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Polished DIY Projector Is Painted Right onto the Wall

If you’re contemplating building a projector screen but find yourself not entirely unhappy with just projecting right onto the wall, this simple paint-it-on-the-wall upgrade is for you.

Check out the above video to see the steps required to patch, paint, and frame a space on your wall to serve as a projection screen. You’ll need spackle, sandpaper, white paint, and some very basic carpentry skills to complete the simple wood frame for your painted-on screen. If you’d like to create a screen using the same technique but make it removable (for adjustments or to take it with you when you move out) you can just as easily use the paint-it-on technique with a piece of hardboard instead of the drywall.

[via Hack A Day]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 09/10/12

Comments (5)

  1. r

    pushing a nail into a wall (at 1:50 ) is a real bad idea. If it’s in a beam & the humidity/temp changes in a room, the nail may easily push itself back to the surface or eventually rust through.

  2. Jim

    Pushing a nail into a wall can be effective for finding plumbing and power wiring in the wall, with undesirable side effects! :-)

  3. bobro

    I just finished my home cinema room and i just set up projector, made sure all was square and in middle of wall, level, then masking taped up (actually used frog tape), painted a black border 4 inch thick round the light grey i had already painted for the screen (not white as it washes out the colour). didnt think the border was going to make much of a difference but some how made the picture about 20% better to look at maybe even more… really does stand out now. no carpentry skills needed, and im crap at painting too but the frog tape cept it perfectly straight and neat :)

    manged to rock a 121 inch screen…

  4. tezm

    as cheap as possible, to get an old 60’s or 70’s projector, the way i can only explain is to use as a stage backdrop like warhol did with the velvet undergrund and bonus if it had sound but more for visual but able to do a good size….any idea of price? im in england too.thanks.

  5. r

    @ Jim: yes, that’s always fun too….

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