We were blessed to build a home in the early 80s. It truly was a dream home. From the floor plan to the intricate details. It took us a year to build, with lots of helping hands. Since moving from that home almost 20 years ago, there has been much reflection on the labor, events, love and emotion that was created there. I have been wanting to Make Vintage Art From Your Home Blueprints and I have a tutorial so you can make your own.
I have had this idea rolling around my head for awhile. It was actually quite emotional browsing through the brittle blueprints one by one.
From the process of choosing a style and floor plan that would best fit our growing family, to submitting the plans for approval, to the first shovel of dirt for digging the footings. Every step came flooding my mind.
As mentioned before these blueprints are brittle. They crack and tear at almost the thought of being touched.
It would definitely be necessary to have a copy to make this vintage blueprint art.
I took the blueprints to Office Max and had an 18 x 24 inch copy made. It was about $15 for this poster size copy.
As you can see there is a white edge around the whole picture. I cut off the white off the sides to look original. Leaving the top and bottom white edge for attaching the “frame”.
Instead of framing the print, I thought it would look great as a scroll style piece.
Using an 8 foot piece of raw wood trim from Lowe’s. Which way too long from this project, but now there is extra for later. Cutting the wood into 25 1/2 inch lengths will be perfect for the top and bottom of my “scroll”.
Using a navy blue chalky paint, I lightly brushed the trim. I like the look of not being completely painted. Kind of an aged look, if you will.
Once the blue paint was dry, I went over it with a gold tint from Fusion Mineral Paint. I liked how the blue and gold were coordinating with the aged blueprint itself.
Using simple and plain ‘ol Elmers school glue, I attached the wood trim to the top and bottom of the blueprint.
This is where the extra white edge around the copy came in hand. By adhering the wood trim to the white edge, I didn’t have to hide or cut off any of the blueprint. There is a full view of the picture.
I let the glue dry overnight. Then added a 4 ft non-stretch string by wrapping it around the TOP wood trim end, as seen above.
Learning how Make Vintage Art From Your Home Blueprints, has been a creative process. One that I know you can easily do, as well.
My husband is SO pleased with this. He has stood by the mantel and studied this “new” art several times. As I said, there are many sentimental reasons behind the blueprints and floor plans. We celebrated birthdays, graduations, victories, home-births, new jobs, weddings and successes. We baked, cooked, cried, mourned, hugged, kissed, laughed, played games, watched fireworks, played in the snow, jumped in puddles, planted a garden, trees and grass, and have memories that are lasting through our grandchildren.
Not only do I have a new piece of art above my mantel, I have a conversation piece and memories to last a lifetime.
This post is in conjunction with The Thrifty Style Team hosted by Julie at Redhead Can Decorate.
The second Friday of each month we post our thrifty ideas for you to be inspired by. I can’t wait for you to see what these talented bloggers have in store this time. Enjoy!
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