Okay, I took an hour or so at Home Depot and I found a few options:
â€¢ The afforementioned screens. They come in White, kind of yellowish off-white, red, and blue. Widths are 55" or 73" and you can't cut them because of the metal rod type thing that holds the vinyl. Looks like a cheap solution for someone who can use those widths.
â€¢ White tile board. Costs $10-15, comes in 8x6, very thin, pretty light, but certainly needs SOME sort of solid frame because it's a bit wobbly. Very clean, smooth finish in a sort of kinda glossy bright white. I bet it'd make a good screen! I'd like to try this with some sort of black trim around the edges.
â€¢ Melamine board. Basically 'mica' painted on. Very heavy, as it is painted on 3/4" particle board or pressboard.
â€¢ Mica sheets (for countertops). Very nice - bright white with a matte surface. No blemishes, pretty durable, but sheets are $40. Like the tileboard, it's flimsy and needs a frame. Better finish than the tileboard which can have some small blemishes.
I suppose, you could also get a sheet of plywood and adhere a plain white vinyl linoleum to it. No need for stretching, just glue and cut. Then trim it out and you're done. My only concern here would be that vinyl generally has a pretty deep pattern (even if its "random" stone look or something) it's never just a smooth finish when its designed for flooring, is it?
Looks like making a frame and then adding either tileboard or mica would be a great, prefinished option that you could always paint if you decided to change what god (or Home Depot) made it with. That leads me to making the frame! I thought of just cutting 4 pieces of 'cap' trim at 45Âº and setting the material in it... but those trim pieces are pretty flimsy themselves and really don't have much strength. I guess some 1x2's with a routered edge would look pretty good, with a rabbit or groove for the material, and painted black for a nice clean blacked-out edge.
I'm no woodworker, and I have no idea who I am going to bribe in my family to do this http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif
I just want a very cheap but useable screen 68x38 that is light enough to hang or nail onto the wall without needing to add roman columns to the house http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/wink.gif