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Old 10-23-2012, 04:50 AM   #21
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I have decided NOT to drywall the ceiling. This is to keep the ceilings as high as possible (8ft) and open for future upgrades. I have been in several other theaters where the ceiling joists are left open but painted black. Once the can lights are on, the ceiling just disappears into the background.
I have a friend up the road from me who did the same thing. I won't lie, I was skeptical at first but he really did a great job. Most of it was exposed, but he dry walled around the HVAC trunks and other major objects.

It turned out great since it kept all of the visual clean lines and broke up the ceiling.
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Old 10-23-2012, 04:57 AM   #22
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I believe keeping the high contrast boundaries as clean and strait as possible is important. I will be putting trim around the top of the drywall to act as a barrier to the black void of the ceiling.

I won't be drywalling around the ductwork as there is so much I would practically be doing the whole thing. But I will be covering some areas with drywall to clean up the look. The key is just having it as dark as possible and even the ductwork should disappear.

Having the drywall and light colored carpet will help too.
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Old 10-23-2012, 05:22 AM   #23
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When I did up my home theater about 10 years ago, I put in a drop ceiling. Framed and tiled. Never thought about sheetrocking it. Wanted to have access available for whatever reason. Again it did help having 10 foot ceilings. Even with the drop ceiling, it's still over 8+ feet up.
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Old 10-24-2012, 02:31 PM   #24
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I decided that since I have today off. I would get the ceiling finished up so I can start the drywall.

Well last night I began prepping for a long day of spraying/painting. First step was lubing up the sprayer after being cleaned.... Turns out the motor decided to just call it quits. Piece of garbage only worked 1 time. Quick trip back to Lowes and exchanged it. Also picked up a mask and eye protection.

I'm getting ready to head down. Should have some updates tonight.
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Old 10-24-2012, 02:56 PM   #25
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I decided that since I have today off. I would get the ceiling finished up so I can start the drywall.

Well last night I began prepping for a long day of spraying/painting. First step was lubing up the sprayer after being cleaned.... Turns out the motor decided to just call it quits. Piece of garbage only worked 1 time. Quick trip back to Lowes and exchanged it. Also picked up a mask and eye protection.

I'm getting ready to head down. Should have some updates tonight.
Good luck! I can't wait to see the ceiling completed.

I have the day off as well. But it's because I'm having carpet installed. It's nice to be able to kick your feet up sometimes
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Old 10-24-2012, 05:07 PM   #26
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Thats gonna be a great room for sure,and with you having all the know how to do it yourself will just make it that much easier and you know it'll be done right.I'm pretty worthless in the know how i must say lol.That plasma will be good,but eventually you should look into getting a projector .Good luck the rest of the way !
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:55 PM   #27
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Good luck! I can't wait to see the ceiling completed.

I have the day off as well. But it's because I'm having carpet installed. It's nice to be able to kick your feet up sometimes
Thanks, I haven't been going at this project nearly as long as you, but I'm about to collapse.

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Thats gonna be a great room for sure,and with you having all the know how to do it yourself will just make it that much easier and you know it'll be done right.I'm pretty worthless in the know how i must say lol.That plasma will be good,but eventually you should look into getting a projector .Good luck the rest of the way !
Thank you, I'm excited to get the plasma up and running in a dark room. All my other TV's are LED/LCD, I just prefer the motion-fluidity on plasma... as long as you have a space dark enough to accommodate.

I am not handy by any means... just a cheapskate. Most of this stuff I've never attempted before.

I WILL NEVER SPRAY A CEILING MYSELF AGAIN!

I just got done painting the ceiling and I am beat! That was the hardest thing I've done yet (on this project). Holding a 15lb weight above your head for 6 hours. Constantly climbing up/down the ladder. Moving the ladder. Rinse and repeat 100 times. I really thought carrying the drywall down the stairs would be the worst part... I was wrong.

The results are looking good. I painted the ceiling "Black Suede" so I am waiting for it to dry before taking any pictures. Since it's still wet it looks very glossy.

Will post back in a bit once I give my shoulder's and back a rest. Time for a nap.
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:01 AM   #28
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OK, here's the pics. I'm happy with how dark the ceiling turned out. When you are standing down there and the lights are on, the joists and ducts just disappear. The pictures don't properly show how dark the ceiling is. The camera is picking up details that can't be seen normally.

It should look nice once the drywall is up and painted.

View from the stairs through the office, into the HT.



Main wall in the HT



Another angle of the main wall in the HT



View from HT into the office/stairs



View from the HT towards the utility area (new wall)



Close-up of the paint job. Ducts and conduit

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Old 10-25-2012, 03:16 AM   #29
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I WILL NEVER SPRAY A CEILING MYSELF AGAIN!
This is exactly what my friend said when he finished spraying his space HAHA!

It looks great by the way!
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:25 PM   #30
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Spraying the ceiling blk is one of those things that I have always envisioned but never really seen done. I was thinking that would be the way to go because a lot of the houses that I have seen have low ceilings. Spraying the ceiling removes the necessity of having to do a drop ceiling. I guess the only drawback that I can see is not being able to install insulation?

Looks like a great job albeit a very painful one!!! It will be more than worth it when its all said and done.
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:38 AM   #31
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This is exactly what my friend said when he finished spraying his space HAHA!

It looks great by the way!
Now that I've had a night to sleep on it, I'm glad I did it myself... saved about $500 That being said.... never again.

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Spraying the ceiling blk is one of those things that I have always envisioned but never really seen done. I was thinking that would be the way to go because a lot of the houses that I have seen have low ceilings. Spraying the ceiling removes the necessity of having to do a drop ceiling. I guess the only drawback that I can see is not being able to install insulation?

Looks like a great job albeit a very painful one!!! It will be more than worth it when its all said and done.
Sound insulation will be a bit of a problem for me, but it is nice having the bedrooms on the upper level. Also the main floor is separated from the basement ceiling by a layer of 1in plywood, a layer of 2x6, and another layer of 1in plywood.... hopefully this will suffice.

No updates to report today. I just ordered a 50 foot active USB extension from Monoprice to allow me to hook up my kinect at the front of the room. Once that comes and is ran then I'll be able to hopefully start drywalling
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Old 11-03-2012, 02:01 AM   #32
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Change of plans....

I hung 3 sheets of drywall and determined that it was not a task to do solo. I had planned on hanging the drywall myself and hiring out the mudding/taping. My wife's boss recommended his brother who drywalls for a living. He stopped by to give us a quote to hang the drywall and mud/tape.

He gave us the quote then left... 10 minutes later my wife's boss texts us that he just paid his brother for the services... meaning...

FREE DRYWALL/FINISHING/PRIMING!!!

So his crew will be here Wednesday to knock it out on my day off. Then all that is needed is a few follow up mudding/sanding trips and on to carpet!

Will update on wednesday.
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Old 11-03-2012, 02:38 AM   #33
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That is awesome, wish I could score a deal like that...lol If you dont mind me asking what was the quote?
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Old 11-03-2012, 03:50 AM   #34
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Change of plans....

I hung 3 sheets of drywall and determined that it was not a task to do solo. I had planned on hanging the drywall myself and hiring out the mudding/taping. My wife's boss recommended his brother who drywalls for a living. He stopped by to give us a quote to hang the drywall and mud/tape.

He gave us the quote then left... 10 minutes later my wife's boss texts us that he just paid his brother for the services... meaning...

FREE DRYWALL/FINISHING/PRIMING!!!

So his crew will be here Wednesday to knock it out on my day off. Then all that is needed is a few follow up mudding/sanding trips and on to carpet!

Will update on wednesday.
Man, that's AMAZING! I'd be over the moon if that were me...

Lucky bugger

You'll see the room come alive once the walls goes up.
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Old 11-03-2012, 03:50 AM   #35
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Yeah... no complaints here. We were speechless when her boss texted us that he was paying.

The original quote was for $750. This was for sanding/priming and includes all materials except the drywall (which I already bought and hauled down) He said they will supply all tape/corner-beads.

Keep in mind, this quote was for walls only, no ceiling. It won't take more than 35 sheets to do the entire space, so not a huge job.

Not sure how much other contractors charge, we just went with him because he's a pro with plenty of recommendations.
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Any updates my man?
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:25 PM   #37
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Tomorrow morning will be some BIG updates.

I'll post some pictures as soon as the drywall crew leaves. Tonight I will be just doing some last minute prep work before the walls go up.

I decided to run a few extra electrical lines to locations where I will be doing some on-wall lighting down the road.
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:23 AM   #38
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Ok, so BIG updates.

This has been a very long day, the first half of which was spent waiting on the drywall crew to come hang it.

That guy is fast. He did it by himself in about 3 hours. He just hoisted the 8 ft sheets with his left arm and drove it in with his right. This would have taken me forever, as I was meticulously leveling and measuring each sheet. It would have been weeks before I finished.

On to the pics...

Office area at the base of stairs



Stairs looking into the HT



Main wall in HT



HT area looking back into office



HT area looking towards utility area/door



Another view of main HT wall



I am pumped to see things coming together. The finisher will come on Saturday to begin mudding/taping and will have to make 3 follow up trips.

I will plan on having the carpet guys come take measurements on Saturday as well. Once the last mud/sanding is done, he will prime the walls for paint. I hope to slap up some paint and have the carpet installed right away. The trim will come last.

Can't wait!!
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:34 AM   #39
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WOW it's looking great! The space is really coming together!

You'll thank yourself for subbing out the mud/taping of the space...

If you have a dehumidifier, I'd suggest that you run it in between mud/tape visits.
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Wow coming along nicely. If you don't mind me asking how big is your space? Its HUGHE!!!!!!
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