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Okay... The mirror situation is about to be taken care of!

I talked with my friend that owns the home improvement company to get a quote on having his guys remove the mirrors and replace the drywall - and instead he said "I'll come over this weekend and get the mirrors down and patch the drywall"!! So - looks like the mirrors will FINALLY be gone!!

I'll be picking up 2 gallons of "sorcerer's hat" blue paint too - so the room will be finally "done" for the time being!!
Great news Aaron! Can't wait to see the pics! :bigsmile:
 

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There will be plenty of pics for sure! ;)

Also just learned from my wife that we still have 2/3 of the bar build budget left after our "emergency Vegas trip" ... and she was asking when I planned to get that project done!
I thought we had spent it all - so that is a nice surprise! I should be getting that project rolling pretty soon.
 

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Nice setup. Painting the wall black, really made your TV come to life. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Woohoo for extra project money! She must have hit one of those slot machines and won a bundle.... ;)
Actually the couple we went with hit pretty big - won close to $4000 after hitting one big jackpot on a penny machine then hitting a few more payouts later in the night! Must be nice!
I wasn't keeping track of what we spent of the "build money" - turns out we were a lot better about it than we planned :)

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Nice setup. Painting the wall black, really made your TV come to life. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you very much! It definitely transformed the look of the room and I'm glad I did it :D
 

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I'm looking forward to getting the side walls finally painted. I'm kind of second guessing myself on my choice to do the other walls blue - but I'm sure it will look great when it is done.
I'm kind of modeling it after another theater I saw on another forum and see a picture of every time I load up my copy of "home theater demo disc 2" - so I know it SHOULD look great!
 

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What shade of blue are you planning Aaron?
"Sorcerer's Hat" ... It is a Behr "Disney" color.

Going for something similar to "the Scuba Tank" - as seen here:





The color I'm looking at is deeper than the blue in those pictures... I'll try to get the sample can painted on the wall an post some pics ;)
 

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You're basement is amazing. Great bar, with pool table even.

I love your intro's. Gives a special touch when you start a demo :T And man what a TV! :yikes: I thought 60" was big, but with your TV you don't need a projector. The dark color of the screen wall really improves your picture quality.

Have fun in there, but somehow I don't think that will be a problem :D
 

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You're basement is amazing. Great bar, with pool table even.

I love your intro's. Gives a special touch when you start a demo :T And man what a TV! :yikes: I thought 60" was big, but with your TV you don't need a projector. The dark color of the screen wall really improves your picture quality.

Have fun in there, but somehow I don't think that will be a problem :D
Thank you so much!
It has been a fun project do far, and I'm really looking forward to finishing "Movie Room v1.0" so I can focus on the bar :T

I'm not looking forward to emptying the room for Sunday though... With the sanding and patching that will be necessary, the room will probably be out of commission for more than a week - I will probably need to seek medical attention for Skyrim withdrawal! :bigsmile:
 

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It looks great at the moment already, but I know the feeling of longing to use and enjoy it. The first look I looked mainly at the pictures, but now I gave your thread a second look to read more.

You were wondering how to make the room acoustically symmetrical. The removal of the mirror wall is a good start. It is actually quite difficult to accomplish. My first question would be what you're experiencing? Do you feel the sound is out of balance? Can you make pictures with the curtains open?
 

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My friends have been trying to talk me into getting into Skyrim - but, after my WoWcrack addiction, I swore off games until I get the HT done. :)

I like that color - looking forward to seeing it on your walls!
Skyrim is a lot of fun - I highly recommend it if you have the time. My dad is a WOWcrack addict as well - but he has been stuck in New Mexico without an internet connection and he is LOVING Skyrim.

I excited, and a bit nervous about getting it painted ... but mostly excited!

It looks great at the moment already, but I know the feeling of longing to use and enjoy it. The first look I looked mainly at the pictures, but now I gave your thread a second look to read more.

You were wondering how to make the room acoustically symmetrical. The removal of the mirror wall is a good start. It is actually quite difficult to accomplish. My first question would be what you're experiencing? Do you feel the sound is out of balance? Can you make pictures with the curtains open?
Thanks for reading through :)

Honestly right now it sounds "just fine" to me as far as balance... but I'm not sure if it is just a case of "I don't know how much I don't know" or if it really is "good enough". My comment about the balance was more in reference to the idea of covering the mirrors with acoustic panels - I was concerned that one side would be "dead" while the other side wouldn't match. With the current plan of removing the mirrors this coming Sunday - I can focus on putting acoustic treatments up just where needed, and I should be able to do them equally :)

Actually - the sectional couch in there might make it a challenge still just because it covers part of the left wall. Once I get actual theater seating it will be a much easier (in theory) task.
 

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Discovered a "restaurant supply warehouse" near our house, and took a trip up there today... Found a few great deals including a set of very comfortable bar stools for under $50 each:


Also got a few more odds and ends for the bar - but not worth putting up photos of ;)

Also started taking things out of the movie room to get ready for the mirror tear down... and in the process decided to see IF I had the space to do 2 rows with a riser. I mocked it up with pieces of my sectional couch using 4x4s and an old steel door:




Turns out that the riser needs to be at least double that height - but there is plenty of space for it with a lot of room on either side.

I also pulled down the curtains and got some photos:






Looks like I will be patching a lot of small holes - since I had stapled the curtains to the wall... Oops!
 

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Aaron,

One thing to keep in mind when putting the 2nd row in - if you want to do some kind of recliner, you will probably need to put at least 5 feet between rows.

Also, I found a riser height calculator a while back - here it is - hope it helps!
Thanks, that's a good tip. I'll check out that site too. I was just playing around since I had the stuff moved around anyway ;)
We may not end up doing it at all because we do like playing Wii and playstation move games, and we would lose our "playing space".
 

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Few more pictures (I tend to over do it with pictures)...

Equipment shelves sealed off to protect from drywall dust:


Mirrors all taped up and floor covered in layer of thin plastic, old carpet, then 3.5mil plastic doubled over:


Posters draped in thin plastic for dust protection:


TV certainly looks bigger when it is out of the room:


Pool table looks like it got smaller or something...
 

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Busy couple of hours...
Mirrors ended up just popping off the wall very easily. Here is a very flattering shot of my friend Mat removing a mirror:


Once they came down we scraped off the construction adhesive and sanded down the damaged areas:


...and the first layer of mud was applied:


We have since gone back with a hair drier and dried those patches, sanded, and applied a second layer. That will be allowed to dry on its own, then I will sand it an apply a third layer of mud before we prime and paint. I'll get some pictures of the dried second layer tonight...
 
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