February 10, 2010

Plexiglass Art

There is this hibachi restaurant in town that my husband and I absolutely love! It is a cute little restaurant that serves some amazing hibachi food at half the price/time of the places like Yamatos and Miyabis. We went a couple weeks ago to a new one that opened up closer to where we live and I just fell in love with the way it was decorated! It had such a cool, modern vibe. The wall art in particular caught my attention, and while waiting for the food to be delivered my husband and I studied it and imagined ways we could easily and inexpensively replicate the art. I took a picture of our inspiration with my phone (below).

(hibachi restaurant art: inspiration)
After enjoying our food, we decided to head over to Lowes and see about replicating this. We decided the easiest way to recreate this for our home was to get some plexiglass, fun paper patterns and spacers. We ended up getting 2 huge sheets of plexiglass and had Lowes cut the glass for free at varying lengths. We had a total of 5 different lengths cut, and cut 2 of each length. We then bought some spacers and long screws to help with mounting the pieces and allow varying depths.

Once we had the materials purchased (for less than $20 I might add!), we then began building it, which was surprisingly easy. After laying out the paper patterns we wanted to use, we just sandwiched those between 2 matching sizes of plexiglass. We then drilled a hole in the plexiglass and slowly mounted to the wall. When mounting, we used the spacers to help create depth. The first piece we placed on the wall was screwed directly into the wall. The next piece used a small spacer to make it stand out more. We then started overlapping the pieces and created different depths with the spacers.
(plexiglass and paper laid out)
(drilling holes for mounting art)
(final presentation in hallway)
The good thing about this artwork is when we get bored with the paper patterns we selected, we can easily change it out! I did have to overlap some of my paper because the piece were shorter than the plexiglass, so I would recommend either getting larger paper or smaller plexiglass because at certain angles you can see the seam. Other than that, it was a simple, inexpensive and fun project! Definitely great for filling some blank wall space in the house!

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14 comments:

Wendy said...

That turned out really cool!

Kim said...

I just love this idea - you were so creative! Thank goodness for those pics we can take from our phones, too :).

Sarah said...

That is really cute! I will have to remember this, as it seems very inexpensive, and yet looks like it cost a lot. Thank you for sharing!

Blessings!
-Sarah

Sonja @ Craft-Werk said...

Cool - I can also see that as a way to display photos... Like the idea!

somedaycrafts said...

Totally cool! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com.

Lanie said...

New follower here. Love the wall art! Hope you will stop by for a visit! ~Lanie

Tara said...

Love it. I think your version looks better than the reaturant. I am new to your blog and look forward to checking out more of your creations.

Stacey said...

LOVE it!! You did SUCH a great job! Maybe this will be my next copy project :)

Kara@ Creations by Kara said...

What a great idea! I love how yours turned out. In fact, I like it better than the original. :)

jen @ the inspiration studio said...

Um...I kind of LOVE this! I have to bookmark this so that I can do this. Thanks for the inspiration!

Ryan said...

This is awesome. Thanks for the tutorial.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE this, I have tried to find the "spacers" at Lowes and I can't find them anywhere. Do you remember what section they were in or maybe a manufacturer? I have even thought about making my own somewhow. Thanks in advance, I am LOVING your blog!

Fazzino Art said...

I love how you recreated the plexiglass art for a fraction of the price! I'm sure your new addition to your art collection definitely adds a lot to the atmosphere. What a great DIY project!

Michelle said...

This is awesome. I have some word art to put in my workout room but I didn't want to put it directly on the wall incase we move - I want to bring it with me. I was looking at glass and it was going to cost me a fortune. Plexi glass is a great idea

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