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ExposedBrickHomeProjectionScreen2Instructables user Falkenberg posted process photos of converting a wall into a projection screen with a beautiful exposed brick frame. With the help of a friend who’s a professional painter, they stripped through the layers of paint, wallpaper, and plaster down to the brick wall and cleaned the bricks with a wire brush. After sealing the bricks to prevent further crumbling and filling in the screen area with putty, they gave the wall a fresh coat of paint meant for projection surfaces. The final result is a totally unique and inexpensive home entertainment wall that looks good to boot.

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson is a Brooklyn-based creative technologist, Contributing Editor at MAKE, and Resident Research Fellow at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.



  1. Erkko says:

    Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder.

    1. Ian Komosa says:

      hmmm I’m not feeling it either. Maybe if the screen had perfect straight sides it might look a bit better

      1. Balloondoggle says:

        But that would lose the “Flintstones” feel this has.

  2. Alan S. Blue says:

    They’re missing details on the precise paint.

    This is significant because that’s the key ingredient behind the claim “inexpensive”.

    Last time I looked around, the -easy- way to get a screen was indeed $3000. Or way more. From a home theater company. But the “I’ll do what I can” approach got me a 105″ ceiling-mount auto-retracting projection screen (with IR & radio remotes) for $200 shipped on Amazon. Not Maker-ly, but I spent -that- energy getting the rest of the electronics working.

    The reason I stopped there is the home theater paints ALONE dissuaded me from even attempting it. So I’d be interested in exact brands, etc. for the paint.

    Kudos on the work though. I think I’d go all the way to brick everywhere other than the screen myself, but that’s just a preference.

  3. Great idea – terrible execution. The screen and frame would look great if the frame looked like an elaborate rococo frame with a perfectly rectangular screen part. Each to his own I guess.