MARTIN's WORKSHOP

DIY Project: Wall Fountain

BY MARTIN AMADO ON APRIL 28TH, 2016

I love hearing the relaxing sound of water in an outdoor space. It’s something I try to incorporate in my design plans whenever I work on a patio or backyard area. Something about the sound of trickling water immediately transports you to a more tranquil state of mind.

Luckily for us, there are many budget-friendly options that allow us to add a water feature in our outdoor retreat – especially if your home doesn’t have a pool or water view – by way of a tabletop or wall fountain, or even pond kits.

With some creativity, even a standard wall fountain can be made into a showpiece in your home. The wall fountain featured in the photo was purchased for only $128.00, which is a great price. However, it did not come exactly as you see it on the wall. It’s an illusion! The fountain that came in the box is only the center portion, and I decided to give it more presence by creating a back panel made out of hardwood deck tiles and plywood. A box set of nine tiles covers approx. 9 square feet, which is the actual size of the square with slats you see behind the fountain portion. This is a great flooring product than can transform a deck, balcony or patio surface, but who says you can’t use it on the wall, too?

The deck tiles interlock and are held in place on the wall because I attached them first onto a plywood backing with screws from behind. The plywood backing was cut larger than the deck tiles creating a mat effect around the fountain. I tied all the elements together by staining the plywood and the 2x2 frame surrounding the tiles in an espresso color for contrast. I love how it turned out!

This is a great project if you’re looking at ways to spruce up your outdoor space and create that perfect oasis. Just remember to use a wood sealer regularly throughout the spring/summer season to maintain the color and preserve the wood.