your theater?

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Thanks! I don’t have a build thread for the theater “yet”.

My theater is fully functional, but all the cosmetics still need to be complete (which I’ll start as soon as I finish the marquee).

Stay tuned!!

I like the Phillips Hue stuff so far... Super easy to set-up and control. The app works great. But ultimately I’ll have home automation that will take control.


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All right...next steps...

All the upper/lower bracing is complete.

So I still need to add the cover board that will “face” the marquee.

But also need to get my columns ready...

As you can see I have an 8’ colonial style column(got a set off of Craigslist for~$100.00). The first set will be”split”, and cut down to size, and placed against the wall on the marquee.

The second set will be in the theater.

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Header panel is basically done...covered in 1/4 inch underlayment..(it’s going to be painted so grain,etc doesn’t matter).

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There is also crown molding that will go up(the rope light is tucked behind it).

But for now...”splitting the columns”...

Again this “track saw” is worth its weight in gold.

One person job...perfectly straight cutClick image for larger version

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Columns are split!! No into the “test fitting”phase... needed to cut them down about a foot.Click image for larger version

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Now for the “crown”Click image for larger version

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When I think I've seen it all, here comes something else.
Simply amazing!
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Thanks for the positive feedback!!

Really fun project...enjoying it.

Have a couple issues- 1st one: I needed to trim down the bases. But my saw caught it and broke a corner.

So I needed to build it back. Click image for larger version

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2nd issue: I’ve been trying the crown around the”curve”, but I just cant get it to go.

I bought the PVC Crown, but that doesn’t work either(to much curve).

So I needed to purchase the flexible Crown.

$125 for 12 ft—-Yikes!!Click image for larger version

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So both columns are trimmed/fitted.

Now I’ll take them back out to the garage to strip the paint off them

Then looks like I’ll be waiting till my flexible Crown Molding comes in {about one week....Ugh}Click image for larger version

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Finally got the flexible crown molding. I gotta say...not cheap, but simply amazing stuff!!


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