How to Make an Indoor Water Wall

Create a unique indoor water wall with Plexiglas and tin tiles.

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Find old tin tiles at an architectural salvage yard or from online retailers, or buy new tiles that look like tin with patterns reminiscent of earlier times, but are actually made from fiber. You can make this water wall to fit just about any space in your home. The tiles are 1 foot square, so working in 1-foot increments is best. The instructions provided here will make a water wall that's 6 feet tall and 2 feet wide.

Paint the tiles any color you like with acrylic or latex paint. Give your tiles a copper metallic finish, or add vibrant color to contrast with your wall. Paint the copper brackets to match your tiles.

Seal any openings in the planter with plumber's putty. Any decorative container with similar dimensions will work as a reservoir for your water wall, as long as it's water-tight.

Lay one of the Plexiglas panels on a flat surface. Attach one end of the copper support brackets to the Plexiglas. The flexible brackets will wrap from one Plexiglas panel to the other along the sides. Place 2 to 3 inches of on end of the copper brackets 2 feet apart along both sides of the panel. Let the adhesive dry. Flip the panel and attach the tiles to the Plexiglas sheet with waterproof acrylic adhesive. Let the adhesive dry.

Attach the four 1/4-inch tiles to the four corners of the tiled Plexiglas panel with acrylic adhesive. Apply adhesive to the top of the tile. Lay the clear panel flat on top of the adhesive so that the panels are flush on all sides. Attach the copper strips to the edges of the panels with acrylic adhesive, sealing the opening all the way around. Caulk the edges of the strips with clear sealer.

Attach two large "L" brackets to the wall, 6 feet, 1 inch from the bottom of the planter. Make sure one of the brackets is in a stud. Buy "L" brackets large enough to brace the water wall to the wall.

Place your planter on the floor next to where you plan to stand your indoor water wall. Stand the Plexiglas panel with the tin facing forward in the center of the planter. Stand the other panel in the planter, in front of the tin. Attach the other end of the copper support brackets to the face of the clear front Plexiglas panel. Let the adhesive dry, and then slide it into place along the wall beneath the braces.

Place the pump in the planter. Attach the plastic tubing and run it up the back of your tin-covered panel, over the top of both panels. Attach the tube to the top of the front Plexiglas panel. The water will run over the Plexiglas, not the fiber tin tiles. Add the river rock to the bottom of your planter, bracing the Plexiglas. You could use any other type of stone to brace your water wall and hide the pump.

Things You Will Need

  • (2) 6-by-2 foot Plexiglas panels
  • (12) 12-by-12-by-1/2 inch tin ceiling tiles
  • 4 copper pipe support brackets
  • Acrylic paint and brush
  • Metal paint
  • Waterproof acrylic adhesive
  • (4) 2-inch square, 1/4-inch-thick ceramic tiles
  • 2 copper strips, 6 feet long by 1 inch wide
  • 2 copper strips, 2 feet long by 1 inch wide
  • Clear sealer
  • 2 large "L" brackets
  • Stud finder
  • Screwdriver and screws
  • Plumber's putty
  • Planter, 4 feet long by 1 foot wide by 1 foot deep
  • River rock
  • Waterfall pump
  • Plastic tubing, 7 feet long

Tip

  • Fill the reservoir with water before you turn on the pump.

Warning

  • Follow the manufacturer's safe-handling instructions on the adhesive and the sealer.

About the Author

Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home-improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost-effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.