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This is the story of a painted front door, yes, but it’s so much more than that!

It’s sort of silly to keep reminiscing on how far certain areas of our house have come in the last year (while others have remained completely stagnant), but as we check off another to-do on the list, we can’t help but stand back and say, remember when?

Remember when our front door (and patio, for that matter!) looked like this? And remember when we had our contractors install the new door and transom window, only to find rotted wood, asphalt siding and long forgotten side lights? All of that was almost a year ago, and it’s so easy (and better, probably) to forget that sloppy curb appeal we once had. But the biggest perk of documenting this home’s journey is digging up those old photos, looking up past posts and seeing those long forgotten befores. When it’s easier to see piles of mess around the house, it’s so nice to be reminded of how far you’ve come!

Cheers to that, right?

All that to say, let’s skip the deep archives of the front door’s past and fast forward to where we were at the start of the summer. Raw wood! Broken lights! And now? Blue! A stained patio, working lights, a clean door mat and color!

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What you can’t see above is that our transom window does display our address, but I smudged that out because, you know, internet. However, for those wondering, we did move forward with House Number Lab and chose the Americana in matte gold. The numbers are stunning – worth every penny! Many of you suggested we do it this way (thank you!), and since so many old Chicago homes display their address this way, we were sold! Our results didn’t disappoint.

As for the door color, we’ve mentioned a few times that we were leaning towards Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue, which is the same color we used on our interior closet door. We got it color matched to Sherwin William’s paint, and although we think it reads a bit more blue than the Farrow & Ball swatch, it’s no matter! It’s a navy that we’re loving.

Last fall, we actually painted our garden unit’s door this same color, so now we finally have a matching pair of doors! This was before the worst winter ever, and we used PrimeRx Peel Bonding Primer tinted to a medium gray (an adhesion promoter) and DTM Acrylic for the color. The primer is extremely thick, which was unexpected the first time I used it, but it really does the job! Since this combination lasted through the never ending cold without any flaking or peeling (there were several days in a row of double digits below zero), we felt confident using the same on our front door, too.

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With the door finally painted, it’s extra (extra!) nice to sit on our porch swing – the best seat in the house! Our potted plants are growing like weeds (good weeds?), and so far, our porch stain has been completely scratch resistant to the pups. The only downside is that the lighter color gray does show footprints more than we’d like (we feared it would), but honestly, it’s the outdoors! It’s to be expected.

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You might remember when we debated painting the interior of our door the same navy blue as the closet (although, I believe we were between a few different colors at the time), and we decided to just go for it! It adds a much needed dose of contrast in the entryway, and we especially love how all the navy blues tie together – from the doors to the couch and back again. (Too much navy? Never!)

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While painting, I made the decision to not tape off the mullions from the glass, and you know what? I’m not convinced that was the best choice. It was a nightmare scraping the paint from the windows without needing to do a bit of touch-up after the fact, but I think in the end, you just can’t win with a handful of teeny windows. Even though a headache ensued and there was more foul language than I’d care to admit, it turned out alright in the end! (As it typically does; just breathe!)

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And now that this to-do has been officially crossed off, this leaves just one more item for the outdoors – the pee pit!

Paint/Stain the porch floor
Finish the staircase hand rail
Top the downstairs cinder blocks with caps
Garden!
Install a path from the pavement to the side of our home, alongside the garden (NOPE)
Porch swing!
Paint the front door
Paint the staircase – that is, once the pressure treated wood has dried (next year?)
Make a “pee pit” for Jack + CC

Scott has already made me slightly nervous by suggesting that I’m underestimating the amount of gravel and strength needed even for our small pit plans (me? Underestimate? Ha!), so we’ll see. If all goes well, we’ll get it completed this coming weekend and really check off the exterior list – that is, for this year!

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - August 5, 2014 - 8:22 AM

    The equity from the exterior alone is mind-blowing. What a gorgeous house you are creating over there.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - August 5, 2014 - 8:31 AM

    Ok, I’ve got to ask, what the heck is a pee pit?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 5, 2014 - 9:15 AM

      A place just for Jack and CC to do their business, rather than in the grass or all over our new boxwoods!ReplyCancel

  • Kristi - August 5, 2014 - 8:42 AM

    Isn’t it amazing what a little bit of paint can do! LOVE this transformation and the colour is SO gorgeous!!!ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Rather Square - August 5, 2014 - 8:54 AM

    The blue is really working well with all the other exterior elements – even the plants in the front yard (bringing out their slightly blue tinge)!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - August 5, 2014 - 8:56 AM

    Love, Love, Love. It looks fantastic. My main question is about this “Pee Pit”…is it like a dog urinal? Are they used to urinating/defecating on gravel? I can’t help but imagine a stinky hole when I picture this pit. I hope I am wrong! :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 5, 2014 - 9:15 AM

      Ha, that would be grosss… it’s mostly for pee for the front yard (we’ll be making a larger one next year hopefully for the back yard), but it’s not a hole, exactly. Once we figure it out ourselves this weekend, we’ll definitely share the process!ReplyCancel

  • Monika - August 5, 2014 - 9:07 AM

    love the transformation!!! what’s the name of the color you used on the door?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 5, 2014 - 9:14 AM

      Thanks, Monika! It’s Hague Blue, a Farrow & Ball color that we had color matched to Sherwin William’s paint. They have the Farrow & Ball catalog in their system, so all we needed to do was give them the name of the color we wanted, and they could mix it up!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - August 5, 2014 - 9:13 AM

    I love that blue, it looks amazing! I’m convinced, everyone needs to paint something Hague Blue.ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom - August 5, 2014 - 9:13 AM

    I love that door, it’s the perfect pop of color!

    I can’t wait to see what you do for the pee pit, that’s something that Boomer really needs.ReplyCancel

  • April Brown - August 5, 2014 - 10:36 AM

    The front of the house is looking lovely. The doors look stunning and as everyone else has said, I love the colour. Very good choice.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah @ 702 Park Project - August 5, 2014 - 11:10 AM

    That’s the perfect color! LOVE the blue! It makes such a huge difference.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - August 5, 2014 - 11:37 AM

    So, so good!!!! Love seeing the transformation :)ReplyCancel

  • Erin Haslag - August 5, 2014 - 11:37 AM

    That blue – so perfect! You and Scott and the 4-legged babes are going to have so much enjoyment on that beautiful porch this fall when the weather is perfect for being outside. Happy constructing this weekend!!ReplyCancel

  • Jaime - August 5, 2014 - 11:45 AM

    Wow! That looks amazing!! I have a question regarding the primer you used on the door. What benefits does it have over a regular primer?? I am going to be re-finishing our front door (inside and out) due to a terrible job done by the original house painter 7 years ago (he used the wrong paint and it STILL HASN’T DRIED/CURED!!! It is still tacky and comes off on your fingers after 7 years, its unbelievable!) and I want it to last this time.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 5, 2014 - 12:40 PM

      That is insane! Wow.

      The PrimeRx was recommended to us by Sherwin Williams. When we bought our door, it specifically said that an “adhesion promoter must be used,” and that’s what the employee at SW told us would do the trick! Even though it’s super thick in the can, it spreads easily, and because the garden unit door still looks freshly painted (especially after that beast of a winter), we’re thinking it really works!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - August 5, 2014 - 12:03 PM

    What a great view of how all the blues tie together in the interior! You’ve got me eyeing all of our plain doors now…ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - August 5, 2014 - 12:36 PM

    it looks AMAZING!!!ReplyCancel

  • Alexis - August 5, 2014 - 12:37 PM

    Soooo pretty!!!!
    Also, good to know about prime Rx, I’ve been putting off painting our interior doors because I just know it’ll be such a pain to sand and prime.ReplyCancel

  • Karen - August 5, 2014 - 3:29 PM

    LOVE the navy door! (I have a navy door also, so I might be biased) It looks so fresh and is such a happy, yet “sturdy” color. And those lights are perfect! It is easy to forget all the progress you make unless you look back at old pictures. We always have a tendency to just focus on what still needs to be done…You guys have done a lot!ReplyCancel

  • Olivia - August 5, 2014 - 7:03 PM

    Hi! Just curious if you used Windex on the window panes in the door before attempting to scrap off paint? I only ask because Katie at Bower Power just posted about this exact thing! She said at the end of her post that she would never tape up windows again. I would still be SOOO hesitant not to tape, so if you tried the Windex method, and it didn’t work for you, then I would know I don’t want to try! If you hadn’t heard of this method, maybe something to try in the future?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 6, 2014 - 9:23 AM

      Ack! We would have loved trying out that trick! I will definitely have to keep that in mind for the future. If I were you, I’d definitely give it a try – or if you do decide to tape, pull off the tape while your paint is still wet so you don’t risk pulling up paint that you want to stay.ReplyCancel

  • Monika - August 5, 2014 - 7:39 PM

    So lovey and I’m completely smitten with that shade of navy. I had been considering painting my front door in glossy black but definitely am reconsidering this gorgeous shade now. As for your perennials which are awesome by the way, think of them as ‘weeds you actually bought.’ They do better that way. :)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - August 5, 2014 - 10:43 PM

    OH this is beautiful. I love that shade of navy and I need to find something that I can paint this colour in my apartment.ReplyCancel

  • Miranda - August 7, 2014 - 11:34 AM

    I’m really excited to see your DIY for this pee pit. We don’t have a large back yard at the moment (until we have the funds to rip out and rebuild one of the decks we have in the back of our new house — yes there are multiple back there!) and I want to get her to do her duty in one section so we can enjoy what we do have without any of that business everywhere.

    Can’t wait to see it! (Who knew someone could get so excited about a place to do the deed?)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 7, 2014 - 12:14 PM

      We’re just as excited. Who knew?!ReplyCancel

  • qlkowa - August 8, 2014 - 6:37 PM

    Elegant entry!ReplyCancel

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So far, summer has been knocking it out of the park with yard sales! Most recently, we’ve been on a very serious, very daily hunt for a pair of chairs. I’ll absolutely admit that we have a chair problem (I believe I need to use two hands just to make note of all chairs we have stashed in each room!), but the bigger problem is that while some of them will make a great side chair in, say, a bedroom, we’ve yet to find the perfect duo for the living room. Or studio for that matter!

I’ve been on a mission to find an affordable set of chairs for both spaces, especially with fall fast approaching – meaning, more family visits, more friends in town and holiday fiestas. Affordable is the key word, as our project list is forever growing, but at the same time, we refuse to settle. Never!

For a handful of months, we’ve been making the rounds on Craigslist, Krrb, Chairish and various Facebook groups. I’ve been trying to remain patient (ha!), and then two weeks ago, I received a text from Scott: There’s an estate sale in the ‘hood today! Go on your lunch break! I did, and I found chairs! Fast forward to this past weekend, and Scott came in from a coffee run to say: There’s a yard sale in the ‘hood today! Let’s go! (That Scott, always full of good news). And then? We found another pair of chairs for the studio. Hooray!

Want to see?

ONE. Our intentions for the living room are to have chairs that are comfortable and movie-watching-worthy, but not overstuffed or large. With the bold patterns already taking center stage (we’re looking at you, rug!), we preferred to keep the chairs the same (as opposed to mis-matched styles), and ideally, they’ll be in a soft, neutral color. I picked these up from the estate sale and stuffed them in our wagon:

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The current nubby fabric has got to go, but we have samples on the way! (We’re leaning towards a super soft gray, if only to liven them up with a pillow or two.) They’re not too small, definitely not large, but truly, just right. The Goldilocks of chairs! We put them in place for now (ugh, the overwhelming color palette is making me all sorts of itchy!), and they’re a great fit for the space and exactly what we had in mind (well, minus the scratchy mustard upholstery). They weren’t a steal, but at $240 for the pair (this is the part where we sigh and say, oh, Chicago!), even with new fabric and foam, they still give new chairs a run for their money. We love, love, love them.

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TWO. The more recent yard sale turned up these two, initially spotted by Scott who shot me his glance – you know the kind? Look! To your left! We took a seat, and while I’m not convinced the wire seats are the most comfortable (although Scott thinks so), that’s an easy fix with a soft cushion or pillow.

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They’re not real brass, but the imperfect condition was too cute to pass up! While I initially argued that the last thing we needed was more chairs, I imagined them in the studio and then shot Scott my glance. You know, the one that says, yes! He was on board from the get go, and we brought them home for $10. (Only later did I realize why they looked slightly familiar; they’re the curvy cousins to these guys!)

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Of course, the studio has a long, long way to go (um, baseboards? A rug? Door trim!), but we’re really enjoying the more lighthearted and fun vibe we have going on upstairs. And on a somewhat related side note, while we’re thinking the guest and first floor work rooms will be the next bigger projects we’ll tackle, I’m really looking forward to bringing the studio up to snuff. Perhaps we’ll squeeze in a few updates as they happen; I’m determined to make this space shine.

Anyway!

Our recent finds have officially forced us to begin combing through our furniture inventory, fine tuning what can go and what can stay. We’re being quite aggressive with it, too! What may have worked in our condo might not be the right choice for this house, and we’re finally letting go of some items that no longer make sense for us.

Clutter be damned!

  • angela - July 31, 2014 - 6:52 AM

    Absolutely adore both sets of chairs. I think the first, in a pale gray would be ridiculously cozy for TV watching. :)

    Angela @ Number Fifty-ThreeReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - July 31, 2014 - 8:30 AM

    I actually really love the nubby yellow…but you’re right, it doesn’t work with the couch. Great finds!ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Rather Square - July 31, 2014 - 8:48 AM

    Love the shape of those chairs, and I don’t mind the nubby-ness too much either. Have you thought about painting the fabric? There are lots of tutorials out there… but usually the end result is a bit stiff, and if you want these to be comfy hangout chairs, maybe that’s not the best option. But it’s definitely budget-friendly. ;)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 31, 2014 - 9:21 AM

      Great suggestion, but I think the fabric may be a bit too nubby for that… and we really want to make them great and durable for the long haul, rather than a quick fix :)ReplyCancel

      • Laura @ Rather Square - July 31, 2014 - 9:28 AM

        Totally understand, especially since these chairs are going in your main living area and will get a lot of use!ReplyCancel

  • Kristy - July 31, 2014 - 9:17 AM

    I have to say I love the first set of chairs- nubby fabric and all! They are just so festive.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 31, 2014 - 9:22 AM

      They are festive, that’s for sure! But a bit too primary-color-overload for the living room we think! Perhaps if we had a neutral couch and a more neutral rug? We’ve never been huge fans of blue, red and yellow together. The shape of the chairs are perfect though!ReplyCancel

    • Kristy - July 31, 2014 - 9:26 AM

      Call me crazy but I like how it looks all together. The colors in the chairs and couch are in the rug- I love it! But I like a lot of color.ReplyCancel

  • David Vargo - July 31, 2014 - 9:55 AM

    I agree with Kristy. I really like the chairs nubbines and all. I like how they look with the whole package.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 31, 2014 - 10:05 AM

      Hmmm… perhaps I should clarify ;) The fabric isn’t in the best shape, and the striped pattern has pulled in areas over time (which would drive my type A self batty). They also have the strong scent of perfume, and overall, we’d prefer a clean start!

      So happy you all are loving them and embracing the nubs though!ReplyCancel

      • Kristy - July 31, 2014 - 10:11 AM

        Well darn! The chairs really are a fabulous style and I’m sure will look super cool in the fabric of your choice. Love the legs. You were so lucky to get two!ReplyCancel

        • Kim - July 31, 2014 - 10:20 AM

          Ack, thanks! I almost couldn’t believe it when I spotted them. BOTH of them. We’d been on the hunt for so long!ReplyCancel

  • Catherine - July 31, 2014 - 9:57 AM

    I absolutely love those chairs exactly as they are! But then again, I have bright yellow gold damask vintage chairs in my living room right now. :) I think some curtains could pull that all together but they would look amazing in grey linen as well. Any colour really! They are just fantastic chairs – what a score!ReplyCancel

  • Marie - July 31, 2014 - 10:13 AM

    Can’t wait to see them in grey, will it be a velvet grey ?
    I really laughed reading the “you know the kind” part. And I love your new wire seats !
    It reminds me of those you have on the outside. Btw, what did you do with the furniture of your condo’s patio ?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 31, 2014 - 10:22 AM

      Not velvet this time, as we don’t want velvet overload in the living room. We do have a bunch of durable Sunbrella fabrics on the way, and I am dying to get them in the mail! I think today, maybe…

      We still have the furniture from the condo, but it was an old Ikea set, and they are SO weathered at this point! We may end up putting them in a yard sale since we no longer have a need for it.ReplyCancel

  • natasha - July 31, 2014 - 10:59 AM

    I love the first pair, they are perfect, and … just what I NEED!ReplyCancel

  • Heather {A Fire Pole in the Dining Room} - July 31, 2014 - 10:59 AM

    Per usual, I’m jealous of what you score at sales in Chicago. Great mid-century finds always get snapped up by dealers in St Louis! Both sets look awesome in your space. I can’t wait to see what fabric you choose for the downstairs chairs.ReplyCancel

  • Felicity - July 31, 2014 - 12:22 PM

    Great scores. I have to admit, I actually really like the yellow upholstery and think it works great in your room.ReplyCancel

  • jenn aka the picky girl - July 31, 2014 - 1:00 PM

    I love both sets, but I ADORE those wire chairs. Fantastic.ReplyCancel

  • Cara@theprojectaddict - July 31, 2014 - 5:08 PM

    Love all those chairs especially the yellow ones. I even like them yellow. I so wish my husband would text me about estate sales! He is not in to them or collecting old furniture. If you have a sale I may have to make the drive although I don’t really need more chairs either!ReplyCancel

  • Jessie @triple7recycled - July 31, 2014 - 7:50 PM

    I love that sofa in your studio! Would you mind sharing where it’s from?!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 1, 2014 - 9:48 AM

      Thanks, Jessie! We got it on Craigslist years ago, but it’s the Loring Sofa from Room & Board. We’ve always loved the lines on that thing, and it’s super cozy!ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - August 1, 2014 - 9:05 AM

    love, love, love both sets!!ReplyCancel

  • Deb - August 7, 2014 - 9:49 PM

    Love those wire chairs, so cool! I’m out in the NW ‘burbs and need to find some good estate sales!ReplyCancel

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With the recent addition of our streamlined gallery wall in the living room’s gap, we’ve been itching to add something large – very large! – above our velvet sofa. Not wanting the room to feel overly cluttered with our already vibrant rug (and the opposing wall’s art round up), we’d been tossing around a handful of ideas for the last year (yes, really), and we finally landed on trying out a couple of over sized engineer prints.

This, of course, led us to the next question, of what? And since choosing to “go big or go home,” we took the most literal route and went with a tried and true favorite – dinosaurs!

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I picked up a vintage dinosaur book, Life Before Man, with page after page of prehistoric illustrations. We settled on the finalists – the notorious T-Rex (!) and a wild flightless bird. While the latter falls under a different (although prehistoric) era, we loved the composition when the two were paired up. We wondered if it was normal for two adults to choose such subjects, but we decided it was best to fully embrace our inner quirk and run with it! If it’ll make us smile every time we enter the room, why not?

Engineer prints can be printed up to 3′x4′ at any copy center (we used Staples), and they’re inexpensive at $7 each (although you can pick up smaller sizes for as little as $2!). I scanned our chosen images from the book at 300 dpi, submitted them through the online system, and we picked them up the next day. We knew the paper would be very thin, so we teamed up with Ace Hardware to create extra large frames to give them that finished, polished look.

For this month’s Ace challenge, we were teamed up with Tasha over at Designer Trapped, where we both chose to give the Bosch Variable Speed Palm Router a try; we encourage you to see what Tasha created! In our case, we used the palm router to DIY our frames, opting for thin and sleek, allowing the dino prints to be the star. (Naturally.) Here’s what we needed for two frames:

MATERIALS USED FOR 2 FRAMES, 39″ X 41″ EACH:
4 – 2″ x 2″ x 8′
2 Packs – Ring hangers
2 Packs – 3″ corner braces (each pack comes with 4 + screws)
2″ screws
Hanging wire (we chose 100 lb, but 50 lb would also work)
Paint
2 Engineer prints on 3′x4′ over-sized paper
2 Pieces – double paned glass cut to size (this can be done at any Ace)
2 Sheets -  Foam core (size dependent on art)
Anchors for hanging

TOOLS USED:
Measuring tape / pencil
Dust mask / safety glasses
Sandpaper / Power sander
Bosch Palm Router with 1/2″ straight bit
Compound miter saw
Drill
Chamfer bit
Wood glue
Clamps
Spackle or wood putty
Paint brush or small foam roller
Staple gun with 1/2″ staples

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WHAT WE DID. To start, I used our small power sander to smooth out the wood for the frames. They were pretty rough to begin with, but felt good after using an 80 grit paper, followed up with a 120 grit. Tip: 2x2s are very inexpensive, but be careful to choose pieces that are as straight as possible!

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We used our palm router to create the lip for the glass, art and backing to sit into the frame, and we chose to route all of our 2x2s first (rather than do so after the frame was put together). Never having used a router before, it took a few rough starts to get it right, but the ultimate trick was slow and steady. (Scott got the hang of it quickly, after which, it was smooth sailing!) It kicks up a lot of saw dust and debris, so safety glasses and a dust mask were crucial for this step!

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We adjusted the router to a 3/8″ depth, and the 1/2″ straight bit was perfect for getting that recessed lip. Bonus – the edge guide made it super easy to keep our line perfectly straight. Once each piece had been routed, I followed that up with a quick sanding to get off any burrs and rough edges.

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Next up, we used the compound miter saw to cut the four pieces for each of our frames. We goofed the math a few times (and tripped ourselves up more than we’d like to admit!), but when it came time to figure out the proper lengths, this is likely the easiest way:

  • First, measure the size of your art. Ours came to 35.75″ x 37.5″ (it filled the 3′x4′ engineer prints width-wise, and we allowed the height proportions to fall naturally). Your glass and foam core should be cut to this same measurement.
  • Subtract .75″ from your width and your height, and make your mitered cuts using those measurements for the inside edge. For example, this would give us a measurement of 35″ x 36.75″, which should be the length of the inside of our frame.
  • Once everything is all assembled, this will ensure that your print, glass and backing will fill the frame, but it will still leave you with an 1/8″ of wiggle room within the recessed tray!

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With all of our pieces cut down to size, we worked on one corner at a time. After a dab of wood glue, we used clamps to hold two pieces together, drilled a small pilot hole and used a chamfer bit to allow our 2″ screws to sit below the level of the 2×2. We only used them on the top and bottom of the frame, for a total of eight screws per frame.

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Our frames felt pretty sturdy after this, but as an extra measure (always!), we installed a 3″ brace along each corner, snugging it up to the routed edge as to not hit the 2″ screws beneath them. As large as these frames ended up, they were super strong and provided no give – perfect!

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I spackled the exposed screw heads, and once that was dry and sanded, I dived right into painting. I applied two coats of the same exterior Valspar paint that we have on our front porch, color matched to Clark+Kensington’s Designer White.

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We allowed everything to dry overnight, and the next day, we brought the frames inside to bring it all together! As mentioned in the supply list, we got double paned glass cut to size at Ace, and I used a utility to knife to cut the foam core down to the proper size. Using the same framing technique I’ve been using for years, I used a staple gun with 1/2″ staples to secure everything into place (the trick is nestling the gun about an 1/8″ away from the frame, which will allow the staple to remain proud). We finished it up by installing ring hangers (you can pick them up in a kit with screws) and 100 lb hanging wire; this is admittedly overkill, as each frame couldn’t weigh more than 20 lbs (the glass is the heaviest component!).

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Update! Check out Kyley’s comment regarding the installation of D-rings (photo above). For something this large and heavy, it may be best to use an anchor per ring rather than a strong wire.

Each frame was hung on a 50 lb. anchor, and we fussed with placement until the height was high enough so you wouldn’t hit your head while seated, but low enough to avoid the art-that’s-hung-too-high problem. Now, when you walk in our front door and look left, you’ll see this!

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We’re super happy with our choice to use 2x2s; they’re substantial enough for our massive prints (we still can’t help but chuckle when we realize that yes, we have large prehistoric creatures on our wall!), and yet they’re sleek enough as to not detract from… well, you know. The T-Rex!

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We absolutely love them (weirdos), but don’t forget to check out how Tasha used her palm router! And because we want you to make some ridiculously large frames too, how about $100 to get you motivated? Together with our friends at Ace, we’ll be giving away a $100 Ace Hardware gift card to one lucky reader! The giveaway runs through this Friday, August 1st at 5pm CST, and the winner will be announced within this post by Friday evening. Simply enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck and happy entering!

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We’re excited to be collaborating with Ace Hardware as a part of their Ace Blogger Panel! Ace has provided us with compensation and the materials necessary to complete this project (hey, thanks, Ace!), and all opinions are our own. #rawr

  • Heather - July 29, 2014 - 6:28 AM

    Love the idea of using engineer prints to cover some white space on the walls in my apartment!ReplyCancel

  • Haley - July 29, 2014 - 6:45 AM

    I love this! I will always love dinosaurs no matter how old I get, because they are fascinating. There is a reason Walking with Dinosaurs is on my Netflix list. The bird is a perfect compliment to Mr. Rex.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 29, 2014 - 8:49 AM

      What! Awesome! I’ll have to add it to our queue as well!ReplyCancel

  • Nate - July 29, 2014 - 7:06 AM

    For MCM house images!ReplyCancel

  • Lizzzy - July 29, 2014 - 7:07 AM

    Brilliant! But is there any issue with copyright over the old book?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 29, 2014 - 8:49 AM

      Thanks, Lizzzy! That’s actually a discussion we had before starting the project (we definitely take that seriously!), and we did a bit of digging to consider if there could be any issues. In the end, because this is personal use and not for sale or public display, we’re not dealing with infringement. Some of my favorite engineer prints I’ve seen are everything from books to magazines to vintage photographs!ReplyCancel

      • Jess - August 4, 2014 - 1:41 PM

        Such a bummer! I LOVE this idea but just went to Staples and they wouldn’t do it for me because of copyright.ReplyCancel

        • Kim - August 4, 2014 - 1:59 PM

          Wow, I’m sorry! Even though it’s for personal use and not re-sell? What did you try to enlarge? I know that sometimes photographers need to provide a photo release form (I used to do this when I was still freelance shooting), so maybe that’s the case?ReplyCancel

          • aaron - August 20, 2014 - 2:25 PM

            Really cool project! I think the copyright problem isn’t with your personal use of the images. The problem is that the printer would be printing copyright images with the intent to sell them to you.ReplyCancel

            • Kim - August 20, 2014 - 4:07 PM

              Thank you, Aaron. We did speak with a few of our fellow artist friends, and they said the same! Good to know. Definitely food for thought for anyone taking on this project.ReplyCancel

  • Alison F. - July 29, 2014 - 7:17 AM

    I’d like to enlarge a vintage postcard- perhaps hang it in our guest room? Cool idea!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - July 29, 2014 - 7:23 AM

    I love how both the print and frame turned out. Now I’m scheming about what I need to gigantify!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie - July 29, 2014 - 7:36 AM

    I would probably either do botanical prints or cool house plans!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - July 29, 2014 - 7:39 AM

    So incredibly weird – and awesome! I’d love to use some travel photos or maybe just close up textural images (river rocks, wood grain, etc.).ReplyCancel

  • Ann - July 29, 2014 - 7:51 AM

    I would love to try the engineer prints at the end of my hallway.ReplyCancel

  • sarah r. - July 29, 2014 - 7:53 AM

    i’d love to blow up some images from children’s books for my daughter’s room.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - July 29, 2014 - 8:08 AM

    I love the dinosaurs! I’ve been itching to get an engineer print of my own but I can’t figure out what image to print!ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - July 29, 2014 - 8:12 AM

    you guys are just so cool.ReplyCancel

  • Jen N. - July 29, 2014 - 8:33 AM

    I’d blow up a photo from our recent European vacation.ReplyCancel

  • Jen - July 29, 2014 - 8:48 AM

    I would live to print a huge photo from my recent trip to Yosemite. Thanks so much for this DIY!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 29, 2014 - 8:50 AM

      I bet that would be beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Erin@Suburban Bitches - July 29, 2014 - 8:53 AM

    I love the dinosaurs print! I’m itching to get a large octopus engineer print somewhere in my house! Love weird animals. And great tutorial on how to build a frame.ReplyCancel

  • Laura @ Rather Square - July 29, 2014 - 8:58 AM

    I never realized how inexpensive those large prints could be. I’ll have to look into this for our artless rooms (currently all of them – we are procrastinators and always do the art last!). And I love the frames you made – they really seem to contain the prints without detracting from them. Although it would be hard to detract from those ferocious dines!ReplyCancel

  • Mary - July 29, 2014 - 9:01 AM

    These are so fun–I think I’d print a cool vacation picture or something.ReplyCancel

  • Catherine - July 29, 2014 - 9:03 AM

    I have been wanting to get an engineer print done too but I also haven’t been able to decide on what to print. Love the dinosaurs!! I might hit up the graphics fairy for some vintage bird illustrations. I have a sofa that desperately needs something above it.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer I. - July 29, 2014 - 9:14 AM

    I love engineer prints, but haven’t used them in my house yet. I love the way the dinosaurs look and I’m thinking I need something in our master bedroom….but maybe something less scary before bed, lol. Love the way it looks! I can’t believe the progress you guys have made.ReplyCancel

  • Heather - July 29, 2014 - 9:16 AM

    What a great idea!The dinosaurs are perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Bethany Wellman - July 29, 2014 - 9:17 AM

    My husband is decking out his “Man Cave” in our backyard, and some over sized prints would be PERFECT wall decor!ReplyCancel

  • Whitney D - July 29, 2014 - 9:24 AM

    I love how easy and inexpensive this is. And the Dinosaurs is such a fun, unique idea.ReplyCancel

  • Jody - July 29, 2014 - 9:25 AM

    I love using large engineering prints in home decor! I think layering some prints in around my TV would be a great way to add visual interest and draw the eye away from the TV.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Doyle - July 29, 2014 - 9:29 AM

    I would love to blow up some beach photos for my daughter’s nursery! Great idea for such large scale art!ReplyCancel

  • Cara - July 29, 2014 - 9:40 AM

    I keep meaning to get some engineer prints and never get around to it. Look great!ReplyCancel

  • Jenna - July 29, 2014 - 9:47 AM

    I use them to print a family picture now that we’re a family of 5.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah K. - July 29, 2014 - 9:52 AM

    I have been wanting to do something with engineering prints for ever! Just haven’t figured out “what” quite yet. I love these!!ReplyCancel

  • kkoira - July 29, 2014 - 10:08 AM

    Is that a Terror Bird next to the T-Rex? Because if so, they are probably one of the most creepy prehistoric predators that I’ve heard of. They would be able to outrun modern cars, apparently.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 29, 2014 - 10:16 AM

      That gives me the chills! I’m so weirdly fascinated by these prehistoric animals… I double checked in the book, and it’s a Phororhacos, which comes from the same family as the Terror Bird. Can’t beat this pair, that’s for sure!ReplyCancel

      • kkoira - July 29, 2014 - 3:54 PM

        I got totally hooked on the show Primeval (it is filmed in the UK but available on Netflix) with the dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals that make an appearance on there.ReplyCancel

  • kkoira - July 29, 2014 - 10:11 AM

    Oh, also, I totally LOVE the prehistoric predators on the wall. It is an awesomely awesome touch.ReplyCancel

  • Janet - July 29, 2014 - 10:32 AM

    It’s just Tuesday and the give away is closed? That’s the message I got when trying to enter…?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 29, 2014 - 10:49 AM

      Janet, we’re SO sorry! It looks like there was a hiccup with the widget. It should be showing up now! Everyone else, please chime in if you’re getting a similar error!ReplyCancel

  • carrie @ brick city love - July 29, 2014 - 10:48 AM

    I love your dinos!! Best choice of content ever.ReplyCancel

  • Missy G. - July 29, 2014 - 11:03 AM

    If I did this, I think I’d go with some nature photos.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - July 29, 2014 - 11:04 AM

    I’ve been thinking of doing this with an old envelope I have that was postmarked in Antarctica, so that is likely what I’d do. Love the dinosaurs though!ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom - July 29, 2014 - 11:05 AM

    Great choice for an oversized print. I think if I did one it would be of my dogs!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 29, 2014 - 11:35 AM

      We actually considered that and had an idea for something neat for a while… until we thought, how much art can we have of the pets?! So, dinosaurs won out. Ha!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - July 29, 2014 - 11:27 AM

    I’d love to enlarge a photo from trips to Europe – such amazing architecture!ReplyCancel

  • Christa B. - July 29, 2014 - 11:37 AM

    I would probably hang some engineered prints of cacti or mountains over our sofa.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Pat - July 29, 2014 - 11:47 AM

    I would enlarge pictures of the Colorado MountainsReplyCancel

  • Renee D. - July 29, 2014 - 11:57 AM

    I am seeing engineer prints everyone on the blog-is-fere! I am in love.ReplyCancel

  • Mandi M. - July 29, 2014 - 12:12 PM

    I love the frames! But I am especially tickled to find out how to make engineer prints, that’s awesome. Thanks for the (cheap!!) decorating tip.ReplyCancel

  • Alexis - July 29, 2014 - 12:29 PM

    Love love love this!!! I’m converting a large-ish closet into a craft space and am trying to figure out how I’ll decorate, large prints like this would be awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Tyler Anne Snell - July 29, 2014 - 12:32 PM

    I want to do this to our blank wall in the bedroom! Freshly painted gray, we want BIG pops of color! This is a perfect way to do it!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 29, 2014 - 12:40 PM

      Keep in mind that engineer prints are black/white! You can totally get over-sized color prints, but I’m not sure on the cost for those…ReplyCancel

  • Leila Waddell - July 29, 2014 - 12:33 PM

    My husband will totally dig this new tool !ReplyCancel

  • Anna Creecy - July 29, 2014 - 12:49 PM

    I’d use it to work on my entry hallway. I’m wanting to do a gallery wall. Not too busy though.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - July 29, 2014 - 1:04 PM

    I already have a large black and white print of a floor plan in my home. I am an intern architect and access to large scale plotters is one of the perks! http://southernarchitectress.blogspot.com/2014/01/collage-wall.htmlReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 29, 2014 - 1:18 PM

      We love that idea too and considered it as well! Lucky you for free plotter access :)ReplyCancel

  • Joyce H. - July 29, 2014 - 1:08 PM

    I love the dinosaurs! I didn’t even guess that it was made from an engineer print.
    Also, Kim, where did you get your flats? They’re so cute!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Flasche - July 29, 2014 - 1:31 PM

    I love this idea, never knew it was so cheap and easy to make large prints, on my way to the print shop and Ace hardware for materials. Thank You!ReplyCancel

  • Katie - July 29, 2014 - 1:38 PM

    I would never think to make my own frame.ReplyCancel

  • LK - July 29, 2014 - 1:47 PM

    Who doesn’t love dinosaurs?ReplyCancel

  • wendy - July 29, 2014 - 2:06 PM

    I’ve had so many ideas for engineer prints floating around in my head for years. My question was always how to hang them, love these simple frames! And now I kind of want a giant T-rex in MY living room, or a vintage space poster, or maybe one of my kiddos.ReplyCancel

  • Laura Igram - July 29, 2014 - 2:39 PM

    I would definitely create a couple large scale prints to hang over my bed (on my new charcoal wall!) I think it would complete my bedroom makeover perfectly.ReplyCancel

  • Jenna - July 29, 2014 - 3:07 PM

    I love these frames! I’ll have to add them to my DIY list for my gallery wall :)

    Also, totally random question – I just bought a vintage sofa that looks almost exactly like yours (beautiful, right?), and I’m also thinking of covering it in velvet. What material was used for the cording/welting on the cushions? If velvet is used, it can sometimes end up looking like little caterpillars because of the pile and I’d love to avoid that!

    Thanks!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 29, 2014 - 3:53 PM

      Whoot! Congrats on your score!

      We used this velvet: http://www.housefabric.com/Chambord-Indigo-P162698C477.aspx

      When we brought it in to the upholsterers, they explained to us the “caterpillar effect,” however, once I showed them the fabric, they agreed that our pile was low enough that it wouldn’t be the case. We were able to use that same velvet for all of the welting with no issues!ReplyCancel

      • Jenna - July 30, 2014 - 11:54 AM

        Thank you so much for the info!ReplyCancel

  • Emily R. - July 29, 2014 - 3:14 PM

    I’d probably do something pretty similar to this – some awesome large-scale prints for our bedroom or living room. And dinosaurs totally rock.ReplyCancel

  • Katherine - July 29, 2014 - 3:32 PM

    Holy Cow!!
    I’ve never even heard of engineer prints!! This is going to totally change my decorating and framing world!
    Thanks a ton.
    -KReplyCancel

  • bridgette r - July 29, 2014 - 3:51 PM

    I think a fun geometric print would make a great statement. the frames look great!ReplyCancel

  • Kelley - July 29, 2014 - 3:53 PM

    Those prints are awesome!ReplyCancel

    • Kelley - July 29, 2014 - 3:55 PM

      Oops – clicked send too soon! I would definitely use them to do a large print like this in our living room. So much blank space in there!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly McKinnell - July 29, 2014 - 4:07 PM

    LOVE the dino prints! I could use a few of these over my bed in my apartment!ReplyCancel

  • caroline [the diy nurse] - July 29, 2014 - 4:19 PM

    I love this – so pretty, fun, and quirky. Very ‘you’ ;)ReplyCancel

  • Christa - July 29, 2014 - 4:24 PM

    Honestly I would do the same as you guys (well not dinos, but hanging the prints over my couch).ReplyCancel

  • Surani - July 29, 2014 - 4:42 PM

    I love the quirkiness! (quirkyness?) If you can’t like dinos as an adult, what’s the point?ReplyCancel

  • TulumChica - July 29, 2014 - 5:11 PM

    I really like your over-sized framing solution. That little router looks like it would be SO handy! I would like to know you specified double paned glass?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 30, 2014 - 10:18 AM

      When we told our guy, Al, at Ace that we needed glass cut in the size we did, he suggested double paned due to the large dimensions. It definitely helps during transport from the store to home! It’s not super thick, but it does feel sturdy, and it doesn’t have any green/blue tint to it at all.ReplyCancel

  • Anna, Sydney - July 29, 2014 - 5:21 PM

    Long time lurker, first time commenter. Love everything you guys do (stumbled upon you back when you did your tiny light pink office in your unit).

    It’s freaking me out that those pictures look like old PHOTOS!!!! Time travel?ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 30, 2014 - 10:10 AM

      I KNOW. That’s what I told Scott – they look like actual old timey photos! Freaky.ReplyCancel

  • Trinitee - July 29, 2014 - 5:22 PM

    I love this idea– budget friendly and my husband and son would love the dinosaur prints (we have a budding paleontologist). I also love the idea of simplifying our current gallery wall, which has a bunch of smaller photos currently, with oversized prints of our family. Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • jan - July 29, 2014 - 5:50 PM

    I’d frame some of my pictures from our last vacation! Great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Anderson - July 29, 2014 - 6:16 PM

    They look awesome! The whole room is so fun! My husband loves Ace!ReplyCancel

  • Alli - July 29, 2014 - 6:21 PM

    Dana at House*Tweaking also just did this and I loved it when she did it. Your post is just what I needed to see to get going on my own project. Also, thanks for the tip on Ace cutting glass. I’m not talented enough to make my own frames and the IKEA frames are now coming with plexiglass inserts. It’d be perfect to swap those out for some ACE glass!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 30, 2014 - 10:17 AM

      Ugh, they are?! We’re big fans of using glass. Plexi just always seems to warp and look less than stellar. Go to Ace for sure. You can do it!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - July 29, 2014 - 7:10 PM

    I think it would be cool to get a world map in an engineering print and then use it to mark all of the places we’ve been.ReplyCancel

  • Marlene @ Jade and Fern - July 29, 2014 - 8:01 PM

    Wow, I LOVE those dinosaur prints! I’ve been wanting to get some engineer prints made but am too overwhelmed by all the possibilities (and lack of wall space) to choose. A gift card to Ace sure would be nice though. :)ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - July 29, 2014 - 8:45 PM

    LOVE! We’ve been considering engineer prints for a couple of places, most notably above OUR sofa or mantle or hallway. Kind if dog the idea of something unexpected and large in the entryway!ReplyCancel

  • Holly A - July 29, 2014 - 9:09 PM

    I think a large, oversized graphic print would be awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - July 29, 2014 - 10:13 PM

    Your instructions are so clear! I may need to purchase a palm router to try this project :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 30, 2014 - 10:09 AM

      Thanks, Nancy – the trickiest part is just getting the measurements right!ReplyCancel

  • Karen - July 29, 2014 - 10:19 PM

    I have seen other bloggers hang engineering prints and think it can be awesome. My daughter just moved into a “new” letterpress studio in Portland. It has huge windows, extremely tall ceilings, and lots of white. I’m brainstorming ideas–thinking some close-ups of the workings (gears, type, etc.) of her old presses might look really great on those huge blank walls.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 30, 2014 - 10:08 AM

      LOVE that idea! Sounds like an amazing place to live in a pretty amazing city, too!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - July 29, 2014 - 10:42 PM

    I actually just used some engineering prints for our master bedroom. I used some of our favorite pictures from my husband’s and my travels together. Such a statement!

    You’re right: the paper is thin. We mounted ours on foam core (they sell them in 2′x2′ sections at Home Depot now, which is a perfect fit for the 2×3 prints cut into a 2′ square) with double-sided tape. We tried glue adhesives, but the thin paper wrinkled with even the slightest bit of moisture.

    Yours look great!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 30, 2014 - 10:07 AM

      Thank you! We considered mounting them with spray adhesive, but I feared that we had a higher chance of screwing it up that way due to the paper. I have nightmares thinking of my photo school days and mounting prints. It only took a bubble or two to have me going back to the dark room…ReplyCancel

  • Joy - July 29, 2014 - 10:51 PM

    these are so FUN! they must make you both burst out in ear-to-ear smiles every time you see them. i’d love to do some engineer prints of bicycles — i think the big size would be perfect for all their fun little details!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline Bedard - July 29, 2014 - 11:38 PM

    I really want to try engineer prints for a couple of family snapshots from the 50s.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - July 29, 2014 - 11:56 PM

    I actually have an engineer print of the Neutra House in Palm Springs in my bedroom . I love the T-Rex!ReplyCancel

  • tiffany - July 30, 2014 - 2:52 AM

    I have contemplated using them in my hallway that runs the length of my home to keep it visually clean and simple. The difficult task is narrowing down the prints!ReplyCancel

  • martha at MarthaLeoneDesign.com - July 30, 2014 - 6:10 AM

    Hi. I’ve been wanting to enlarge a couple of fun family photos we have taken over the years to be hung in our dining room and the price of the engineer prints is just right! Thanks for the simple tutorial on building frames.ReplyCancel

  • Jacqulyn - July 30, 2014 - 7:06 AM

    These prints are amazing!

    I’ve always wanted to use old letters from my grandmother in some way. Perhaps I could blow them up really big and make prints.ReplyCancel

  • Brooke - July 30, 2014 - 9:53 AM

    Love the engineer prints! Used them to make inexpensive art in my office at work and always get compliments on them!! But yours are WAY more polished. Great plan!!!ReplyCancel

  • Emma - July 30, 2014 - 10:27 AM

    Wonderful! You saved so much coin on this project :)ReplyCancel

  • Liz - July 30, 2014 - 12:09 PM

    I would have never thought to scan something from a book to turn it into art (especially large scale art) but I must say this is a really clever idea! And the frames are perfect.

    Way to go!ReplyCancel

    • AlisonG - July 30, 2014 - 1:37 PM

      I don’t have wall space big enough! I think a house always looks more like home with art/pictures hung.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly D - July 30, 2014 - 1:55 PM

    I think my daughter would love if I did prints like these with birds or butterflies for her bedroom.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy G - July 30, 2014 - 2:12 PM

    I have a print I have been wanting to do this with a long time – thanks for the info on how!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - July 30, 2014 - 3:05 PM

    My husband is an architect so maybe we’d blow up a photo of a favorite local building.ReplyCancel

  • l - July 30, 2014 - 3:51 PM

    cute prints. love the teal couchReplyCancel

  • alex - July 30, 2014 - 5:02 PM

    i could use some large prints over my couch too!ReplyCancel

  • Trude - July 30, 2014 - 5:09 PM

    They look awesome! Sometimes a few large pieces is perfect (as compared to a gallery wall). Really love the white frames, they let those amazing prints stand out. :)ReplyCancel

  • Holly - July 30, 2014 - 6:29 PM

    Love the large frames! They are a great statement piece.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth G. - July 30, 2014 - 6:31 PM

    I would like an over sized print in my kitchen.ReplyCancel

  • Nayla - July 30, 2014 - 8:15 PM

    I would make photos of my lil one.ReplyCancel

  • Kthro - July 30, 2014 - 8:22 PM

    I have wanted to have a tattoo inspired by this photo for ages:
    http://awfullibrarybooks.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/pregnancy21.jpg
    I even hunted down a used copy of the book! It would make a great engineer print too, I think. The writing is so dated and backwards and I’d like to take it back in a satire sort of way. Yay, feminism!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Scruggs - July 31, 2014 - 9:17 AM

    This blog title made me feel warm and fuzzy before I even read past the first line. That was the clearest easiest most innovative frame making scheme I’ve seen and I will definitely be trying this. Dinosaurs are the best :)ReplyCancel

  • Kyley D. - July 31, 2014 - 9:29 AM

    I love those engineer prints! I have a HUGE twin lens reflux camera photograph hanging in my house that I used the engineer prints for, but I’d love to add more.

    Also, I just can’t help myself (being that I’m a picture framer at all). But I noticed how you installed the D-rings on the back of your frame. While the double hole ones are great for heavy stuff, if you don’t have them facing each other (top of the ring to top of the ring) when wired, you run the risk of the wire pulling them towards each other over time – eventually splitting the wood and causing a BIG crash off your wall. If you decide to use them the way you installed it I would suggest not using the wire and instead putting a screw & molly into the wall on each side of the frame for it to hang directly from the d-rings. It’s a much safer option. I’ve fixed many broken frames over the years because they weren’t wired correctly on the back and came crashing down off the wall….so I just couldn’t help myself & would hate your lovely dinosaurs to break! :) (as a framer we always use “wall buddies” for the big stuff – incase you want to google them)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 31, 2014 - 9:39 AM

      Eeks! THANK YOU so much for letting us know! We’ve used them over the years in the same way you see in this post, but not on anything this large. We even considered just using 2 anchors in the wall on the D rings, so we’ll have to do that to prevent a fall.

      Thanks, Kyley!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha - July 31, 2014 - 9:48 AM

    I am redecorating our home office, which my husband uses more than anyone. I’m sure he would love some oversized prints of dinosaurs in there!ReplyCancel

  • Marie - July 31, 2014 - 10:25 AM

    Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial. I bought a few posters two years ago and wanted to make frames of my own but unfortunately, my husband would never build them with me. I think he does not take the fun of it. Anyway, I eventually bought frames from the store and cut the posters. And I used screws and mollies to hang them.
    Know I can see how to build a frame, and I would need some more tools. I can do it alone, can’t I ? You guys are so lucky to have each other.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 31, 2014 - 10:34 AM

      You can absolutely do this on your own! It would be helpful if your husband could help you balance out the longer 2x2s at the start, but other than that, you can handle the power tools on your own!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn - July 31, 2014 - 10:56 AM

    An engineer print would be great as a backdrop for a white board! I guess then it’s basically a big picture you write on, but still! Imagine the doodle possibilities!ReplyCancel

  • martha at MarthaLeoneDesign.com - July 31, 2014 - 11:08 AM

    Hi! A couple of days ago I commented and thanked you for the tip on engineer prints at Staples. Well, I uploaded a few files to my local Staples and just picked them up. They are amazing. One image of the beach was enlarged to 36×48. It’s grainy which is fine with me because such a large format piece of art is designed to be viewed from several feet back. So, it works and the price was around $10. Thanks again. Now, I’ll need to learn how to build those great frames you guys did.ReplyCancel

    • Kim - July 31, 2014 - 11:33 AM

      Oh, I’m so happy you did this! I actually love that when you look reeaaally close to the prints, you can see the dot matrix printing process, which feels like a cool throw back. Have fun making the frames!ReplyCancel

  • Joseph - July 31, 2014 - 12:25 PM

    I could use two over my living room couch.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - July 31, 2014 - 12:37 PM

    My husband and I just bought our first house shortly before our June wedding, so we’re just now really diving in to the “good stuff.” Art has become a big priority!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Rohrer - July 31, 2014 - 2:13 PM

    I just walked into Ace hardware for the first time a couple of weeks ago! Also, I LOVE the engineering prints! So easy and affordable!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - July 31, 2014 - 3:13 PM

    This is so cool! I don’t know if we’re brave enough for dinosaurs in our house, but I’m definitely itching to try making our own frames!ReplyCancel

  • Cara - July 31, 2014 - 9:18 PM

    If there’s someday a matching giant T-Rex somewhere in Cincinnati, just remember that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. :)ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Dz - August 1, 2014 - 2:56 AM

    I would use an oversized print of old short love poems I have from my hubby and hang them in our bedroom.ReplyCancel

  • Alana - August 1, 2014 - 6:36 AM

    The Dino prints are amazing! I have been looking for something like that for my boys’ playroom. PERFECT!ReplyCancel

  • Kelsey - August 1, 2014 - 11:26 AM

    I LOVE your print choice!! So great!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Maria - August 1, 2014 - 11:28 AM

    I love this idea – this is perfect for over our couch!ReplyCancel

  • Jen Covington - August 1, 2014 - 12:53 PM

    I am planning a dirigible print for my bedroom to hang over my bed.

    Here is the link for the awesome images
    http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/41/49/11/414911dbd4f344ebc50dd45b9545b962.jpg

    I am torn between a print and doing a watercolor painting myself.ReplyCancel

  • Kala - August 1, 2014 - 1:20 PM

    I love this project. The frames add a refined touch to the prints.
    Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • mysweetiepiepie - August 1, 2014 - 1:24 PM

    I’d use large, oversized vintage prints of Venice Italy in our living room.ReplyCancel

  • Katrin - August 1, 2014 - 3:39 PM

    I love the idea of oversized prints to make a BIG impact in a home but this just makes it so much easier compared to what I typically do- which is hope I get lucky with a thrift stores find!ReplyCancel

  • Nadia - August 1, 2014 - 11:13 PM

    Fantastic idea. By the way, birds ARE dinosaurs, so you 2 prints match! (Geeky biologist alert)ReplyCancel

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  • house of hipsters - August 13, 2014 - 10:41 AM

    ok, this is so weird, this is the second time today that i read about engineer prints! i knew nothing about them or that they even existed! thanks so much for the awesome DIY frame tutorial…it’s so difficult trying to find frames that are that large, don’t break the bank (custom framing) and aren’t too heavy. i can’t wait to try this!ReplyCancel

  • Mandi - August 13, 2014 - 3:57 PM

    This is great! I had to comment on your shoes, though. Because they are Crocs and I have the same pair— couldn’t believe I would buy Crocs, but they are cute and SO comfy, right?!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 13, 2014 - 5:42 PM

      So funny, isn’t it!? I said the same thing, and yet here I am. Wearing Crocs. Crazy!ReplyCancel

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    Amazing room! Thanks for the great DIY. :)ReplyCancel

  • Erin - August 24, 2014 - 7:18 PM

    I love this! Would you mind clarifying…did you use double sided tape to attach the print to the foam board? If so, did you use it only around the edges? These are fantastic!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - August 24, 2014 - 7:29 PM

      I didn’t use double sided tape, although, it’s a great idea to do so! The prints are REALLY thin, so this could prevent any paper buckling.ReplyCancel

  • Tanya - August 26, 2014 - 9:24 PM

    How about giant Zentagle prints?ReplyCancel

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  • Kelly - August 30, 2014 - 8:29 PM

    I’m obsessed with the T-Rex. Any chance you’d sell a file of your scan? That book looks amazing but so expensive! Love it all!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - September 2, 2014 - 9:02 AM

      Hi Kelly, I definitely can’t do that for copyright reasons, but a quick search pulled up some options on Amazon from different sellers! It looks like you can pick up a paperback version for around $1-5. Ours is a paperback, and it still has full color illustrations!ReplyCancel

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