So my wife gave me the rest of the supplies I needed to start painting for Christmas. I'm almost ready. I've been working on getting everything else together and need some ideas for the shadow box. I've decided to build it into my closet in my study so that I can close the doors and keep it from the kiddos. I've already moved the shelf I intend to use down so that it is at the appropriate height (40 inches). I have a few questions and am soliciting suggestions. Basically my questions pertain to lighting and black.
As for lighting, I do have electricity in the closet and am not averse to cutting a hole in the top shelf for lighting to come down. I just wonder if that is necessary or if I can just mount something within the box shelf itself. Would a typical task type light work if it had the 5k bulbs? Even if I do cut a hole in the top, I don't really have room for a chimney. What is going to give me the best result?
As for the black, I guess I have three options. Line the shelves with black foam board, paint the area black, or use some sort of material to line the whole thing. What sort of material have others found helpful? Of those options what do you all suggest? I suppose If I paint the thing black I will still want to add some cloth material to the background for texture.
Any other observations or suggestions before I get started. The rest of my SDM stuff will not come until January 7th so I have a little time.