View Full Version : Nightshade Manor Facade

08-08-2006, 01:00 PM
The construction of the Nightshade Manor facade has been completed. The facade is 20' wide and 13' tall. Here are some pics. Please excuse the picture quality, these were taken with my cell phone. Most of the trim and the windows are vintage pieces from the early 20th century. The "aging" process will be completed this weekend. I'll be adding a front door, vintage porch lights, additional trim pieces and vines. Looks like Skelly has found a new home.


08-08-2006, 01:01 PM
I really like it! Especially, the dude on top! :D

08-08-2006, 01:08 PM
Fantastic work!

08-08-2006, 01:39 PM
Sweet, It looks aged already. Please post some more photos as you go along. I love haunt constructions photos.

08-08-2006, 02:04 PM
Looks good! Definitely post more pics as you go along!

Jim Warfield
08-08-2006, 09:37 PM
It all looks VERY GOOD!
I like those concrete block curtains in the window too! They look serious!

08-09-2006, 05:40 AM
Mind, that ROCKS!!! I'm especially impressed with the use of multiple pastel colors as the base. Most people don't realize that a lot of old 'Victorian' styled homes were quite colorful. Homes in the deep south were also painted in brighter colors that tended to fade in the sun over time. It's a very nice touch.

Jim Warfield
08-09-2006, 06:54 AM
This town I'm in, Mount Carroll, Illinois was once referred to as "Paint City" because to others not from here it seemed as if the citizens here painted their houses too much or something? Maybe the painters just worked real cheap back then?
I painted the courthouse fountain, it's wrought iron? 1800's? decorative with swans and fish on it, I used a variety of colors, making the foilage and critters have their own realistic colors and I caught H e ll! From one guy who knows alot about antiques (but nobody knows it all) I later found out it was a common practice to paint these like I did. The Smithsonian even has some of them, as did the French Quarter.
Of course many years ago when a county prisoner originally from the west coast painted this he used day-glow colors , which faded almost before he cleaned his brush.
Ever hear that the ceilings of southern porches were painted light blue because this was thought to confuse hornets?
I think my ex who worked in a southern museum might have told me this?
Of course getting stung by a confused hornet hurts the same.

08-09-2006, 07:21 AM
Jim, I live in an old southern home and the roof of my porch is painted light blue. I was told it confused many types of insects including mosquitos. Hmmm. Gotten plenty of bites sitting on my front porch swing. :?

Jim Warfield
08-09-2006, 12:15 PM
If it was oil based paint maybe the confusion only lasted until the paint dried? Fumes, you know!

08-10-2006, 12:33 PM
Thanks for the compliments everyone!

Warren Vanderdark
08-11-2006, 05:12 AM
Excellent work...maybe you could accent the porch with a large pile of old unread newspapers and accumulated mail...*chuckle*


Warren Vanderdark;
Owner & Head Mortician,
The Baxter Avenue Morgue,


Raycliff Manor
08-11-2006, 07:30 AM
Freakin Awesome! :twisted: That is one incredible facade! Nice work! I can see the apprehension building as people enter through! :twisted:


Jim Warfield
08-11-2006, 10:53 AM
"Old Newspapers on the porch", make a hump shaped heavy wire mesh fence with a door in it made from the same fencing and attach your old newspapers to it creating a hiding place inside this "Pile".
Of course leave some little spots to see out of so the scare happens to the intended victim and in a timely manner.

08-11-2006, 09:51 PM
We lit the facade tonight. Here is the result:



Tomorrow I am going to install the door and lighting fixtures on either side of the doorway. I am going to use battery powered LED flicker candles inside of the fixtures.

08-11-2006, 09:55 PM
Looks cool...it needs something right in the middle though above the entrance...like a round stain glass window.

A lot of time people will tell you that you should make a facade like a face...but a nice round stainglass window would look cool!!!


08-11-2006, 10:00 PM

Actually I have a round stained glass window that is going to be installed above the porch, just like my inspiration, the Darkness Mansion.

08-12-2006, 09:50 AM
Hey there, WOW!, it looks awesome. What did you use for the siding? Keep up the great work!

08-12-2006, 05:17 PM
Looks Great, Where is the facade set up? An Interior Warehouse For Storage? I Wouldnt want something out side 2 months in advance.

08-12-2006, 08:10 PM
Koch, the siding is actual cement board house siding. I aged it using watered down paint applied with a deck sprayer.

Djcarolina, the facade is outside, attached to the front of my warehouse.

08-16-2006, 09:01 PM
W I C K E D !!!!!!!!!!!, I LOVE IT ,KEEP IT UP.

08-17-2006, 06:29 PM
Awesome stuff man... Any chance there's a few construction pics? Happy Haunting. -Tyler

Mr Nightmarez
08-23-2006, 08:51 AM
Kevin, Looks great!

You had some done when I was there last but I like the final touch! Excellent!

So wanna come do mine now?! :wink:

Nightmarez - Memphis will die for 2006 if we can't seal a deal by Friday.
We are down to the last resort and even that does not seem promising.

So to see our work - you will either have to go to Lebanon, TN or Chattanooga, TN this season... Sucks but the wonderful Memphis Jaycees have burned so many people - no one wants to even consider letting a haunt in there building.

The sad part is Youth Villages will be losing a $20,000 plus donation, that they have come to budget within... :roll: :evil: Hopefully next year we can make up for it...

Back to Nightshade Manor! I love the haunt Kevin... and I hope you kick GMS, Memphis and Millington Jaycees to the curb. :twisted:

08-23-2006, 01:15 PM
Thanks Todd! I really appreciate the support. Can you please send me an email with contact info for the insurance company you've used for Bartlett?

08-24-2006, 01:01 AM
Great job man, you did a wonderful job on your facade, it looks amazing

agent man
08-25-2006, 09:14 PM
Any chance you can grace us with pics of the interior. Also, do you happen to have any pics of the exterior before the facade went up?

08-26-2006, 03:23 AM
Pictures of the inside are on my website, www.nightshademanor.com and in the Hauntworld Haunte House Photo Gallery http://www.hauntworld.com/gallery/index.php?cat=10012.

I can't find a pic of the building prior to adding the facade. The building is a 5000 sq ft concrete block/brick warehouse. The facade was built over the rolling door on the loading dock.

09-04-2006, 08:29 PM
Here are a couple of updated photos of the Nightshade Manor facade. New lighting, vines, spanish moss, a door and lanterns with LED flicker candles have been added.

I've also got some more vines and a round stained glass window that is going to be installed above the portico.

32 to days to go!



09-05-2006, 04:21 AM
Hey Kevin,

The pics look great! What kind of lights do you use, are those flood lights or pin spots used in your pics, like the red on the facade or the green light entering the nursery?

Thanks, looking great!

09-06-2006, 04:28 PM
Hey Kevin,

The pics look great! What kind of lights do you use, are those flood lights or pin spots used in your pics, like the red on the facade or the green light entering the nursery?

Thanks, looking great!

The facade is lit with three 100w outdoor flood lights. They are arranged in a triangular formation with red at the top point and blue at the bottom left and right points.

Inside I use 25w colored bulbs in cheap clamp-on fixtures from Home Depot. I paint the reflectors, inside and out, with high-temp black paint.

09-06-2006, 10:45 PM
Looks really nice.... BTW, the shots on your site a really nice as well... really good set detail.... very cool!!

Jim Warfield
09-07-2006, 12:42 AM
Like Honest Abe said:"You can fool some of the people some of the time."
The fun part of building a facade or even a few foam tombstones comes when "that Person" (and we have all seen and heard "That Person" says something like "I never knew there was a graveyard here?"
"I never knew there was this old scary looking house here?"
Your work looks real impressive!
(But I thought there was a concrete block warehouse there?) hahahahah!