November 14, 2014

Chicago Engineer Print

I'm over at Porch.com sharing my top 5 tips for creating a captivating gallery wall!



Confession: I haven't been loving our laundry room lately.

Our light fixture was a failure, our mirror was too small, and I made a measurement error for a shelf we had planned to install. Oh and the kilim rug I bought for the room is filthy and still smells like gasoline despite my best efforts to air it out.

These are all first world problems but they're annoying and frustrating especially when they happen back to back. Needless to say, I gave up on the room for a while until I could come up with a Plan B (hence the lack of posts). I'm happy to say that Plan B is in place so let the laundry rooms posts continue!

We hung a large engineering print on the wall across from our washer and dryer:



It's a photo I took when we were in Chicago this summer:



I had an engineering print of the photo made at Staples. It cost a whopping $4.21 for the 24" x 36" print!



The quality isn't great but I took the photo with my iPhone so I wasn't expecting crystal clarity. In fact, I actually like the pixelated/grainy look of the print! I think it gives it an edgy feel, kind of like Chicago itself :)



I placed it in a large IKEA Ribba frame I had on hand. I really like how the the black frame looks against the black walls. I may do something fun with the mat but I'm still deciding.



The frame is shallow enough to allow the door to our linen closet to open all the way without hitting it:



I'm thinking about removing the door altogether but I'm not sure. I like having a place to stash things without worrying about them being neat and tidy haha

I'm hoping we can tackle the light fixture, the linen closet, and the new shelf this weekend!


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16 comments

  1. love staples and their printing prices! the print looks amazing!

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  2. Gorgeous photos, thanks for being over on Porch today! :)

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  3. BEAUTIFUL. I've been meaning to do the same but haven't gotten around to it! I'm also partial to the city <3

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    1. Thanks Amy! I want engineer prints in every room of my house now haha

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  4. My husband and I were just talking about framing some of the photos I've taken during our travels. Now I know where to get them enlarged and printed. Thanks.

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    1. You're welcome Cyndi! It's such a great way to get a large piece of art for pennies :)

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  5. looks great--I love engineering prints! I keep trying to find somewhere one would work in my house, and then getting distracted :)

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    1. Haha distractions are the worst! Maybe you could add some prints to the opposite side of your basement (by the pool table)?

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  6. Love the print! Leave the door on. We took ours off to get the washer and dryer in and haven't put it back because we're lazy. It's so loud!

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    1. Thanks Amber! We took the door off the room but left the linen closet door on. We were thinking of removing that door but I don't think I can keep the shelves organized all the time haha Plus, it's a nice place to stash stuff when last minute guests drop by! Not that I would do that or anything… ;)

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  7. That print looks lovely on the black walls

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  8. It looks so elegant! I can't wait to jump on the engineer print bandwagon myself one of these days! It looks great in your laundry room!

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  9. Sorry about all your set-backs in the laundry room, but I am confident you will be able to turn things around.
    I have to say that I just LOVE that print. Your photography is fantastic! I love it so much! The grain is perfect and I love it in black and white!

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