I have wanted to make an engineer print into wall decor for a long time. Have you seen those type of prints? They are very large and gorgeous black and white photographs enlarged on a professional blueprint printer. Moving into this house, I have a big blank wall that offered me the perfect opportunity. My dad gave me a few boxes of lovely vintage photographs. While digging through the stash I came across these two photographs…(This post contains affiliate links).
Aren’t they fabulous? I knew that they would be perfect for the kitchen – if I could just figure out how it could be done. There were a lot of ideas online and some offered conflicting information. When in doubt, call the professionals. Speaking to my local copy center professional she assured me that she had the blueprint copy machine and offered the following details:
Before you start this project:
- Choose a photograph and convert it to 4×6 dimension
- Save it on a thumb drive
- Go to your local office supply or printing store. Call ahead to be sure that they have the capability to print engineer prints or blueprints. Not all of them do.
- At the printing center, ask for an engineer print in your desired size. I chose 24×36. Each print cost $3.94 each at my location.
Supplies needed to complete project:
This canvas was purchased at my local craft store with a 40% coupon. Honey Bee graciously went with me so that he to could use a coupon for the second canvas.
We love Elmer’s spray adhesive as it doesn’t get too wet or puddle.
As a photo comparison – the original photo is a 2×3½.
Now we’re all set and ready to get started…
First, I laid out my engineer print on top of the canvas to get it lined up evenly. I pulled one corner back and sprayed with adhesive. After this, I carefully placed the corner of the print down and rolled it into place. This anchors the print into place. Then, I began spraying more freely, in a row-by-row fashion and rolled each section into place.
It was so easy and quick to do.
These dapper gentlemen are my great-great-uncles. They were part owners of a dairy and they ran the creamery. They delivered sweet treats throughout their community in the dairy wagon and on bike.
Other family members owned and operated this produce stand. Maybe this is why I love to go to the farmer’s market so much! Notice that 2 gallons of apple cider were .05 cents!
The prints look fabulous on my kitchen wall. Remember, this isn’t fine art. The photos do pixelate a bit, but I love the effect.
The engineer prints make quite a big statement for very little money.
The black stands out against the alabaster walls.
At first this table was moved into the kitchen for staging purposes only. Well guess what? Honey Bee and I loved how it looked, so it’s staying put This antique table was purchased several years ago for $25. The marble top and its original glass knobs make this a favorite piece.
I am thrilled I finally took the plunge and created these prints. Even more special is that they represent a part of my family history. Gather your courage and make a statement piece for your home. You won’t be sorry!