In the ‘holy crap this thing is coming together’ category, the ceiling is pretty much buttoned up! I settled on some red burlap from a local fabric store. Walmart gave me the idea but their product was around $4/yard and was only about 47″ wide, which would mean I’d have needed about 20 yards of the stuff. So I trekked over to a fabric store, they only had brown and orange. Went to the other fabric store and hit pay dirt. They had 3 large rolls of red that were 60″ wide and $6/yard. So I grabbed a couple of yards to do some test tiles.
The tile frames were made from some of the same 1.5″ MDF stock I used on the pilasters ripped in half, braced in the corners and stapled together top and bottom. I used the MDF because it’s perfectly straight compared to something like furring strips which would have drove me nuts finding a dozen straight enough to make perfect squares. This actually made a rather rigid frame to stretch and staple the fabric to. In the end I ended up having to make 28 squares and 4 diamonds using 10 yards of the burlap and somewhere in the area of 1,500 staples. I’ll be typing only with my left hand for a month! The smell of the burlap is already fading away.
Painting the track with the same paint as the ceiling was somewhat of a flop. I didn’t think to scuff or clean them before painting and even the slightest touch was almost like wiping across a white board. You can see in the pics I had several that still needed painting after they were cut to fit. For those I scuffed them with sandpaper, used some spray paint as a base, then painted them with the flat ceiling paint. This seems to give everything a good bond. I probably could have got flat black spay paint but beings I had the exact match I went the route I did with only a little extra labor.
And finally in this update, on to the walls! We’re going with some basic curtain panels in a red as well. I thought 1 panel would be enough to give a little bit of a pleated look but I think we’re going to end up with 2 panels for each section. Pictured is a test with just one panel. For mounting, I started off planning to use PVC pipe and then opted to recycle materials I had on hand. I had several sections of the L shaped wall ceiling track material. I cut that to length, popped a couple of holes in it for nails and used some small finish nails to hang them. It’s questionable whether this will change because I don’t think the nails will keep them from popping off when things get rumbly… 🙂
- We’re having a carpet installer out to measure the platforms to get a quote.
- I’m waiting on a return email from a screen company to verify the option I’ve selected will work in my application.
- I will build the screen/speaker mounting boxes.
My goal is to have a few folks over for the January 2nd TaxSlayer bowl so we can watch our Georgia Bulldogs play! Everyone will have to bring tailgate chairs though 😉
On with the pics!