Introduction: My Homecinema Screenwall

Hi,

Now i do an own instructable about the screen of my homecinema.
Its pretty cheap and after the final cleaning it looks great.

Step 1: The Blueprint and Measurement

at first i started my beamer and take a look on the pictruresize i like and do some little marks wit a pen on the wall.
then i do a little sketch about how i would like to have the look of the thing done, and scratch the right measurement on the wall.

Step 2: Scratching Off the Wallpaper

I asked a friend, he´s a professional Painter, to help me.
We begann scratiching down the Wallpaper and under the wallpaper was older wallpaper and under this was more older wallpaper...

Step 3: Hack Down the Wall Plaster

Now we Grab the Hammer and chisel and hack down the wall Plaster, thats a very loud and dusty work be carefull and wear a eye shade.

Beware of your neighbours.

Step 4: Fill Inn the Screen Surface

Now we got an nice frame and the inside screen surface wich we fill in with some putty to get it real smooth after sanding.

Step 5: Cleaning the Bricks

Now we cleaning the bricks from the remains of the old wall plaster, i chosse a hard wire brush for that work.
Its VERY Dusty, when you do this you should wear a mask.

Step 6: Cleaning Up

Now thats the hardest part, the fine dust is EVERYWHERE, it lasts houres till we got clean.
It was aufull.

Step 7: Sealing

at last we bring some sealing to the bricks wich let them look a little more dark and amore red.
This sealing is clear and also prevents the bricks from crumbling.

Step 8: Painting

The last step is Painting the frame surrounding areas, we just use normal wallwhite.

And painting the screen, we use an special collor for screens wich make better colors in the Projector pictures.


So, thats it, hope you like it.

Comments

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tedvm (author)2014-12-27

very nice indeed!
although I can't do this in my house (it's a 250-year-old fachwerk house), I am well impressed at the results of what you've done there mate. I just had a wee look at your other projects and they have sparked off something in the inventive area of my brain.
thanks man!
Schöne Grüsse aus der 525qm besetzes Britische gebiet in Niedersachsen ;)

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qewt (author)2013-02-17

Super!

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nathanrudolf (author)2013-01-31

Great project, it looks nice! Your friend seems SUPER excited to be helping and have his picture taken... and should tighten that belt!

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Falkenberg (author)nathanrudolf2013-02-03

This Friend is me!

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nathanrudolf (author)Falkenberg2013-02-03

Lol, I figured you were the cheesy one, why aren't you so happy looking?

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ducatidragon916 (author)2013-01-31

I was wondering if you could use a 3m reflective paint to help give an even more brilliance by make the image reflect a higher percentage instead of some of the imaging loss that occurs to the specularity of the white paint on paper etc...Just an idea.. nice job though

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ooooh. How about the reflective beads that are used in highway signage? I asked for some at our local Dept of Transportation and they were willing to give me a whole gallon for free. Not sure how you'd get it onto a vertical surface, though. Perhaps pour some into the paint before using it?

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flyingpuppy (author)2013-02-03

LOVE that that was done on purpose! How do you like using a projector tv?

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pimpdoubt (author)2013-02-01

Man, I wish I lived in a place where walls were brick and plaster!

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Tzimakos (author)2013-02-01

Genious...

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marksstudio (author)2013-02-01

Great job!

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Deus Tempestas (author)2013-02-01

Brilliant use of the bricks, well done!

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SandLizard (author)2013-01-31

I really like the "cave" look it provides. Fred Flintstone would think it's state of the art.

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bugsy_malone 666 (author)2013-01-31

I agree with ambientvoid I equally think production maybe more useful than destruction. You could maybe build it so it looks like the screen has been pushed out of the wall push the bricks out of line with it, then just have it screwed in place so if your in somewhere rented or you dont want to wreck your place doing something thats alot of work to put right few screws and your done!

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Darthscout (author)2013-01-31

Thats an AMZING IDEA!!!!!!! i want to do that now!

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ekardell (author)2013-01-31

Wow, that's beautiful. Nice job!

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iamgale (author)2013-01-31

Awesome!!

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keithisit (author)2013-01-31

The screenwall is cool but your speakers look awesome!

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silveravnt (author)keithisit2013-01-31

I second that! The whole setup is very nice. The crankshaft speaker stand caught my eye.

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ambientvoid (author)2013-01-31

I love it but id never be allowed to do this to my rented apartment. As an alternative how about making a wall mounted screen that emulates this look, perhaps a large piece of white photoboard for the central section and the 'brick' frame be made from painted and molded paper machier or similar...?

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jwalker36 (author)2013-01-31

Great idea! I wish I had brick behind my wall.

When I made my screen I used just white paint for a bit as well the upgraded the paint to a projector paint and it made a huge difference. I ended up going with goo systems paint, It's a little pricey but worth it. It helps a lot with ambient light and better contrast.

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jamesxa (author)2013-01-31

I think it would be great if you expanded the image so it fills the projector area. Then using software, create a mask so the projector sends black/nothing to the parts that are off screen (on the brick area). I only know of one software that allows this (ProPresenter 5 by Renewed Vision) but it isn't built for just general media viewing.
A physical mask/blinder could also be made that slides over the projector lens, which would make for another great instructable!

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anafiguera (author)2013-01-31

I love it!

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gmjhowe (author)2013-01-31

I love how you chipped a bit off the corner of the wall to the left to match.

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3zero6zero9zero (author)2013-01-31

Das hast du wirklich gut gemacht!!
Awesome Instructable!!

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santhosh.sagu (author)2013-01-30

This looks great.
But I'm thinking other way, can this not be achieved by coloring the border instead of chipping the wall?

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mgrunwel (author)2013-01-29

I bet the contrast from bright screen to dark brick and back to light colored wall will also help the colors on the screen appear more vibrant and reduce eye strain. Sort of a natural bias lighting.

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Falkenberg (author)2013-01-29

Thank you for the kind words, i´m happy you like it.

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kewpiedoll99 (author)2013-01-29

Two bits I think really add to the overall effect: One is the part you crumbled off the corner nearby. It makes it looks like the whole thing just "happened" in an organic way. Two, the way your shelves at right are staggered to echo the edge of the right side of the bricks. The whole effect is quite wonderful and beautifully executed. Also, nice instructable, with plenty of pictures and commentary to understand every step.

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Nemesis201077 (author)2013-01-28

What a great idea to have a modern minimalist look. I'm sure there are people with posh loft apartments that would pay good money for such a cool looking cinema and all your doing is taking away some of their plaster.
I may need to give this a try in my next house project.

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RoeyLeon (author)2013-01-28

Great idea!

looks very nice!

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Jayefuu (author)2013-01-28

Wow that looks brilliant.

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Tachyon (author)2013-01-28

Great project that mostly just costs elbow grease. Nicely done.

For someone that wants to upgrade this project a bit, look into projector screen paints. The home theatre forums are full of discussions on the topic and there are off the shelf, inexpensive paint options on the low end and custom high end expensive coatings at the other end of the spectrum.
Start with something like
http://www.projectorcentral.com/paint_perfect_screen_$100.htm

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jessyratfink (author)2013-01-27

Wow wow wow! Best screen ever. It looks lovely.

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KatieScarlett (author)2013-01-27

Ok, I signed up just so I could tell you how amazing this idea is, and how wonderfully well you did creating it! What I love is the total chance you took doing this. I mean, for awhile it's rough, a bit of a gamble, but you stuck with it. LOVED it! Well done. :)

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neleabels (author)2013-01-27

Cool, me likey! :)

BTW, when vee tshermans talk about a "beamer" we don't mean a car but an lcd-projector.

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