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How to Make Modern Acrylic Floating Frames

 

floating frame tutorial

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.

Today, let’s 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. It was time to fix this – or add to it, since you can’t fix something that isn’t there – or can you?

Sure there is – you can add some fun, serene, acrylic floating frames right smack in the middle of that blank space. Let me show you how!

DIY ACRYLIC FLOATING FRAMES TUTORIAL

Start with the images. I went with three versions of dandelions, 2/3rds of which I found on Flickr. If you go this route, be sure to get permission from the authors to reprint! Lucky for me, both photographers were excited and happy to share their photos with me – which brings us to step one!

floating frame dandelion 1
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floating frame dandelion 2
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Floating Frames 3
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Have your images printed

I had all three images printed as 16×20 posters at Walmart. I’m excited though, to find out that Amazon now offers poster printing as well!

Gather the rest of your materials

Here is what I used for each frame:

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

Create the frames

To begin, stack two squares of acrylic on top of one another, without removing the plastic coating – this will help to prevent cracking –  and clamp together. Carefully measure and mark 1-1/4″ from each corner.

floating frames - drill holes

 

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.

Floating Frames- drill holes and prep frames

Repeat on all four corners. Remove the plastic coating.

Add the stencil

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. If you would like to do this, use the stencil of your choice and the front piece of plexiglass.  I used the Large Moorish Trellis Stencil, the same one used in our Hall Closet Makeover.

 

 

 

Floating Frame - stencils

Add prints or photos

Use double-sided tape to adhere each print in the center of a stenciled piece of acrylic. Sandwich the print between the stenciled plexiglass and a clear piece, matching the pre-drilled holes.

Hang the frames

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 to use the anchors anyway. This actually helped us a lot and made hanging a snap.SAM_8500

First, to determine the location and to level the prints, use paper templates to ensure everything will be centered – that’s for that tip Younghouselove.com!

 

 

Mark the hole location, lining the acrylic pieces up to the template and marking the drill location with a pen or pencil.

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Drill the holes and put in the drywall anchors. I don’t remember what size the anchors were unfortunately. 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 into the anchor and you’re done!

 

So, what do you think? Do you find the prints 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!

rustic headboard

Rustic Headboard Make-over – Desperate Master Bedroom Update

Give your master bedroom a much needed focal point by saving a rustic headboard thrift store find! 

rustic headboard

Have you ever noticed that the master bedroom is the LAST room in the house to have anything done to it, or is that just in my house? We’ve made over two girls rooms – one Paris room and one zebra print – and a little guys room, and yet, in the six years we’ve lived in this house, we haven’t touched our bedroom. It’s so sad! But, today, we are finally working on a room for us!

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Worst. Photo. Ever.

Once we’d decided, there was no turning back. First to go – our gigantic bed. When it sold we were so excited because we hadn’t really realized how claustrophobic we’d both been feeling. That happens when you have to climb out the window to get out of your room because the bed blocks the door!

Well, we were excited for a short while anyway.. because after we sold the bed, we were left with a king size mattress, no headboard, and the uber ugly legs of our new metal bed frame. We needed a bed skirt, which I threw together, but more than that, we really, really needed a headboard. Like, really. At least until after I’d searched every thrift and furniture store within a 25-mile radius I just happened to come across this. You know, while casually looking.

rustic headboard - at store
I found this bad boy at the Salvation Army. It’s nearly unheard of for me to find a king size bed at a thrift store – not that it never happens, but it’s rare in my experience, especially in decent shape. But there it was! A complete frame, with headboard, footboard and rails. Not the original rails.. but rails none the less. It was entirely the wrong finish – much, much, MUCH too golden oak-ey – and one of the posts on the headboard needed some repair work, but it was hardwood, and the first thing I’d seen that would work stature wise, that was within our budget. Our bedside tables and the armoire we kept from our original suite are quite large, so the headboard or bed frame had to be large enough to hold it’s own.
rustic headboard - sanded
We brought it home, and got right to work. It had a few nicks, but we decided to largely leave the finish as-was – we were going for a bit of weathered look anyway. We did have to repair that broken post foot though, and in some ways, had to undo the poor repair work that the previous owner had attempted. Luckily, Shay is a genius at that kind of thing.  A piece of quarter-round, although not a perfect match, would work nicely as fill-in for the missing trim.

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Much better photo. Badly broken foot post.

Someone had tried to repair the trim work in the past and had simply attached a piece of wood with little concern for aesthetics. We thought of removing it, but doing this was going to cause more harm than good – it was well glued.

Instead, we decided to add to it. To begin, Shay used a small handsaw to cut the corner edge of the repaired piece back a half an inch at the corner on either side of the post foot. This would allow him to create two bridge pieces that would blend the original molding with the quarter round.

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He cut two small pieces – one end with a 90-degree angle to butt up against the original molding, and a 45-degree angle to meet at the corner. He used glue and nails to attach. Then, he cut a longer piece, with 45-degree angles at both ends, to fill the gap. Once in place, we filled any remaining seams with wood filler and we were good to go! As you can see, it’s not an exact match, but at a glance, which is all the post would get anyway, it’s more than passable.

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We gave the entire headboard and footboard a thorough sanding with 300 sandpaper and followed that up with super fine steel wool. After a final clean, we used a de-glosser to remove any residue and the poly from the original finish. Then we were ready to stain – which is what I am doing right here. Don’t I look lovely? Those are my oldest yoga pants, and I wore them especially for you! And.. those socks I’m using to apply the stain are Shay’s.. but we won’t talk about that.

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I actually used two different colors to stain, which gave the finish more of the depth of color I was looking for. I used Minwax Jacobean and applied a second coat of Minwax Ebony. I then applied four coats of Minwax Wipe-On Poly – as an aside, can I just say I LOVED using this product? It was so easy! I had no issues with bubbling and it just went on so smoothly. I don’t think I’ll ever use a brush applied poly product again. Loved it!

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Early on we realized that the footboard would not be going upstairs, at least with our current dresser. We are, however, holding out hope that we’ll be able to find a replacement for the dresser or replace it all together with a more organized closet system. We’ll see. After allowing everything to dry for 4-5 days – despite what it looks like in these pictures, it kept snowing off and on and it was drying in our garage – we were ready to take the beast upstairs.

We are lucky enough to have two staircases in our home, but not lucky enough that either staircase is an easy climb or appropriately positioned to accommodate large, heavy objects. This headboard weighs about 120 lbs, give or take a few, and it’s 78″ wide. It’s truly a beast. And, I’m weak. So, we determined that I should be at the top of the headboard, as there was no way I was going to be able to bring up the rear. Shay was at the bottom of the stairs trying to hold the headboard up as high as possible so that I could drag it up from stair to stair, which had him pretty much pinned against the wall until I was about halfway up. At one point I explained that if the headboard slipped, I would not be able to save him and that I wanted him to know that I loved him immeasurably, just in case he was to die that day. I had visions of losing my grip, the giant headboard barrelling down the stairs and pinning Shay. Luckily, we managed to wrestle it upstairs and everyone survived to refinish again. Here it is, in all it’s glory.
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I believe that knocks something off our list! With the headboard having been found, this is what we have left to do to take our master bedroom from desperate to dazzling:

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

It’s one small step for the bed, one giant step for the Master Bedroom! Now, it’s onwards and upwards. Next up, our lamp make-over! Stay tuned!

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Master Bedroom Makeover - Monster Bed

Desperate Master Bedroom Make-over – The Plan

Do you have a desperate master bedroom in need of a serious make-over? Me too! Drop in to view the plan to change master bedroom design from desperate to dazzling! 

 

So, we’ve decided to finally do something about our bedroom. Why is it that the parent’s room is always the last to be tackled? Is it because you don’t really look at it as you fall in to bed, exhausted, at the end of the day? Or, is it because it seems fruitless, as your son has to jump on your bed at least once a day? I know that’s probably just me..  These, and many others, are all questions, I enquiring minds want to know.

It wasn’t exactly horrible.. just.. cramped. And it didn’t reflect us.

Master Bedroom Makeover - Monster Bed
I know it’s an odd picture that doesn’t really show the room at all, but that is because the spot I am in taking the picture, which, by the way, was on the back of the chair that you can only see the arm of, was the only spot in the entire room where I could get any kind of a shot. AND.. that’s as much of the bed as I could fit in to one frame. Beautiful bed. Not much else.

So.. after much discussion.. Shay had purchased the bed before we were married and really, really loved it.. he let me have my way because he’s awesome we agreed to sell the bed frame and get a new one. We also did some shifting around, which left us here:

Master Bedroom Makeover - without bed
It’s a much less claustrophobic place. It still doesn’t reflect us, but it’s nice to breath. We also have a very clear view of what is missing from this room.. pretty much any character at all, not to mention, pictures! The duvet is staying.. I love it and asked for it for Christmas. The bed skirt is new. We’ll be talking about that shortly.. but for now, let’s take stock of what else we need:

  • bed skirt
  • headboard or new frame
  • throw pillows
  • make-over lamps and new shades
  • accent rug
  • window treatments
  • two matching ottomans for either side of the dresser
  • wall art

That’s not too bad, right? And look, I’ve already crossed one off the list. Oh, and did I mention that we’ll need to win the lottery to pay for it or that it’s got to be on the cheap? Yeah.. that’s kind of an important thing to know, I suppose. No matter!

So, climb aboard the project train – it’s going to be a wild ride!

 

 

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