Friday, October 7, 2011

Theater Room: Guest Post {Red Hen Home}

Have you linked up YOUR Round 1: Knockoff projects? Prizes will be given to the top 3 viewed links. GO HERE to enter yours. Linky party open until Saturday, October 8th @ 6 pm MST.

Ready for the second place project from Round 1? It was that incredible Theater Room by Korrie of Red Hen Home?

I liked her knockoff better than the original. Those film rolls and the ticket sign were amazing!!!

Here’s Korrie to tell us how she created this fabulous room.


I’m Korrie from Red Hen Home.  The morning I found out I had been selected to compete in Crafting with the Stars, I frantically started flipping through the pages of the Ballard Designs catalog I had in my magazine basket, looking for an idea for my “knock-off.”

When I came upon this page…I knew I had my project.


One of my sisters has a super fun family room that is painted black with a filmstrip wallpaper border and several of those cardboard movie-character cut-outs standing around.  Knowing that I happened to have her name for our family’s Christmas gift exchange, I decided she needed a little more movie “bling” for her walls!

The cost for this project was about $30, compared to over $300 if you bought all these pieces from Ballard!  Here’s what I used: 

  • One 4’ x 8’ of quarter-inch luaun.  Any smooth piece of wood/plywood would do as well. 

Clapboard: one piece 11” x 12”; two pieces 1” x 12”

Theatre sign: 30” x 10”

Ticket sign: 12” x 24”

Star: 18” square

Movie reels:   24” square; 18” square; 12” square (two each)

  • One 1” diameter dowel
  • About 7’ of narrow molding
  • Stencils of some sort (I cut mine on a Silhouette)
  • Various paint (silver, gold, metallic black, off-white, black, red, tan)
  • One binding post
  • Miscellaneous screws, painter’s tape, etc.

I cut all of my signs using a table saw or a jigsaw. 

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Thankfully I have a very good friend who also has much better tools than I do; at his shop we used a bandsaw to cut out the movie reels.  TIP:  Use a screw to hold the front and back pieces of the reels together, so you can cut them out at the same time.  This can also be done with a jigsaw, but your circles may wobble a little!

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Yes, I know this because I cut the largest inner circles of the big reel with a jigsaw (after drilling a pilot hole first so I had a place to start).  Forstner bits were used to cut the smaller circles, but they only go so big!  So yes, my circles may wobble a bit. 


I used layers of paint to give the effect of metal reels.  It was fun to play with gold, silver, bronze, etc. to get the look I wanted.

I cut my 1” dowel into one-inch sections to separate the front and back pieces of the reels.  There is generally one center piece and three or four pieces around the circumference for stability.  I liked the three-dimensional look far better than just a flat circle on the wall!

I designed all my sign lettering on the Silhouette Designer. I used a combination of stenciling (painting in the open space where your lettering should go) and reverse-stenciling (painting over vinyl or cardstock lettering, and then removing that lettering to expose the unpainted surface underneath) to paint all the words on my signs.

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I didn’t use just any numbers on the ticket…I used my sister’s anniversary!

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I used painter’s tape to mark off the stripes on the Ticket sign, and I “pounced” the red paint on to get clean lines.

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The ticket sign really came together once the curved corners were cut out. I traced around a circle to get the look I wanted, and then I cut the corners out with a jigsaw. I hand-painted the border on as the last step (well…the last step before distressing and glazing, anyway).

I framed the theatre sign with some narrow molding I cut and glued directly to the Theatre board.  It should have taken just eight 45-degree angle cuts for the trim…it took me about 17!  I was glad I had bought a little extra for “just in case.”


The clapboard was a fun little project.  I cut the ends of the two 1”x12” pieces of wood at an angle using a miter saw (a handsaw and a miter box would work just as well).  This is necessary so that the clappers will actually open!  I taped them together on the back so the angle of those little chevron stripes would match up perfectly.

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The bottom of the clapper strip is glued directly to the board; the top strip is attached with a specialty fastener called a “binding post.”  I couldn’t find one at Home Depot, but Lowe’s has them (it cost about $0.80).


The star was the brainchild of my tool-handy friend!  I printed out a star from my computer, and then I placed the top point of the star at the top center point of my board.  Then I used a yardstick to extend the lines on the star onto my board—that way there was no tricky angle-measuring!  I cut it out with my jigsaw as well.


It is difficult to tell from the photographs, but the little movie camera is actually on a separate 4” circle that I painted and then glued to the star.  Just another way to add dimension and interest to the piece.

Whew!  There you have it…the complete theatre room set.

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I didn’t wait until Christmas to give my sister her present.  I didn’t think it sounded like much fun to read about it on my blog and not get to see it in person!  So when I saw her this past weekend, I gave her a “sneak peak” of my Crafting with the Stars post and brought out all the pieces while she was reading.


It was great fun!  I think she enjoyed celebrating “Christmas in October.” 

I know I did!           

Thanks for wading through this very long tutorial with me!  I would love to have you visit further at Red Hen Home.    


Ok, I think I definitely need to go buy me a jigsaw. I want that “Ticket” sign, and the fact that you used your sister’s anniversary as the numbers was brilliant! I love personal touches like that.

Thanks so much Korrie!!

Really excited to see what you come up with for Round 2!


  1. After buying the ticket sign, I was out of cash for the rest of the theater accessories. But I can cut plywood and paint! This is super timely for me and you gave great directions. Thanks!!

  2. Thanks for posting my uber-long tutorial, Tam! I'm so glad the competition *pushed* me to try this project!

  3. Amazing replica! I have that page torn out and pasted in my inspiration book. Love it.


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