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    Quote Originally Posted by aquamaniac View Post
    Haha! Now there is an overly ambitious idea. I have a window there. I currently have a tall 30 gallon right in front of window growing emersed plants. I might just leave it as is. I'm thinking of putting a collapsable table for when I working on projects and stuff. I had some sliding mirror doors but I wasn't liking that even while open they would block out a lot of the natural light. I removed them. A big tank would be awesome thougth
    Think about an arowana though

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    Theeee Fish Room!

    I guess I like to make my life complicated. Lol.
    Couple of things I decided do/not do.
    First I decided to paint the ceiling. Didnít really needed it but because it was white I wanted the crown moulding that I will install to really pop. That will be bright white and with a light blue ceiling it will really split the colors from the ceiling to the walls.
    Second, the wall where I was going to add fake brick panels will now have a real brick wall. Iím going to cut some bricks in half to get more bang for my bucks! I just figured Iím going through all this might as well make it look authentic.
    I did save some time by muddying the walls with spackle as opposed to applying sheets of drywall. Currently the walls have wooden panels that really look dated. Covering up the wood panels with drywall mud will smooth out the walls. So no tearing down walls or extra work with drywall. That also saved me some money that I in turn spent it on the extra paint for the ceiling. Guess that worked out.

    Here are pics of progress so far. I guess my monthís time frame just got stretched out some by another month. Hehe. Slow but steady...






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    Any updates till now Victor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hakoomay View Post
    Any updates till now Victor?
    This Hank? Not really budd. The paint has been applied. I'm thinking the floor will be next, then cabinets and then the brick wall and then... finally... let the scaping begin!

    I'll post some pics of the painted walls later. I'm really happy with the walls I patched up and the paint. The ceiling though is another story. If it is you, Hank, i'm definitely taking your advice and blend the blue paint with some white and just recoat and see how it comes out. That will be tomorrow's project as soon as I get home from work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aquamaniac View Post
    This Hank? Not really budd. The paint has been applied. I'm thinking the floor will be next, then cabinets and then the brick wall and then... finally... let the scaping begin!

    I'll post some pics of the painted walls later. I'm really happy with the walls I patched up and the paint. The ceiling though is another story. If it is you, Hank, i'm definitely taking your advice and blend the blue paint with some white and just recoat and see how it comes out. That will be tomorrow's project as soon as I get home from work.
    Yes this is me haha, glad the suggestion helped Victor. Also, another tip, if you replace the four recessed (fluorescent?) bulbs with slightly warmer temp LED floods, with a dimmer, would work perfect. The flood light would help light up more area than a concentration of light in the recessed housings. The warmer temp is easier on the eyes, but that is preference. Dimmable option is nice so if you want the room lit up during maintenance, or to have a slight glow.

    Excited to see how it turn out!!

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    @hakam thanks! I was considering dimmable LEDs. Great suggestion!

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    I guess I was too optimistic with the timeframe to complete this project. My plan was to go at it every weekend but, as we all know, stuff happens. I got extremely busy at work and the previous 3 weekends I had my nephew and his family make use of the room as they transitioned into their new home. So that alone cost me 6 days worth of work. Oh well... the show must go on...

    Well here is the latest:
    The bulk of the patchwork and painting has been done. Happy with the colors.



    The hardest part was the floor and I can check that off my list, finally!





    Today I just finished the custom top doors to hide the storage space above this closet. I also made the overlapping barn doors and installed those. And before anyone points it out, Iím aware itís slightly off frame. The closet opening was not at all square. Iíll be adjusting doors to get them just right. But all in all Iím quite happy with this segment of the room. The material for wooden doors, other than my sweat and the sliding hardware, cost me nothing. All pallet wood and scrap wood Iíve been hoarding. Finally getting to use it up and clear up some much needed space in the garage.

    Check it out


    I used the overlapping doors for clearance and access to this closet and all the natural light from the only window in this room. Iíll be building a folding table that when open, it will be leveled with the top shelf.


    Brick wall coming up next stay tuned...




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    Is it bad that I only want to buy a larger house to set up a fish room?

    That’s awesome!

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    Hahaa! Never enough room... especially in this hobby! Thanks Michael. The progress is slow and steady but I'm really enjoying the outcome.

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    Wow, I'm so jealous man. Your gonna have the ultimate man cave when this is complete.

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    More Tanks!

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    Thanks Kole! Can't wait to get to the scaping part. Gonna have to use some of your skills for some of them tanks.

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    I can help with that


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    Quote Originally Posted by aquamaniac View Post
    Thanks Kole! Can't wait to get to the scaping part. Gonna have to use some of your skills for some of them tanks.
    I'm down man. I'll bring a 12 pack lol.

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    More Tanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bongox3 View Post
    Is it bad that I only want to buy a larger house to set up a fish room?

    Thatís awesome!
    Absolutely NOT!
    More apistos

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    Victor the room is looking great

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    Looks awesome, great job

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kole85 View Post
    I'm down man. I'll bring a 12 pack lol.

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    I'll supply the beer you supply the talent!

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    Does anyone know someone or a small firm that can custom make 3D engraving? I'm looking to make some custom rosettes for my door frames in this room. So far some of the companies I've contacted will not take this on due to too small a job.

    I'm looking to get an image carved out of 8 pieces of hard wood 3 x 3 inches and 6 that are 3 x 6 inches with same image on the top half of 3 x 6 end. The longer pieces will go on the bottom portion of frame touching the floor.

    I did look up some on the net that will ship out but with shipping it double the budgeted expense. I would like someone local in OC or even LAC.

    Anyone with any leads I would greatly appreciate it.

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