Instead of purchasing a costly and cumbersome projector screen, take a weekend and paint a screen onto your wall. Painting the screen directly onto your wall is a project that will prove cost effective at the end. While you could paint your wall with an interior paint, using speciality paint will reflect the light and result in a clear, crisp picture. Wall preparation is key to this project; the screen will magnify any imperfections in your wall.
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Things you need
- Level or straight edge as wide as the screen
- Painter's tape
- Putty knife
- Patching or spackling compound
- Sanding block
- Foam roller
- Speciality screen paint such as Goo Systems: Screen Goo or Behr: Silver Screen
- Crown or chair moulding
- Table saw
- Foam paintbrush
- Black matt finish paint
- Black matt finish spray paint
Turn on your projector and adjust it to the size you want the screen to be.
Mark the corners of the screen with a pencil to provide a guide. Line a straight edge up with the marks and sketch a line across. Trace the whole screen with the projector on.
Apply painter's tape flush with the guide lines around the whole screen. Use wide painters tape to make sure paint will not get onto other areas of the wall. Use a putty knife to press the painter's tape onto the wall to ensure a strong bond.
Apply a layer of spackle around the inside edges of the screen slightly overlapping the tape. Allow the spackle to dry, then sand to a smooth finish. Apply a light coat of spackle to the entire screen area. Sand the spackle after it dries. Apply at least two more coats of spackle, allowing each coat to dry and sanding between applications.
Stand to the side of the screen and look at the wall to see if there are any noticeable imperfections.
Use a foam roller to apply one coat of primer. Allow the primer to dry before lightly sanding.
Apply one to two coats of the speciality paint. Screen Goo requires a base coat followed by a top coat. You should apply at least two coats of the Behr paint. Allow each coat to dry before applying another; sand lightly between coats.
Cut two pieces of moulding to the height measurement of your screen; mitre the ends at a 45 degree angle. Cut two pieces of moulding to the width measurement of the screen; mitre the ends at a 45 degree angle. Dry fit the pieces over your screen to check the measurements.
Use a foam paint brush to apply a light coat of black matt paint to the moulding. Allow the paint to dry, then lightly sand. Flip the moulding over and apply a strip of Velcro the length of the moulding; press firmly to secure the Velcro.
Apply Velcro to the edges of the screen, and press firmly to secure the Velcro.
Use black matt finish spray paint to apply two light coats to the moulding. If two coats do not adequately cover the moulding, you may apply another coat. Allow the spray paint to cure overnight.
Attach the moulding to the wall around the screen. Press firmly into place to secure the Velcro together.
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