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Never tried it... Let us know how it is when you get it. :T
 

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I suppose I will.. :), for this fabric, or whatever else I end up with.
That would still be a few weeks away though... Lots of things going on at the moment...

This is where I currently stand....



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Is your screen material behind the frame or in front? If it is in front your walls might be dark enough to where you could run borderless... Worth a try to see how it works out. :T
 

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Behind.

I'm painting directly on the drywall. What you see in the pic is one coat of BW (new formula : Glidden Veil + AAAF) already applied. I do realize that with the rest of the wall being super-dark brown, I can get by without a border, but I'd like to build and hang a frame around it just to give it a more finished/professional look... :).

The room is 30' feet long, and on the other end (behind the camera's POV), I plan to put a pool table, so the media room would be moonlighting as a game-room as well, so needs to look good with the projector turned off as well... :)


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PS : I see that in the picture, the screen edges look a bit curved inwards in the middle (specially the bottom edge), as well as not equal (wider at top, narrow at bottom). They're not, I just probably need to learn how to place a camera better... LOL. All sides are straight and opposite sides are within 1/8th of an inch of each other :), acceptable enough for me for a 10 ft wide screen, I have done worse... lol
 

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I remember watching a home improvement show where they painted the screen on the wall, and then made a shadow box around it. Then they installed a motorized screen. The screen had been custom printed on to look like a piece of art! It looked awesome IMO.
 

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Sounds interesting, though I am sure my DIY expertise (or lack thereof) would certainly preclude such an undertaking for me... :p

I would sure love to at least have a look at it though, if you got a link or something for it..

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Sounds interesting, though I am sure my DIY expertise (or lack thereof) would certainly preclude such an undertaking for me... :p

I would sure love to at least have a look at it though, if you got a link or something for it..

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It was on the Antonio Ballatore show on HGTV a while back... I sent them an email to see if I can get any more info on it. I think this is a picture of it with the artwork down.
 

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So, I finally ordered the material and received it last week. Bought by the yard (3yds) to make sure it could cover my longest piece.

Seemed like a good enough material, not velvet, of course, but not like felt paper either. Somewhere in between, you could say. Seemed almost exactly like the material I have on the frame of my current 3yr old sreen (a no-frills 102" whitescreen from Visual Apex), and that was good enough.

About 16th of an inch thick after removing the backing (no, didnt measure it, lol, thats a visual approximation)
Cuts easily, sticks well, though not so hard that you cant pull it out. I would not be concerned about it coming off with about an inch wrapping around to the underside.

A bit tricky though, initially, to get it pasted perfectly without any ripples or creases... but it's no rocket science. Just be careful and you'd be good.

The frame pieces look good, and I'm happy with the results. As for cost effectiveness, that's for everyone to decide on their own. 3 yards + shipping cost me about $38, which is not much, but if you put in the context of a DIY screen... that ($38) is more than what it would cost you to paint the full 140" screen... :)
(Of course, I didnt look at it as doubling the cost of my screen... but rather as just adding .1% to the cost of my basement finish, which my new media room is a part of, so cost wasn't a factor)

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Hey Travi, do you have any pictures you can post of this material on your screen? I just finished with a similar setup and am wondering what material to use for the border. Seems like one yard would be enough even for my 150" screen, assuming the material can be seamlessly pressed together.
 

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Sorry for the (super) late reply, meliorit.. I have been traveling a lot lately, and work on finishing the basement has taken a backseat. I've finally got everything else done, and all that is left is to assemble the frame together and hang it. I hope to have it done this weekend or the next. I'll post pictures as soon as I'm done.

Regarding the length required, no matter how hard you try, seams WOULD be visible.. at least up close. My recommendation would be to order length based on the longest piece you wish to cover.

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Ravi
 
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