DIY Plexi Frames – Dandelions don’t care about the time

Posted in BEDROOMS, DECOR, DIY, WALL ART
on April 9, 2014

Finally! A Master Bedroom update!

Last we checked in, we’d just finished up the headboard re-do, and Shay had risked his life – okay, I had risked his life – dragging the monster up the stairs. Lucky for me he still loves me. 

Following that, I had planned to spend a bit of time talking about how this

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became this

But honestly, besides purchasing new shades, then turning those shades upside down to shorten the lamp base, giving better scale and a bit more balance on our gigantic end tables, there is only so much you can go on and on about painting a lamp and changing the bases using rub ‘n buff. I used a mix of colors, including sandbeach, and copper to accentuate the markings on the lamp, and then followed up with a coat of pearl. Been there, done that. If you’d like to know more specifics, let me know and I’ll be happy to oblige. If you are interested in the shades, you can find them at Target.

Instead, I decided to talk about this.

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Do you see it? No, you aren’t missing anything.. the problem is that there isn’t anything there. After finishing up the lamps, it was time to fix this – or add to it, since you can’t really fix something that isn’t there… or can you?

This was my inspiration – a DIY Acrylic floating frame with brass standoffs. Only I didn’t really want the brass standoffs, I was going for more of a pewter finish. Anyway…  I particularly liked the way the pattern on the wallpaper came through, framing the print inside. Although, I didn’t really understand the print. Again, anyway.. The pin doesn’t lead anywhere, and as a result, there isn’t a tutorial to go along with it.

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There was, however, this fun video tutorial at Lowes.com explaining how to do their version of the above that I was able to tweak to match my vision. Thank you, Lowes.com!

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Now that I had the how, it was time to figure out the what – as in what I was going to put in my snazzy new frames. You’d think I would know that before I decided on the frames, but nah.. that’s not how this girl rolls!

I started off with a ton of different ideas; botanical, both vintage and modern, contemporary prints, etc. etc. etc. Actually, I mainly had botanical of every conceivable style and notion, in groups of threes. I had a vision, I just couldn’t quite produce my vision outside of my head. My vision? I want our bedroom to be serene.. a bit whimsical.. soft.. comforting. I would I wanted the room to reflect our love of nature, but that wouldn’t be exactly true to what I want and would probably only half true – we’re pretty picky about our nature, as in it needs to be moderately temperate, and mostly bug free. Maybe it’s like this.. serene, a bit whimsical, soft, comforting, with natural elements, including neutral tones. Yes. That’s what I’m going for! All I had to do was find that! I obviously wanted whatever art we put on the walls or around us to match the overall feeling of the room, and I am all about custom art these days. I can’t decide if it’s because I’m cheap, or just can’t find what I want. Maybe a bit of both? Don’t answer that.

Moving on. I came across a single dandelion print on Pinterest which was part of the pile of conceivable notion prints I was considering. I started off with two prints side by side, but it just didn’t look right – the headboard is wide and I needed to fully fill up that space.

I looked around.. and around.. and around.. and finally found what I was looking for.

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This was taken by Jennie, an extremely talented photographer, that I came across on Flickr. She has about a million more quirky, interesting, and stunning photos I could find a place for! For more of her work, check out her out on Flickr or at her blog, http://jdaisy.com/. Thank you so much, Jennie, for sharing your photo with me!

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Another talent found on Flickr, this photo was taken and shared with me by Jo Auld. His work can also be seen on Flickr. Thank you, Jo!

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This image, is what started it all. Doesn’t it just make you want to make a wish right here and now? Sadly, I can’t find the source – if you know who it is, please, let me know so I can give credit where credit is due! It’s quite pixelated, but I don’t care. I just love the print – this embodies the exact feeling I want for my master bedroom.

Let’s get down to business. I started off having all three images printed as 16×20 posters at Walmart.com. Love that service – you can’t beat a custom poster starting at $4.98, with pick-up on the same day.

I picked up everything else I needed from Lowes. Here is what I used, and did, for each frame:

  • 2 24-in x 18-in x .080-in Clear Acrylic Sheets
  • 4 — 1/4″ hex-head bolts 2.5″ long
  • 3/8″ x 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ steel spacers
  • The largest dry-wall anchors I could find that would accommodate a 1/4” by 2.5” bolt

I also used a drill, clamps, a tape measure and speed square, a ratchet (for hanging) and a bit of sand paper.

To create the frames, stack two squares of acrylic on top of one another, without removing the plastic coating – this will help to prevent cracking –  and clamp together. Excuse the pictures.. it’s a tad bit dark in our garage – I need a new camera!

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Carefully measure and mark 1-1/4″ from each corner.

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Slowly drill a 5/16″ hole through both layers of the acrylic. I found it easiest to use a smaller drill bit then move up to the 5/16” bit. Be sure to hold the corner firmly and to drill at a consistent speed to avoid cracking the acrylic.

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Repeat on all four corners. Remove the plastic coating.

Because I really loved the look of the wallpaper coming through on my inspiration picture, I decided to add a bit of detail to the back of my frames, to give the illusion that there was a pattern on the wall. Using my Large Moorish Trellis Stencil, the same one used in our Hall Closet Makeover, and stenciling a tone on tone design on to the surface of three of the acrylic sheets. The effect, while very, very subtle and hard to see in the photos (I seriously need a new camera!), trust me when I say it gives just the right amount of contrast to our otherwise plain walls.

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Before stenciling, I marked the matching acrylic pieces and labeled the front/back of each piece. As careful as I was, the holes lined up to only one mate and in only one direction – the piece that had been drilled along with it. Marking them meant each piece would get back to it’s mate, and would align properly when we went to hang them.

Using the stencil, I stenciled directly on to the inside of the back piece of each acrylic sheet, using an acrylic paint in a beach sand color.

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When it was dry, I used double-sided tape to adhere each centered print to the stenciled piece of acrylic. Then, I pressed the matching acrylic piece to the back piece, sandwiching the print in between.

It was time for hanging!

We opted to attach our frames directly to the wall, rather than to lock the frames shut and then hang. The frames weigh literally nothing, but we decided use the anchors anyway. This actually helped us a lot and made hanging a snap.

First, to determine the location and to level the prints, I used a little trick I found on Younghouselove.com. – make templates of each print and hang those for all the fiddling around. Because the prints are quite large, the cheapest way I could think of to make the templates was to use Christmas wrapping paper, as you see here. This worked fabulously, as I could center, mark and get a good visual of how the three prints were going to look before I ever put a hole in the wall. Thanks for the tip, Younghouselove.com!

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Ayden even helped out with the leveling – who can finish a job without a stuffed ducky?

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After everything was leveled and squared away, I marked the hole location using each frame – remember, the hole locations may be slightly off no matter how careful you are!

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Then, Shay drilled the holes and put in the drywall anchors. I unfortunately don’t remember what size the anchors were specifically. Just ensure they will take a 1/4” x 2.5” bolt.

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To hang, first, thread a bolt through both pieces of acrylic. Attach a spacer between the acrylic and the wall. Screw bolt in to the anchor and you’re done!

So, what do you think? Do you find them serene, a bit whimsical, soft, comforting, with natural elements, including neutral tones, or does it just make you want to sneeze.. just a little bit? It’s okay – Shay told me they made him want to sneeze the first time he saw them. It’s nothing I haven’t heard before.

With a bit of art work done, let’s review our list of left-to-dos..

  • bed skirt
  • head board or new frame
  • refinish the large dresser or replace
  • throw pillows
  • make-over lamps and new shades
  • floating shelves on large open wall
  • accent rug
  • window treatments 
  • two matching ottomans for either side of the dresser
  • wall art

If you want to see our original plan, go here. If you’re interested in seeing some of the other inspiration I’ve been looking at, check out my Master Bedroom Board.

Thanks for hanging out with me today! I always appreciate your stopping by. Happy Wednesday!

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4 Comments

  • Jenna Brussee

    I love this room! The lamp shades are my favorite part.

    April 9, 2014 at 6:28 pm Reply
  • Julia

    I love this! It looks beautiful. 🙂 And it reminds me that I really need to do something about the big blank space above my bed!

    April 9, 2014 at 9:25 pm Reply
  • Aprilrutherford

    I love these…so.much.

    April 10, 2014 at 5:57 pm Reply
  • Angela Conklin

    Wow, those are the perfect photographs (interesting and great color) for your fabulous bedroom! Love that you kept it simple and let the photos pop by using the clear acrylic. 🙂

    May 27, 2014 at 4:23 am Reply
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