We have been meaning to paint the wall that our projector projects onto since we moved in to our apartment. Actually, I know Tyler was looking into it when he had his studio on the beach in Venice, so this has been up in the air for probably about 5 years (not that it would have mattered then since it has moved twice), but I finally got around to it!
Since we switched walls onto a wall that previously housed artwork and some wall shelves, it just needed to be painted, BAD. Projecting onto spackled walls is pretty horrible. We bought a paint kit from eBay for about $30, and set out to paint when it arrived. Okay, so we didn’t actually get around to painting until about 2 weeks after it arrived, but whatevs.
First Tyler taped off a significantly larger area than the projector uses; we will be painting the walls once we decide on a color, so we wanted to give ourselves a lot of wiggle room. Then we both went over the entire area with some fine sandpaper to get the wall as smooth as possible. Actually, first we bickered a bit about buying some a piece of drywall or some other perfectly smooth surface to paint onto, but we decided it was too much work to do that. Plus it would negate our plans for building a frame. Also, I should note that we don’t want a screen because we don’t want anything fussy like that
The following day I set up to paint while Laelia was napping. The thing about this paint is you have to shake it for five minutes, then mix it for three minutes, and then put the metal flecks in it and mix again for another three minutes or so. Basically, all you are doing is mixing for like 20 minutes of prep—it is a little mind numbing. But in the end the paint has a beautiful soft shimmer in it to help it reflect the light from the projector. Sparkles on my wall!? *swoon*
So I set to painting with the little foam roller and tray they included in the kit, and I think I did like 3 coats. I still have a lot of paint leftover; it says to use the paint in 12 days, so I suppose I’ll have to dispose of it soon enough.
We plan on building a frame around the are that we will be projecting on (after we paint the rest of the walls in the room with regular paint), so that we don’t have a full blank space on a wall again, so stay tuned for that! Also, I need to work on how to properly light this room before I take more photos in here, so hopefully I will have better photos next time! :)
Living + Workspace Series:
• (09/15/11) Living + Workspace Layouts
• (09/29/11) The Midas Touch ← mood board
• (10/04/11) Building Our Own Coffee Table
• (10/13/11) Living + Workspace; Built-in Sketches
• (11/11/11) Living + Workspace Update
• (11/14/11) Bookcases
• (03/30/12) Before + After: Antique Lamp
• (04/06/12) Before + After: Front Door
• (06/19/12) Living + Workspace: Current Layout and Mood
• (06/20/12) Living + Workspace: A Revealing Update